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

  1. #120


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Jon,

    In 64-bit Windows the Wow6432Node key is what is used for the open, save as, etc... type dialogs. It's not there or needed for 32-bit Windows.

    If you delete them, it'll remove the folders from This PC. If you like, use only the individual .reg files for the folders you want to remove instead.

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  2. #121


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks Shawn. I much appreciate prompt reply. I just want to remove them from File Explorer, where they take up valuable space and are no use to me as such. However, it is essential that they stay in my user's folder as unfortunately some programs dump stuff in them that they and I need. eg, "C:\Users\Jon\Documents". Also I use a Desktop toolbar for opening desktop programs so need to preserve that in Users. I actually just want to hide them, not necessarily delete them. As mentioned I have already removed the folders with nothing useful in them (Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos) through regedit. Jon
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  3. #122


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    No worries, this will only remove them from "This PC", and not anywhere else.

    They are only basically just shortcuts in "This PC".
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  4. #123


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    Already done. Worked fine in regedit/right click/delete only in
    -HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\etc.
    Did not need to delete the Wow6432Node entries.

    Just a couple of suggestions: (i) maybe you could emphasize the fact that it only deletes the shortcuts at the top of your blog, and (ii) the reg files you provided did not work on my 64 8.1 system.
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  5. #124


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    The tutorial does state that they are only removed from "This PC".

    OPTION ONE is only for 32-bit. Did you use OPTION TWO in the tutorial for 64-bit?
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  6. #125


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    The tutorial says "This PC - Add or Remove "Folders" in Windows 8.1 How Add or Remove Default "Folders" from This PC in Windows 8.1". This OK, but it needs to also explicitly say that it DOES NOT remove them also from Users. I did an experiement and deleted a desktop item in My PC, and it automatically deleted in Users. So this made me assume that if you delete My PC registry item, it will also delete in Users. Maybe worth a sentence to explain this - up to you.

    I did (of course) use the 64 bit versions -eg, 64-bit_Remove_Documents_Folder_in_This_PC.reg. Neither this nor Desktop reg files worked in my system. Reviewing the reg files in Notepad, it is difficult to see what they are supposed to do. Still the concept is good.

    What I actually followed to remove all the folders was Remove the ?Folders? From My Computer in Windows 8.1 - mywindows8.org
    Last edited by Brink; 31 May 2014 at 08:48. Reason: removed link
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  7. #126


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Not sure why it's not working for you since the .reg file does the same thing, but automatically for you. The only thing I can think of is that maybe not all the prompts to approve the merge were not approved??
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  8. #127


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    Of course I accepted prompts! Looking at your .reg files, it is difficult to see what they do. I guess the minus sign is enough to tell it to remove the keys. Curious. Path is correct. I have now deleted the first set of keys. However, I note that the key for the Wow6432Node key is not correct.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ; Created by: Shawn Brink
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    ; Tutorial: This PC - Add or Remove "Folders" in Windows 8.1


    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}]

    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpa ce\{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}]
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  9. #128


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yes, that's correct. The minus means that it deletes the {A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0} key at both those locations to remove the Documents folder from only This PC.

    The key is correct at both locations. What makes you think it isn't?

    Code:
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}]
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  10. #129


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    These are the keys in my machine:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpa ce\
    They are not the same as yours.
    NameSpace
    {1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572649FDE}
    {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E46713}
    {3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-1307-DFADABB5ACCA}
    {40953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C}
    {BDEADFC0-C265-11DO-BCED-00A0C90AB5OF}

    So not the same as in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace
    Don't know why that would be
    Jon
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