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Hide Windows 7 Nav sidebar whilst still maintaining folder redirect

Posted on 2014-04-25
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Hi guys,

I am trying to hide the Windows 7 sidebar for our users.
We currently have a process where their My Documents is being mapped to their H drive.

I tried the following:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CIDOpen\Modules\GlobalSettings\Sizer]
"PageSpaceControlSizer"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CIDSave\Modules\GlobalSettings\Sizer]
"PageSpaceControlSizer"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Modules\GlobalSettings\Sizer]
"PageSpaceControlSizer"=hex:d0,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00

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Not working

When I run this using - regedit /s nonavpane.reg - my redirector for the H drive immediately disappears. I am wondering if there is a bug in the OS, or something else.

My setup is Windows Server 2008 domain, with most clients now on Windows 7 Enterprise SP1.

Ideally where possible I am trying to script things, to make the overall process easier.

Any thoughts, or help would be appreciated.
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Question by:ambri5h
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by:John Hurst
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May I suggest you use the sidebar tools to close and exit the sidebar instead of using the registry.

See this Microsoft Support article for the sidebar.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows-vista/customize-windows-sidebar

I turn if off of client machines and my own and mapping driver is not affected in any way.
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Try just using this registry change:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Modules\GlobalSettings\Sizer]
"PageSpaceControlSizer"=hex:c8,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,d7,03,00,00


Make sure to backup the key before running.
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by:ambri5h
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Worked first time.
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