How to remove Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos and Downloads folders from the Computer folder in Windows 8.1

Update: This manual method is no longer needed if you are not comfortable fiddling with the Registry. Use our easy to use tool, This PC Tweaker to hide and show the folders you want.

In Windows 8.1, there are some additional folders that show in the Computer folder. In case you don't like them showing in Computer or don't need them, follow this simple tutorial to learn how to remove them.

  1. Open regedit.exe (See our Windows Registry Editor fundamentals)
  2. Navigate to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\
  3. Delete the following sub-keys:
    {1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE} (Music)
    {3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA} (Pictures)
    {A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C} (Videos)
    {A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0} (Documents)
    {374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} (Downloads)

Before:

before

After:

after

 

4 thoughts on “How to remove Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos and Downloads folders from the Computer folder in Windows 8.1

  1. JackinaBox

    win8 sucks
    get a real OS

    Reply
  2. fraudit

    There’s also “Desktop” folder with the following string: {B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}.
    It’s a perfect solution by the way!

    Reply
  3. Peter

    Sorry,

    this does not work !
    I still see the icons, even after a reboot.

    Any suggestions?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Which windows version and edition you are running? Is it 32bit or 64bit?

      Reply

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