How to Remove Dial-Up Networking from My Computer


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 Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.


Summary

There is no user interface provided in Windows NT to remove the Dial-Up Networking link from the My Computer folder on the desktop. To remove this link, modify the registry, as described below.

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The registry modification steps to remove the Dial-Up Networking icon from the My Computer folder on the Desktop are as follows:


WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.


For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it.
  1. Close the My Computer folder, if it is open.
  2. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe) and select the following subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer \MyComputer\NameSpa

    NOTE: The above registry key is one path; it has been wrapped for readability.
  3. Click Save Key from the Registry menu, and specify a path and file name for the backup copy (that is, NameSpace.Key) to save a copy of the NameSpace key above.


    If you encounter any complications, such as deleting the wrong subkey and so forth in the following editing step, you can simply select the NameSpace key and click Restore from the Registry menu (selecting the NameSpace.Key file and clicking Open to restore the NameSpace key to its original state).
  4. Select the below CLSID subkey of the NameSpace key and verify that its only value is Dial-Up Networking.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer \MyComputer\NameSpace\{a4d92740-67cd-11cf-96f2-00aa00a11dd

    NOTE: The above registry key is one path; it has been wrapped for readability.
  5. With the CLSID key noted in step 5 above selected, click Delete from the Edit menu, and then click Yes to confirm the deletion.
  6. Close Registry Editor.
  7. Open the My Computer folder and verify that the Dial-Up Networking link is no longer present.
NOTE: You may have to log off for these changes to take effect.

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Article ID: 166299 - Last Review: Oct 31, 2006 - Revision: 1

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