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Win2000 CDs Disappeared

In my office, someone had deleted a registry key, which
had deleted the option for viewing the CDs. Now whenever I'm entering My Computer, just the Local network is showing, how can I enter the CD's using the registry keys back?
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This is interesting:


Missing Drives in My Computer and Windows Explorer (Q191579)

The information in this article applies to:

Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 2000 , Professional


When you view My Computer or Windows Explorer, some or all of your drives may be missing. When you view Device Manager, the missing drives may be displayed, and you may be able to gain access to the drives by clicking Start, clicking Run, typing the drive letter in the Open box, and then clicking OK. The drives are accessible at a command prompt or in Safe mode, and can be access by ScanDisk and Disk Defragmenter.

This behavior can occur if the PowerToys TweakUI tool is installed and configured to hide one or more of your drives.

To resolve this behavior, follow these steps:

Click Start , point to Settings , and then click Control Panel .

Double-click TweakUI .

On the My Computer tab, click to select the check boxes of the drives that are currently hidden.

Click Close , and then restart your computer.

Windows Millennium
This issue can occur if you install TweakUI in Windows 98, and then upgrade to Windows Millennium. You can also install TweakUI on Windows Millennium.
Windows 98
If the TweakUI tool is not installed, install it from the Windows 98 CD-ROM and then follow steps 1-4. For information about how to install the TweakUI tool, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q190643 How to Install and Uninstall the TweakUI Tool in Windows 98
Windows 95
If the TweakUI tool is not installed, install it by visiting the following Microsoft Web site:
Click Power Toys . After you install TweakUI, follow steps 1-4 in this article.

Windows 2000

This resolution may also work in Win 2000, if TweakUi was installed prior to upgrading the OS.

The TweakUI tool can also be used to hide mapped network drives.

For additional information about TweakUI in Windows 98, please select the Power Toys Readme.txt from the following Microsoft Web site:



Search for instances of noide in the registry, start button\run\then type "regedit", click ok, click edit\find menu, type in noide, click "find next", delete the values it finds...

Or, this one, which has worked for me when they just disappeared, I don't know if it will work when someone has delete some keys, oh well, I think it can't hurt:

WARNING : If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To resolve this behavior, follow these steps:

Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).

Locate the UpperFilters value under the following key in the registry:

On the Edit menu, click Delete , and then click OK .

Locate the LowerFilters value under the same key in the registry:

On the Edit menu, click Delete , and then click OK .

Quit Registry Editor.

NOTE : After you remove the Upperfilters value and the Lowerfilters value, if you notice lost functionality in a particular program, such as CD recording software, you may need to reinstall that software. If the problem recurs, consult with the software vendor for assistance.

Restart your computer.

So, my first response IS the correct answer, it required 1 minute in the regsitry and a reboot. For this I get a "C"...whata I gotta do to get an "A" with you...praise your existence or something?

Sheesh, well, I'm glad the problem is resolved for you, that IS after all why I am here. I havta keep reminding myself lately-getting impatient with people and their quirks. I supposed I got my own quirks...

Joel MillerDevOps EngineerCommented:
Although jatcan may have been a LITTLE harsh in his comment, I agree. Unfortunately, many people at EE don't understand the unique grading curve here and figure it is like a school's ABCD and F curve based on the content.

Basically, if you get your question answered and in a timely manner, give an A. If you got information that after following a link you researched and found the answer yourself, give a B. If the answer was found but the Expert took way too long or wasn't very helpful, give a C. Anything below that, ask for your points back in Community Support.

Experts do not get paid for spending the time they do. They get points at EE which determine their rank and give then Question points which they rarely use. Teh grade you give directly affects the points given to the Expert. An A grade here would have given jatcon (I beleive...) 4X the amount of points that you gave him. This is at no additional cost of points to you. You spend the same amount of points no matter what the grade you give. He just gets more Expert points.

I posted the grading information from the EE site below.

If you wish to change this grade, you can post a ZERO point question in the Community Support section asking a moderator to make the change. If you fel that jatcan was still deserving of a C grade, that is your choice.

I in no way intend this to offend you, just information that you may be unaware of. I know I had difficulty when first starting out here and understanding some of the strange quirks about how things work here...


How Do I Know What Grade to Give?
Although we use an A-D scale here at Experts Exchange, it works differently than, say, school grades. If one or more Experts' proposals are accepted as answers, they should usually be given an A or B grade, since they have taken the time to provide you with a working solution. If a possible solution is incomplete - ask for clarification or details before accepting the answer and grading it. People should not be given lower grades because of incorrect grammar or because you just accepted their answer or comment to close the question. Keep in mind, your question and any follow-up comments should be focused so that there can be a specific answer. The following is a good guideline to follow when grading:

A: The Expert(s) either provided you with a thorough answer or they provided you with a link to information that thoroughly answered your question. An "A" can also be given to any answer that you found informative or enlightening beyond the direct question that you asked.

B: The Expert(s) provided an acceptable solution, or a link to an acceptable solution, that you were able to use, although you may have needed a bit more information to complete the task.

C: Because Experts' reliability are often judged by their grading records, many Experts would like the opportunity to clarify if you have questions about their solutions. If you have given the Expert(s) ample time to respond to your clarification posts and you have responded to each of their posts providing requested information; or if the answers, after clarification, lack finality or do not completely address the issue presented, then a "C" grade is an option. You also have the option here of just asking Community Support to delete the question.

Remember, the Expert helping you today is probably going to be helping you next time you post a question. Give them a fair chance to earn an 'Excellent!' grade and they'll provide you with some amazing support.

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