Personalization Add or Remove Windows C Drive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11


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All drives are shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default.

Removable drives are shown as separate groups in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default in addition to being shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane.

You could Pin to Quick access the Windows C: drive to also have it under the Home group in the navigation pane.

If you like, you can add the Windows C: Drive as its own separate group to the top or bottom of the navigation pane of File Explorer for even easier and faster access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Windows C: Drive in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.


EXAMPLE: Windows "C: Drive" at top or bottom of navigation pane in File Explorer

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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add top), step 3 (add bottom), or step 4 (remove) below for what you want.

2 Add Windows C Drive to Top of Navigation Pane in File Explorer

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Add_C_Drive_to_top_of_navigation_pane_of_File_Explorer.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}]
@="C: Drive"
"System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000001
"SortOrderIndex"=dword:0000003c

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\DefaultIcon]
@=hex(2):69,00,6d,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,\
  00,2c,00,2d,00,33,00,36,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\InProcServer32]
@=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,49,00,4e,00,44,00,4f,00,57,00,53,00,5c,00,73,\
  00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,\
  6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\Instance]
"CLSID"="{0E5AAE11-A475-4c5b-AB00-C66DE400274E}"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\Instance\InitPropertyBag]
"Attributes"=dword:00000011
"TargetFolderPath"=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\ShellFolder]
"FolderValueFlags"=dword:00000028
"Attributes"=dword:f080004d

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}]
@="C: Drive"

3 Add Windows C Drive to Bottom of Navigation Pane in File Explorer

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Add_C_Drive_to_bottom_of_navigation_pane_of_File_Explorer.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}]
@="C: Drive"
"System.IsPinnedToNamespaceTree"=dword:00000001
"SortOrderIndex"=dword:00000050

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\DefaultIcon]
@=hex(2):69,00,6d,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,\
  00,2c,00,2d,00,33,00,36,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\InProcServer32]
@=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,49,00,4e,00,44,00,4f,00,57,00,53,00,5c,00,73,\
  00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,\
  6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\Instance]
"CLSID"="{0E5AAE11-A475-4c5b-AB00-C66DE400274E}"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\Instance\InitPropertyBag]
"Attributes"=dword:00000011
"TargetFolderPath"=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,00,00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}\ShellFolder]
"FolderValueFlags"=dword:00000028
"Attributes"=dword:f080004d

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}]
@="C: Drive"

4 Remove Windows C Drive from Navigation Pane in File Explorer

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Remove_C_Drive_from_navigation_pane_of_File_Explorer.reg


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

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}"=-

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{445a2e0d-9142-4458-a84a-66dee0196d3c}]

5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

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

8 If File Explorer is currently open, then close and reopen File Explorer to apply.

9 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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