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How to Remove Dial-Up Networking from My Computer

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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 ifa problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the "RestoringRegistry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" Helptopic in Regedt32.exe.
SUMMARY
There is no user interface provided in Windows NT to remove the Dial-UpNetworking link from the My Computer folder on the desktop. To remove thislink, modify the registry, as described below.
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The registry modification steps to remove the Dial-Up Networking icon fromthe My Computer folder on the Desktop are as follows:

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems thatmay require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannotguarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editorcan be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys AndValues" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and DeleteInformation in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics inRegedt32.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: 11/01/2006 05:00:21 - Revision: 1.1

Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

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