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How can I remove a share name in the Add Network Place wizard?

How can I remove a share name listed on the dropdown list in Explorer to map a network drive in Windows XP? I don't want users to be able to see the share name at all. I have a hidden share I use for downloads and I don't want someone to map a network drive to it just to see what's there.

I'm assuming you're referring to the dropdown list in the Add Network Place Wizard. That's stored in the Registry, in the following key, in what's known as an MRU (Most Recently Used) list:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\PublishingWizard\AddNetPlace\LocationMRU

It would be pretty easy to create a logon script or a GPO that would erase the items in this list at logon. If you created the share through this wizard and then wanted to remove it later, that could be done by simply editing the Registry once and getting rid of the entries in the above key.

This was first published in October 2005

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