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How to enable or disable System Properties from Windows Explorer on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

This article will explain the fast way to remove the 'Map Network Drive' button from Windows Explorer.

Open registry editor (regedit)

Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER | Software | Microsoft  | Windows | CurrentVersion | Policies | Explorer

or

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | Software | Microsoft  | Windows | CurrentVersion | Policies | Explorer


Depens on if you need the settings to be applied for the current user or for all users/machine.

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How to remove the Uninstall or Change a program button from Windows Explorer

This article will explain the steps on how to remove the Uninstall or Change a program button from Windows Explorer.

Open Local Policy (gpedit.msc)

Navigate to:

User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Control Panel | Programs

In the right pane click on the Hide the Program Control Panel and set it to Enabled.

Logoff and Logon again or restart to apply the changes.

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How to remove the Map Network Drive button from Windows Explorer

This article will explain the fast way to remove the 'Map Network Drive' button from Windows Explorer.

Open registry editor (regedit)

Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER | Software | Microsoft | Windows | CurrentVersion | Policies | Explorer

or

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | Software | Microsoft | Windows | CurrentVersion | Policies | Explorer

Create the following DWORD (32-bit) key:

NoNetConnectDisconnect

Double click on the newly created key and set its value to 1.

Close registry editor, restart Windows Explorer (task manager) or restart your machine to apply changes.

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How to remove the Action Centre icon from notification area/sytem tray

If you have the need to remove the Action Center icon from Notification area or system tray (old name) then please do the following:

Open local policy (gpedit.msc)

Navigate to:

User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Start Menu and Taskbar

In the right pane double click on the 'Remove the Action Center icon' and select Enable to remove the icon from the Notification Area or System Tray.

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How to show or hide all icons in the notification area on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

To show or hide all icons in the notification area please do the following:

Open Registry Editor (regedit)

Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER | Software | Microsoft | Windows | CurrentVersion | Explorer 

or

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | Software | Microsoft | Windows | CurrentVersion | Explorer

Create the following DWORD 32-bit key:

EnableAutoTray

Set the value of the key to 0 if you want to hide all notification area icons or set the value to 1 if you want to hide all of the notification area icons.

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