#1 By: howtogeek, July 28th, 2013 04:04
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/168081/how-to-remove-the-folders-from-my-computer-in-windows-8.1/
Windows 8.1 bought some of the more common folders to the top of the “This PC” window. Having used Windows since its inception, we find this looks odd and sought to fix it.
#2 By: Alejandro Roger Ull, July 28th, 2013 04:47
Oh no, remnants of Windows XP, can't be a good signal.
Thanks for the registry trick, it will be a moment to apply it with the REG file each time I'll have to install one of those Windows 8.1.
#3 By: Justin Dunn, July 28th, 2013 23:55
This tweak is something I figured out how to do a bit ago.
On June 29th I sent it to The Geek but it seems he didn't get around to writing about it.
It seems Taylor Gibb also figured this tweak about and did put out an article.
There is one part missing though.
On 64-bit systems you need to delete those keys from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace too so that 32-bit programs don't show those folders either (in save/open dialogs for example).
#4 By: b acevs, August 29th, 2013 23:17
Is it possible to replace those folders with libraries instead?
#5 By: Justin Dunn, August 30th, 2013 04:57
No, I tried swapping the Known Folder ID the "This PC" folders to the IDs for the libraries in the registry but it did not work.
#6 By: subi, September 30th, 2013 07:42
Do you by any chance also have the keys to get them back for 64bit. Much appreciated, thanks.
#7 By: Justin Dunn, September 30th, 2013 21:57
You can use the registry files at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ceephyncvznjoka/kqTZtOMpM1Use "ThisPC Folders - Add.reg" and "ThisPC Folders - Add (WOW64).reg" to restore the This PC folders in Windows 8.1 64-bit.
Use "ThisPC Folders - Remove.reg" and "ThisPC Folders - Remove (WOW64).reg" to remove the This PC folders in Windows 8.1 64-bit.
More details on the registry keys, in my reply at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1_pr-files/how-do-i-get-rid-of-the-clutter-under-this-pc-in/937131d0-8cd0-42ac-ab44-026426aa84ea
#8 By: Illutian Kade, October 20th, 2013 12:53
I really can't recall, but wasn't this crap removed in Windows 7; the same OS that everyone loved.
Why bring back stuff we didn't ask for.
Why not give us the option...it's clearly not hard. This reg hack proves it.
#9 By: Petter, January 23rd, 2014 16:51
I'm VERY thankful for someone showing me how to get rid of those misplaced folders. I'm thinking the reason why Microsoft placed them there was that there's many people using them. I myself can't imagine one reason to do so. I would have very hard to live with those folder, always making searching and saving more difficult, I have ten disks so I need Everything to be as Clean and simple as possible in explorer. Thanks again.
#10 By: Petter, January 23rd, 2014 16:54
I'm also very thankful to You showing how to COMPLETELY get rid of those extremely annoying folders. Now they are gone even when saving from a 32-bit program. Thanks!!!!