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Hiding the Network Neighborhood icon

Network users frequently click around in Network Neighborhood, either to find a particular resource or just to see what's there. A great deal of network browsing can create something of a traffic jam by causing master browsers and backup browsers to repeatedly build resource lists. Of course you can ask users to keep their network browsing to a minimum, but realistically speaking, how effective is that? If you really want to prevent curious users from loitering in Network Neighborhood, consider hiding the Network Neighborhood icon.

There's a registry change you can make that will prevent the Network Neighborhood icon from being displayed. Simply open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and add a DWORD value named NoEntireNetwork. Set that value to 1. (The default is 0 if the value already exists.) Save your changes and restart your system.

All your network's resources will still be available through UNC or net commands, but only the users who really need them are likely to access them that way.

Note: Please remember that registry editing can be risky so be sure you have a verified backup before you begin.

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