Add or Remove Folders from This PC in Windows 10/8.1

The Computer folder or the This PC folder in Windows 10/8.1 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 10/8.1, you will have to edit the Windows Registry. So before we commence, do create a system restore point first and back up your registry.


Remove Folders from This PC in Windows 10

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:


Remove Folders from This PC in Windows 8.1

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:


Backup the Registry Key


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


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:



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.

Things are a bit different in Windows 10. This post will show you how to remove the Folders from This PC in Windows 10.

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.

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.  How to Show, Hide Libraries, Favorites in Windows 8.1 explorer navigation pane may also interest you. This PC Tweaker will let you add Folders & Items to This PC folder.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Bob

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

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

  3. ArturM

    that would be awesome 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. Palla Ramarao

    they are re-appearing after re-start. I used the .reg files found somewhere on the net.. Is it ok if i completely delete those registry keys?

  6. Benjamin Hall

    Doesn’t open as a Windows 8.1 64-bit version. Fix it please!

  7. snupo

    excelent. How about adding a truly *new* folder ?

  8. shotgun-dem

    Jan. 12. 2015: Yeah, this. There is a PC Tweak freeware program that will do this, but it gets installed with C|Net “Opener” which is a POS that adds a whole bunch of popups and ads to your system as well as replaces Chrome with Vosteran search engine. Crapola.

  9. Fang Reaper

    How to add NEW folders in this article somewhere?

  10. Mick Hansen

    I don’t have the Wow6432Node in my registry, although I’m running Windows 8.1 64-bit. So deleting the 1st key (for desktop in my case) didn’t make any difference.

  11. Mick

    Thanks, quite useful 🙂

  12. Subodh

    That didn’t remove the links on navigation pane though. Please share the link if you have written about removing those or could write.

  13. Subodh

    It’s got removed automatically from the nav pane as well after some time 🙂

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