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The computer description appears before the computer name in Windows XP
Article ID: 330193 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q330193
Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure to back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
In Microsoft Windows XP, the computer description may appear before the computer name, and the computer name may appear between parentheses, as in the following example:
Service pack informationTo resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows XP. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/ )How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
Hotfix informationA supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
File informationThe English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Date Time Version Size File name -------------------------------------------------------------- 10-Jul-2003 19:42 6.0.2800.1242 8,242,176 Shell32.dll 08-Jul-2003 18:31 5.1.2600.1243 557,568 Xpsp2res.dll
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition
Date Time Version Size File name Platform ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 10-Jul-2003 19:43 6.0.2800.1242 14,375,424 Shell32.dll IA-64 03-Jul-2003 17:51 6.0.2800.1242 8,242,176 Wshell32.dll x86 08-Jul-2003 18:31 5.1.2600.1243 557,568 Wxpsp2res.dll x86 08-Jul-2003 18:31 5.1.2600.1243 557,056 Xpsp2res.dll IA-64
Installation instructionsAfter you apply this hotfix, follow these steps to enable the hotfix.
Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
Value: 1 or 0
If the value is 0, Windows uses "share_name on comment_text (computer_name) (drive_letter)."Key: ShowDriveLettersFirst
If the value is 1, Windows uses "share_name on computer_name (comment_text) (drive_letter)."
Value: 1,2, or 4
If the value is 1, the drive letter is displayed first for remote drives.This registry entry can be applied in a Per-Machine policy or in a Per-User policy, by using one of the following subkeys:
If the value is 2, drive letters are not displayed.
If the value is 4, the drive letter is displayed first for all drives.
In Windows Vista, you can also use the ShowDriveLettersFirst and the ToggleCommentPosition registry entries to set the display order. However, if you set the ShowDriveLettersFirst entry only under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registry key, the setting will not take effect after you change folder options. You must set the ShowDriveLettersFirst entry under both the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registry key and the HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry key.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Article ID: 330193 - Last Review: February 29, 2008 - Revision: 5.1