1.    25 Apr 2016 #1
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    How to remove un-needed system folders

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    Windows is necessarily giving some folders as System Folders.
    Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Video

    ok, Desktop is necessary and convenient for quick access.

    I don't want any of the others above.

    Actually, there were several other folders and links appears, I have removed remaining wherever it presented delete option in right click menu.

    Properties of these folders say "Read Only (for the files inside)", I tried to remove read only attribute, but it didn't go away, and I was unable to delete them.

    So how to remove these un-needed system folders
    or at least how to hide it so that they don't appear in windows explorer window above my hdds partitions list.

    Why do wise guys at MS think that every net user is definitely into Music, Pictures, Video, Games? Seems we users have earned a bad reputation in MS guys' minds.

    Hope removing them will not mess up windows 10 installation, because I never use these folders.

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  2.    25 Apr 2016 #2
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit v10586.3

    System folders. Seriously. Don't touch.
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  3.    25 Apr 2016 #3
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    I believe @Brink has a How To - in regards to HIDING them from the pane...
    You should Not be removing them..
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  4.    25 Apr 2016 #4
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    East Bay Area, CA
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    Win 10 Pro x64
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  5.    25 Apr 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop

    I assume he means remove them from the File Explorer display, and I would also like to know. Yes, you can collapse Folders part of the right hand pane, and yes, your can replace the Quick Access junk with This PC. (I've done those.) But the system folders still take up useless space under "This PC".

    I don't use any of the Windows-defined folders and see no reason for them to take up real estate in displays. (Yes, I put things in Documents, but I haven't added any files to the default.) I know Microsoft thinks its folders are wonderful, but for me there are useless. How do we remove them from File Explorer?
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  6.    25 Apr 2016 #6
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    Windows 10 Pro

    First, most of those folders aren't actually folders. They're Libraries. Libraries can have multiple locations (even on different disks) and are the default locations for various apps, like Notepad, and what not.

    While it's possible to change these, it's typically a bad idea. On top of that, any upgrades will reset things and you would have to go through the process all over again, which means more frustration for you. It's always going to be highly frustrating to swim upstream so to speak.

    Yes, you can hide the folders, but making them go away is probably going to cause more problems than it solves.
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  7.    25 Apr 2016 #7
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14951

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Yes, you can hide the folders, but making them go away is probably going to cause more problems than it solves.
    Using the method below is safe and reliable, but do read the note at the top of the tutorial first.

    This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10
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  8.    25 Apr 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
    used Brink's bat files, but it didn't work for me. All folders are still there.

    I have posted the same in that thread, let's see what I am missing on my pc.

    Thanks for the right link.
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  9.    25 Apr 2016 #9
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    Pacific Northwest, USA
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    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop

    Wonderful! I hope that's what the original poster wanted. It's certainly what I wanted.
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  10.    26 Apr 2016 #10
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    yes, I don't want to see these folders in explore window, right at the top of my partitions, thus hiding my view to my partitions.

    no problem if they are lying anywhere unused in the disk. There are millions such folders.

    I am used to bare folder access in 30 years of my pc use right since DOS days, and I could never reconcile to the wisdom of all these Libraries, Quick View (though jump lists are useful). MS forces them on our head as if this is the best solution to increase our productivity.

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