Recently we’ve posted the trick o how to remove Network from Windows explorer navigation pane. Today, in this article, I am going to share you same trick for Computer option. The only difference between these two parts of explorer navigation pane is the difference of registry location of their roots.
Removing Computer from the navigation pane may not make sense to most of us; but in case you are using a multi-user Windows and do not want to let others access your system root files easily, then this trick might helpful to you.
If ever you find that your Explorer has been corrupted and find that this link has gone missing – then too you will find this tip useful, as you will have to simply do the opposite to get the Computer link back.
To begin, you will have to open the Registry Editor.
1. Press Windows Key + R combination on keyboard and type Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box. Press OK.
2. Navigate to following key:
3. First of all, in the left pane, take the ownership of key ShellFolder. This article will tell you how to take full control or ownership of registry keys.
4. Now in the right pane, create a 32-bit DWORD. Name it Attributes, double-click and look out for Value data section.
Use following values for corresponding operation:
To remove Computer from explorer navigation pane : b094010c
To display Computer in explorer navigation pane : b084010c or delete the DWORD Attributes (Default)
5. These steps are applicable to 32-bit users only. If you’re using 64-bit Windows then perform steps 3, 4 for this location:
6. Reboot the machine and you’ll see that Computer has been removed from the explorer pane.
If you want to display the Computer link back, in Windows Explorer pane, just delete the DWORD Attributes created in step 4.
Do remember to create a system restore first!