USB Drive Appearing Twice In Navigation Pane Of Windows 10 File Explorer


The is more or less same in all the previous version of . Quick Access is probably the only major change in Windows 10 which the users can experience. When you connect a USB or any other external hard drive to your computer, Windows automatically recognizes it and displays it in This PC / My Computer. It also shows in the navigation panel of File Explorer so you don’t have to navigate all the way to the source.

Duplicate USB drive/device entries in File Explorer navigation panel


In Windows 10 it is noticed that when you connect a USB or other hard drive to your PC, two entries are shown in the navigation panel. This is because with default settings the navigation panel show a separate list for all USB drives and another showing USB drives under This PC. This is why we see duplicate USB drives entry in navigation panel.


Duplicate USB drive/device entries in File Explorer navigation panel

It is recommended that you create a manual before editing the registry.

Step 1: In the start or taskbar search box, type Regedit and then press enter to open Registry Editor.


Step 2: Now navigate to the following address:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders

Step 3: Now look for the key named {F5FB2C77-0E2F-4A16-A381-3E560C68BC83}.


Step 4: Right-click on it and then press delete.


Step 5: If you see a confirmation dialogue, click yes and continue forward.


Sign-out and then Sign into your user account if the problem persists and try restarting your computer.

To restart Windows Explorer, open task manager, click More details, under the general tab right-click on Windows Explorer entry and then click Restart.

NOTE: Use the previously created restore point if you are facing issues after deleting the keys.


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