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    This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10

    This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10

    How Add or Remove Folders from This PC in Windows 10
    Published by Brink
    12 May 2015

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    How Add or Remove Folders from This PC in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The This PC window includes a Folders group that displays a linked Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos folder from the current user account's "C:\Users\(user-name)" profile folder location.

    While you can collapse or expand the Folders group in This PC, you may wish to remove all or specific folders instead. Removing all of the user folders will also remove the Folders group in This PC since it would be empty.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the default Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos Folders in This PC for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove Folders in This PC.

    Note   Note
    When you remove folders in This PC, it will also remove them from your separate user profile folder group that shows in the navigation pane when you have Show all folders turned on.

    The removed folders will still show in your actual "C:\Users\(user-name)" profile folder location in File Explorer.
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    CONTENTS:



    EXAMPLE: Add or Remove Folders in This PC
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    This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION ONE This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10
    To Remove Folders in This PC

    1. Do step 2 (all), step 3 (Desktop), step 4 (Documents), step 5 (Downloads), step 6 (Music), step 7 (Pictures), or step 8 (Videos) for what you would like to do.


     2. To Remove All Default User Folders in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Remove_All_user_Folders_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Remove_All_user_Folders_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     3. To Remove Only Desktop Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Remove_Desktop_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Remove_Desktop_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     4. To Remove Only Documents Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Remove_Documents_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Remove_Documents_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     5. To Remove Only Downloads Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Remove_Downloads_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Remove_Downloads_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     6. To Remove Only Music Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Remove_Music_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Remove_Music_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     7. To Remove Only Pictures Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Remove_Pictures_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Remove_Pictures_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     8. To Remove Only Videos Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Remove_Videos_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Remove_Videos_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    9. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    10. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    11. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    12. You can either restart explorer process or restart computer to apply.

    13. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION TWO This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10
    To Restore Folders in This PC

    1. Do step 2 (all), step 3 (Desktop), step 4 (Documents), step 5 (Downloads), step 6 (Music), step 7 (Pictures), or step 8 (Videos) for what you would like to do.


     2. To Restore All Default User Folders in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Restore_All_user_Folders_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Restore_All_user_Folders_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     3. To Restore Only Desktop Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Restore_Desktop_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Restore_Desktop_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     4. To Restore Only Documents Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Restore_Documents_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Restore_Documents_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     5. To Restore Only Downloads Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Restore_Downloads_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Restore_Downloads_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     6. To Restore Only Music Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Restore_Music_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Restore_Music_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     7. To Restore Only Pictures Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Restore_Pictures_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Restore_Pictures_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


     8. To Restore Only Videos Folder in This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10, and go to step 9 below.

    32-bit_Restore_Videos_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    64-bit_Restore_Videos_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    9. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    10. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    11. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    12. You can either restart explorer process or restart computer to apply

    13. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Tech Preview
       23 May 2015 #1

    This registry procedure does not appear to work now (build 10122).

    I tried using the documents folder reg file and it does not remove the key.

    I have since deleted the key manually and the documents folder still does not disappear from 'This PC'.
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  2. Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,429
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       23 May 2015 #2

    Hello Quiberon, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    It looks like Documents was changed in build 10122. I have updated the .reg files for Documents in the tutorial so that they will work now. Please try the new ones to see if they work for you as well.
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  3. Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Tech Preview
       23 May 2015 #3

    Hi,

    I'll try it later today, I've shut down my laptop with windows 10 on it.

    By the way the other folders don't get removed either.
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  4. Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       23 May 2015 #4

    I was just noticing that. All .reg files updated to work now.

    Thank you again for letting me know.
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  5. Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Tech Preview
       24 May 2015 #5

    Thanks,

    I can confirm the procedure is now working again.

    What my explorer window now looks like;
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    Now if only we could exchange explorer with the version from Windows 7.
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  6. Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       24 May 2015 #6

    You're welcome.
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  7. Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 2
    windows 10
       13 Jun 2015 #7

    This no longer works with build 10130. You need to also remove the same keys from the following location in the registry:

    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSp ace"
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  8. Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       13 Jun 2015 #8

    Hello Ledah, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Thank you for the heads up.

    I tested it again on my clean install 64-bit Windows 10 build 10130, and it's still working for me.

    Did you restart explorer or the computer afterwards to see if that may be the issue?

    If so, then please post a screenshot showing where you still see the folders at to see what the issue may be.

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  9. Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 2
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       19 Jun 2015 #9

    Took me awhile to get back to this. I fresh installed build 10130 and then ran your .reg to remove the folders and the result is in the attached WithReg.png.

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    After running your .reg file, I restarted explorer and the result looked the same. I then restarted the PC and instead of the five folders, the window looked like the attached WithoutReg.png.
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    If I add the code I posted prior to this reply, I have all folders removed and it looks like the attached AfterEditReg.png.

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