Add or Remove Folders from This PC in Windows 8.1

The Computer folder or the This PC folder in Windows 8.1 now displays, the Desktop folder as well as personal folders like Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos folders. If you do not want your This PC folder to look cluttered of if you do not access these folders from you, you may simply click on the small arrow sign to hide these folders. But if you wish to Remove Folders from This PC in Windows 8.1, you will have to edit the Windows Registry. So before we commence, do create a system restore point first and back up your registry.

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Remove Folders from This PC in Windows 8.1

Close all your open File Explorer windows. From the Win+X menu, Run regedit to open the Windows Registry and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

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Here, you will see the following, each one corresponding to the Desktop or some personal folder:

  • Music : {1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE}
  • Downloads : {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}
  • Pictures : {3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA}
  • Videos : {A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C}
  • Documents : {A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}
  • Desktop : {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}

In my image you see the following key too – that is because I have added Recycle Bin to the This PC folder:

{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Backup the Registry Key

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First as a matter of precaution, identify the folder you do not wish to display, right-click on the corresponding registry key and click on Export. Name and save this .reg in a safe place. You will require it should you want to display this folder again in This PC folder.

Delete the Registry key

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Now that you have identified the registry key corresponding to the folder you do not wish to have displayed and backed it up, right-click on it again and click on Delete. Click F5 to refresh the registry.

Open This PC folder. The folder/s will not be displayed in your This PC folder!

If you are running Windows 8.1 64-bit, then you will have to do one more thing. In the Registry, you will have to navigate to the following key and delete the same registry key/s from here too:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

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If you do not do this, then the folders will continue to be displayed in the explorer dialog boxes like the Save, Save as and Open file windows

Add personal folders back to This PC

If you wish to add back the Desktop folder or the personal folders, simply click on the corresponding .reg files which you had exported earlier and saved, and add its contents to your Windows Registry.

Hope this helps!

How to Show, Hide Libraries, Favorites in Windows 8.1 explorer navigation pane may also interest you. You might want to also check out our freeware System Folders Customizer that lets you add Internet Explorer, important System folders, Control Panel applets to your Computer folder, Libraries and Desktop.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • Bob

    Good post. But Microsoft should make this removing method user friendly.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    I agree. Maybe I will try to upload ready-to-use registry fixes in a few days. :)

  • ArturM

    that would be awesome :)

  • Spasillium

    Came across this post while searching how to get rid of those annoying folders and it worked perfectly, even with the Windows 8.1 April Update. Thank you!

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