Personalization Add Devices and Printers to This PC in File Explorer in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add Devices and Printers to This PC in File Explorer for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

If added, Devices and Printers will appear under the "Devices and drives" group in This PC in File Explorer.

The Devices and Printers folder shows devices that are connected to a computer, including the document devices. When you select a device in Devices and Printers, Device Stage shows the details for that device.


Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove Devices and Printers to This PC in File Explorer for Current User Only
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Devices and Printers to This PC in File Explorer for All Users


EXAMPLE: Devices and Printers added to This PC in File Explorer
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Option One

Add or Remove Devices and Printers to This PC in File Explorer for Current User Only


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you want.


 2. Add Devices and Printers to This PC in File Explorer for Current User Only

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Devices_and_Printers_to_This_PC_in_File_Explorer_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]
@="Devices and Printers"


 3. Remove Devices and Printers from This PC in File Explorer for Current User Only

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Devices_and_Printers_from_This_PC_in_File_Explorer_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 If File Explorer is currently open, then either refresh (F5) the window or close and reopen File Explorer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.




Option Two

Add or Remove Devices and Printers to This PC in File Explorer for All Users


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you want.


 2. Add Devices and Printers to This PC in File Explorer for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Devices_and_Printers_to_This_PC_in_File_Explorer_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]
@="Devices and Printers"


 3. Remove Devices and Printers from This PC in File Explorer for All Users

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Devices_and_Printers_from_This_PC_in_File_Explorer_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}]

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 If File Explorer is currently open, then either refresh (F5) the window or close and reopen File Explorer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Microsoft Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI MS-7D98
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-13490F
    Motherboard
    MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI
    Memory
    2 x 16 Patriot Memory (PDP Systems) PSD516G560081
    Graphics Card(s)
    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 WINDFORCE OC 12G (GV-N4070WF3OC-12GD)
    Sound Card
    Bluetooth Аудио
    Monitor(s) Displays
    INNOCN 15K1F
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD_BLACK SN770 250GB
    KINGSTON SNV2S1000G (ELFK0S.6)
    PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W
    Case
    CG560 - DeepCool
    Cooling
    ID-COOLING SE-224-XTS / 2 x 140Mm Fan - rear and top; 3 x 120Mm - front
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL
    Mouse
    Corsair KATAR PRO XT
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender Antivirus
    Other Info
    https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/66553205
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