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    This PC - Add or Remove "Folders" in Windows 8.1

    This PC - Add or Remove "Folders" in Windows 8.1
    How Add or Remove Default "Folders" from This PC in Windows 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    10 Jul 2013
    Default This PC - Add or Remove "Folders" in Windows 8.1

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    How Add or Remove Default "Folders" from This PC in Windows 8.1

    information   Information
    In Windows 8.1, Computer has been renamed to This PC. This PC now displays your Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders in addition to the usual devices and drives (hard drives, optical drives, and removable devices) and network locations.

    These linked "Folders" are shortcuts of the folders in the C:\Users\(user name) profile folder of the currently signed in user.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the default Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders from only This PC (Computer) for all users in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    warning   Warning
    Be sure that you use the correct download from Option One or Option Two below for your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 for it to work properly.

    Tip   Tip
    Recent Windows Updates have been resetting this and restoring Folders back to This PC.

    If this happens to you after installing Windows Updates, then you can just reapply the .reg file below again.


    EXAMPLE: Folders Added and Removed from "This PC" in Windows 8.1

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version








    OPTION ONE
    Add or Remove "Folders" from This PC in 32-bit Windows 8.1


    Note   Note
    This option will only work in 32-bit Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

    For 64-bit, see OPTION TWO below instead.


    1. Do step 2 or 3, OR 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and/or 9 below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Restore All "Folders" to This PC in 32-bit Windows 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.


    Restore_Folders_in_This_PC.reg


    download


    3. To Remove All "Folders" from This PC in 32-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Remove_All_Folders_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    4. To Remove Only "Desktop" Folder from This PC in 32-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Remove_Desktop_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    5. To Remove Only "Documents" Folder from This PC in 32-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Remove_Documents_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    6. To Remove Only "Downloads" Folder from This PC in 32-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Remove_Downloads_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    7. To Remove Only "Music" Folder from This PC in 32-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Remove_Music_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    8. To Remove Only "Pictures" Folder from This PC in 32-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Remove_Pictures_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    9. To Remove Only "Videos" Folder from This PC in 32-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Remove_Videos_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    10. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

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

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

    13. Restart the PC to fully apply.

    14. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    OPTION TWO
    Add or Remove "Folders" from This PC in 64-bit Windows 8.1


    Note   Note
    This option will only work in 64-bit Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

    For 32-bit, see OPTION ONE above instead.


    1. Do step 2 or 3, OR 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and/or 9 below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Restore All "Folders" to This PC in 64-bit Windows 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.


    64-bit_Restore_Folders_in_This_PC.reg


    download


    3. To Remove All "Folders" from This PC in 64-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    64-bit_Remove_All_Folders_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    4. To Remove Only "Desktop" Folder from This PC in 64-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    64-bit_Remove_Desktop_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    5. To Remove Only "Documents" Folder from This PC in 64-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    64-bit_Remove_Documents_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    6. To Remove Only "Downloads" Folder from This PC in 64-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    64-bit_Remove_Downloads_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    7. To Remove Only "Music" Folder from This PC in 64-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    64-bit_Remove_Music_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    8. To Remove Only "Pictures" Folder from This PC in 64-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    64-bit_Remove_Pictures_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    9. To Remove Only "Videos" Folder from This PC in 64-bit Windows 8.1

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    64-bit_Remove_Videos_Folder_in_This_PC.reg

    download


    10. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

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

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

    13. Restart the PC to fully apply.

    14. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Posts : 88
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Thank you Mr Brink
    This Tutorial is Great.
    It would occupy much folders to my computer / This pc screen.
    Now when I open my computer screen I do not feel crowded
    Thank's.

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    Posts : 20,472
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    You're most welcome Asus. Glad it could help.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 38
    windows 8.1 and server 2012 R2


    hey shawn, thanks for the help. I do have few more things i'd like to adjust if possible. is it possible to have the folders appear after the Harddrives? so on the left panel the folders I wanted will appear only after C, D E etc and on the right side it'll show folders below the HDDs.
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    Posts : 20,472
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello m18xr2, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    There's nothing that can be done in the navigation pane (left panel), but you can do this below to have "Folders" below "Devices and drives" in This PC (right).

    • Click in View tab.
    • Click on Details in the "Layout" box in the ribbon.
    • In the This PC, click on the Type column header to have it's arrow pointing downward like the first screenshot below.
    • Click on Tiles in the "Layout" box in the ribbon.


    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 38
    windows 8.1 and server 2012 R2


    alright thanks again, been around seeking for your help since 7 forum lol.
    looks like theres no registry around the left panel but its just minor thing.
    i'll use sort on the rightside to fall below the HDDrives thanks
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    Posts : 20,472
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    You're most welcome.

    Personally, I like to keep "This PC" collapsed in the left navigation pane to not have it expanded anymore to save space, and just navigate in the main window or address bar.
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    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 771
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Although it makes it easy for everyone to understand each other on these tutorials, sticking to the Windows assigned names, you can rename "This PC" or "Computer" to something of your choosing - like "Workhorse", "Laptop", or "Speedster"!
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    Posts : 20,472
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Although it makes it easy for everyone to understand each other on these tutorials, sticking to the Windows assigned names, you can rename "This PC" or "Computer" to something of your choosing - like "Workhorse", "Laptop", or "Speedster"!
    Yep, you sure could.

    Computer Folder Name - Change in Windows
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  10. #9


    Posts : 38
    windows 8.1 and server 2012 R2


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Although it makes it easy for everyone to understand each other on these tutorials, sticking to the Windows assigned names, you can rename "This PC" or "Computer" to something of your choosing - like "Workhorse", "Laptop", or "Speedster"!
    Yep, you sure could.

    Computer Folder Name - Change in Windows
    thanks for that

    another thing, how do I remove the favourite in the left panel as well as library? weird thing is favourite is a category of its own which library should too, but library for me is under "this PC".. what should i do?
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