Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. August 16, 2004
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Losin' the Neighborhood
We get a lot of questions about Network Neighborhood. Most of these questions involve how to get the icon off the desktop. If you don't want the Network Neighborhood icon on your desktop, here's a REG file that will make it disappear.

As usual, we must warn you that REG files can damage your Registry. We can't guarantee that any REG file will do what you expect on your system. With this disclaimer out of the way, here's the REG file. To create it, run Notepad and type in the following exactly as shown.

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer] "NoNetHood"=dword:1

Choose File, Save As and name the file Net.reg. Save it in the folder of your choice. To merge the file with the Registry, double-click its icon. After the file successfully merges, restart the computer. After you've restarted, the Network Neighborhood icon will no longer appear on your desktop.