Unwanted Network Neighbors

By Neil J. Rubenking  |  Posted 2003-06-30 Print this article Print

Get rid of unused nodes in your My Network Places list.

My office LAN has a large number of nodes, and even though I dont connect to most of them, they have populated My Network Places in Windows. Is there any way to trim the list?

G.L. Moore

The nodes that appear directly under My Network Places in Windows 2000 and XP are folder shortcuts, created automatically by the system. You should be able to delete them without causing harm. Before deleting one, however, right-click on it, choose Properties, and verify that the Type field says Folder Shortcut. If so, then go ahead and delete it. You can still access any node on the network through the Entire Network node or the Computers Near Me node. When you do, Windows will re-create the folder shortcut.

On your hard drive, each folder shortcut is represented by a folder below C:\Documents and Settings\username\NetHood. In this folder is a file named Target.lnk, which relates the folder shortcut to its associated location on the network.

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Neil J. Rubenking Neil Rubenking served as vice president and president of the San Francisco PC User Group for three years when the IBM PC was brand new. He was present at the formation of the Association of Shareware Professionals, and served on its board of directors. In 1986, PC Magazine brought Neil on board to handle the torrent of Turbo Pascal tips submitted by readers. By 1990 he had become PC Magazine's technical editor, and a coast-to-coast telecommuter. His 'User to User' column supplied readers with tips and solutions on using DOS and Windows, his technical columns clarified fine points in programming and operating systems, and his utility articles (over forty of them) provided both useful programs and examples of programming in Pascal, Visual Basic, and Delphi. Mr. Rubenking has also written seven books on DOS, Windows, and Pascal/Delphi programming, including PC Magazine DOS Batch File Lab Notes and the popular Delphi Programming for Dummies. In his current position as a PC Magazine Lead Analyst he evaluates and reports on client-side operating systems and security solutions such as firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and full security suites. He continues to answer questions for readers in the ongoing 'Solutions' column and in PC Magazine's discussion forums.

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