Those who have read my previous post on Office 2010’s “Click-To-Run” feature would understand why Local Disk (Q:) was added to the system. While it is an important part of Office 2010 Beta’s “Click-To-Run” feature, it can get quite irritating when you accidentally click it while browsing through the system.
Here’s how to hide it.
Firstly, bring up the registry editor by clicking Start > Run or pressing “Windows Key+R” then enter “regedit” without the quotes and click “OK”.
Next, browse to the following registry key:
Add the following registry key by clicking Edit > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value:
Value Name: NoDrives
Value Data (Decimal): 65536
Once this value has been created, click OK and close the registry editor.
Please note that this fix will only work in the user account you’re currently logged into.
To apply this fix machine-wide, make changes to the following registry key:
Alternatively, you can also create Binary values as described in Microsoft’s KB555438.
There you go. This should put an end to the “Access is denied” error message while maintaining Office 2010 Beta’s “Click-To-Run” functionality.
All the best!