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I just set up a fresh install of Windows Server 2008, and have a favorite links pane above folders in my Explorer. I know I can drag folders over it, but it comes back, and looks funky.

How can I really just disable that? Anyone know where it is in the registry?

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  • are you speaking of the navigation pane on the LHS in explorer? or the favorites bar in internet explorer? a screenshot may help? Commented Nov 10, 2009 at 3:59

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Here is an article that describes disabling it in Vista. The steps should be the same in Windows 2008.

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  • Really seems like there should be a way to just get rid of the favorites and keep the folder tree...
    – Eli
    Commented Oct 9, 2009 at 20:46
  • agree, Windows Server 2008 is the same GUI base as Vista, and Windows Server 2008 R2 is the same GUI base as Windows 7 Commented Feb 12, 2010 at 11:34
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By default, Windows Server 2008 R2 does not provides Group Policy to disable or turn off Favorites and Libraries feature in Explorer. You can modify registry key to hide them.

Note: Please backup the key first.

  1. For Favorites, the key is:

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder]
    
    "Attributes"=dword:a0900100
    

    Changing a0900100 to a9400100 will hide Favorites from Navigation Pane.

  2. For Libraries, the key is:

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder]
    
    "Attributes"=dword:b080010d
    

    Changing b080010d to b090010d will hide Libraries from Navigation Pane.

Note: You need to take ownership the ShellFolder before changing the value of Attributes.

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