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How to get rid of My Network Places..

by CesiaS / October 19, 2004 10:12 AM PDT

Win XP Sp2. Control Panel ->display->Customize desktop: desktop icons ( My Network Places, Internet Explorer, My Documents all left unchecked . Desktop screen looks OK (only wanted icons). On the right hand side of the taskbar I have Desktop >>. When clicking on >> Desktop items appear , all wanted icons PLUS My Network Places, Internet Explorere, My Documents. No matter how many times I try to get rid of them (right click delete, "are you sure you want to remove.... from your desktop .." ) , they temporarily move to the bottom of the column. I only noticed this recently, (at one stage I simply noticed that I have a lot of items on the desktop, after cleaning the majority of them I noticed this peculiar problem) . It could have started after SP2, I don?t know.

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Re: How to get rid of My Network Places..
by Cetin Denislam / October 19, 2004 10:11 PM PDT

Download TweakUI from the following page.

Install it and subsequntly launch TweakUI. Expand My Computer, Desktop and uncheck "My Network Places". It should unhide it for both places.

Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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still there
by CesiaS / October 19, 2004 11:40 PM PDT

Thank you Cetin. TweakUi shows those icons unchecked , but they are still showing in the column on the right side of task bar

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Re: still there
by Cetin Denislam / October 20, 2004 1:50 AM PDT
In reply to: still there

In this case, try the following things (this order)

1. Log Off and Log On the account.

2. Right click the Taskbar, select Toolbars and uncheck the Desktop. Repeat the same and recheck the Desktop.

3. Open regedit. Expand the following path:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons

Note

HKCU is HKEY_CURRENT_USER

You'll see there two sub-branches:

ClassicStartMenu
NewStartPanel


The check (uncheck) My Network Places icon under TweakUI should toggle the

{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} from 0 to 1.

Where (i.e. ClassicStartMenu or NewStartPanel) ? It depends if you're usingClassic Start Menu or not (you can verify this by right clicking the Start button and select Properties)

Anyway, the idea here is that you must have the full control permission for the {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D} in order to toggle it.

You are welcome and Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: still not able
by CesiaS / October 21, 2004 8:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: still there

to change the entries in Desktop>> on the task bar. Thank you for your reply. I followed your instructions. Normally I do not need to log on, when I switch my computer on it is ready for my use - I'm the only one using it. I am able to modify
208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}, but no change. Any change I make is only on the PC screen (My Network Places, InternetExplorer, My Documents ICONS on desktop appear or disappear, but when clicking Desktop>> these entries are always there, they just go to the bottom of the column after I try to delete them.

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Re: still not able
by Cetin Denislam / October 22, 2004 12:24 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: still not able

OK, I believe you. The registry key change I provided before does remove the My Network Places from Desktop Toolbar. However, windows XP has its own mind and restores it back after a while. That's why I saw it removed a couple of times and thought that it vanished.

Now, the following registry fix should remove that icon for good. Before trying it, create a Restore Point.

Click Start,Run type regedit and press Enter. Expand the following path:


HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Note

HKCU is HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Highlight Explorer. Click Edit, New, DWORD. Type the following name NoNetHood

Right click, select Modify and change it from 0 to 1. In other words, you'll have in the right pane NoNetHood (check the spelling) with the type DWORD and its value equal to 1.


Exit regedit, Restart PC..


Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: Done, now My Documents?
by CesiaS / October 23, 2004 9:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: still not able

Thank you very much , your last suggestion worked. Now can I also get rid of MyDocuments in Desktop>>. This is less annoying but still unnecessary for me.

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You are welcome and ?
by Cetin Denislam / October 24, 2004 4:29 AM PDT

? unfortunately it seems that there is no policy for hiding that icon under Desktop, so live with it. At least you got rid of My Network Places icon.

You are welcome and Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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