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Add "Computer" to Win 8 file explorer navigation pane


sbdresner

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#1
Back in Win 7, "Computer" disappeared from my explorer navigation pane. Did several repair/installs, but all of them failed. Also tried the registry fix described in SevenForums, which also failed.

After upgrading to Windows 8, "Computer" is still missing from the navigation pane. Tried the registry fix described in EightForums (http://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...emove-navigation-pane-windows-8-explorer.html), which failed in several attempts.

I realize a clean install of Win 8 is probably required to fix this, but what I'd really like to know is what has been lost in the system that prevents restoration of "Computer" in the navigation pane.

I'd be grateful for any assistance in this.

Steve
 

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#2
Is this the upgrade over top of 7? Is this a home network setup with more than one computer? Have all the computers joined the homegroup?
 

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#3
Bass, I don,t think he is talking about a computer in the network , but the computer icon in the navigation pane , since he try the fix , I don't know what else to say , are you sure you run the registry as Admin ?

 

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#4
Ahh....got it.
 

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sbdresner

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Steve,

Well, to find out why the tutorial didn't work for you, please try this below. :)

Does Computer show then you uncheck the Show all folders option?

Could you post a screenshot of your File Explorer showing all of the navigation pane to see if it may reveal a cause?
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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SIW2

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#9
As an easy fix, you can install classic shell - you have the option to only install the explorer bit - but you may as well install the start menu also.

You can then add computer as a link to your explorer windows. It is very handy.
 

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Steve,

You might see if downloading and merging the REG file below, then restarting the computer may help. It will restore the default registry entries for "Computer".

If that still doesn't help, then refreshing Windows 8 should.
 

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    64-bit Windows 10
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

sbdresner

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#12
Classic Shell is nice but it doesn't solve the problem. There must be a missing or corrupted file or files in my system not fixed when I upgraded from 7 to 8.
 

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SIW2

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Yes. probably.

You can add computer to classic explorer like this - open classic explorer settings.

Dot the All Settings box.

grab custom item from the right pane and drag it into the left.

rt click the custom item ( now in the left pane ) and select EDIT.

On the second dropdown of the edit box, select computer from the list.

You have to Ok it there and again in the main window.
 

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    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

sbdresner

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Restore_Computer_registry_entries.reg gave me the following error message:

2012-11-05_08h21_54.png

I'm the administrator.

I tried refresh (repair/install) a few times in Windows 7, where the problem originated. It failed each time at the very end of the process. Instead of trying it again with Windows 8, I'll wait until I'm in the mood to do a clean install of Windows 8.

Thanks again,
Steve
 

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#17
you are the admin, right, but you have to run it as administrator , it's an option when you right click on the shortcut
 

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    Pc-Quebec / Area 66
    CPU
    i7-3960X Extreme Edition
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    Gskill 4x4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    4 x HD 7970
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Screen Resolution
    2560*1600
    Hard Drives
    C:\Intel series 520 SSD , 250 GB
    D:\ WD 750 black with Intel 40gb SSD cache Intel RST
    E:\ WD 2TB Black
    PSU
    Corsair AX 1200
    Case
    TT Mozart TX
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
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    Other Info
    Windows 8 VM is install on his own SSD.

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Restore_Computer_registry_entries.reg gave me the following error message:

View attachment 10687

I'm the administrator.

I tried refresh (repair/install) a few times in Windows 7, where the problem originated. It failed each time at the very end of the process. Instead of trying it again with Windows 8, I'll wait until I'm in the mood to do a clean install of Windows 8.

Thanks again,
Steve
Steve,

That would be normal with the REG file I posted above if part of the registry entries for "Computer" haven't had their permissions modfied and are still protected by the system. This is a good thing meaning that they weren't deleted. The REG file was to restore them in case they were deleted. :)

At this point, I would recommend to reset Windows 8 to basically have a clean install afterwards, but a little faster. Be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first though.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

sbdresner

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Thanks, SIW2.

The Classic Shell configuration puts the drives in the start menu, but when the file explorer starts up in an "open" or "save as" situation, for example, I still get the limited selection of folders in the navigation pane and have to enter the drive and folder names manually, which in some cases is not an option. In this sense, the filer explorer cannot be replaced.

Steve
 

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