Enable, Restore, Create Briefcase in Windows 7 / 8

Windows 8 / 7 and Vista for that matter, does not activate the Briefcase feature by default. The Briefcase was a utility to let users sync files between two computers. But it is not much used since Vista.

Create Briefcase in Windows 7 / 8

To create a new Briefcase right click on a blank area on the desktop or in a folder > New > Briefcase.

 Enable, Restore, Create Briefcase in Windows 7 / 8

Remove Briefcase in Windows 7 / 8

If you wish to remove Briefcase from the list of New items, open regedit and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Briefcase

First right-click on Shellnew and select Export to backup and save the registry entries. If you need to enable back Briefcase, you can use this file to add the registry entries.

Having done that, delete the ShellNew sub-key away with all its values.

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This will make Briefcase disappear from “New” item list.

Activate Briefcase in Windows 7 / 8 again

If you wish to add activate Briefcase again, double-click on the exported registry file and add the entries to your registry. Else you can copy-paste this in your Notepad, save as .reg file and then add them to your registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Briefcase\ShellNew] "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\   74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\   00,79,00,6e,00,63,00,75,00,69,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,30,00,00,00 "ItemName"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,\   6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,\   00,73,00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,\   2d,00,36,00,34,00,39,00,33,00,00,00 "Directory"="" "Handler"="{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Briefcase\ShellNew\Config] "IsFolder"="" "NoExtension"=""

I have also uploaded the registry file. You can download this registry file and click on it to enable Briefcase again on Windows 7 and Vista.

UPDATE: This registry file works on Windows 8 – and you can thus enable the Briefcase in Windows 8 too. Learn how to sync SkyDrive with external storage in Windows 8, using Briefcase.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
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