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Windows Explorer has loads of network things under "ThisPC

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    Windows Explorer has loads of network things under "ThisPC


    Hi
    I've just jumped to Win8.1 from 7 and am trying to work out how to unclutter my windows explorer navigation pane.

    The bit in question is the "This PC" - it used to just have my c:drive and other network drives, but now it has all these other network devices (security cameras, and sonos amps etc) plus also Desktop, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos folders (which are sort of duplicated under favourites).

    Is there a setting somewhere to not show all these extra items, and just go back to showing my C:drive and mapped network drives?

    Thanks loads for any help,
    Far

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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Far, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The tutorial below can help show you how to remove the "Folders" from your "This PC" window.
    Hope this helps some,
    Shawn
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If you sort your Explorer items by Group, you will be able to hide the things you don't want to see, just came across this in another post, there is an Arrow on the left side of the screen:

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    Awesome - thanks Shawn, that's cleared up the microsoft based ones. I'm surprised that only regeditting can change this. (And sorry I missed that tute, I had gone looking through the tutorials section but missed it).

    Do you know of any way I can get rid of the remaining network devices that also appear in the same area?
    I can see a subfolder under:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\
    called DelegateFolders, but the number of keys in it (4) is less than the number of network thingo's in explorer (5).

    I think the network devices are just ones that have some sort of streaming capability or possibly media server sort of thing (as the NAS/router etc don't show), just POE cams and Music playing amps (sonos ones).
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    Just saw your response XweAponX but I think if I hide "network locations" then I would also hide my mapped network drives? All the funny little media boxes are above the C:, and all the mapped network drives are below C:

    But they are all clumped together (both the media boxes and mapped drives) when you just open explorer on the right hand pane (all under network locations).
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Forgive me for jumping in here, but my offering...
    instead of regediting ...

    Why not simply Pin to Start what you would like and
    untick or turn off the navigation pane ... just a thought

    For a drive ( C )
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    For Networks

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    If this does not apply, then Best of Luck.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by far View Post
    Just saw your response XweAponX but I think if I hide "network locations" then I would also hide my mapped network drives? All the funny little media boxes are above the C:, and all the mapped network drives are below C:

    But they are all clumped together (both the media boxes and mapped drives) when you just open explorer on the right hand pane (all under network locations).
    Yah that's the problem, no good way around that. I actually use all of the mapped servers and stuff though. I have a Plex server and the WMP server I connect to with my phone.
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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Yah that's the problem, no good way around that.
    Yes there is. It's called the start screen. (Pin to Start)
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Yah that's the problem, no good way around that.
    Yes there is. It's called the start screen. (Pin to Start)
    Never use it
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    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Never use it
    I know. 50% of the OS is not used by disabling the edges and the modern user interface.
    One thing for sure, WinRT a.k.a. tifkam,
    is here to stay at least until the end of support cycle ... up to 2023 +
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