Ritesh’s Technical Blog

All Hacks And Cracks part-3

Posted on: February 15, 2009

C. My Computer

1. Remove Shared Documents and My Documents Folder
both

2. Prevent access to certain drive
3. Remove Shared Folder
4. Add Recycle Bin in My computer
5. Hide drives in my Computer
6. Remove properties option from my computer
7. Invisible Folder and Drive
8. Remove Compression Option In Disk Cleanup


Answers


1. Remove Shared Documents and My Documents Folder
both

Want to remove Shared Documents and My Documents folder from My Computer here is the way how you can get rid of it.
1. Open Regedit. (type Regedit in RUN dialog box)
2. Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVe
rsion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\DelegateFolders

3. And delete the subkey
{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}

Hate editing Registry so here’s a simple and clean way
1. Open Group Policy Editor. (Type gpedit.msc in RUN dialog box)
2. Navigate to User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows
Components> Windows Explorer.

3. On the right pane double click on option Remove Shared Documents folder
from My Computer and Enable it.


2. Prevent access to certain drive

This is an ultimate restriction if you want that no one access you’re hard drives accept you than it is what you are looking for. This tweak will disable access to your drives even their contents are not visible by using dir command or by using search.
Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Polici es\Explorer
And to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies \Explorer

Here create a new DWORD named NoViewOnDrive and set its value to 4(in dec) if you want to restrict your C drive.

For restricting other drives set the value accordingly

A 1
B 2
C 4
D 8
E 16
F 32
G 64
H 128
I 256
J 512
K 1024
L 2048
M 4096
N 8192
0 16384
P 32768
Q 65536
R 131072
S 262144
T 524288
U 1048576
V 2097152
W 4194304
X 8388608
Y 16777216
Z 33554432
ALL DRIVES 67108863

FOR EG: To hide drive C and D, you would add 4(for C) and 8(for D) which would be 12 and then set the value of NoViewOnDrive to 12 in order to restrict drives C and D.

Or

Go to
User Configuration> Administrative Template> Windows Component> WindowsExplorer

And double click on Prevent access to drives from My Computer and Enable it and select the drives you want to prevent


3. Remove Shared Folder

To remove the Shared Documents folder follow the given steps
1. Open Regedit. (Type Regedit in RUN dialog box)
2. Navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\E
xplorer

3. On right pane create a Binary value named NoSharedDocuments and set its
value to 1, to revert back just delete the key


4. Add Recycle Bin in My computer

To add recycle bin in My Computer go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

Create a subkey named {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} under NameSpace

Complete path would like this

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\ {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-
00AA002F954E}

And you will have Recycle Bin in you’re my Computer


5. Hide drives in my Computer

To hide drives in My Computer navigate through

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

And create a DWORD and name it NoDrives and give it value 03ffffff (in hex)

To revert back, just delete the following DWORD created.


6. Remove properties option from my
computer

This tweak hides the system properties screen and remove the properties option from my computer.
Navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
And to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Create a new DWORD value in both locations called NoPropertiesMyComputer.
Set its value to 1 to hide the properties option.


7. Invisible Folder and Drive

Yes, it is possible to create invisible drives that remain there only but nobody can see it.

The idea of creating this invisible drive struck my mind when I came to knew how to create an invisible folder. So I must first tell you how to create an invisible folder. To create invisible folders first create a folder say “Ritesh”. Now right click on the folder and select Rename.

Now while pressing ALT click 0160 (ALT+0+1+6+0) and hit enter. You will get a folder with no name. So our half process is done now you need to hide the folder to hide it right click the folder and click on

Properties > customize > change icon

Now look for an empty space in the change icon dialog box and click on it and then click ok.
Now you are done!

You will have an invisible folder.

So you have created an invisible folder. Now, after creating invisible folder the idea of making
invisible hard drive is quite simple
The only 2 problem are that
1. How to change drive icons.
2. How to remove drive letters.

First, rename the drive that you want to hide by the method given above for folders. Then follow
these steps
1. To change drive icons navigate to
HKLM > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer
Create a new key DriveIcons

In this key again create a key named C (Drive letter of the drive which you want to hide)
In this key again create a key name it DefaultIcon

Now the path will be

HKLM > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer> DriveIcons > C> DefaultIcon

On the right pane you will find a string named Default double click the string and enter the full path of the blank icon in it which is
%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll,50
This is the path of blank icon.

2. Now we have hided the drive icon now to hide drive letter from appearing navigate to

HKLM > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer

Now on the right pane create a DWORD name it ShowDriveLettersFirst and give it the value 2
in DECIMAL

Now Logoff/Logon your system to see the changes you have made.


8. Remove Compression Option In Disk Cleanup

Go to-
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Compress old files

Delete the Default Value Key and the next time you start Disk Cleanup, it will skip
the compression analysis


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