This PC Tweaker

This PC Tweaker - my brand new work.

Attention to all
Attention to all This PC Tweaker users, the Navigation Pane editor feature was dropped from the RTM release of This PC Tweaker 1.0 due to bugs and stability issues. It will be released as a separate app very soon.
Version is available, PLEASE UPGRADE THE APP ASAP and follow the instructions in the change log below! The previous version had a bug!
This application allows you to customize items inside the "Computer/This PC" folder and many other things

The features list of the This PC Tweaker
With This PC Tweaker, you will be able to perform the following customizations:
  • to add any folder to the Computer/This PC folder. Really any.
  • to remove any folder from the Computer/This PC folder.
  • to change the icon for any folder inside Computer/This PC.
  • to add any shell location like Administrative tools, God Mode, Network Connections
  • you can pin or unpin Computer/This PC items from the Navigation Pane of Explorer in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and even in Windows 7!
  • You can remove or add any item from the Folders category inside the Computer/This PC folder.
  • to restore defaults with one click.

You can get something like this with just a few mouse clicks:

And sure, in Windows 7 too:

This PC Tweaker has access to all usable shell locations in Window and provides them for you. You will be able to add even God Mode to the "computer" folder.

Tip: if God Mode (All tasks, all settings items) does not showing in This PC/Computer, you should log off/log in back or restart Explorer.
This PC Tweaker supports Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 completely.

This PC Tweaker in action

Windows 7:

Windows 8:

This PC Tweaker has translatable UI and you can translate it with simple text file. Just rename the Languages\English_template.ini to YourLanguage.ini and translate strings in that file. That's it. Feel free to send me your translations - I will include them with application zip archive.

Available translations:
English - out-of-box support.
Russian - by Winaero.
Czech - many thanks to "moderate".
French - many thanks to Gérald Beau.
German - many thanks to Andrea Goetz.
Spanish - many thanks to RoTcE.
Polish - many thanks to Dariusz Kępiński.

Before you will report bugs

1. If you will remove the Pictures folder but add Pictures\Screenshots, then Pictures will appear in This PC anyway. This is the same for all default folders in This PC. Do not report this bug, this is not a bug, it is the default Explorer behavior in Windows 8. This is fixed in v1.1. Many thanks to the author of StartIsBack, Tihiy, for this hotfix!

2. You cannot change the icon of special shell locations added to This PC, you can only change the icons of custom folders you add yourselves. I designed this intentionally to prevent you from breaking Control Panel. Believe me, this is required.

Change log

v1.2.0.1 - the critical update
Bug fixed: In Windows 8.1/Windows 8 x64, if you remove standard folders from This PC and then restore defaults, This PC folder may become broken for 32 bit (x86) apps. Due to bug, the app was not be able to restore registry properly and this could cause the empty This PC folder for x86 apps in the open/save file dialog.
It is strongly recommended to upgrade the app to version
To fix the broken keys,press and hold the SHIFT key and click the "restore defaults" button. You should get the following message:
This PC Tweaker
x64 broken keys recovery

* Bug fixed: In Windows 7, you were not be able to open added folders to Computer
* Bug fixed: when you add a custom folder to This PC/Computer, the New Folder button inside this folder was not available.
* Bug fixed: Removed shell folders like Downloads, Pictures may re-appear in This PC, if you add any of their subfolders.
Ability to rename the folder you added.

* The application was rewritten from scratch.
+ Added ability to add any folder
+ Added ability to change icons
+ Added navigation pane pinning support for Windows 7
+ Added proper Windows x64 handling
+ Added translations support
* Fixed many bugs

+Windows 8.1 RTM support.

+Added Windows 7 support
+Added the "Navigation pane" feature

Initial release with This PC tweaking feature only.

The application's icon was created by Rhor. Many thanks for his hard work.

Download: This PC Tweaker

Donate options for satisfied users:

Anonymous | 14 Aug 13

Yeah but you can't move them up or down ..

Der Pepper25 | 17 Aug 13

Hi, v russian version Win 8.1 the Proga will be arbeiten?

moinmoin | 18 Aug 13

Hi Sergey, the works fine in 9431.
In 9471 the This PC area is empty. You ca add any items, but not remove.

Sergey | 23 Aug 13
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moinmoin | 24 Aug 13


Volfstein | 08 Sep 13

Do not hide the works for a Save As menu... Win 8 x64

Daniel | 19 Sep 13

Unfortunately, I can't remove Documents as it is not listed in the programm.

barri | 22 Sep 13

on windows 8.1 9431 german version I ended up with a non-deletable skydrive icon on the desktop. How can I remove it?

tjohns34 | 26 Sep 13

I am running Windows 8.1 Pro from a TechNet account with a valid activated key. I am also running Start8 by Stardock, if that matters. Unfortunately, almost nothing shows up when I run the "This PC Tweaker". No Folders option specifically. I have tried logging off/back on, and also restarting Explorer multiple times. I also tried running This PC Tweaker as Admin, which did nothing different. Is there a log or something I can send you for troubleshooting?

tjohns34 | 26 Sep 13

It looks like uninstalling Start8 enabled "This PC Tweaker" to successfully access the areas I couldn't before. I installed Start8 back to the system after I made changes through "This PC Tweaker", and the changes stuck. The only thing I could possibly ask for with this program is the ability to change the order things appear in the Navigation Pane. Thanks for the work!

tjohns34 | 27 Sep 13

One final comment; like barri above commented, I also ended up with a non-deletable SkyDrive icon on my desktop. Any clues on this?

Jaiba | 28 Sep 13

Is there a way to add a specific folder on the navigation bar or in the Folders section of This PC?

Betso | 19 Oct 13

Like Jaiba I'd like to know if there is a way to add a specific folder in the folders section of This PC.
Thank you for your work.

chair | 19 Oct 13

I was able to remove the SkyDrive icon from the desktop by disabling SkyDrive in the Group Policy Editor.

- Run "gpedit.msc"
- Open "Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\SkyDrive"
- Enable " Prevent the usage of SkyDrive for file storage"

Mavamaarten | 19 Oct 13

It would be great to be able to add custom folders (e.g. a folder within my documents, I want a direct link to that), right now this application is not that useful to me.

Crusty | 20 Oct 13

Looks like I have the nondeletable SkyDrive on the Desktop too. Any tips?

Keith | 20 Oct 13

I too had an issue until killing my custom Start Menu, as info to others.

mchogo | 21 Oct 13

Hi, Just want to tell you a bug. I don't know why but I cannot open control pannel from charmbar in windows 8.1 after using this tool. If I restore the default setting, it fixes the problem which means "This PC Tweaker" broke my PC. I hope you can fix this issue in a next build. Sorry for bad English.

John | 22 Oct 13

Got stuck with the fixed Skydrive icon on the desktop too. Can't delete, rename, change icon, nothing. Anything on this? Please reply, this is a really great tool but this icon is bugging us.

Sergey | 22 Oct 13
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mchogo, let me check it by myself, I will look.

John, i will look what is possible to do ASAP.

Talbot | 25 Oct 13

If you could find a way to stop frequently used folders from showing up in the "This PC" sidebar I would really appreciate it. All I want (and all I've had there since Vista I guess) are the physical drives. Now that it's become "This PC" it puts random folders that I've used recently like Downloads or even obscure ones like a program folder in Program Files. That has to be the most annoying new feature, especially when I can have Favorites AND Libraries so close, I don't need 2 "Downloads" folders less than 1cm away from each other.

Nacho | 29 Oct 13

Great software, but it doesn't work for the Save As navigation pane (i.e. when saving something in Chrome). Please fix.. thank you!

Sergey | 30 Oct 13
Comments: 478

Today a new version will be released.
The navigation pane editor will be released as a separate app.

Nacho | 30 Oct 13

The update is fantastic, thank you Sergey.

Paul | 31 Oct 13

Hi. Avast AV is telling me that the latest version is infected with Win32:Evo-gen [Susp] and won't let me download. Can this be fixed at all?


Sergey | 31 Oct 13
Comments: 478

This cannot be fixed, just because app is not infected, not compressed, not packed and it is raw .NET app.

Crusty | 05 Nov 13

Has a solution to the SkyDrive icon on the desktop been discovered (besides disabling it in the Group Policy Editor)? Thanks.

roryok | 06 Nov 13

Great app! I really don't like that there are so many folders in "This PC" and no way to change them. A stupid mistake on Microsoft's part, as usual fixed by some smart developer.

I have two bugs to report:

1. When I add control panel, it shows on Navigation Pane AND on "This PC", no matter which combination of checkboxes I select for it. I only wanted it on the navigation pane but it always comes up in This PC.

2. I added DropBox to the Navigation Pane and it hasn't shown up. It is visible in "This PC", but not on the Navigation pane. I tried restarting explorer.exe but it made no difference.

lusitopp | 07 Nov 13

Kind of awesome app but with 1 big problem for us.
I create a Custom Folder, pointing to C:\Local, if i then from This PC dubble click on the folder, and then in the folder rightclick the whole context "new" is gone, so i cant creat folders this way. if i then go to c:\local and create a folder, and then if i go back to this pc and click on Local, i can create a new folder under the recently created one.. but i cant create in the root.
how can i fix this?

The Best Isaac | 09 Nov 13

Great app! Though one feature is missing: The ability to add libraries addiontally to folders.

Varyak | 12 Nov 13

Hey, I have a minor problem. In Chrome or Internet Explorer I have the Download Folder in the "Save as" dialog shown in the "This PC" section. And didn't find a way to remove it. Iin Chrome I also don't have the libraries in the dialogs. Is there a way to fix it?

Beside this, a really fantastic app!

Leontin | 17 Nov 13

Thank you so much for this app. One thing I would like to add. Can you make for Windows 8.1 that Hard Disk Drives to be separately from Devices With Removable Storage like in Windows 7 and Windows 8? Thank you in advance!

adil | 19 Nov 13

please add font change option! let us change display font and font size.

Sam | 24 Nov 13

+1 to what Leontin said, if it's at all possible.

Right now, on 8.1, all the devices are muddled up, whereas on Vista/7/8 they were sorted into different categories.

Sergey | 24 Nov 13
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Leontin, Sam, see How to ungroup and separate removable drives in This PC in Windows 8.1

nekro | 27 Nov 13

Please try to find a way to restore separate categories for hard drive and removable storage. Windows 8.1 lumped everything together.

Sergey | 27 Nov 13
Comments: 478

nekro, see How to ungroup and separate removable drives in This PC in Windows 8.1

Leontin | 28 Nov 13

Thank you, Sergey! It worked!

Anonymous | 02 Dec 13

The space between the "Favorites" "This PC" and the "Libraries" is gone. Please fix it.

Sergey | 02 Dec 13
Comments: 478

Sign out and sign in.
This is fix the issue.

HeliXZz | 05 Dec 13

Hi there. I wonder if you like to add Chinese translations to this app? I could provide some help anytime. Contact me at helixzz(at) =)

Oren | 08 Dec 13

great tweaker !
i translated to Hebrew
add please)

Anonymous | 10 Dec 13

Thanks very much for an extreemely useful tweak.
The latest update is very stable.
A move icon up/down list (instead of alphabetical order) would further improve this great tweak.

johnnyops | 27 Dec 13

Bug: Desktop - remove from folder list but keep navigation. folder is removed however it now shows up just below under Devices/right next to C:

System: Table/Dell Venue 8 Pro
OS: Win 8.1 x32

I rebooted just to make sure and the problem persisted.

Otherwise great app, thank you!

Sergey | 27 Dec 13
Comments: 478

Thanks for your report, I will look that I can do.

ais | 31 Dec 13


Guest | 09 Jan 14

Hi when will the navigation panel feature be released? will it also have rearranging feature?

Sergey | 09 Jan 14
Comments: 478

I am working on the Navigation Panel feature at this moment.
Yes, I plan to implement the rearrangement feature.

Kirby8 | 23 Jan 14

Thank you! Does exactly what I wanted to do, make it s that I have custom icons in the file explorer side bar. I just removed all the default shells and replaced them with the same folders, which allowed me to change the icons. I don't understand why changing some of these icons is such a pain.

Lemming | 31 Jan 14


Is it possible to "pin" a file ? For example, it would be great if we can pin a library (*.library-ms).


Ben | 01 Feb 14

In the end I couldn't use the program. What I want to do is customize the Nav Panel to include all the destinations I prefer. I could only change what was in the folder. In retrospect it does sort of say that at the top of the download page, but it's not clear and the accompanying videos show you customizing the Navigation Pane. Hope that you can find a way to fix this some day because it's a pretty cool idea and I don't see anyone else doing it.

bennoro at cs dot com

dot45 | 10 Feb 14

Any chance of supporting command-line switches. (So we can automate this on many machines.)

Sergey | 10 Feb 14
Comments: 478

Why not?
I'll try with new version

Jfrm | 14 Feb 14

Nice work. Thanks

If have just a question. If I unselect "Show inside Folders Category" for an ítem it get moved to "Devices and Drives" group but don't disapeared. Is that behaviour intended or maybe a bug?

Angelo | 03 Mar 14

Any chance you'll come out with the navigation pane editor any time soon?

atShelter | 10 Mar 14

hi ^^
realy nice app!

i think i found 2 bugs.
"all settings" and "all Tasks" dont work for me (Win8.1 x64)

it would be awesome if you could add an option to arrange the items.

Anand | 23 Mar 14

Download shows corrupt file. Tried 4 times. gave up!!

George | 18 Apr 14

Hi ! Would be great if you guys add the possibility to create categories like Folders and Devices and Drives. I would like to have a category called multimedia where I will store all kinds of stuffs.

Thanks for your work.

alexfair | 01 May 14

Creating a Microsoft Outlook shortcut through your application for the folders in win+e creates a shortcut on the desktop as well. it is undeletable and pointing to an older version of Outlook. help please. | 22 Jun 14

I have a problem to hide the Outlook icon does not disappear from the desktop, anyone know how to disable it?

MDJ | 16 Aug 14

How to rename default folders if this program doesn‘t allow that (disabled button)? I want folder names to be shown differently, not actually change folder locations on hard disk. Does anyone know a Registry trick or something?

hede | 29 Aug 14

Hi Sergey

I can't read anywhere, if the changes made by your program is for all users on the machine?
I would like to add some custom libraries for showing up under this pc for my terminal users and therefore i need to know or have a option to choose this changes to all users?

Chris | 03 Sep 14

Thanks its Brilliant.

hate stupic microsoft | 13 Sep 14

thank a lot

Mike | 12 Oct 14

Super cool, thanks so much for this great tool!!!

XSS | 30 Oct 14

I ran this before on my OS and it worked. Now I installed a fresh copy of Windows 8.1, and it says failed to set access privileges.

cybergen | 30 Oct 14

I cannot start the application at all. It just doesn't show a window or anything. I just can see the process in the Task Manager for about half of a second before it disappears.

I have a Windows 8.1 x64 and was trying to start the Windows 8.1 x64 version of This PC Tweaker.

cybergen | 30 Oct 14

I just realized, that the tool won't start from a network location... That's it.

alba1314 | 15 Nov 14

@Sergey - I have just downloaded and run This PC Tweaker v and cannot add custom folder to My Libraries in Navigation Pane of my Windows 7 Home Premium Edition x64bit O/S? When I try to add the custom folder, I am met with a pop-up message that tells me:

You can't open this location using this program.
Please try a different location.

Help and/or advice, please....

MDJ | 06 Dec 14

It‘s bad that you cannot select whether you want your newly added folder to be shown for other users.

Poxiao | 17 Dec 14

It can not show Folders on Windows 7 x64, I use windows7 with multi-users, TPC version
I'm Chinese, my english is not well. Sorry.

Anonymous | 22 Dec 14

Cybergen - I have the same problem as you have. I will contact the owner to fix this!

KnorxThieus | 21 Feb 15


That's a great tool! :-)
Could you add an option to add self-created libraries? They are not on the list of Shell Locations!

Kind regards,

CosmoMattia75Vista | 21 Feb 15

Hi Sergey, congratulations, the app is fantastic! :-D

Can I help for translation in Italian?

Spasibo! | 14 Mar 15

Thank you, very simple and usefull utility, i wonder why microsoft not realize it direct in windows.

Sergey 2 | 05 Apr 15

Windows 10?

kmukli | 08 Apr 15

It's a nice tool, but... The newly added folders shown on other users... It's not ideal solution for me...

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