Add or Remove Linux from Navigation Pane in Windows 10  

    Add or Remove Linux from Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Linux from Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Linux in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
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    01 Mar 2019
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    How to Add or Remove Linux in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10


    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18342 (19H1) and Windows 10 build 18836 (20H1), Linux will be added to the navigation pane in File Explorer whenever you enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

    You can find your WSL distro’s files by accessing \\wsl$\{distro name}\ where {distro name} is the name of a running distro.

    Linux in the navigation pane allows you to quickly see all currently running WSL distros from wsl$.

    If you like, you can remove Linux from the navigation without having to disable WSL.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Linux in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10. When you click/tap on the Distro shortcut in Linux, it will show all currently running WSL distros.

    If you choose to remove Linux from the navigation pane and have Show all folders turned on for the navigation pane, then Linux will still show until Show all folders is turned off.


    EXAMPLE: Linux in navigation pane of File Explorer when WSL is enabled
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    Here's How:

    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{B2B4A4D1-2754-4140-A2EB-9A76D9D7CDC6}
    @="Linux"

    System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD

    1 = add
    0 = remove




    1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Add Linux to Navigation Pane of Current User

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_Linux_to_navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.reg

    download


     3. To Remove Linux from Navigation Pane of Current User

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_Linux_from_navigation_pane_in_File_Explorer.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. jimbo45's Avatar
    Posts : 6,744
    Windows / Linux : Centos, Ubuntu, OpenSuse
       #1

    Hi folks

    Beware system admins with WSL !!!

    Just removing the view from file explorer really doesn't achieve much BTW.

    Anybody once the WSL for Linux subsystem is installed can set themselves up as root (sudo) and this is independent of the user account they have on Windows.

    Now with a little bit of trickery one can add a lot of Linux GUI desktop tools to the WSL (you need to install an X-Server that runs on Windows (VcXsrv or XMming -- I prefer VcXsrv though) and then install samba --- now you can access any HDD on the local windows system whatever your privilege level (that's a security loophole that needs to be fixed) or even across the network -- although shared HDD's on a network will need proper privilege level for read / write.

    It's really easily done -- I was utterly surprised that it actually worked -- the only difficulty I encountered was in configuring the X-server. Admins ought to be aware of what one can do with WSL --it's hideously more powerful than one might have supposed.

    Here's access to Local C drive and entire network via SAMBA from WSL using Dolphin (a Linux Windowed file manager -- nautilus or any other one could be used as well).


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    here's getting a GUI on WSL


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    Cheers
    jimbo
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