Windows 10: Double entries in directory Solved

  1.    20 Dec 2015 #1

    Double entries in directory

    Hi Chaps
    apologies if this has been asked before, but here goes.

    I recently upgraded my windows 7 laptop to windows 10. It would seem to have been successful, and I am pleased with the outcome.

    Just noticed a little quirk, and need advice.
    When I plug in a USB memory stick OR a USB external drive - the device shows twice in the directory. As I type this, I have a USB external hard drive plugged in. The directory list shows 2 entries 'E Drive' - when both are expanded, each has full details of the disks content!

    Thoughts and suggestions welcomed
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  2. philc43's Avatar
    Posts : 3,590
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.1 and W10 Insider Build 18252
       20 Dec 2015 #2

    Check out this tutorial - it shows how to remove the double entries if you wish to do so:
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    20 Dec 2015 #3

    Thank you philc43 - I read this with interest.

    Many thanks for your post - This seems to relate to the inclusion of the drive in the listing, and/or the removal of a drive from the list.
    My problem is slightly different, in that if I have the file explorer on the screen - and then plug in (for example) a USB stick - this will be instantly recognised, but 2 entries will be shown in the file explorer list.
    The USB just inserted in the slot is shown twice as (E)
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    20 Dec 2015 #4

    After much sear
    ching, I found this which has resolved the problem. Thanks once again to philc43 for your kind input.

    1. Press WIN+R keys together to open RUN dialog box. You can also open it from WIN+X menu. Now type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
    2. Now go to following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFold ers
    3. Under "DelegateFolders" key, you'll find {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} key.

    4. Now delete the {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} key and it'll immediately remove the duplicate drive icons from This PC's Navigation Pane.
    Now you'll no longer see any drive icon twice in the Navigation Pane of This PC.
    NOTE: If you are using 64-bit edition of Windows 10, you may notice that the drive icon is still present in "Browse" dialog box such as Save, Save as or Open in some 3rd party 32-bit programs. To remove the duplicate drive icon from there, you'll need to perform the same steps in following key as well:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\ DelegateFolders
    Under "DelegateFolders" key, delete {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83} key.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5. philc43's Avatar
    Posts : 3,590
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.1 and W10 Insider Build 18252
       21 Dec 2015 #5

    Good to know you fixed it. Your method is exactly the same as the one in the tutorial that I linked to which does all of it in one go using the .reg file provided.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


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