Unwanted Network Neighbors

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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