How to Use System Policy Editor to Disable Network Browsing but Keep UNC Functionality

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the ""Restoring the Registry"" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the ""Restoring a Registry Key"" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
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This article describes how to use System Policy Editor to make network browsing unavailable but retain shortcuts that use universal naming convention (UNC) paths.

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You can edit the registry by using the System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe). Check with your network administrator before you make any changes to the registry.

System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe) is available in the Admin\Apptools\Poledit folder on the Windows 95 compact disc. Use the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel to install System Policy Editor.

NOTE: If you are using the Microsoft Office 97 system policy templates that come with the Office 97 Resource Kit, you must use the Office 97 Resource Kit or Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit version of the System Policy Editor.

Policy.exe is a self-extracting executable file that contains Poledit.exe. To download this file from Microsoft's online services, visit the following Web site:
MS Office 97 Resource Kit Tools and Utilities
To use System Policy Editor to edit the registry, follow these steps:
  1. Start System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe).
  2. Double-click Default User.
  3. Click Shell, and then click Restrictions.
  4. Click to select the No Entire Network in Network Neighborhood check box.
  5. Click to select the No workgroup contents in Network Neighborhood check box.
  6. Click OK, and then quit System Policy Editor. At the prompt, save the changes to the policy.
  7. Restart the computer.


Article ID: 266419 - Last Review: July 25, 2012 - Revision: 4.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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