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Hiding Known Folders Not working s2012R2.

    Question

  • hello all

    i have a situation where i have to hide known folders from explorer view (on the left hand side) so it just shows the Drives and not Music,Downloads,Pictures, Videos ETC i have configured a User policy to hide known folders based on GUIDS shown below

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd378457(v=VS.85).aspx

    but unfortunately it does not work. none of the folders are hidden. what am i doing wrong ???

    environment is 2012R2 with RDSH 

    advice much apprciated

    dave


    dsbrown

    Friday, February 06, 2015 10:59 AM

Answers

  • Hi David,

    >>{7B0DB17D-9CD2-4A93-9733-46CC89022E7C}
    >>{2112AB0A-C86A-4FFE-A368-0DE96E47012E}
    >>{A990AE9F-A03B-4E80-94BC-9912D7504104}
    >>{491E922F-5643-4AF4-A7EB-4E7A138D8174}

    Based on the description, do you mean that we want to remove Documents, Music, Picture, and Videos from File Explorer?  If yes, we can do this by editing the Registry.

    To remove Document, we can delete the following registry entry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}

    To remove Music, delete the following registry entry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE}

    To remove Picture, delete the following registry entry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA}

    To remove Videos, delete the following registry entry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C}

    Note, before we delete the registry entries, in case of something goes wrong, please export them to back them up.

    If we want to deploy the registry changes to multiple server 2012r2 machines, we can do this via Group Policy Preferences Registry extension. In this case, the setting path is Computer Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Registry.

    Regarding GPP Registry extension, the following articles can be referred to for more information.

    Registry Extension

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771589.aspx

    Configure a Registry Item

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753092.aspx

    Best regards,
    Frank Shen


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    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:35 AM
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  • > /Music,Downloads,Pictures, Videos ETC /i have configured a User policy
    > to hide known folders based on GUIDS shown below
     
    What did you configure exactly in this policy? And is this policy
    applied at all?
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Friday, February 06, 2015 1:08 PM
  • put these Guids in the policy

    FOLDERID_DocumentsLibrary   GUID{7B0DB17D-9CD2-4A93-9733-46CC89022E7C}
    FOLDERID_MusicLibrary             GUID{2112AB0A-C86A-4FFE-A368-0DE96E47012E}
    FOLDERID_PicturesLibrary         GUID{A990AE9F-A03B-4E80-94BC-9912D7504104}
    FOLDERID_VideosLibrary            GUID{491E922F-5643-4AF4-A7EB-4E7A138D8174}

    the policy is getting applied on the client as reported by rsop.msc. just the folders are not being hidden when using explorer view (file explorer)

    i have done this before using 2008 R2. 

    dave


    dsbrown

    Friday, February 06, 2015 2:09 PM
  • just these to be precise

    {7B0DB17D-9CD2-4A93-9733-46CC89022E7C}
    {2112AB0A-C86A-4FFE-A368-0DE96E47012E}
    {A990AE9F-A03B-4E80-94BC-9912D7504104}
    {491E922F-5643-4AF4-A7EB-4E7A138D8174}


    dsbrown

    Friday, February 06, 2015 2:10 PM
  • > i have a situation where i have to hide known folders from explorer view
    > (on the left hand side) so it just shows the Drives and not
     
     
    "If the folder exists before the policy is applied, the folder must be
    manually deleted since the policy only blocks the creation of the folder."
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    Monday, February 09, 2015 9:21 AM
  • Hi David,

    >>{7B0DB17D-9CD2-4A93-9733-46CC89022E7C}
    >>{2112AB0A-C86A-4FFE-A368-0DE96E47012E}
    >>{A990AE9F-A03B-4E80-94BC-9912D7504104}
    >>{491E922F-5643-4AF4-A7EB-4E7A138D8174}

    Based on the description, do you mean that we want to remove Documents, Music, Picture, and Videos from File Explorer?  If yes, we can do this by editing the Registry.

    To remove Document, we can delete the following registry entry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}

    To remove Music, delete the following registry entry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE}

    To remove Picture, delete the following registry entry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA}

    To remove Videos, delete the following registry entry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C}

    Note, before we delete the registry entries, in case of something goes wrong, please export them to back them up.

    If we want to deploy the registry changes to multiple server 2012r2 machines, we can do this via Group Policy Preferences Registry extension. In this case, the setting path is Computer Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\Registry.

    Regarding GPP Registry extension, the following articles can be referred to for more information.

    Registry Extension

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771589.aspx

    Configure a Registry Item

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753092.aspx

    Best regards,
    Frank Shen


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:35 AM
    Moderator