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Hide "My Network Places" from Windows Explorer view

Published: Dec 07, 2004
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When you open Windows Explorer, you'll see the  My Network Places icon in the folder pane. Some users (standalone XP systems) would like to remove this icon from Windows Explorer view. But, when you delete the icon and open a fresh instance of Windows Explorer, the icon will be re-created.

To hide My Network Places from Explorer

  • Open Registry Editor and navigate to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ CLSID \ {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
\ ShellFolder

  • Backup the key by exporting it to a REG file. See method 2 here

  • In the right-pane, create a new REG_DWORD value named Attributes

  • Double-click Attributes and set 20180000 as the Value data

If you want to undo the changes, delete the Attributes value.

Automate the above using REG file

Hide My Network Places | Undo REG file

Method 2

  • Start Regedit.exe and navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ policies \ NonEnum

  • Create a new DWORD value named {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
  • Double-click {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} and set its data to 1
  • Close Regedit.exe