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Date : October 2007


Access Your Zune from Windows Explorer

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Published on: October 5, 2007

I have a Zune I and hate the Zune software that comes with it and is needed to synchronize your files between your Zune and your PC.I learned today about an easier way to access the content on your Zune device directly via Windows Explorer, which makes things a lot easier.I thought that I share this information with you, in case you own a Zune player as well.Requirement: Your Zune must have been connected to the computer at least once and have the driver and Zune software installed and configured.Step 1 Click on start, select “Run“, type “Regedit” into the text box and hit enter. It should launch the Windows registry editor.Step 2 It navigates just like Windows Explorer. Go to the following node (or “directory”):HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\USB\There are a bunch of dynamically generated keys (Vid_XXXX&Pid_XXXX), one is for your Zune. Step 3 The easiest way to find the right entry is by using the search function of the registry editor. Right Click/Find, enter “portabledevicenamespace” as string to search for and press “Find next“. It should jump to the details (Node “Device Parameters“) of the entry that is for your Zune.Step 4 There are three keys that need to be changed. To change a value, just double-click on it. It will open up a box with the details of the key and its current value. Key Name Current Value New Value———————————————————————EnableLegacySupport 0 1PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell 1 0ShowInShell 0 1 Step 5 Now connect the Zune to the computer (disconnect and connect it again, if[…]

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