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Fix : Duplicate Drive letter entry Windows 10

After reading this article you will be able to fix a problem ( more of an inconvenience) with Windows 10, where when you open Windows explorer, the left hand navigation pane shows you multiple entries for the same drives. This looks cluttered and confuses the user. Though, its technically not a problem, but might prove to be a hassle.

Follow the steps below to fix Duplicate Drive letter entry Windows 10

Before following this post, I would recommend that you backup your registry or setup a system restore point. If you are not sure how to set a system restore point follow this post. If you wish to backup your registry in Windows 10, click here.

Assuming that you have backed up your Registry and set a system restore point by now, let’s start:

The duplicate entries in Windows 10 explorer should look something like this:

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To fix:

  • Press Windows Logo key + X to bring up the power menu in Windows 10
  • Now, Press A & Click on Yes to the prompt that appears.
  • In the Command prompt, type REGEDIT and press enter.
  • The Registry editor will open with elevated privileges

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  • Now, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders

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  • Now, Right click the key under DelegatedFolders, that looks like the one below:

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  • Press Delete & confirm with yes when prompted.
  • Now, If you are running Windows 10 64 bit, you need to again navigate to:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders
  • Delete the key as you did in the steps above.
  • Now, Restart your computer & check if the issue has been resolved or not.
  • For me, it did.

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If this method worked for you or if you have any follow questions or comments, please use the comment box to write to me.

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Fix : Device Manager not showing any hardware / empty device manager problem in Windows 7 , Vista , XP

After reading this guide you will be able to fix a problem where Device manager when opened shows no hardware listed or you may call it an empty device manager. This problem has been encountered in Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7. There are a few fixes that can sort this problem. Below is the list of solutions according to your operating system. Some of the solutions mentioned below apply to all Windows Operating system with just a few minor changes.

Universal Fixes

  • If you are using Windows XP, Insert the Windows CD / DVD into the drive. For Windows Vista & 7 CD /DVD is not needed.
  • Go to run ( Windows Key + R )
  • Type SFC /SCANNOW
  • This will take sometime to complete.

Windows XP

Note: Before Editing Registry Follow this guide to Backup Your Registry

  • Go to Start Menu
  • Click on Run
  • Type regedit
  • Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Expand SYSTEM
  • Expand CurrentControlSet
  • Select Enum
  • Click on Security , Permission menu
  • Click Add
  • Add the group Everyone and user SYSTEM
  • Select Everyone
  • Check Read only
  • Select system
  • Check Full Control
  • Click the Advanced button ( at the bottom)
  • Check Reset permissions on all child objects
  • Click ok
  • Click yes
  • Close the Registry Editor

Windows 7 / Vista

  • The very first steps should be to follow the universal repair procedure mentioned at the top of the guide.
  • Use This guide to try Clean boot in Windows Vista, 7 
  • Making a new user account
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Click User Accounts
  • Click on Manage Another Account
  • Click on Create a new account
  • Select the type as Administrator
  • Assign a new name & a password if required
  • Log Off
  • Login to the new account at the welcome window
  • Check Device Manager