Remove or Restore Default Folders from “This PC” in Windows 8.1 – Why and How?

Clutter of folders appear in the navigation pane in Windows 8.1. Most of them are short-cuts and are not necessary. Currently using Windows 8 still, Good! You are on the better side. Less confusion of items in the File Explorer.

But once you made the choice to update to Windows 8.1, there is no other go. You need to apply some tweaks to remove the default folders from “This PC”  in Windows 8.1. Worrying what is “This PC”? Its just that “My Computer” has been replaced with this new term.

Anytime you want to locate a file, you just want the drive to appear. Not all those silly items which make your eyes dizzy blind! First look at the appearance on how the default folders look in the navigation pane in Windows 8.1.

Default Folders in "This PC"

Navigation Pane View of Default Folders in “This PC” in Windows 8.1

Why You Need to Remove Folders from “This PC” ?

You may be intrigued why all this headache? First of all let the default settings be in place. But its just makes navigation more confusing and difficult. As you can see in the above image, there are lot of items in “This PC”.

For example, if you want to locate a file in your C: drive, first of all identifying that drive among that blurring items, is really difficult. You want something simple like the Google homepage. Also if you observe Windows 8 File Explorer navigation pane, its more simple.

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It just lists the Drives – both removable and non-removable.

So it all comes to aesthetics, appearance and simplicity in navigation.

How to Remove Folders from “This PC” in Windows 8.1?

Now the crux of the problem. A simple solution. You just need to download a registry file and run it.

The steps include.

  1. Download the .zip file
  2. Unzip the file.
  3. Run the .reg file.
  4. If any permissions like UAC are asked, allow them.
  5. Restart the PC.


But before we go ahead, first lets congratulate “” for providing these .reg files. I downloaded them from their website and zipped them for easy downloading.

The look of “This PC” is somewhat like this after you make the registry changes.

Remove and Restore Folders - "This PC"

There are actually 6 default folders in “This PC”.

  1. Desktop
  2. Documents
  4. Music
  5. Pictures
  6. Videos

So to remove each folder, you can apply each .reg file. But in-case you want to save time and remove all folders, just apply the .reg file that says “Remove_All_Folders_in_This_PC“.

How to Restore Default Folders in “This PC” in Windows 8.1?

Sometimes, you feel that these folders are necessary if you are saving files to these locations. In such cases, you can just run another .reg file that says “Restore_Folders_in_This_PC“.


It’s a mixed feeling regarding the default folders in “This PC”. Some may like it and some may dis-like it. Regarding the concept of these files, we are changing only some registry values in the Registry Editor, when you apply these tweaks. So you need not worry about any unwanted changes.

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Caution: Its better to back-up your registry before you apply these registry tweaks, in-case any problems come up.

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