Hiding Favorites & Libraries from Windows Explorer – Windows2008 R2/RDS/Hosted Shared Desktop

We were implementing HSD solution with RDS, users were able to see Libraries and Favorites links in the Windows Explorer. We wanted to hide it, as no users should save any file in those locations.

  • Following registry edits would help in removing it for all users.

To remove Favorites

  • Open Regedit
  • Navigate to

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}\ShellFolder

  • Apply “Full Control” permission for “Administrator” in “ShellFolder” key.
  • Change Value of “Attributes” DWORD  from “a0900100″  to “a9400100″

To remove Libraries

  • Navigate to

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}\ShellFolder

  • Apply “Full Control” permission for “Administrator” in “ShellFolder” key.
  • Change Value of “Attributes” DWORD  from “b080010d”  to “b090010d”


  • Logoff and login to see the changes applied.
  • These changes will apply in Windows7.
Hope this helps! Comments are welcome.