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Add Custom Folder to My Computer or the Desktop

Posted On 2007-07-17 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Add Custom Folder to My Computer or the Desktop
Tags: Tip Software Hack/Tweak Windows 9x Windows 2000
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Create your own custom system folder on the desktop or in My Computer, that can't be deleted or renamed.

Add the following series of keys and values to the registry at ([HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID] or [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID]). The entry can be a random number. In this example 'FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345'
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345}]
@='My Menu'
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345}\DefaultIcon]
@='c:\winnt\myicon.ico'
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345}\InProcServer32]
@='shell32.dll'
'ThreadingModel'='Apartment'
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345}\Shell\Open My Menu\Command]
@="c:\winnt\explorer /n /root,c:\MyFolder"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345}\ShellEx\PropertySheetHandlers\{FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345}]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=hex:00,00,00,00

To place the folder (which is now a system folder) on the desktop and in My Computer, add the following keys:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345}]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{FD4DF9E0-E3DE-11CE-BFCF-ABCD1DE12345}]


The folder cannot be deleted from the desktop or My Computer, nor can it be renamed other than removing the CLSID and the entries under NAMESPACE.
Key: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID]
Value Name: CLSID
Data Type: REG_SZ


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