Windows 10: remove DropBox from navigation pane Solved

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  1.    22 Aug 2015 #1

    remove DropBox from navigation pane


    hello Mr Shawn Brink

    i tried to PM you, but the system didn't let me, since this is my first post :P

    following the text from the PM:
    "
    I just did read (and do) your instructions about removing OneDrive from the left explorer-pane. (and the quick-access pane)
    after reading a few hour, its great to see your post. with your instructions it was done in 2/3 mins

    but now the question...
    since this is about DropBox and not about OneDrive, i thought i would b a better idea to just pm you...

    I want to remove the DropBox item from the left-explorer-pane, but i do not want to remove (uninstall) dropbox...

    you have any quick instructions?
    thank you very much in advance
    "

    as u see i didn't want to go off-topic :P


    edit:
    lol, now i posted it in the wrong topic also :P
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  2. Posts : 20,709
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       22 Aug 2015 #2

    Hello Johan, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I don't use Dropbox, but I found this below that is reported to work.

    How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10? Dropbox Community
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  3.    22 Aug 2015 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Johan, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I don't use Dropbox, but I found this below that is reported to work.

    How does one remove the Dropbox link from the Navigation Pane om Windows 10? Dropbox Community
    thanks i have dinner now, but ill look into it.
    tyvm


    Edit: It succeeded, tyvm again...
    Last edited by Johan; 22 Aug 2015 at 14:25.
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  4. Posts : 20,709
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       22 Aug 2015 #4

    You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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  5.    03 Feb 2016 #5

    Here is how to do it:

    1. Modify pin value and folder type value (SGAO) so the item is doubly invisible:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}]
    @="Dropbox"
    "SortOrderIndex"=dword:00000042
    "System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000000

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Dropbox\\Client\\Dropbox.exe,-6001"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\InProcServer32]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,59,00,53,00,54,00,45,00,4d,00,52,00,4f,00,4f,00,54,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\
    65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\Instance]
    "CLSID"="{0E5AAE11-A475-4c5b-AB00-C66DE400274E}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\Instance\InitPropertyBag]
    "Attributes"=dword:00000011
    "TargetFolderPath"="E:\\William\\Dropbox"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\ShellFolder]
    "Attributes"=dword:01048576
    "FolderValueFlags"=dword:00000028
    2. Enable inheritance on the registry key [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}]

    - This makes the ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES user explicit. Deny only *this* user write access, while not changing any others that appear. Requires knowing how to use the Security tab.


    RESULT:

    For the first time, I rebooted and it's gone.
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  6.    04 Feb 2016 #6

    As readers may be aware, the fix above does not resist Dropbox updates, which reestablish the pesky navigation pane entry.

    A nuclear response was needed, but not by uninstalling. I created a Task that consists of running a batch file that implements the reg file above after logon. Dropbox itself is set by Task Manager (not autoruns) to wait for user logon and a working internet connection. This takes a moment, so the batch file is set to run 1 minute after the internet connection is established.

    This, after several test reboots, works. If after an update or some slow boot the fix doesn't work, just go into Task Scheduler and run the task manually.
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  7. Posts : 52
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       05 Feb 2016 #7

    Are the Dropbox HKCR entries coming from HKCU\Classses or HKLM\Classes?

    Keith
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  8.    05 Feb 2016 #8

    KeithM said: View Post
    Are the Dropbox HKCR entries coming from HKCU\Classses or HKLM\Classes?

    Keith
    From HKCU. The quoted text above in 1st post needs to be put into a reg file and merged. As per second post, no luck making it stick; required a workaround. Today I am reinstalling the OS after getting fed up with the problems from an upgrade, and this time I think there will be no Dropbox. Office 365 gives me 1TB, Google Drive 15GB (per email address, or 30GB total), ASUS Webstorage another 5GB iirc, and now 20GB from Cyberlink (not that I like them commercially, as the website is designed for suckers, but the SW does the job for my 3D and upscaling needs, and has the cloud storage to boot.)

    So it looks like these might, maybe, perhaps are my first and last posts on Dropbox.
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  9.    20 Mar 2016 #9

    Hlafordlaes said: View Post
    Here is how to do it:

    1. Modify pin value and folder type value (SGAO) so the item is doubly invisible:



    2. Enable inheritance on the registry key [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}]

    - This makes the ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES user explicit. Deny only *this* user write access, while not changing any others that appear. Requires knowing how to use the Security tab.
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}]
    @="Dropbox"
    "SortOrderIndex"=dword:00000042
    "System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000000
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\DefaultIcon]
    @="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Dropbox\\Client\\Dropbox.exe,-6001"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\InProcServer32]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,59,00,53,00,54,00,45,00,4d,00,52,00,4f,00,4f,00,54,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\
    65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\Instance]
    "CLSID"="{0E5AAE11-A475-4c5b-AB00-C66DE400274E}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\Instance\InitPropertyBag]
    "Attributes"=dword:00000011
    "TargetFolderPath"="E:\\William\\Dropbox"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{E31EA727-12ED-4702-820C-4B6445F28E1A}\ShellFolder]
    "Attributes"=dword:01048576
    "FolderValueFlags"=dword:00000028
    RESULT:

    For the first time, I rebooted and it's gone.
    Will this method work if I copy the code into a .reg file and run it that way?
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  10. Posts : 20,709
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       20 Mar 2016 #10

    Hello Joshua,

    Yes, but leave the top Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 part of the code out if you're adding it to an existing .reg file. A .reg file only needs one at the top.
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