If you compare
Windows File Explorer in Windows 8 vs Windows 8.1, you will notice the following change: 'Computer' is renamed to 'This PC' and 'Libraries', which were above the Computer folder in Windows 8, are now below 'This PC'. Many users are not happy with this rearrangement, they consider it uncomfortable for daily usage of Libraries. Let's fix it in a moment!
This is how File Explorer looks on Windows 8:
And this is how it looks in Windows 8.1:
To get the same arrangement as in Windows 8, we need to do the following:
- Open the Registry editor (see how).
- Go to the following key:
Tip: You can access the desired Registry key with one click.
- On the right side, you will see the SortOrderIndex value which is set to 84 (in decimals). Change it to 56, again in decimals.
- Close all Explorer windows and open a new one. The result will be as follows:
You can download ready-to-use registry tweaks below:
See the following video if still have questions: