How to Disable the My Briefcase Icon on the Desktop

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to disable the creation of the My Briefcase icon (located on the Windows NT 4.0 desktop) during startup for all new users who log on to a Windows NT-based computer.

NOTE: Changing the following registry entry does not remove the icon from a user's desktop if the user has previously logged on to the Windows NT-based computer.

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WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To disable the automatic creation of the My Briefcase icon:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK.
  2. On the Window menu, click HKEY_CURRENT_USER on Local Machine.
  3. Double-click the \Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon folder.
  4. On the Edit menu, click Add Value.
  5. In the Value Name box, type RunSyncApp, click REG_DWORD in the Data Type box, and then click OK.
  6. In the Data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  7. Quit Registry Editor.
  8. At a command prompt, change to the %SystemRoot%\System32 folder, type ren syncapp.exe syncapp.old, and then press ENTER.
  9. Restart the computer.

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Article ID: 219297 - Last Review: October 14, 2013 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4
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