After you set up a Network using the features built into Windows, a new icon will appear on your Desktop. For Windows 98 the Network Neighborhood icon will appear and for Windows Millennium and Windows XP, the My Network Places icon will appear. And even though you may not have physically configured a particular computer to see other computers on your network, uses may be able to click on the Network Neighborhood icon and gain access to other computers on the network. So if you don't want certain users to have access to other computers via the Network Neighborhood icon, then you can remove the icon from your Desktop. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to remove this icon from the Desktop.
Removing The Network Neighborhood Icon
- Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
- Then click on the Run Icon, which will open up the Run Menu for you.
- Type the word Regedit in the white area then click on the OK button.
- Click on the plus sign [+] next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER to expand that section.
- Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Software to expand that section.
- Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Microsoft to expand that section.
- Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Windows to expand that section.
- Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Current Version to expand that section.
- Then click on the plus sign [+] next to Policies to expand that section.
- Then click on the yellow folder entitled Explorer until it becomes highlighted.
- Now click on the word Edit, which is contained in your top tool bar area.
- This will pull down a menu for you to position your mouse upon the word New.
- Then click on String Value to add a new string into this area of the Registry.
- Now type in the word: NoNetHood into the rectangular box that is now awaiting your input.
- Then click your mouse anywhere within the white area below your input to save your changes.
- Now double click directly upon the NoNetHood entry that you just created until it expands.
- There will be a white entry area entitled Value data: awaiting your input.
- Simply type the numeral 1 into the white area and click on the OK button.
- Now close the Registry by clicking on the X box located at the top right corner of the screen.
- You now have successfully removed the Network Neighborhood Icon from your Desktop.
- And after you reboot your computer you will observe this as such.
Note: This is one small reminder I want to add for Windows XP. For step Number 7 listed above ensure that you click on the plus sign [+] next to Windows and not the plus sign [+] next to Windows NT.