I want drive letters in the navigation pane

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  1. Posts : 314
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       #51

    I want drive letters in the navigation pane-drvletters.jpg
    Last edited by thename; 15 May 2021 at 03:30.
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  2. Posts : 6
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       #52

    This is an utterly bizarre thread. Testament to how impenetrable some communities can be and how obstinate individual users can also be.

    I cannot fix your issue, though I am honestly confused why someone replicated your issue and then didn't tell you how to reverse it... But I can provide perhaps a better way to do it, which I personally prefer. You can chop and change any of this to achieve your own desired results.

    This is my result:
    I want drive letters in the navigation pane-drive_icons.png

    First, for other people than OP especially, preferably remove all the drives from the Navigation Pane. You can use these tenforums tutorials to do so:
    How to Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
    How to Add or Remove This PC in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

    Next, follow this tutorial:
    How to pin drives to the navigation pane in File Explorer on Windows 10
    (Can this be added to tenforums as a tutorial please?)

    With the existing code you'll add a "D:" drive and the article also provides instructions on how to change it and add "C:" as well. I have and did both, but you may have more or less drives using alternate letters. The pertinent code is at lines 3-6 and you can use these to easily replace it:

    FOR C: DRIVE

    set "_icon=%%SystemRoot%%\system32\imageres.dll,31"
    set "_name=C:"
    set "_guid=ffffffff-ffff-ffff-0000-00000000000c"
    set "_target=c:\\"


    FOR D: DRIVE

    set "_icon=%%SystemRoot%%\system32\imageres.dll,30"
    set "_name=D:"
    set "_guid=ffffffff-ffff-ffff-0000-00000000000d"
    set "_target=d:\\"


    I've highlighted in red the relevant parts that need changing should you have other drives/needs. I did try and isolate the imageres.dll numbering in relation to icons, but they don't match up at all (I used the IconViewer extension but it gives the wrong numbers for icons). I guessed the correct ones for me in the end anyway, which are 30 (no Windows icon overlay) and 31 (little blue modern Windows icon overlaid).

    For me this achieves better results than Windows own inconsistent and buggy implementation, being far more static and reliable, as well as a little customisable. Why this isn't its own little process available when right-clicking drives I do not know (except -Microsoft-).

    Hopefully this helps somewhat, though it completely sidesteps solving your problem and This PC will presumably still be empty. There are other threads out there for example. But saying they're clear on the solution is overstating it. Broken Windows updates are mentioned as a possible cause with sfc, dism or repair install all mentioned as possible solutions. If they don't work or you are that opposed to doing certain ones, I'd argue that the hip new files app would be better in almost every way anyway?

    Regards!
    Last edited by jamieteawhite; 14 Nov 2021 at 17:17. Reason: Added correct image after icon fix, deleted old image, removed code tags.
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  3. Posts : 13,757
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       #53

    In spite of the history of Microsoft's foibles in adjusting things I go to File Explorer, View tab and Options, get the page where showing drive letters can be made.
    I want drive letters in the navigation pane-image.png

    What I always get:
    I want drive letters in the navigation pane-image.png
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  4. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       #54

    Berton said:
    In spite of the history of Microsoft's foibles in adjusting things I go to File Explorer, View tab and Options, get the page where showing drive letters can be made.
    Presuming you mean this:
    I want drive letters in the navigation pane-23-35-13_14-11-2021.png

    It doesn't do what you think it does. Instead, it controls this:
    I want drive letters in the navigation pane-23-36-19_14-11-2021.png
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  5. Posts : 989
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       #55

    jamieteawhite said:
    This is an utterly bizarre thread. Testament to how impenetrable some communities can be and how obstinate individual users can also be.
    ...
    though I am honestly confused why someone replicated your issue and then didn't tell you how to reverse it...

    ...
    Regards!
    Because the OP was arrogant and uncooperative --- he even had to argue about providing a decent screenshot!!!

    He wouldn't provide context or history, either.

    I assumed he was a troll playing "stump the gurus"...

    Now, if I can just remember how I did it, I'd be happy to share with everyone else!




    Here we go:

    Code:
    PS C:\> gi 'HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NonEnum'
    
    
        Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
    
    
    Name                           Property
    ----                           --------
    NonEnum                        {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} : 1
    I still find it hard to believe this value appeared in the OP's registry by immaculate conception!!!
    Last edited by KeithM; 15 Nov 2021 at 00:35.
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  6. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       #56

    KeithM said:
    Because the OP was arrogant and uncooperative --- he even had to argue about providing a decent screenshot!!!

    He wouldn't provide context or history, either.
    I understand your point. I read through everything and agree their tone did not help matters at all.
    That said I can see their frustration and lack of patience as being a symptom of many things that aren't their own fault. Microsoft making simple things harder and botching basic features, as well as the actual Microsoft help forum being utterly intentionally useless. Also, sometimes communities like this can seem elitist or feel unapproachable. After all, he did state everything pertinent in his opening post, which was completely ignored by multiple people for a fair few pages!

    Anyway, now there are several solutions and alternative advice that will be super useful, hopefully. Thanks for (remembering and) adding yours!


    KeithM said:
    I still find it hard to believe this value appeared in the OP's registry by immaculate conception!!!
    My guess would be that at some point it was part of something they ran, a script or straight up reg file, that they weren't aware also did this.
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  7. Posts : 406
    Windows 10 21H1
       #57

    Given that the OP was half a year ago, it's clearly not an urgent issue anymore, but just to add for those who might be reading this in the future, there is a Group Policy relating to this problem

    I want drive letters in the navigation pane-capture3.png

    I suspect that this controls the registry key shown by @KeithM, but I'm not 100% sure.
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  8. Posts : 314
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    Thread Starter
       #58

    unifex said:
    Given that the OP was half a year ago, it's clearly not an urgent issue anymore
    It became not a practical issue as of my workaround shown in post #51.
    Age of threads is unimportant. All of us here like resolution to nonworking things.
    (Absence of This PC in navigation pane is unresolved. Now that I made drive letters, the absence is welcome.)

    jamieteawhite said:
    a better way to do it
    Layout at its cleanest, thanks. I will add all the letters, and remove my library.
    Last edited by thename; 27 Nov 2021 at 11:13.
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  9. Posts : 13,757
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #59

    RE: (Absence of This PC in navigation pane is unresolved.) have the settings in Folder Options for the Navigation pane been verified for function?
    I want drive letters in the navigation pane-image.png
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  10. Posts : 314
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    Thread Starter
       #60

    thename said:
    I will add all the letters
    Impossible beyond F:, because guid is in hex.
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