Posts tagged Registry

Moving Internet Explorer Favorites to the Network

I’ve been using this little trick ever since my early XP days and still using it with Windows 7, and was surprised that this wasn’t a more common tip/trick

This registry hack moves your IE Favorites off to the network (your home drive) and allows you to have your favorites follow you no matter which computer you are sitting at

The H:\ Drive is my network drive.  Move your Favorites folder from your Profile and to the Network drive, then change the registry keys bellow.

That’s it, any computer you log into, you must also edit the same keys to point to the network drive, but then again, you will never have to email yourself links.  (I’ve never tried this using Dropbox, but I bet it would work)

Yeah this post is not going to win any awards for innovation, but hey, who knows, it might just help someone out.

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Removing System Properties from “My Computer” in XP

There are just some users that shouldn’t even be allowed to use a keyboard and a mouse.  They just like to mess with everything on a PC thinking they know what they are doing.  For one reason or another you cant take away their admin or power user rights (software they need, etc) but you can take their ability to modify your system.  Obviously you’ve taken away all the control panel icons, but how do you take away the ever popular “Properties” from the “My Computer” icon? well, this is what you need to do:

  • Open up everyone’s favorite registry editor under the users profile
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  • Create a new DWORD Value called NoPropertiesMyComputer
  • If you give it a value of 1 it will Hide the Properties Option, 0 will show the Properties Option
  • Reboot and Enjoy

Note: If you just want to disable the Properties Option for the Entire computer, then Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and create the same DWORD Value as above

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
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