Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How to hide Network from Windows Explorer on Windows 8

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As someone who doesn’t have a shared network, the Network icon on Windows explorer bothers me more than I would like to admit; I like to keep everything as simple as I can, and an useless button in my screen really annoyed me. After a few searches and reboots, I finally have the way to hide it on Windows 8 (not tested on Windows 7).

BACKUP ANY KEY BEFORE MODIFYING ANYTHING… if you want to.

To do this you need to change one key and create one on Windows’ registry. Or if you want, download this file, double click it, and then reboot your PC.

The manual operation goes like this: Step one: Launch regedit and go to the following key

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescription\{D20BEEC4-5CA8-4905-AE3B-BF251EA09B53}\

In there you’ll find a key called “Parsing name” with the value “::{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}”. You need to change it to “::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}”. Like this:

 

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That’s step one, for Step two you need to go to this key:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum\

In there you need to create a new DWORD key and name it “{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}”, set the value to 1.

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After this, reboot your PC. In case it doesn’t work, please disable the Network Discovery service.

Via | TechNet

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