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    Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

    Published by BrinkCategory: General Tips
    16 Mar 2015 Last Updated: 13 Jul 2017 at 15:36

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    How to Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

    information   Information
    By default, all removable drives are shown separately in the navigation pane of File Explorer in addition to being shown under This PC in the navigation pane.

    OS drives and fixed drives will only be shown under This PC, and not separately in the navigation pane.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the drives showing twice in the navigation pane of File Explorer for all users in Windows 10. This will not affect the drives listed under This PC in the navigation pane.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove drives in the navigation pane.

    Tip   Tip
    To see all removable storage devices connected to your PC, copy and paste the command below into the Run (Win+R) dialog and click/tap on OK.

    explorer shell:::{a6482830-08eb-41e2-84c1-73920c2badb9}


    EXAMPLE: Separate Drives in Navigation Pane
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    Here's How:

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add or remove the registry key below.

    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}


    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Remove Drives from Navigation Pane

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

    Remove_Drives_from_Navigation_Pane.reg

    download

     3. To Add Drives to Navigation Pane

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the 32-bit or 64-bit file below for your same 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 4 below.

    32-bit_Add_Drives_to_Navigation_Pane.reg

    download

    OR

    64-bit_Add_Drives_to_Navigation_Pane.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

    7. Restart explorer, sign out and sign in Windows, or restart the computer to apply.

    8. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    05 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10

    What if I want to do the reverse? This tutorial removes individual drive sections, but leaves them in "This PC"... I would prefer to move all the drives to individual sections, and remove them from "This PC". Is this possible?
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  2.    05 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
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    I'll add it to my list of to look intos, and will post back when able.

    UPDATE: Doesn't seem possible without hiding the drive everywhere.
    Last edited by Brink; 14 Aug 2015 at 11:51.
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  3.    14 Oct 2015 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 20
    Windows 10 Home (and 7)

    Worked flawlessly when I ran this a few weeks ago .... interestingly cumulative update KB3097617 restored this key. Removed the key and all is good again.

    KB3097617 seems to be affecting (restoring registry keys) for other File Explorer tweaks too...
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  4.    14 Oct 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    Yeah, it's always nice when an update resets everything to default. Thank you for the heads up.
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  5.    21 Nov 2015 #5
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    Win 10 Pro v1709 16299.15

    Windows Update restored my key to. Thanks again for your registry edit to fix it.
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  6.    21 Nov 2015 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 64 bit

    After update to 10.0.10586 (Nov update), removable drives show up agai


    I just upgraded from 10.0.10240 to 10.0.10586 and the double drive problem shows up again. I looked in the registry and the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFol ders\{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}" is still there with a value of "Removable Drives".

    Here is a picture of "{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}":



    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}\InProcServer32

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}\Instance

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}\Instance\InitPropertyBag


    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}\ShellFolder

    Are we back to square 1? Please tell me I did something wrong cause I hate seeing those doubled up removable drives. lol
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  7.    21 Nov 2015 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,258
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
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    Hello Merowland01, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    It's ok. The upgrade to 10.0.10586 resets this back to default. You will just need to do the tutorial again to remove the drives.
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  8.    22 Nov 2015 #8
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 64 bit

    Got unexpected results when running tutorial in 10.0.10586


    When I reran the tutorial, I didn't see the patch installed correctly: See link below:



    Is this correct?
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  9.    22 Nov 2015 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,258
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
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    merrowland,

    Nope, it didn't get successfully merged.

    Were you able to approve all prompts to merge the .reg file?

    Are you currently signed in to an administrator account?
      My ComputersSystem Spec

 
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