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Libraries - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer

  1. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by NiFu View Post
    Is there a difference to the "good old Windows 7 method" with simple deleting this registry key:
    Code:
    HKLM\SOFWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
    Because there you donít need to "take ownership" and it makes no difference between 32-bit and 64-bit Ö
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Deleting the key in your post will have no affect on Libraries in the navigation pane.
    Can not confirm. I delete the key and Libraries in the navigation pane are gone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Personally, I prefer to set a value than just deleting a registry key like this outright. It's much easier to set a DWORD value back to undo it in the future, than trying to restore the entire registry key.
    Can not confirm. For restoring a DWORD value I must remember what to change back. If I save the necessary changes into a text file or just export the key into a REG file before deleting is nearly the same effort. Plus the advantage not need to "take ownership" and do not need care for 32-bit or 64-bit Ö


    You could also export the ShellFolder key for the same purpose.

    It would be nice to not have to take ownership for only the first time, but I don't know what else to say except that deleting the key in your post just had no affect on Libraries in the navigation pane on any of my systems. Even after restarting the computer after deleting it.

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    Last edited by Brink; 28 Aug 2012 at 13:18. Reason: added quote

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  2. #11


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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You could also export the ShellFolder key for the same purpose.
    OK - there you are right.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    but I don't know what else to say except that deleting the key in your post just had no affect on Libraries in the navigation pane on any of my systems.
    I see you have deleted the registry key. I don't know why it works on my systems. Perhaps I try an English installation to verify.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Even after restarting the computer after deleting it.
    I even don't need to restart my computer - only reopen Explorer.
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  3. #12

    Can't change permissions to ShellFolder


    Hi. I am new here, new laptop, HP g7, win8, 64 bit, and I cannot change the permissions for the ShellFolder, therefore cannot make the changes to the attributes. I have tried everything in this tutorial except dos. cmd. I am leery. i can't figure out what I am missing.

    I am going to run through it one more time. I don't know what folder to take ownership of though. I tried what was described.

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  4. #13


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello DeckerDane, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You would need to take ownership of the ShellFolder key in the registry first before being able to set it's permissions.
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  5. #14


    Thanks, I thought I read not to change that. Wow. Thanks again..... Now I just have to figure out how to change the "Open" and "Save As"

    WoooHoooo!!!!
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  6. #15


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  7. #16


    I am stumped on this: 8. If you have 64-bit Windows 8 Installed

    Note
    If you have 64-bit Windows 8 installed, then you will need to do this step to also add or remove Libraries from the "Open" and "Save as" type dialog windows.

    This step is not available or needed if you have 32-bit Windows 8 installed.

    I don't know where those are, open and save as, I want to customize this.

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  8. #17


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello DeckerDane,

    If you have 32-bit Windows 8 installed, then the tutorial on the first page will remove "Libraries" from that location without step 8. It's only if you had 64-bit Windows 8 installed that you would also need to do the additional step 8 to remove "Libraries" from that location.

    If you only wanted to change the options in the places bar of the common open file dialog box in your screenshot to what you wanted instead, then you could use the tutorial below to do so.

    Common File Dialog Box - Customize Places Bar - Windows 7 Forums
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  9. #18


    its says In Error editing value window "cannot edit attributes error writing the value's new contents" in registry
    pls help how to change?
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  10. #19


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    Hello remostalin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are you signed in as an administrator?

    If so, then double check to make sure that you did all of step 4 to both take ownership and set permissions of the registry key(s) before trying to modify them.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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