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Hi.  I'm wondering if AutoIt3 can be used to disable desktop icons like the Network Neighborhood icon.

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yes, use RegWrite()
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WinXP can remove them from the desktop and the startmenu (i think).  settings are in gpedit.msc

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Try not to use gpedit.msc for local use. It was designed to set policies in a Windows Domain, not on a local computer.

Instead search for windows tweaks in google. You can do what you want by tweaking the registry a bit.

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Regmon is a Registry monitoring utility that will show you which applications are accessing your Registry, which keys they are accessing, and the Registry data that they are reading and writing - all in real-time.

You can download RegMon from:

http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Regmon.html

Start it up just before removing NN, then manually remove NN. From the output of this program, you should be able to determine which Registry keys have been changed.

-John

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Regmon is a Registry monitoring utility that will show you which applications are accessing your Registry, which keys they are accessing, and the Registry data that they are reading and writing - all in real-time.

You can download RegMon from:

http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Regmon.html

Start it up just before removing NN, then manually remove NN.  From the output of this program, you should be able to determine which Registry keys have been changed.

-John

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Or you could spend 5 seconds on Google and find out that to disable the icon, you need to write this to the registry:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer "NoNetHood"=dword:00000001

according to this site:

http://techsupt.winbatch.com/TS/T000001063F6.html

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Actually, I have a good friend who has his own business where he builds and repairs PCs, installs and troubleshoots networks, etc. I was with him a couple days ago and he was having a hard time hiding the Network Neighborhood icon ona few Win98 PCs. I've been wanting to recommend AutoIt3 to him and I thought if it could be used to hide (I mistakenly said disable in my original post) the Network Neighborhood icon, he might develop some interest in AutoIt. I suspect he'll develop interest in it anyway.

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