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How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

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Have you ever wondered how to remove “Shared Documents” from your My Computer window in Windows XP? If you don’t use that feature, it seems rather silly to have it wasting space on the screen when all you really want to do is open up your hard drive or flash drive.

We can disable the shared documents icon easily using a registry hack or through TweakUI, the only problem is that it will also remove the regular user documents from the folder as well…

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

Once the setting is applied, you’ll no longer see either document folder:

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

If you are fine with that, then continue reading.

Manual Registry Hack

Open up regedit.exe through the Start Menu Run box, and then browse down to the following path, creating the keys if they don’t exist.

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On the right-hand side, create a new DWORD value with the following values:

  • Name: NoSharedDocuments
  • Value: 1

You’ll have to logoff and back on for the settings to take effect.

The Easy Method

Instead of bothering with the registry, you can simply use Microsoft’s Tweak UI utility… click on “My Computer” on the left-hand pane, and then uncheck “Files Stored on This Computer” from the right side, and click Apply.

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That’s pretty much all there is to it.

Note: If you are using XP Professional, you could also use the Group Policy editor… the setting is found under User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ Windows Explorer, and it’s called “Remove Shared Documents from My Computer”

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

The Windows XP operating system displays several user related system folders in the My Computer overview. These system folders include Shared Documents and user folders. Some users, especially those who are working on single user computer systems, might want to get rid of these folders to receive a better overview of the connected hard drives and other hardware devices.

A simple Registry tweak can remove these folders from the My Computer display. The system folders remain on the computer system and are not modified in any way by the following procedure. Only their links that are automatically added in My Computer is removed.

To remove the Shared Documents and user document folders from My Computer do the following:

Press the keyboard shortcut [Windows R] to open the run dialog box. Enter regedit and hit enter to open the Windows Registry editor. Now locate for the following Registry key:

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This can be done by manually navigating in the Registry or searching for part of the key. Please check the complete key as it might appear several times in the Registry. Deleting that Registry key will remove the Shared Documents and user documents folder from My Computer. It is recommended to create a backup of the Registry key before deleting it. This can be done my selecting the key in the Registry editor and opening the Export option under the File header menu.

The changes are immediately visible although a refresh might be needed if the My Computer folder was open during the procedure. The changes can be undone by double-clicking on the Registry backup file that was created in the process. Another option is to simply created the Registry key manually using the information above.

The Control Panel is one of the most important parts of your Microsoft Windows system. If you’d like to customize which icons appear in your Control Panel, continue reading for suggested methods.

If you’re running Windows ME, XP or later, we recommend that you do not customize your Control Panel icons. Instead, we suggest that Control Panel be configured to show icons in Classic View, see: Unable to find icons in Windows Control Panel.

  • TweakUI.
  • Adding Control Panel icons.
  • Manually running a Windows Control Panel .cpl file.
  • Hiding Control Panel icons.
  • Removing Control Panel icons.
  • Files associated with Control Panel icons.

TweakUI

Microsoft Windows XP and later revisions of Windows users can enable and remove Control Panel icons with the TweakUI program.

After TweakUI has been installed, check and uncheck the icons you want or do not want to display in the Windows Control Panel under the Control Panel section.

Adding Control Panel icons

Users can add a Windows Control Panel icon by installing the software program or hardware device related to the icon. If doing this does not install an icon into the Windows Control Panel that is either listed in the below chart or has been present in the past, follow the steps below.

  1. Reinstall the software program or hardware device associated with the program. During reinstallation, the necessary .CPL file is copied back onto the computer.
  2. Manually copy, expand, and extract the .cpl file back into the Windows System or System 32 directory.

Unless your software program or hardware device has a .cpl file associated with it, the program will not create an icon in your Control Panel.

Manually running a Windows Control Panel .cpl file

If you are unfamiliar with what each .CPL file does, try one of the following suggestions.

  1. Manually execute many of the .CPL files by typing control .cpl. See the control command page for additional information and help with this command.
  2. Users can also use the rundll32 file to open the Control Panel icons. Below is an example of how a user would open the Date/Time Properties window using the rundll32 file. If you want to run an alternate .cpl file, replace the TimeDate.cpl with a different .cpl file.

Hiding Control Panel icons

If you want to hide an icon from being displayed in the Control Panel, you can delete or move the icon as explained in the steps below or hide the icon by editing the control.ini file.

Removing Control Panel icons

Using the Microsoft find utility, users can locate all .cpl files on their computer.

Once all the .cpl files have been found, locate the file associated with your icon and delete the file or move it to an alternate location.

Files associated with Control Panel icons

Below is a small chart of the available files and their associated Control Panel icons. Note that not all of the files or icons below are available in all versions of Microsoft Windows. They may be missing because the associated hardware device, software program, or other setting is not installed. Icons that have an asterisk in the availability section indicate that third-party software must be installed before the icon is displayed.

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My new friend Sue asked me the other day how to customize icons on Windows XP, so I thought I’d write up all the ways to change the icons, both by using the built-in methods and also with additional software.

Changing My Computer, My Documents, and Recycle Bin Icons Manually

Right-click on the desktop and choose Properties, then on the Desktop tab you should choose the Customize Desktop button.

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In the Desktop Items dialog you can select one of the icons and click the Change Icon button.

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Now just click the Browse button, and pick whichever icon file you would prefer.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

Change Icons for Specific Folders Manually

You can change the icon for many folders by right-clicking the folder and choosing Properties, and then clicking Change Icon on the Customize tab.

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This method works by writing a hidden desktop.ini file into the folder that will contain text like this:

You could manually create or edit the file if you choose, instead of using the dialogs. The IconFile line can be adjusted to point to a custom icon file. If you are pointing to a .ico file you should change the IconIndex line to 0 instead.

Note that this isn’t available for all folders, for instance you can’t use this to change the icon for the Windows folder.

Using iColorFolder Skins to Customize Specific Folders Easily

You can use the previously reviewed iColorFolder application to load colored folders that can be applied to specific folders. You can also set the default folder icon using this tool.

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Not only that, but this tool can be used to set the default icon for any file type, or easily change the icon for a specific folder to a different color, or a different icon altogether.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

Manually Setting Specific Icons for Removable Drives

You can create a new file named autorun.inf in the root of any flash or USB drive, and then add the following section to it:

You’ll notice that the icon file is set to autorun.ico, which means for this file to work you would have to rename the icon file and add it to the root of the drive as well:

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Your best bet is to make both of these files hidden so you don’t have to see them. Right-click on the files, choose Properties, and then check the box for “Hidden” as shown:

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This does not work for regular hard drives, just for removable ones. Also note that the custom icon will show up on any Windows computer that you plug the removable drive into.

Change Icons for Regular File Types

If you want to change the icon for all those .txt files you have laying around, you can do so by going into yet another dialog (seems like they could have organized them into a single place)

Open up a copy of Windows Explorer and then choose Folder Options from the Tools menu.

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Select the File Types tab, and then choose the file type you want to change and click the Advanced button.

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In the “Edit File Type” dialog you can click the Change Icon button, and then select an icon just like you did above.

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There are a few of the file types that won’t let you change the icon using this method… for instance you should not use this to change the icon for folders or drives or else things will go haywire. (or they did for me)

Change Icons for Application Shortcuts

You can customize the icon for any application icons, whether on the start menu, quick launch or desktop, by right-clicking on the shortcut and choosing Properties, then use “Change Icon” from the shortcut tab.

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Use Windows Vista Style Drive Icons

You can also customize the drive icons in Windows XP to give them the same Vista bar graph underneath that shows the disk space.

Changing Special Icons like Control Panel, Drives, Folders, Printers, Etc

If you’d rather change all the different icons in one place, you can use the freeware IconTweaker application that gives you access to change pretty much any icon in Windows XP.

Click on the round “icons” icon on the left-hand panel, and then you can customize any of the built-in icons… just click the Change button.

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And then click the Open button and pick the icon file you want to use.

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There’s a lot more to this application, for instance you can use it to create a theme that you could re-apply later… or you could download icon themes and apply them.

So, Where Do I Get Free Icons From?

The key thing you want to consider when finding icons online is that they come in a zip file and are in .ico format. Probably best to avoid any icons packaged in .exe files unless you scan them well first.

Here’s some links to some good icons, the second two links are thanks to Scott, our forum moderator and notorious theme tweaker.

Once you download the icons, you should save them into a single folder that you won’t move anywhere. A good standard would be to make a folder called something like “Icons” inside of your documents folder, and then put all the icons into there. That way you won’t move them and then screw up your custom icons.

I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts and any additional tricks in the comments.

Because generic icons are so darn ugly

If you have a file on your computer with a non-recognizable extension, then Windows will simply assign that file a generic file icon. If you work in a corporate environment, this can happen all the time with custom software applications using proprietary formats.

Even if you are a home user, it might be worth your time to change the default icon that is assigned for a text document or for all PDF documents, etc. This tip is really just for customizing the look and feel of Windows to your liking.

In Windows XP, changing a file type’s icon was very simple and could be done via Windows Explorer. Unfortunately, the process is more complicated in Windows 7 and Windows 8. There you have to manually edit registry entries, which is no fun. Thankfully, there are a couple of freeware programs out there that get the job done without all the mess.

Change File Type Icon in Windows XP

Step 1: Open My Computer and go to Tools and then Folder Options.

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Step 2: Click on the File Types tab and you’ll see a listing of all the registered file types on your computer along with the extensions and the icon.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

Step 3: Scroll down to the file extension you want to change the icon for and then select it in the list. After that, click on the Advanced button at the bottom of the dialog.

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Step 4: Click the Change Icon button at the top right and choose your replacement icon.

That’s how simple it is to change the icon for a file type in Windows XP and Windows Vista. Now let’s talk about Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Change File Type Icon in Windows 7/8

For Windows 7 and higher, there are a couple of freeware utilities that can change the file icons for you without having to mess around in the registry. I’m going to mention two that I have used and that work well.

Types

Types is a very simple app that only does one thing. It would have been nice if the program was a standalone executable that didn’t require an install, but unfortunately, it’s not. Anyway, once you install it and run it, you’ll get a box with all of the currently registered files types on the system and their icons.

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In my example, I want to change the default icon for text files, so I scrolled down to the TXT extension and selected it. Click on the gear icon at the top and that will bring up the properties box.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

On the Class tab, you can see the path to the associated program for that file type. In this case, Notepad opens TXT files by default. You can actually change the default program here if you like, but you can also do that via Explorer.

The tab we are interested in is Icon. By default, it shows you the icons stored in the imageres.dll file stored in the SYSTEM32 directory. This DLL file contains a lot of the default system icons used on the system.

If you don’t find any usable icon here, you can read my previous post on extracting icons from EXE and DLL files or taking your own images and converting them into icons. Once you have a custom icon, you can click the little yellow folder button and browse to the icon you want to use.

Simply select the icon and then close out of the properties window. You’ll also see the icon change in the header area at the very top of the properties window.

As you can see above, I changed the icon for the TXT file type to something different and now that icon will show up wherever Windows displays it across the operating system.

FilesTypesMan

The second program I really like is from Nirsoft, my favorite company when it comes to free utilities. The program is called FileTypesMan and it’s better than Types because it doesn’t require any installation on the system.

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Once you run it, you can scroll down to the file extension you are looking for using the first column (Extension). In my example, I again found the .TXT file extension and at the bottom you can see the different actions associated with that extension. This is the same as the Actions tab in Types.

When you double-click on the entry, you’ll get a popup dialog with a whole bunch of properties and settings.

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Click on the little button next to Default Icon and choose your icon file. You can also configure a bunch of advanced options for showing/hiding different settings related to the file extension. If you work with a certain file type a lot and want a better icon than the default, these two programs are the best options.

That’s about it. If you have any questions or problems updating the icon for a file type, let us know in the comments. Enjoy!

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Summary

The My Documents folder is a component of the user profile that is used as a unified location for storing personal data. By default, the My Documents folder is a folder in the user’s profile that is used as a default storage location for saved documents.

If you are an administrator, you can use folder redirection in a group policy to modify the location of My Documents to reside on a network share. When users save documents to the My Documents folder, the files are actually saved on an assigned network location and can be backed up by the administrator.

More Information

The path to the My Documents folder is stored in the following registry key, where complete path to storage location is the path to your storage location:

Value Name: Personal
Value Type: REG_SZ
Value Data: complete path to storage location
Any modification from the default is recorded in the following location and the preceding path is also updated:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Value Name: Personal
Value Type: REG_SZ
Value Data: complete path to storage locationIf you redirect My Documents by using group policy folder redirection, the path is present in this value and the option to modify the location of the My Documents folder is not available when you view properties of the My Documents folder.

How to Change the My Documents Folder Storage Location

When the properties of the My Documents folder (the desktop icon) are displayed and a group policy has not been established to redirect the folder, you can change the path to the My Documents folder and you can move the contents from the old location to the new location:

Right-click My Documents (on the desktop), and then click Properties.

In the Target box, type the new path to the My Documents folder, or click Move to browse to the folder and if needed, create a new My Documents folder. If the path you type does not exist, you are prompted to confirm that you want to create a new folder.

Click Yes to move files from the old My Documents location to the new location, or click No if you do not want to move these files. Note that if you click No, the files in the old location are not deleted, but they are no longer visible from My Documents after the change.

Restoring the Default My Documents Path

If the current My Documents path is incorrect or is no longer available, you can use the Restore Default option to restore the default path:

NOTE: This option is not displayed when group policy folder redirection is in effect for this folder.

Right-click My Documents (on the desktop), and then click Properties.

Click Restore Default.

The following registry value is used to determine the default location based on the user’s profile and appends “\My Documents” to form a complete path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\ user ID

Value Name: ProfileImagePath
Value Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
where user ID is the appropriate user ID.

If you have a home network and are running Windows 7 and have XP on other PC(s) you might want to share files between them. Today we will look at the steps to share files and hardware devices like a printer.

Sharing Files In Windows 7 and XP

Sharing folders between two Windows 7 machines with the new HomeGroup feature is an easy process, but the HomeGroup feature is not compatible with Vista or XP. For this tutorial we are using Windows 7 x64 RC1 and XP Professional SP3 connected through a basic Linksys home wireless router.

First make sure both machines are members of the same Workgroup which by default is named Workgroup.

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On the Windows 7 machine go into Control Panel \ All Control Panel Items \ Network and Sharing Center then click on Change advanced sharing settings.

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You will want to verify the following settings under Advanced Sharing Settings for the Home or Work and Public profile.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

If you want any user to have access the public shares turn off password protection. This is located in Advanced Sharing Settings toward the bottom of the list.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

If you want to keep it enabled make sure there is a log in account for the other XP machines and they have a password.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

Now if you go into Network in Windows 7 you should see your XP machine and the Windows 7 as well which in this case is Mysticgeek-PC.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

To share the printer on the Windows 7 machine go into Devices and Printers from the Start menu and double click on the printer icon.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

Next double click on “Customize your printer”.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

In the Properties screen click on the Sharing Tab and check the box to share the printer and type in its share name.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

If your XP machine is an x86 OS you can install Additional Drivers before setting up the XP machine.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

To find the shared folders and devices double click on the Windows 7 machine icon under Network. Here you can see the printer connected to my Windows 7 machine is shared and also the Users Folder.

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Continue into the Users folder and Public to see the shared folders, here I also created a folder called XP Share just to keep everything in central location.

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Over on your XP machine open up My Network Places to find the Windows 7 (mysticgeek-pc) shared folder.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

Double click on the Share folder to find a list of shared folders in the Public folder on Windows 7. If you have password protection enabled you will need to type in the username and password of the user account on the Windows 7 machine first.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

Setup XP With Shared Printer

To set up the shared printer in XP you will need to go into Printers and Faxes from the Start menu and kick off the Add Printer Wizard.

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Now select “A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer” then hit Next.

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Next select “Connect to this printer…” and type in the path for the printer connected to the Windows 7 machine and click next.

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Now click Yes to the confirmation message.

Then click Finish the printer to install and complete the Wizard.

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In some cases you will need to install the x86 XP drivers for the shared printer because the Windows 7 drivers are not compatible with XP. When everything is installed open up Printers and Faxes to find the shared printer.

How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

This should help you get started with sharing your files and other devices with your Windows 7 machine. When I first started I was able to see the printer on XP right away because I had a HomeGroup set up, but once I deleted it I needed to share the printer like you would for a workgroup. You might also have to do a couple restarts of the XP machine for it to see the shared resources on Windows 7. If you have had any experiences with sharing between Windows 7 and XP leave us a comment!

By Sarah | Follow | Last Updated October 20, 2020

Summary :

A lot of icons are placed on the desktop of a computer in general; they are generated automatically by the system/the software you’ve installed or created manually by users for convenience. You may customize the icons to suit your habits. This post on MiniTool mainly focuses on how to remove icons from desktop when they are useless.

Desktop icon, also known as desktop shortcut, creates an easy way to access certain location/program/settings. You can open the page you want to visit directly by just clicking on the corresponding icon on desktop. The desktop icons on computer include 3 types generally:

  • System related icons (such as This PC, Recycle Bin, and Control Panel)
  • App icons (such as browsers icon, tools icon, and game icon)
  • File/folder/location icons

The first two types are generated automatically while the last type is created manually by users for the sake of convenience. What if you find some desktop icons are not useful anymore? Obviously, you should remove icons from desktop manually. But do you know how to remove icons from desktop? In fact, there are several ways available for you to delete icon (or delete shortcut).

How to Remove Desktop Icons on Windows 10 Computer

How to remove shortcuts from desktop when you find it is not useful anymore? There are 3 basic ways you can use to remove/delete an icon (or shortcut) on the desktop.

Remove Icon from Desktop Directly

This is the most direct way to remove or delete a desktop icon on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and other systems.

Step 1: look through all the icons placed on your desktop.

Step 2: right click on the icon that you want to remove from desktop.

Step 3: choose Delete from the pop-up context menu.

Step 4: click on the Yes button when a window pops up to ask you Are you sure you want to move this shortcut to the Recycle Bin.

You can also select the icon on your desktop and press Delete button on the keyboard to see the pop-up prompt window.

As the prompt message shows, the desktop icon deleted by this way will be sent to the Recycle Bin kept there for a certain period of time.

How to delete the desktop icon shortcut permanently? There are 3 ways to use.

1 st way: delete icon from Recycle Bin.

  1. Open Recycle Bin.
  2. Select the icon and press Delete on the keyboard.
  3. Click on the Yes button in the pop-up window to confirm.

Also, you can right click on it & choose Delete.

2 nd way: empty the Recycle Bin.

  1. Right click on the Recycle Bin.
  2. Select Empty Recycle Bin.
  3. Click on the Yes button in the prompt window to confirm.

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Recycle Bin recovery seems quite difficult for us if the Recycle Bin is emptied or the files are further deleted from it; but, it is not the case.

3 rd way: Shift Delete the icon.

  1. Select the icon you want to delete on the desktop.
  2. Press Shift + Delete on keyboard.
  3. Click Yes to confirm the action.

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Learn the steps to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista after ‘shift-delete’ or ’empty recycle bin’.

In addition, you can make use of the Show desktop icons feature to hide/unhide all the icons on the desktop instead of deleting them.

  1. Right click on any blank area on the desktop.
  2. Navigate to the View option.
  3. Click Show desktop icons from its submenu.
  4. All the icons on desktop will disappear immediately.

To bring back the icons, you only need to repeat this process.

Remove Desktop Icons in Desktop Folder

  1. Open Windows Explorer by pressing Win+E or other ways.
  2. Copy & paste %userprofile%\desktop into the address bar at the top.
  3. Click on the right arrow button or press Enter.
  4. Browse the items in the window and select the icon you don’t want.
  5. Right click on it and choose Delete from the menu (you can also press Delete or Shift + Delete on keyboard to delete the icons directly).
  6. Click Yes to confirm the deletion action.

Remove System Icons from Desktop

You may find there’s no Delete option after right clicking on some system related icons. In this situation, how can you delete the system icons?

  1. Show desktop Windows 10.
  2. Select Personalize.
  3. Choose Themes in the left pane.
  4. Scroll down in the right pane to go to Related Settings section.
  5. Click on the Desktop icon settings link.
  6. Uncheck the icons that you don’t to show on desktop.
  7. Click on the OK button to confirm changes.

That’s all about how to remove icons from desktop on Windows 10. (The steps to remove icons from desktop in other Windows systems are similar.)

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Sarah has been working as an editor at MiniTool since she graduated from university. Sarah aims at helping users with their computer problems such as disk errors and data loss. She feels a sense of accomplishment to see that users get their issues fixed relying on her articles. Besides, she likes to make friends and listen to music after work.

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Summary

This step-by-step article describes how to gain access to local files when you are using a Remote Desktop session to a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 host computer. For more information about client-side drive redirection with Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server and Windows 2000 Terminal Services, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

272519 How to redirect a client drive in Terminal Services

The client portion of Remote Desktop is installed during the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 installation process. If you are using Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0, or Windows 2000 client computers to connect to a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 host computer, then download and install the Remote Desktop Connection Software from the following Microsoft Web site:

To connect to the remote computer:

Click Start, point to All Programs (or Programs), point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.

Type the name of the Windows XP-based computer that has Remote Desktop enabled, and then click Connect.

Type your user name and password, and then click OK.

After you establish a Remote Desktop connection, your remote desktop is displayed in its own window. You can use the keyboard and mouse of the local host to control the remote computer.

You can gain access to your disk drives on the local computer during a Remote Desktop session. You can redirect the local disk drives, including the hard disk drives, CD-ROM disk drives, floppy disk drives, and mapped network disk drives so that you can transfer files between the local host and the remote computer in the same way that you copy files from a network share. You can use Microsoft Windows Explorer to view the disk drives and files for each redirected disk drive. Alternatively, you can view the files for each redirected disk drive in My Computer. The drives are displayed as “drive_letter on terminal_server_client_name” in both Windows Explorer and My Computer.

To view the disk drives and files for the redirected disk drive:

Click Start, point to All Programs (or Programs), point to
Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.

Click Options, and then click the
Local Resources tab.

Click Disk Drives, and then click
Connect.

After you are finished using the Remote Desktop connection:

Click Start in the Remote Desktop Connection window, and then click Shut Down.

Click Log Off, and then click OK.

References

For more information about Remote Desktop and how to install Remote Desktop on versions of Windows other than Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

315328 How to use the Remote Desktop feature of Windows XP Professional

It’s nice to have an extra bit of privacy

Looking for a way to delete the recent documents list in Windows? Don’t you hate how many things Windows tracks, like all of the recent documents you have opened in ANY program? Sure, most of the time I don’t care and leave it enabled, but there are times when you would rather that data not be visible, i.e. when you are on a shared computer or a public computer.

If you want to disable recent documents and remove/clear your most recent documents, it’s actually a pretty simple process. The most recent list of documents was removed by default from the Start Menu starting in Windows 7, but it still exists in the jumplist.

Clear Recent Documents Windows 7 & 8

In Windows 7 and 8, you won’t see any list of recent documents by default in the Start Menu; however, it does still exist. If you right-click on the Start Menu, choose Properties, click on the Start Menu tab and then click on Customize, you’ll see a checkbox for Recent Items towards the bottom.

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If that is checked, then you will see the recent documents in the Start Menu like shown below:

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In addition to the Start menu, if Recent Items is enabled, you’ll also see the list of recent documents when you right-click on a program in the taskbar. This is called the jumplist and it basically includes a customized menu for each program.

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Now there are two ways to get rid of items from a jumplist or from the list of recent documents in Windows 7 and higher: either clear the jumplist or prevent Windows from showing any recent documents at all.

I have already written a detailed post on how to clear jumplists in Windows 7, so read that first. However, that just temporarily clears the jumplist. Once you open more documents, the jumplist will again list out recent documents.

If you go back to the Customize dialog where you enabled Recent Documents, you’ll see two options at the bottom for Start Menu Size:

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The item we are interested in is Number of recent items to display in Jump Lists. Go ahead and set that to and Windows will no longer show the list of recently opened documents. When you right-click on a program from your taskbar, the list will be gone.

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However, this is a bit misleading in two ways. Firstly, when I went ahead and opened Word, all of my recent documents were listed there! So to truly remove the list of recent documents, you have to clear it from the application itself.

For Word, open the program, click on File and then Options. Click on Advanced in the left menu and scroll down till you see the Display section.

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Here you will see the Show this number of Recent Documents option. Go ahead and change that value to 0. Now the list will be gone from Word itself.

Secondly, setting the number of recent items to display in jump lists to 0 is misleading because even though you may not see the list anymore when you right-click, Windows is still storing the history! For example, go ahead and change the value back from 0 to something else like 5. Now when you right-click on Word, for example, you’ll see the list is back!

To prevent Windows from storing the history altogether, you have to right-click on Start, go to Properties again and click on the Start Menu tab. This time don’t click on Customize!

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You will see under the Privacy section a checkbox for Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar. Go ahead and uncheck that box and now Windows will no longer store the history of your recently opened documents for any program. As mentioned before, the individual program itself may store a list of recent documents, which has to be cleared manually.

Clear Recent Documents Windows XP & Vista

I’m going to explain the method for clearing the my recent documents list in Windows XP, but the same holds true for Windows Vista. So here’s a step by step guide to deleting your my recent documents list:

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First, right-click on the Start Button and choose Properties:

You’ll now be in the Start Menu and Taskbar properties dialog box. You should already be on the Start Menu tab. Go ahead and click on the Customize button.

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You should now be viewing the Customize Start Menu dialog box. Go ahead and click on the Advanced tab.

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At the bottom, you’ll see a section called Recent Documents. Click Clear List to clear the most recent list of documents. If you do not want Windows to record your recent documents at all, uncheck the List my most recently opened documents box. That’s it!

Now the option on the Start Menu for most recent documents will be removed and nothing will be recorded! If you have any questions, post a comment! Enjoy!

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Deleting temporary files from your device will normally not affect your device. These files, as a rule, contain minor fixes or incidental settings that have undoubtedly been used by the software that created them in any case. Transient documents cannot be erased after use of the product that made them this way, resulting in a considerable amount of garbage. Cleaning these registers is usually the most ideal option.

How to delete temporary files in Windows

Follow these easy steps to delete your Windows temporary files:

  • Windows 10: Select the Cortana search box to the right of the Start button on the taskbar.
  • Windows 8.1: Right-click or hold the Start button and then choose Run.
  • Windows 8.0: The easiest way to access Run is from the Applications screen.
  • In earlier versions of Windows, choose Start to bring up the search box or search for Run.
  • Another way to open the Run dialog is to enter the keyboard shortcut WIN + R.
  • In the Run window or in the search box, enter exactly the following command:
  • This command, which is technically one of the many environment variables in Windows, will open the folder that Windows has designated as your Temp folder, probably C: Users AppData Local Temp.
  • Select all the files and folders within the Temp folder that you want to delete. Unless you have a reason otherwise, select them all.
  • Delete all the temporary files and folders you have selected, either by using the Delete key on your keyboard or the Delete button on the Start menu.
  • Choose Skip if you are presented with a File in Use or Folder in Use warning during the temporary file deletion process.
  • This is Windows telling you that the file or folder you are trying to delete is locked and still in use by a program, or maybe even Windows. Skipping them allows the deletion to continue with the remaining data.
  • Please wait while all temporary files are removed, which could take anywhere from a few seconds if you only have a few files in this folder, and up to several minutes if you have many and they are large.
  • You will not be asked when the process is complete. Instead, the progress indicator will simply disappear and you will see your empty, or nearly empty, temp folder on the screen. Feel free to close this window.
  • If you delete so much data that not all of it can be sent to the Recycle Bin, you will be informed that it will be permanently deleted.
  • Finally, locate the Recycle Bin on your desktop, right-click or long-press the icon, and then choose Empty Recycle Bin. Confirm that you want to remove the items, which will permanently remove those temporary files from your computer.

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So you login to your computer every single day, but there’s more than one account to choose from… either because you got the computer from somebody else, or some software package added a user account that you really don’t want to see. So how do we hide that other account from the login screen?

There’s a simple registry hack that you can do to hide accounts from the login screen, or you could alternatively delete the user account if you really don’t need it. Both methods are listed below.

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Manual Registry Hack

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu Run box, and then navigate down to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\
CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

On the right-hand side you’ll see a list of keys that correspond to user accounts that are considered “Special” and are not to be shown on the login screen.

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Create a new DWORD value with the same name as the user name that you want to hide. You’ll note that the actual username in the illustration was “OtherPerson” and not the description that was shown on the login screen.

To unhide the account, simply delete the registry key that you created.

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The next time you log off you’ll see that the other account is gone.

Hide User Account with Tweak UI

You can also use the Microsoft Tweak UI PowerToy to do the same thing. (Thanks to Gustav for reminding me to include this)

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Just click on the Logon key in the left hand side, and then uncheck the box for “Show on Welcome screen”

Login to Hidden Account

You can still login to the account even though it’s not shown… You’ll just have to use a little trick.

At the login screen, just hit the Ctrl+Alt+Delete combination twice in a row, and you’ll be presented with the old-school login screen, where you have to manually enter the username.

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Type the name and password of the other user, and login.

Delete User Account

Alternatively you can always delete the user account if you are absolutely sure that you don’t need that user account anymore. Right-click on “My Computer” and choose “Manage”

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Navigate down through “Local Users and Groups” and then Users, and then locate the username in the list that you’d like to get rid of.

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Just right-click and choose Delete. Note that this step cannot be reversed, so make sure you only delete accounts you really really don’t want anymore. If you are unsure, you can just hide them using the first option above.

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How to Remove an Installed Program in Windows.

This guide will explain how to remove programs that have been installed on your computer.

Windows XP Instructions

    Click on the Start button on the taskbar and then click on the Control Panel icon as shown below.

Please double-click the Add or Remove Programs icon:

A list of programs installed will be populated this may take a bit of time.

In this list please find the program that you would like to remove and click Change (or Change/Remove):

  • A wizard should then open, which will guide you through the rest of the uninstall.
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7 Instructions

      Click on the Windows 7 Start Menu button ( ) and then click on the Control Panel.

    Please double-click the Uninstall a program icon:

    A list of programs installed will be populated this may take a bit of time.

    In this list please find the program that you would like to remove and select it by left-clicking once on it.

  • Then click on the Uninstall button to start the uninstall process for this program. A wizard should then open, which will guide you through the rest of the uninstall.
  • If you find a visual aid appealing, you may like to watch the following video presentations which will show the above steps exactly as you would see them on your computer.

    Edited by Grinler, 03 May 2011 – 05:02 PM.

    Using a registry hack or freeware program

    In all versions of Windows, whenever you place a shortcut on the desktop, it will overlay an arrow in the bottom left-hand corner as a visual sign that it’s a shortcut. If you don’t care to have that arrow, you can remove it in a couple of different ways. In this article, I’ll talk about a registry hack and also about a freeware utility that gets the job done.

    Remove Shortcut Icon via Registry

    I mention the registry hack first because it’s the quickest and easiest way to get rid of the arrows without having to install any third-party programs. It works on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 without any issue. You do have to be a little comfortable using the registry, but it’s really straightforward.

    Click on Start and type in regedit in the search box. On Windows 8, go to the Start Screen and starting typing regedit.

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    Now navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE – SOFTWARE – Microsoft – Windows – CurrentVersion – Explorer – Shell Icons

    Note that you may not have the Shell Icons key under Explorer by default. If it’s not there, right-click on Explorer in the left-hand pane and choose NewKey.

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    A new key will appear in the left-hand menu and you’ll have to give it a name. Now type in Shell Icons with the capitalization shown in the screenshot above. Then click on Shell Icons in the left pane and you’ll see just a key named Default in the right-hand pane. Right-click on any white area in the right-pane and choose NewString Value.

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    Change the name to the number 29 and press Enter. Then double-click on the entry to bring up the key editor. In the Value Data field, go ahead and copy and paste the following:

    %windir%\System32\shell32.dll,-50

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    Click OK and close out the registry editor. Now just log off and log back in or restart your computer and the arrows should be gone from your desktop icons if done correctly. This will also work on 32 or 64-bit versions of Windows.

    Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor

    Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor is a nifty little program is my favorite because it not only works on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 32 or 64-bit versions, but also doesn’t require you to mess around with the registry.

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    Once you download it, just unzip the files and then navigate to the appropriate directory for your OS and platform. There are 32 and 64-bit versions for Windows 7 & Vista and the same for Windows 8. Once you run the EXE file, you’ll get a simple dialog as shown below where you can choose from one of four options.

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    The classic arrow is a smaller arrow than the default one and you can also choose a custom image if you want something other than an arrow to show up on the icon. The nice thing about this program is that you don’t even have to log off for it to work. Once you select the radio button, the desktop is automatically updated and you’ll see the arrows have disappeared.

    Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover

    Vista Shortcut Overlay Remover basically takes the registry hack and wraps it into a small program. This little freeware application is by no means a stunning piece of software with loads of features, etc, but then again it’s usually the simple applications that everyone loves. The only downside is that it only works on 32-bit versions of Windows.

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    The program is very simple to use and does it’s one job very well. You can either shrink the arrow size for the arrow shortcuts or remove them altogether from your icons. Choose one of the four options from the list and click Apply. You can also check the box at the bottom, which will remove the word “shortcut” when you create new shortcuts on the desktop.

    Now go ahead and log off your computer and log back on. Your arrows should either be gone or be reduced in size. I also tried to run this program on Windows XP, but it didn’t allow me to.

    If you want to remove the shortcut arrows from Windows XP desktop icons, you’ll need to check out my post on tweaking Windows XP using Tweak UI for XP. You can also tweak many other settings using the Tweak UI program.

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    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xpThere is a big chance you’re reading this article accidentally. If so, check our latest article on how to speed up Windows 10.

    Everybody wants their computers to be as fast as new or even a little bit faster. That’s why a lot of users still prefer Windows XP – it’s a fairly light operating system and is particularly good for netbooks and older computers. Even though it’s pretty fast as it is, there are many ways to speed up XP even more – from upgrading your hardware (adding RAM is the easiest solution) to applying various registry tweaks. But if you are looking for a fast and easy solution, here are 5 simple tips which really help if you want to know how to speed up your computer running Windows XP.

    1. Cleanup and defrag

    Yes, I know, the good old cleanup and defrag. But seriously, you can’t expect your computer to be fast if it’s cluttered with junk and has file fragments scattered all over the hard drive.

    Windows XP has built-in disk cleaner and disk defragmenter. To access the Disk Cleanup tool, go to Start –> (All) Programs –> Accessories –> System Tools –> Disk Cleanup. And if you want to use the Disk Defragmenter, go to Start –> (All) Programs –> Accessories –> System Tools –> Disk Defragmenter.

    However, a lot of people prefer using third-party defrag utilities, like Auslogics Disk Defrag or Piriform Defraggler, because the built-in XP one is pretty slow and doesn’t do a very thorough job.

    2. Uninstall programs you never use

    A lot of people love trying out new software. So, they download programs, install them, run them a couple of times, and… sometimes never use them again! Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Having too many programs can make your computer really slow, not to mention the amount of hard drive space they take up.

    To see currently installed programs, go to Start –> Settings –> Control Panel –> double-click Add/Remove Programs. Review the list and uninstall programs you never use.

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    3. Optimize XP appearance settings

    If speed is your top priority, it’s recommended to adjust XP appearance settings for best performance. Visual effects that we are so used to waste system resources. And if you think that it’s only the graphics card that has to deal with them, you’re wrong – CPU and RAM are affected as well.

    Luckily it’s very easy to optimize XP for best performance by turning off unneeded visual effects:

    • Go to Start –> Settings –> Control Panel;
    • In the Control Panel click System and go to the Advanced tab;
    • In the Performance Options window select Adjust for best performance;
    • Click OK and close the window.

    This will turn off all visual effects, which is especially good for less powerful PCs and netbooks. But if you want Windows XP to look sleeker, leave the following boxes checked:

    • Show shadows under menus;
    • Show shadows under mouse pointer;
    • Show translucent selection rectangle;
    • Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop;
    • Use visual styles on windows and buttons.

    4. Speed up Windows Explorer

    If you feel that Windows Explorer takes too long to start, there is a way to speed it up. Windows automatically looks for network files, shared folders, and devices every time you open Explorer. Disabling this option will speed up access to Windows Explorer. To do it:

    • How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xpOpen Windows Explorer;
    • Click on the Tools menu;
    • Then click on Folder Options;
    • Click on the View tab;
    • Find Automatically search for network folders and printers check box and uncheck it;
    • Click Apply, then click OK;
    • Reboot your computer.

    5. Disable indexing

    Indexing can be useful, but it can also make your computer slow and loud, as it takes up RAM and makes the hard drive thrash. The indexing service is used to update the lists of all files on your computer to speed up file search. Disabling indexing will make your search a bit slower, but overall it will speed up computer running XP. Here’s how:

    • Go to Start –> Settings –> Control Panel;
    • Double-click Add/Remove Programs;
    • Click Add/Remove Windows Components;
    • Uncheck Indexing Services;
    • Click Next and then click Finish.

    To gain an even better speed improvement, you should consider using third-party programs, like Auslogics BoostSpeed. The program allows you to easily tweak hundreds of hidden Windows setting, as well as perform crucial system maintenance tasks to speed up your computer.

    Disk space is a valuable commodity on your PC, and if you’re running low, it’s time to sell some of that unneeded property! This video shows you the steps to freeing up space on the hard drive of your Windows XP or Vista computer. There are many areas in Windows from which you can delete temporary files and hence, decrease your overall disk usage.

    Right click on the Recycle Bin, go into Properties, and set the Maximum Disk Space of the Recycle Bin to very low (1-2%).

    The next step is to use System Restore. Right click on My Computer, select Properties, then click on the System Restore tab. Go into Settings and select a lower percentage of disk space (again 1 -2%, depending on your needs). If you are not using it, an even better way to free up disk space is to turn it off.

    Next, hibernate settings (if you aren’t using it, turn it off) . To disable hibernate, right-click on the background and go into Properties. Select the Screen Save tab, then click on the Power button. Click the Hibernate button, and if Hibernate is enabled, turn it off by deselecting the option.

    The next step is to clear the Web Browser Cache. Open Explorer, click on the Tools menu, and select Internet Options. Click on the Settings button under Temporary Internet Options. You can then adjust the amount of disk space being used.

    Next you can manually delete the temporary files by going into the folder “C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache” and deleting everything. Also, go into the folder “C:\WINDOWS\temp” and delete any old files.

    You can also use the Disk Manager to clean up unwanted files. Go to the Start menu, select Run and type “cleanmngr” into the Search bar. That will launch Disk Cleanup. Then select the drive. Let it scan and clean up the drive. The cleaner is a last resort, because it will not get everything.

    If you want to get absolutely everything, check out the video for using CCleaner on your PC.

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    To clear the most recent documents list in the Microsoft Windows operating system, click the link below for the version of Windows running on your computer.

    • Windows XP
    • Windows 2000
    • Windows 98 and Windows ME
    • Windows 95 and Windows NT

    How to clear Microsoft Windows XP Documents

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Settings.
    3. Click Taskbar & Start menu.
    4. In the Taskbar Properties window, click the Start menutab.
    5. Click the Customize button.
    6. Click the Clearbutton.

    Windows XP users can also individually delete items from the Documents by right-clicking the item and pressing delete.

    How to clear Microsoft Windows 2000 Documents

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Settings.
    3. Click Taskbar & Start menu.
    4. In the Taskbar Properties window, click the Advancedtab.
    5. Click the Clearbutton.

    Windows 2000 users may also delete items individually from the Documents list by right-clicking the item and pressing delete.

    How to clear Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows ME Documents

    1. Click Start.
    2. Click Settings.
    3. Click Taskbar & Start menu.
    4. In the Taskbar Properties window, click the Start menu Programstab.
    5. In the Documents menu, click the Clearbutton.

    Microsoft Windows 98 introduced the ability for users to right-click items in their Start menu. Users may individually delete items in Documents list by right-clicking them and selecting Delete from the drop-down menu that appears.

    Hide or show hidden files & folders in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista, & XP

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    What to Know

    • Open Control Panel and select Appearance and Personalization.
    • In Windows 11 and 10, select File Explorer Options and go to View. In Windows 8 and 7, select Folder Options and go to View.
    • In the Hidden files and folders section, choose to show or hide hidden files, folders, and drives.

    This article explains how to show or hide hidden files and folders in Windows. Instructions apply to Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

    How to Show or Hide Hidden Files and Folders in Windows

    Hidden files are usually hidden for a good reason—they’re typically critical files, and hidden from view makes them harder to change or delete.

    You may need to see these files because you’re dealing with a Windows problem, and you need access to one of these important files to edit or delete. Of course, if hidden files are showing but you want to hide them, it’s just a matter of reversing the setting.

    It’s not difficult to show or hide hidden files and folders in Windows. To accomplish either, see below:

    If you’re comfortable with the command line, there’s a faster way to get this done. See the More Help. section at the bottom of the page and then skip down to Step 4.

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    Select the Appearance and Personalization link.​

    If you’re viewing Control Panel in a way where you see all the links and icons but none of them are categorized, you won’t see this link—skip down to Step 3.

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    Select File Explorer Options (Windows 11/10) or Folder Options (Windows 8/7).

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    Select the View tab.

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    In the Advanced settings section, locate the Hidden files and folders category.​

    You should be able to see it at the bottom without scrolling. There are two options within it.

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    Choose what you want to do:

    • Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives will hide the files, folders, and drives that have the hidden attribute toggled on.​
    • Show hidden files, folders, and drives lets you see the hidden data.

    Select OK at the bottom.

    You can test to see if hidden files are actually being hidden by browsing to the C:\ drive. If you do not see a folder named ProgramData, then hidden files and folders are being hidden from view.

    $NtUninstallKB folders contain information needed to uninstall updates you’ve received from Microsoft. While unlikely, it’s possible you might not see these folders but may still be configured correctly to view hidden folders and files. This might be the case if you’ve never installed any updates to your operating system.

    More Help With Hidden File Settings

    A faster way to open File Explorer Options (Windows 11/10) or Folder Options (Windows 8/7/Vista/XP) is to enter the command control folders into the Run dialog box. You can open the Run dialog box the same in every version of Windows: with the Windows Key + R key combination.

    The same command can be run from Command Prompt.

    Also, please know that turning on hidden files and folders isn’t the same as deleting them. Items that are marked as hidden are simply no longer visible—they’re not gone.

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    Windows XP, once the darling of computer users, has not been receiving any updates from Microsoft since April 2014. Although Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP, even today, more computers are running Windows XP than Windows 8.1.

    Many computer users love Windows XP for its simple user interface. The decade-old operating system doesn’t ask for powerful hardware, unlike its successors. And above all, most of the software out there still support Windows XP. Despite all these good things, the fact is that Windows XP is now outdated, and users are slowly but steadily switching to Windows 8.1 as well as the latest Windows 10.

    Windows 10, the successor to Windows 8.1, is receiving appreciations from PC users, especially from those who were not happy with Windows 8/8.1. In addition to the much-requested Start menu, Windows 10 is full of new features and surprises. Windows 10 was for a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users who upgraded to Windows 10 in the initial years of Windows 10 launch.

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    Five Windows XP themes for Windows 10

    If you have already installed and using Windows 10 but not happy or bored of the default Windows 10 theme (visual style), you can now download and install Windows XP themes on your Windows 10.

    Sagorpirbd, a member of DeviantArt, has released a pack of Windows XP themes for Windows 10. The pack includes Windows XP’s Luna, Metallic, Royale, and Zune for the latest Windows 10.

    As you can see, all Windows XP themes that have been ported to Windows 10, looking well on Windows 10. In addition to those five themes, the pack includes original Windows XP wallpapers as well.

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    If you love the idea of having Windows XP themes on Windows 10 but not sure how to download and install them, here is how to do that.

    Installing Windows XP themes in Windows 10

    Before installing any visual style, we recommend you manually create a system restore point to be on the safer side. If anything goes wrong, which is very unlikely, you can use the previously created restore point to restore earlier settings with a few mouse clicks without losing data.

    Step 1: Windows 10 (any other version of Windows for that matter) doesn’t support third-party themes. To prepare your Windows 10 for third-party themes, you need to install the latest UXStyle, which can be downloaded from here.

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    Step 2: Next, visit this page of DeviantArt and download Windows XP themes for Windows 10. You need to extract the downloaded RAR file (learn how to extract RAR files in Windows) to get Windows XP themes for Windows 10 folder.

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    Step 3: Now open up Windows XP Themes for Windows 10 folder to see the Theme folder. You need to copy all files and folders exist in the Theme folder to the Themes folder present in your Windows 10’s drive.

    To quickly open the Themes folder of Windows 10, open Run command box by simultaneously pressing Windows and R keys, type %windir%\Resources\Themes\ in the box, and then press Enter key.

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    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    Step 4: Finally, right-click on the desktop, click Personalize, and then switch to the Themes tab to see all installed Windows XP themes, and then click on a theme to apply the same.

    Do let us know if you’re having any difficulties in downloading or installing the Windows XP theme for Windows 10. Don’t forget to share your experience in comments.

    #1 BertPeace13

    I have been trying to run XP based software (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/638280/blitzkrieg-1-compatibility-issues-with-windows-10/?p=4167617) on my Windows 10 Home 64-bit equipped PC for about a week now, but have been experiencing frustrating crashes ever since the beginning.

    I’m exploring options to keep the software, given that no-matter it being rather old, the game is just my kind of thing, and one is to have XP installed on a separate partition of my hard drive. However, It gives me the creeps to think that this might actually cause conflict with Win10; excepting Blitzkrieg Anthology, the name of the software involved here, the rest of the installed packages run on Win10, and it would be a massive screw-up if something like this happened.

    Is it safe/not too complicated to do this? I haven’t done anything yet, and am not exactly a computer expert (mostly a tutorial-based guy with a few bright ideas now and then).

    By the way, PC is shared, and if I’m kind of an advanced beginner in this sort of matters, the other user is a complete neophyte, and it would cause him a nervous breakdown to have to choose between OS at startup. Can the switching be assigned exclusively to my profile (user), while his end stays with Win10 only?

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    #2 JohnC_21

    Depending on your CPU and how much RAM you have consider using VirtualBox to create a VM or XP.

    I would avoid creating a dual boot system with XP and Windows 10 especially if the computer is UEFI and has a GPT disk as XP cannot boot from a GPT disk/UEFI computer. You will need an XP key in order to activate XP in the VM.

    #3 BertPeace13

    Is VB safe to use? I’m really scared of busting the entire PC just because of a game, but at the same time, I really want to run Blitzkrieg Anthology trouble-free.

    #4 JohnC_21

    VirtualBox is safe to use but if you are that concerned about something going wrong and this computer is shared with another person I would consult that person before doing anything.

    #5 BertPeace13

    I have been looking around VirtualBox.org, but just don’t seem to grasp completely what the software does. Can you explain it to me, please?

    Thanks for the help.

    #6 JohnC_21

    VirtualBox creates a virtual instance of XP. XP is in a Virtual Machine and not installed on your hard drive as you would normally think. XP is basically a folder on your drive than runs within the VirtualBox environment.

    This page may help explaining

    #7 Chris Cosgrove

    At its simplest you download and install the VM software – Virtual box or VMware(free) – just like any other application and it will produce an icon on the desktop if you want.

    To use it just click on whichever method of launching you decide to use. The first time it starts it will ask you to install an OS inside it, this after all is the purpose of having a VM. To my knowledge you can run any flavour of Windows or Linux, and you can have more than one OS at a time inside a VM.

    Once you have installed at least one OS in the VM when you start it running in the future it will offer a menu of the OS installed inside it and you pick which one you want to use. After you install an OS in the VM – in your case XP – you will have to install any applications you want to run in XP in the version of XP installed in the VM. The information given the other posts above should offer guidance on things like how much HD space and RAM to allocate to the VM but they really are quite easy to set up and use.

    #8 smax013

    I have been looking around VirtualBox.org, but just don’t seem to grasp completely what the software does. Can you explain it to me, please?

    Thanks for the help.

    Think of it as creating a virtual computer (this is virtualized/simulated by the VM program. in your case VirtualBox) with a virtual hard drive (this will be either file or maybe a folder on your computer) that is “within” your actual computer. So, when you fire up VirtualBox, you are kind of beginning the process of starting up this virtual computer. As noted by Chris Cosgrove , when you start VirtualBox, you likely* will be presented with a list of OSs to boot (if you only have XP, then the list will be one item long). Once you select the OS, the virtual computer will boot up in a window (with the potential for it to be full screen probably*). It will then be like you booted a second “computer” running Windows XP within that window that is effectively separate# from your Windows 10 computer. So, unless the VirtualBox program causes some issue with your Windows 10 setup (just as likely as say installing Microsoft Word or any other program might cause a problem), it should cause no problems with the Windows 10 setup.

    * Note I don’t use VirtualBox. I use Parallels for my VMs on my Macs. I assume it behave in a materially similar way. The above is based upon my experience using Parallels.

    # VMs typically can allow “shared” file access between the host OS (in your case Windows 10) and the guest OS (in your case Windows XP) if you want. or not. If you are only using it to run a game, then it likely will not matter. Some people use VMs to test potentially malicious files (i.e. potential malware), in which case they likely will have such file sharing turned off to keep the guest OS theoretically completely separate from the host OS. In my case, I want this access typically as it then allows me to have both the macOS (my host OS) applications and Windows (my guest OS) applications all be able to access my files as needed.

    Edited by smax013, 30 January 2017 – 06:53 AM.

    #9 smax013

    I would avoid creating a dual boot system with XP and Windows 10 especially if the computer is UEFI and has a GPT disk as XP cannot boot from a GPT disk/UEFI computer. You will need an XP key in order to activate XP in the VM.

    I understand it, most (if not maybe all) UEFI motherboard also support legacy BIOS booting. So, that should not be an issue unless I am missing something.

    The GPT disk issue can be bypassed by installing Windows XP on a second disk, which is what I tend to do any way with dual (or multi) boot computers as I like to avoid the boot manager and just use the built-in motherboard BIOS/UEFI boot disk selection tools.

    I am not necessarily arguing for a dual boot option. Many times I would be arguing that, especially for the purposes of running a game to get the most power for the game by running it with any loses from a VM. In this case, however, the game is ancient, so it should run fine in a VM.

    #10 JohnC_21

    In order to boot on a UEFI enabled motherboard the disk must be formatted GPT. XP would not be able to boot on a GPT GUI partitioned disk even if Legacy Boot was enabled but XP would not detect the GPT disk during installation. Legacy Boot can be used on the motherboard for booting OSs on another hard drive that cannot boot from a GPT disk, the disk being formatted MBR.

    The OPs only option is to use another hard drive as you suggested or a VM.

    What to Know

    • Go to the search bar next to the Windows Start menu. Enter File Explorer. Select File Explorer in the search results.
    • Select the Downloads folder in the left pane. Press Ctrl+A to select all the files or choose them individually.
    • Right-click files: Choose Delete. Select Yes to confirm. Right-click Recycle Bin on the desktop. Select Empty Recycle Bin.

    This article explains how to delete all the downloads from your computer. It also includes information on deleting downloads from individual web browsers, including FireFox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge.

    How to Delete Downloads From Your PC

    If your internet browser is slow to start, web pages take longer to load, downloads sputter and stall out, or your browser freezes, you could have too many files in your download folder. If you neglect clearing out your download and temp folders, you could have hundreds of megabytes or even gigabytes of data clogging up your system.

    If you want to delete all the download files from your web browsers and computer all at once, here’s how to do it.

    Navigate to the search bar next to the Windows Start Menu.

    If you don’t see the search bar, press Windows Key+S to open it.

    Enter “File Explorer” and select File Explorer.

    Select the Downloads folder on the left side of the window.

    To select all files in the Downloads folder, press Ctrl+A. You can also select individual files, but this will take slightly longer.

    Right-click the selected files and select Delete.

    Select Yes to confirm the deletion of the files.

    Right-click the Recycle Bin in the top left corner of your Desktop.

    Select Empty Recycle Bin to delete the downloads from your PC permanently.

    How to Delete Downloads from Firefox

    Select the hamburger menu.

    Select Options.

    Select Privacy & Security.

    Navigate to the Cookies and Site Data section, then select Clear Data.

    You can also choose to have all downloads removed at the end of your browsing session. This can be done by checking the box next to Cookies and Site Data. Your cookies and site data will be automatically deleted when Firefox closes.

    Select Manage Data for more options about managing site data like cookies.

    To delete data for a single website, select the website, then select Remove Selected. To delete them all at once, select Remove All.

    Close the Options page. Any changes you’ve made will automatically be saved.

    How to Delete Downloads from Google Chrome

    Open the Chrome browser.

    Select the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    From the drop-down menu that appears, select Downloads.

    Select Open Download folder from the new window that opens.

    To select all files in the Downloads folder, press Ctrl+A. You can also select individual files by selecting on each one.

    Right-click the selected files and select Delete.

    Right-click the Recycle Bin in the top left corner of your Desktop.

    Select Empty Recycle Bin to delete the downloads from your PC permanently.

    How to Delete Downloads from Microsoft Edge

    Open the Microsoft Edge browser.

    Select the three horizontal dots in the upper right-hand corner.

    Select the Settings icon at the bottom of the menu.

    Select Choose what to clear under Clear browsing data.

    Make sure that the box next to Download History is checked, then select Clear.

    Why You Should Delete Your Downloads

    Every time you use the internet, you’ll encounter countless files that can be downloaded, like apps, toolbars, browser extensions, pictures, documents, and videos. Any time you download something from the internet, it’s stored in your Downloads folder, which can cause your web browser and even your entire computer to slow down considerably.

    If you’re using a family or public computer to navigate the internet, it may be in your best interest to make sure your history is deleted. Additionally, you could be risking the data of everyone who uses the computer being exposed, not just your own.

    You could also be inviting security and privacy issues. Some downloads can contain malware that installs viruses and monitors your web activity, keystrokes, and browsing behavior.

    As the end of support for Windows XP on April 8th nears we’re continuing to focus on ensuring customers are aware of the deadline and helping them to migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Today we have some news on both those fronts.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    To help customers on Windows XP prepare to move to a new PC, we are announcing a free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month. We have partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP which copies your files and settings from your Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. This tool will copy your files, music, videos, email and user profiles and settings from your old PC to your new device, transferring across your home or work network, and even enables Windows XP users to customize exactly what they want to bring over to their new device.

    PCmover Express will be available for download in English starting later this week via WindowsXP.com as well as French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish coming later in March and it will be available in Korean, Chinese, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese after that. But if someone doesn’t want to wait for the tool to be released in their local language, they can access Laplink’s tool in other languages as well via Microsoft’s Download Center.

    For Windows XP users wanting to transfer applications from their old computer, Laplink is also making available its software that migrates apps called PCmover Professional at a special price – see here for details.

    UPDATE 3/11: For commercial (or enterprise) customers, we suggest using the User State Migration Tool. More information about USMT can be found by clicking here.

    On March 8th, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    The notification will include a link to our Windows XP End of Support website where Windows XP users can find all the information they need on the end of support for Windows XP and what it means and how they can stay protected against security risks and viruses after April 8th. The notification will reoccur on the 8th of every month unless disabled by the user.

    For customers unsure of what version of Windows they are using, they can go to AmIRunningXP.com, a website designed to automatically tell if a PC is running on Windows XP or a newer version of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. If it detects Windows XP, the website provides guidance on how to upgrade ahead of the April 8th end of support deadline.

    UPDATE 3/4: WSUS/SCCM/Windows Intune managed PCs will not see notifications informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014. Only Windows XP PCs (Windows XP Home and Professional editions) who receive updates via Windows Update will see these notifications.

    Normally, on the Windows Desktop, the Homegroup icon will appear. However, if you have too many application icons on your Desktop, it may cause your computer to start up more slowly.

    • Instructions to hide or delete Recycle Bin icon on Desktop Windows 7, 8, 10
    • How to replace Windows HomeGroup

    HomeGroup feature is a great feature on Windows operating system. This feature helps users to share files and printers with multiple computers running Windows operating system extremely quickly and simply.

    Normally, on the Windows Desktop, the Homegroup icon will appear. However, if you have too many application icons on your Desktop, it may cause your computer to start up more slowly.

    So you should delete the application icons on the Desktop screen, including the Homegroup.o icon

    In the article below, Network Administrator will guide you how to delete the Homegroup icon on the Windows desktop screen 8.

    Step 1:

    On Start Screen Windows 8, you find Show or hide common icons on the desktop.

    Alternatively, right-click on the lower left corner of the screen to display a menu containing Control Panel.

    In the Control Panel interface, click to select Appearance and Personalization , select Next Personalization . Finally, click Change desktop icons in the left pane.

    Step 2 :

    Uncheck the Network section.

    If the Network item has no traces, type the tick and then remove it.

    Step 3:

    Click OK to finish.

    Now on Windows 8 Desktop you will no longer see the female Homegroup icon

    November 22, 2019

    By Peter Barnett

    This guide discusses how to disable shared access to folders in Windows 10, including disabling file sharing to disks or specific folders.

    On most computers running Windows operating systems, the Users folder could be open for public viewing. Attackers can take advantage of this loophole and get full access to your confidential information. When someone allows sharing of any network resources, the system creates Users folder, through which remote users can view your desktop and the My Documents folder. To avoid this undesirable phenomenon, you must revoke the permission to share the Users folder.

    Consider several ways to close public access to folders. For example, using the fsmgmt.msc snap-in, Windows Explorer or cmd. In Windows 10, using the fsmgmt.msc snap-in, you can not only close the shared access to drives and individual folders, but also get information about shares, active sessions, and open files. This article shows how to disable File Sharing on Windows 10 using built-in tools, a well as how to stop file-sharing on multiple computers at a time using Action1.

    Using Builtin Tools to Stop File Sharing on Windows

    Solution 1. Disable File Sharing Using Fsmgmt.Msc

    Using the fsmgmt.msc snap-in, you can view all public folders of the system, as well as add or remove a public folder. You can also configure access settings for public folders or view the currently open public resources and connection sessions.

    Execute these steps to stop file sharing on Windows 10:

    1. First, you should open a snap-in fsmgmt.msc in Windows 10. To do this, press the Win + R key combination, type fsmgmt.msc and click the OK button.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    2. In the “Shared Folders” window, in the left menu, select “Shares” (see Screen 2), and on the right, select the shared folder to which you want to close sharing, right-click on it and click the “Stop Sharing” button in the context menu (see Screen 3). When you close the shared access to the folder, it will disappear from the list of shared resources.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    Solution 2. Disable File Sharing Using File Explorer

    File Explorer is a Windows tool that allows you to work with files and folders: view them, search them on a computer, create, copy, move, open, rename, delete. It also helps to change the properties of a folder or a single file.

    In order to stop the file sharing you need to do the following:

    1. To open Explorer, press “WIN + R” and enter the explorer command, then press “ENTER” or the “OK” button to confirm.

    2. Find the folder, access to which you want to close.

    3. Click on it with the right mouse button and select “Properties

    4. Open the “Sharing” tab and click the “Share” button as shown in the picture below

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    5. Then uncheck the box “Share this folder.” If you now click on “OK” — the shared access to the folder will be closed.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    Soltion 3. Disable Sharing the Windows 10 Folder via Command Line

    The windows command line is a separate software that is part of the Operating System and provides the relationship between the user and the OS. You can produce MS-DOS commands and other computer commands using the console.

    File sharing can be configured much faster if you use the command line (console, cmd.exe). Only 2 steps you need to perform:

    1. Open a command prompt. The simplest way is to press WIN + R, type cmd and click Ok.

    2. After that just one command should be executed in the console:

    net share ShareOne2 /delete

    This command deletes the network (public) ShareOne2 folder. The ShareOne2 folder of course remains in place.

    With so many programs and services running in the background on modern computers, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise when something goes wrong and you get a problem. One frustrating problem is the Windows context menu hanging when you right click on a file or folder. A similar issue is related to the Windows taskbar that sometimes for no apparent reason, it can appear to completely freeze or hang. The computer doesn’t hang completely, the desktop shortcuts work and you’re still able to launch programs from those shortcuts. Unfortunately, when the taskbar freezes, the start button and Explorer will often freeze as well.

    Usually after a period of seconds or maybe even minutes in the worst cases, everything unfreezes and you can access the taskbar and start button again. The easiest thing to do is simply launch Task Manager and look through the running process list for anything consuming large amounts of CPU resources. If anything apart from the System Idle Process is at a high percent of usage, you can simply kill it to see if the problem fixes itself. It’s usually not that simple though…

    This problem seems to have no cause which can be easily pinned down, and there’s a wealth of possible fixes out there. Here is a list of suggestions we found that “could” solve the problem. Some might work for you and some won’t because it depends on which settings, services or programs that are causing the taskbar and explorer to hang. Only try the suggestions below if there is no 100% CPU usage on your Task Manager when the taskbar freezes, they apply to all Windows versions unless stated.

    1. Disable “Automatically search for network folders and printers

    Open Control Panel and launch Folder Options. Click the View tab and uncheck “Automatically search for network folders and printers

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    Windows Vista and above have a similar function under a different name called network discovery. You can access it by going to the Network and Sharing Center -> “Change advanced sharing options” and choose “turn off network discovery” in your current profile.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    2. Hide Icons for Networked UPnP Devices (XP only)

    Navigate to My Network Places and on the left pane click “Hide icons for networked UPnP devices“. If it says “Show icons for networked UPnP devices”, then it’s currently hidden and you don’t need to do anything. Skip this step.

    3. Disable “Background Intelligent Transfer Service“.

    Go to Start -> Run (or Win+R) and type msconfig. Click on the Services tab and uncheck Background Intelligent Transfer Service to disable it. Click OK.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    Note: Windows relies on the Background Intelligent Transfer Service as part of Windows Update, so if you update your installation completely manually you should turn this off just for troubleshooting only, and then re-enable once you have decided whether it’s part of the problem.

    4. Disable “SSDP Discovery Service“.

    Go to Start -> Run (Win+R) and type msconfig or use the Search box. Click on the Services tab and uncheck the SSDP Discovery Service entry to disable it. In Windows Vista and above, it’s simply called SSDP Discovery.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    Note: This services is used to discover UPnP devices over the network, so if you have problems connecting to printers, Messenger or online gaming, remember to re-enable after troubleshooting.

    5. Delete any unused network Printers.

    Go to Control Panel and open “Devices and Printers” or “Printers and Faxes” if you’re using XP. Delete any unused network Printers by using your mouse to right click and select Delete.

    6. Delete Automatically Found Network Shared Folders in XP

    Go to My Network Places and delete the found shared folders.

    7. Delete Mapped Drives.

    Go to My Computer and delete any mapped drives. Depending on the type of mapped drive, it could be under “Hard disk drives” if the mapping is to a local folder or “Network location” (Network drives for XP) if it’s to a folder on the network.

    8. Disable Running Processes

    When other solutions aren’t working, simply looking at any programs which aren’t part of the operating system and killing them could narrow it down. If you know roughly which processes are used by Windows and which are from third party software, you can use Task Manager and the End Process option to kill them. Make sure you have saved any work in open programs first.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    Obviously anything with high CPU usage or consuming vast amounts of memory is a red flag, but those other non Windows processes could just as easily be at fault.

    9. Disabling Services and Startup Programs

    Following on from killing running processes, another option could be to simply stop third party programs and services from starting with Windows completely to see what effect it has. Then you can re-enable them selectively and through a process of elimination, determine the culprit. Quite often, people have programs running in the background they never knew about, and running duplicate software such as antivirus could really be a prime cause of hanging and freezing problems.

    Although you can use software such as CCleaner for disabling startup items, the universal way that works on all Windows computers would be MSConfig again.

    Go to Start -> Run (Win+R) or use the Search box and type msconfig. Go to the Services tab and tick the “Hide all Microsoft services” box, and then click the “Disable all” button.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    Go to the Startup tab and click the “Disable all” button in there, then click OK. It might be a good idea to disconnect from the internet during this method as all security software would be disabled until you re-enable it.

    If your Windows starts to behave when everything is disabled, you can start to tick the options in the Services tab and then the Startup tab 1 or a few at a time. Eventually the troublesome program or service will be found and you can repair, uninstall or reinstall it.

    As you can see, the cause of a taskbar hang or freeze doesn’t really have a single solution and it’s almost always going through a process of steps until you’ve found out what it might be. As all computers are setup and configured differently, what might work on one machine, doesn’t necessarily work on another.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xp

    To reboot your computer means to restart it by closing out open programs, wiping any current processes residing in RAM, and restarting the operating system (OS). Reboots are often used when installing updates or troubleshooting a problem.

    Rebooting a computer helps resolve issues such as internet connectivity problems, slow browser response, and software or hardware issues. It essentially resets any code working improperly and helps keep the computer running smoothly.

    We at Webopedia recommend rebooting your computer at least once a week to return everything to its bootup state, from the CPU to the memory.

    Reboot vs. reset

    In general, reboot, restart, power cycle, and soft reset all mean the same thing—to shut the device off completely and then turn it back on. The terms are largely interchangeable.

    The main variance between rebooting and restarting is the operating system used and its corresponding terminology. Windows or Linux users reboot their computer, even though most versions use restart as the verbiage within the system. Mac users restart their computer. Both terms are referring to the same process, but vary based on the operating system used.

    There is, however, a difference between rebooting and resetting a computer. When a computer is rebooted, the programs and files that are in the RAM are removed, allowing the RAM a fresh, clean start. When the computer is turned on, all the data and files are still intact.

    When a computer is reset, the programs and files stored on the computer are erased. To reset a device is to put it back in the same state it was in when first purchased. Resetting a computer should be done only if absolutely necessary; an example being a forgotten password or a problem with the device’s hard drive.

    7 ways to reboot your computer

    Below, we’ve outlined 7 ways to reboot your computer for different types of users and cases.

    How to reboot a Windows 10 or Windows 8 computer

    1. Open the Start menu.

    2. Click the power icon at the bottom of the screen for Windows 10 or top of the screen for Windows 8.
    3. Click Restart

    Using shortcut keys

    How to reboot Windows 7, Vista, or XP

    1. Close any files or programs that are open on the laptop.

    2. Open the Start Menu at the bottom left of the task bar of the Windows desktop.

    3. Click the right arrow next to the Shut down button.

    4. From the menu that appears, click Restart.

    How to reboot a Windows computer using Ctrl + Alt + Del

    Often referred to as “Security Keys,” the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys pressed simultaneously opens a blue administrative window. From here, you can lock your PC, switch or log out the user, and restart or power down your computer.

    1. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys. A shutdown dialog box will appear. The box will look different depending on the Windows version used.

    2. Click restart within the dialog box:
    – Windows 10 and 8: Click the power icon on the bottom right of the screen and press Restart.
    Windows 7 and Vista: Click the arrow next to the red power button and click Restart.
    Windows XP: click the Shut Down tab from the menu, then click Restart.

    How to reboot a Windows computer via Command Prompt

    Every system has a Command Prompt, also known as a ‘cmd,’ that can facilitate a reboot.

    1. Open Command Prompt by searching ‘cmd’ within the search tab at the bottom or pressing Windows + R keys. From here, the Run box will open. Type cmd and then OK.

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    2. When the Command Prompt opens, type in either shutdown/r or shutdown-r and press Enter.

    3. Wait while the computer restarts. Note that it restarts because the /r or -r parameter indicates restarting. The /s parameter indicates shutting down.

    How to reboot a Linux system

    1. Open the terminal window by right clicking on the desktop, then clicking Open Terminal from the menu that appears.

    2. In a terminal window, type either reboot or sudo systemctl reboot

    The sudo command tells Linux to run the command as an administrator, so you may need to type your password. The system will be restarted immediately. While the reboot is initiated, all logged-in users are notified that the system is going down, and no further logins are allowed. Linux will close all open files, stop running processes, and restart the system.

    How to reboot a Mac system

    There are two main routes that can be taken when restarting a Mac computer.

    Restart through the menu bar

    1. Click the Apple icon at the top left of the screen.

    2. In the drop down menu, click Restart.

    3. If you don’t want applications that are already open to reopen when your Mac reboots, uncheck the “Reopen windows when logging back in” box.

    Restart through keyboard

    How to reboot computer manually

    If your computer’s operating system crashes, freezes, or displays a blue error screen (known as the blue screen of death), you won’t be able to navigate to the menu screen or use keys. Instead, you’ll have to manually or hard reboot your computer.

    1. Hold down the power button for five seconds or until the computer’s power is off. The screen will go black and the computer’s fan and power supply will shut down.

    2. Wait at least 30 seconds. This will prevent the power supply, motherboard, and other critical hardware from sustaining damage from powering on and off too quickly.

    3. Press the power button to reboot the computer. Once the computer powers up, note any error messages. This will help troubleshoot and identify the cause of the earlier failure.

    A HelpWithWindows TechFile

    I get messages from people having problems with Windows Explorer crashes on a regular basis. Mostly they go something like this: “When I right-click a file in Windows Explorer, I get a message that Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close” or “When I try to browse through the folders on my computer, I receive an error message that Windows Explorer needs to close.”

    In a lot of cases, these errors are caused by 3rd party shell extensions that are not functioning properly.

    How to remove shared documents icon from my computer in windows xpThese shell extensions are responsible for creating the options you’ll see on the menu when you right-click a file using Windows Explorer. Some 3rd party applications will add their own “action” to this menu, and this can cause problems.

    If you look careful at the picture on the right, you’ll see several non-standard additions to the right-click menu: “Sacn with Microsoft Security Essentials”, “Format Factory (F)”, “Acronis Recovery” and others.

    To try and find if a 3rd party shell extension is causing your Windows Explorer to crash on certain actions, you’ll need to download this handy (and free) utility: ShelExView. It will let you view & disable shell extensions.

    After you downloaded & executed it, ShelExView will show all shell extensions installed on your system. You could sort the entries so that you’ll have all non Microsoft shell extensions grouped together. Next, select all these non Microsoft shell extensions, and disable them. Try the sequence that would previously have resulted in Windows Explorer crashing (for example browsing a folder, or right-clicking a file). If no crash occurred, one of the shell extensions you disabled has been causing the crash. To find out which one, start enabling one shell extension at a time, each time testing to make sure you can still use Windows Explorer without it crashing, until you find the shell extension that would cause Windows Explorer to crash.

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    ShelExView gives you all additional information you need to know such as the product & company name of the shell extension, as well as the version number. If you would like to continue using the software of the 3rd party whose shell extension is causing the Explorer crash, contact the company responsible, and check to see if there is an updated version of the software you are trying to use.

    Another cause of Windows Explorer crashes can also be attributed to the existence of viruses or spyware on the machine. To tackle this, start by running one or two on-line virus scans. I’d suggest the on-line scan from eTrust and/or Trend Micro’s HouseCall.

    To combat any spyware that might lurk on your machine, I’d suggest the following programs: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Javacool’s SpywareBlaster, or SUPERAntiSpyware. As with Anti-virus scanners, run at least two different ones, they will detect different things!

    If you need more help in fighting Spyware or Virus infections, start by reading these instructions on our WindowsBBS.com support forum, and post a message in the appropriate forum.

    Below I have listed a number of Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles dealing with Windows Explorer crashes:

    Fatal Exception Error When Opening or Closing Control Panel