windows 8.1 - How can I delete the "folders" in My Computer

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2014-04
  • Chin

    So I just installed Windows 8.1 and it is showing a bunch of folders (like Desktop, Documents...) in My Computer:

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    How can I remove them? I just want my drives to be listed.

  • Answers
  • nixda

    I just found the answer following the guide here:
    http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/42957/windows-8-1-hide-librar-folders-in-my-computer/

    Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace.
    There will be several subkeys in NameSpace.

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

    To remove the folders, just delete the keys.

  • magicandre1981

    Here is a tool which does this job easily:

    This PC Tweaker

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    This application allows you to customize items inside the "Computer/This PC" folder and many other things At this moment it allows you do to the following:

    • to add a new item to the Computer/This PC folder. You can put the shell localtion inside the "Folders" category or inside the "Other" category using the appropriate checkbox. This feature works in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

    • In Windows 8.1 you can show/hide Computer folder's items from the navigation pane of Explorer.

    • You can remove any item from the Computer/This PC folder.

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    Can I get the old search menu back in windows 8.1?
  • chipperyman573

    I don't like the new search thing in windows 8.1. How do I get it back?

    I'm referring to the one where you would type your search, then a sidebar with the options Programs, Settings and Files would come up. It's changed/removed in windows 8.1.


  • Related Answers
  • Sathya

    If you are using search as an easy way to lauch programs then you might want to change the Windows button behavior. You can right click the taskbarpropertiesnavigationstart screen.

    Select "Show the apps view automatically when i go to Start" Deselect "Search everywhere..."

    Hit ok. Now everytime you hit the start button or Winkey on your keyboard you will automatically go to the apps list and you can start typing to filter the list for the app you want. Now if you are looking for files and folders, then you will need the "Search everywhere" selected or just use the search on file explorer.

    You can also remove bing integration from Search under SettingsChange PC SettingsSearch and AppsSearch. Deselect "Use bing to search online".

    Still, you will not have the old behavior.

  • Journeyman Geek

    The sidebar is pretty much still there - there is no more program only search, but you can still search for files and settings by hitting on the downward pointing arrow on the subtitle under search.

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