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Libraries - Add or Remove from This PC in Windows 8.1


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Libraries - Add or Remove from This PC in Windows 8.1
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Libraries folder in Computer (Windows 8) or This PC (Windows 8.1) in File Explorer for all users.
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How to Add or Remove Libraries in This PC in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Libraries folder in Computer (Windows 8) or This PC (Windows 8.1) in File Explorer for all users.
How to Add or Remove Libraries in This PC in Windows 8 and 8.1


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Libraries folder in Computer (Windows 8) or This PC (Windows 8.1) in File Explorer for all users in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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


EXAMPLE: Libraries added to "Computer" or "This PC"
8_Computer_Library.jpg
8.1_This_PC_Library.jpg


Here's How:

1. If you have not already, you will need to take ownership for Administrators first, then set permissions to "Allow" the Administrators group "Full control" of the {031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5} keys in the registry (regedit.exe) locations below.

NOTE: How to Tell if You Have a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 8 and 8.1

(For 32-bit and 64-bit Windows)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}



(For ONLY 64-bit Windows)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}

Libraries_Registry.jpg

2. Do step 3, 4, or 5 below for what you would like to do.


3. To Remove "Libraries" from Computer or This PC
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.​
Remove_Libraries_from_This_PC.reg
download

4. To Add "Libraries" to Computer or This PC in 32-bit Windows 8 and 8.1
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.​
32-bit_Add_Libraries_to_This_PC.reg
download

5. To Add "Libraries" to Computer or This PC in 64-bit Windows 8 and 8.1
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.​
64-bit_Add_Libraries_to_This_PC.reg
download

6. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

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

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

10. If open, refresh (F5) or close and reopen File Explorer to apply.



That's it,
Shawn


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maindeb

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i am fairly new to windows 8.1 and am in the process of moving all my folders and files from old computer to new one. i understand that you now look under this pc to see you folders which is called a library. i can see the usual ones- desktop, pictures, downloads, videos, etc. My question is how can i create a new library in this section? any help would be so very helpful. thank you.
 

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System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
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maindeb

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Thanks Shawn for the information. I just can't wrap my mind around not being able to make a new catagory. I made dvd's for weddings, memories, graduations etc and on my other computer have a folder that contain all the shows i am currently working on. The program knows to go to Pictures, Videos, or Music to find the content that I have added to the show but by not being able to dupicate the orginal file in the same location it program will not know where to go search for the content. I may have to keep using my old computer. But I do thank you for your assistance and information.
 

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Brink

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#5
You can create a new library anytime and as often as you like, it's just that they'll only show up under Libraries. :(

It's the same way in Windows 7.
 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
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maindeb

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Thanks for all of your suggestions. But no matter what I do I can ever even get to where it lists "libraries"
 

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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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maindeb

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The only thing i can see is This PC. I can see the default folders such as music, pictures, etc. I guess it doesnt matter what it says there since you first stated at this time you can not add any new additions there. thanks once again for all of your help and advice and taking the time to repond. :)
 

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Brink

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#9
The default folders in "This PC" are only links to the folders in your "C:\Users\(user-name)" folder, and not for libraries.

If you do the tutorial at the top of this page, then it will add the "Libraries" folder in "This PC" so that you will be able to click on it to open and see all of your library folders.

If you do the tutorial below, you could also have Libraries show in your navigation pane.
Once in Libraries, you can create a new library if you like.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13050-library-create-new-library-windows-8-a.html
 

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    64-bit Windows 10
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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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maindeb

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Thank you so much for the detailed instructions. I will go though them step by step.
 

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jonrichco

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Hi Brink, I am sure we have discussed this before, maybe on another thread. Windows has probably through an update, put libraries back in my File Explorer. I have tried a few or the more likely of your .reg files, but don't seem to be able to kill them this time, which i would really like to do. Any ideas?
 

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Brink

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Hello Jon,

Yeah, the latest Windows Updates have been resetting "This PC" back to default causing everyone to have to reapply their customizations again.

It sounds like you may need to make sure that step 1 is done again as well. It would have to be done before the .reg files would be able to change those registry entries to add Libraries back.
 

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    64-bit Windows 10
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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone