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Getting Rid of the Network Neighborhood Icon

If you have installed dial-up networking, Windows95 thinks that you need the Network Neighborhood icon on your desktop. It actually doesn't do anything for dial-up connections, but dragging it into the recycle bin doesn't work. Here's how you do it:

  1. Load up the System Policy Editor (poledit.exe) on your Windows95 CD-ROM (it's in the Admin\Apptools\Poledit folder).
  2. If you are asked to "Open a Template File," choose admin.adm in the same folder, and click OK.
  3. Select Open Registry from the File menu.
  4. Double-click on the Local User icon.
  5. Open Local_User\ Shell\ Restrictions.
  6. Check Hide Network Neighborhood.
  7. Click OK, and select Save from the File menu.

You'll have to restart Windows for this change to take effect.
Note: This setting can also be changed with TweakUI, one of Microsoft's PowerToys