[Tip] Remove 6 Extra Folders from Windows 10 Explorer “This PC”

When Windows 8.1 operating system was released, Microsoft renamed the good ol' Windows Explorer or My Computer to "This PC". Also to enhance "This PC" functionality and UI, Microsoft added 6 extra folder to it which were Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos.

For many people those extra folders were quite useless and were taking a good amount of space in "This PC" window. That's why we posted an exclusive tutorial to remove or hide those extra 6 folders from "This PC" window as well as tweaking and customizing other things. You can take a look at the tutorial at following link:

[Tips] Tweak and Customize Windows 8.1 Explorer "This PC"

Now Windows 10 has been released and it also comes with the same "This PC" window and 6 annoying folders. Unfortunately the old trick to get rid of these 6 folders which we shared for Windows 8.1, doesn't work in Windows 10.


Its happening because Microsoft has changed the Registry keys and CLSIDs in Windows 10, that's why the old Registry script to remove those 6 folders is not applicable to Windows 10.

I investigated and looked into Windows 10 Registry Editor and finally found a way to remove those 6 folders. Though it took a bit time in finding those Registry keys.

Now in Windows 10, Microsoft is using a new string "ThisPCPolicy" in Registry to show or hide items in "This PC" window. If the string value is set to "Show", that particular item is shown in "This PC" window and if the string value is set to "Hide", that item is not shown in "This PC" window.

So we just need to change the value of "ThisPCPolicy" to "Hide" for all 6 folders CLSID in Registry and they will immediately disappear from "This PC" window.

If you also want to remove those extra and annoying 6 folders from Windows 10 "This PC" window, check out following simple steps:

1. Press WIN+R keys together to open RUN dialog box. You can also open it from WIN+X menu. Now type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following keys one by one:

For Pictures folder:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ FolderDescriptions\{0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}\PropertyBag

For Videos folder:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ FolderDescriptions\{35286a68-3c57-41a1-bbb1-0eae73d76c95}\PropertyBag

For Downloads folder:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ FolderDescriptions\{7d83ee9b-2244-4e70-b1f5-5393042af1e4}\PropertyBag

For Music folder:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ FolderDescriptions\{a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}\PropertyBag

For Desktop folder:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ FolderDescriptions\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\PropertyBag

For Documents folder:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ FolderDescriptions\{f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}\PropertyBag

and change value of "ThisPCPolicy" string to Hide in each key.


NOTE: All above mentioned keys contain "ThisPCPolicy" string except "{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}" key which is responsible for Desktop folder. So you'll need to manually create new string "ThisPCPolicy" and set its value to Hide for this key.

3. That's it. Now open "This PC" window and you'll no longer see those extra 6 folders.


UPDATE: Some 3rd party 32-bit programs may still show these unnecessary 6 folders in "Browse" dialog box such as Save, Save as or Open file as shown in following screenshot:


To remove these 6 folders from Browse window as well, you'll also need to set "ThisPCPolicy" string to Hide for following keys:

For Pictures folder in Browse window:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{0ddd015d-b06c-45d5-8c4c-f59713854639}\PropertyBag

For Videos folder in Browse window:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{35286a68-3c57-41a1-bbb1-0eae73d76c95}\PropertyBag

For Downloads folder in Browse window:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7d83ee9b-2244-4e70-b1f5-5393042af1e4}\PropertyBag

For Music folder in Browse window:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{a0c69a99-21c8-4671-8703-7934162fcf1d}\PropertyBag

For Desktop folder in Browse window:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}\PropertyBag

For Documents folder in Browse window:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{f42ee2d3-909f-4907-8871-4c22fc0bf756}\PropertyBag

PS: There is another easier way to change value of "ThisPCPolicy" string to Hide for all keys. Open Registry Editor, press Ctrl+F keys together to launch Find dialog box. Now type ThisPCPolicy and press Enter key. It'll go to the first key which contains this string. Now just change value of "ThisPCPolicy" string to Hide and then press F3 key to go to the next key containing the string. Again change value of the string to Hide for that key and press F3 key. Repeat these steps until you get "Finished searching through the registry" message. That's it, you are done.

NOTE: If you don't want to manually change keys and values in Registry, you can download following ready-made registry script to do the task automatically. Just download ZIP file, extract it using 7-Zip or any other file archive software and you'll get 2 .REG files to hide or show these 6 folders in Windows 10 "This PC" window:

Download Registry Script to Remove 6 Extra Folders from Windows 10 This PC


If you noticed in the second screenshot, a DWORD "NoCustomize" is set to 1 for Desktop folder. This DWORD shows or hides "Customize This Folder" option in context menu of that particular folder. In other words, when you right-click in empty area of Desktop folder, you'll not get "Customize This Folder" option as its set to hidden using "NoCustomize" DWORD in Registry. You can set its value to 0 and the option "Customize This Folder" will be enabled in Desktop folder context menu. You can use this tip to show or hide the option for other folders as well.

Also Check:

[Windows 10 Tip] Remove Icons from Navigation Pane of This PC

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  • Thanks for this!. The cleaner the merrier

  • Fantastic, worked like charm!

  • Thanks VG ! You are always provides such a things which is really mean for me.

  • Thanks a lot VG, got rid of those annoying folders.

  • Thank you for this!

  • Thanks so much for this tip! It solved my File Explorer issues nicely . All I need All I need is to learn how to remove Network.

  • I think most people are more likely to use the Explorer icon on the taskbar...
    which gives you a different view with "Frequent Folders" and "Recent Files".

  • Thanks a ton for this... Enjoying the cleaner interface now :)

  • thank VG!

    but, this also hides the folders from Quick Access.

    however, all of the folders can be accessed by manually go to "C:\Users\"

  • Vishal Sir,
    I have a problem in my PC. I installed some 3rd party software and that came bundled with some another 3rd party which got installed on my computer. Now that program is showing ads on every webpage and on every website i visit including askvg.com and youtube.com also. See a screenshot here - bit.ly/1Tdw9gn

    Also, I've removed all unwanted programs. Run awd cleaner and malware bytes.

    One thing i've noticed that whenever if i'm not using my browser or internet, task manager still shows ethernet up down.

    Please Vishal Sir, help me.

  • VG

    ^^ Post your HijackThis log file in following topic:


    @Zinc Whiskers
    Check following:


  • Dear Vishal Gupta,

    I had been using Windows 7 ultimate on my PC. I downloaded iso of Windows 10 and upgraded
    to Windows 10 using the key provided for the professional version of Windows 10 released.
    Everything went off without a hitch.

    Just for getting to know system information, I used BelArc Advisor to analyze my system.
    I am surprised to find that thought licence key is shown as for Windows 10 , the actual
    system reported to be installed is Windows 8.1.

    Does this mean that OS is actually Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 is just an update of the
    same with bells and whistles?

    I would like to have your opinion - comment - on this.

    Best Regards

  • VG

    ^^ Dont trust such things. You can check the installed OS using winver command in RUN dialog box.

  • Hey bro, I followed the full article but didn't got 100% success.
    All Folders are gone from 'This PC' but even after following the 2nd section of the article, 'Desktop' folder still appears in the Browse menu :(
    Please help :)

  • VG

    ^^ Did you try the ready-made Registry script?

  • This tip also remove folder under this pc,how to show 6 folder under this pc?
    i want remove 6 folder in browse windows but not for 6 folder under this pc
    please help

  • Another stellar performance from Vish, I love your tutorials, they've made my Windows experience truly inspiring over the last few years.

    I do have one issue with this tutorial though..., I cannot find the following key listed:


    I'm using Windows 10 (Home) Upgrade from disc

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks :)

  • VG

    ^^ If you are using 32-bit Windows, you'll not see Wow6432Node key. Its present only in 64-bit systems.

    Then don't set ThisPCPolicy to Hide for keys mentioned in Step 2. Just set it to Hide for keys mentioned in UPDATE section.

  • Thanks for the quick response.

    Yes I'm using 32 Bit so that explains things nicely. :)

    Can't wait to see the next customizations, W10 is already looking much better thanks to your shared wisdom. Are you actually Bill Gates?

  • So the latest 'buzz word' is "Hey Cortana", that got me thinking...., instead of Ask Vishal maybe you should change your website name to..........

    Hey Vishal!

    It's got a nice ring to it!! :o)) If only Cortana was as helpful as Vishal.

  • Great, thanks for this. My only concern (and this was my problem with Windows 8.1) is whether this will persist with future Windows updates. I remember on 8.1, subsequent updates would undo this neat registry hack, which lead me to eventually put up with it. Would anyone have an idea if this would be the sort of thing that would get undone over time?

  • Also, will this registry script work on 32 bit systems? Or should I do it manually?

  • Hi VG,
    Unfortunately it seams applying your registry script also removes items in my user's files on the desktop! So I also do not have Desktop Downloads Documents, Etc in my user filder on the desktop:(
    So I think the old method was better, even if I have to apply it after almost Windows Update.
    Just my opinion.
    Thanks as always.

  • VG

    ^^ But the old method no longer works in Windows 10, thats why the new method was discovered. ;)

    The Registry script will work on all Windows 10 systems. Regarding Windows Updates, it should not affect the changes but only time will tell.

    Thanks for your nice words. I appreciate it. :)

  • You're welcome, I've followed you for a few years and have learned a great deal.

    Sometimes a thank you goes a long way! :)

  • Re. Remove 6 Extra Folders from Windows 10 Explorer “This PC”

    Much to my dismay, I have just found that the registry edits therein described do not seem to apply to the current (as of 8/18) RTM release/update of Win 10: My registry does not show a key "ThisPCPolicy" for "Pictures", etc. and adding such a key with value "Hide" has no effect. Many thanks for your efforts; I realize you have a moving target.

    For all of us rational people who use a project oriented, not file-type, oriented file structure, is there a fix, or has M$ hardwired something with DRM intent? Surely the enterprise users of Win 10 can not tolerate this inanity(?)

  • Chas, did you drop down one folder under pictures to FolderDescriptions?
    The entry is in the sub folder, not in Pictures.

  • oops, sub folder is PropertyBag


  • HI, Thanks for the help but i m not able to hide desktop folder byu this method because it is not showing "ThisPCPolicy" in the property bag folder, What should i do..


  • VG

    ^^ Please check the NOTE given in Point 2.

  • I've dOne this and deleted that registry fOlders and even i've run that files u gave but still the fOlders are there.

  • Really thanks. They were getting on my nerves all the time.

  • In the last version (build 10586.3) this method don't work anymore. The extra folders still appearing.

    Any new tip?

  • VG

    ^^ Its working without any problem here in latest 10586.3 build.

  • VG,
    I never I mean literally this is the first time I've bothered to comment on any thread. But you are just one amazing guy. How silly of Microsoft to call for such a tedious task when they'v always been touted, by me included, as ultra self configurable. I mean we all expect that when we drop a mp3 into iTunes its pretty much so long to that file forever then 18 copies of the song appears in the playlist and you can find the original mp3 to begin with ugh! Anyway it must have taken quite a bit of tinkering to figure this one out. I simply loathe the registry and avoid it at all costs.... and then you have the humor to post a cure all script after I've delve deep into the keys LOLOL excellent sense of humor ! Now tell me the secret to battling almighty user SYSTEM and co. and how i have to block destroy rename misdirect this "user" to regain control over my own folders. Its nearly like a virus I hate it! and why does it always have possestion of my special permissions? Thanks again!

  • Hello,
    I applied the script but it also affects the folders under my user folder so I cannot see my pictures, music, etc under there.
    Is there no way to only hide in the "This PC" windows?

  • Thank you for taking the time to investigate and explain this in such careful detail. Your solution worked perfectly for me! My File Explorer experience is now neater and cleaner, thanks to you, sir! Best wishes to you!

  • Hi,

    your trick works well but not completely.

    All icons disappear well.
    But when you want to start download to the download file, this folder appears again in "This PC" on left navigation explorer.

    Do you have a solution ?

  • I complete my previous comment :

    a folder (download, or music and so on) reappears each time you start a process that target by default that folder.

    for example :
    - if you lanch a download from chrome, download forlder reapear temporarily on This PC
    - if you want to target a new library on iTunes (Shift when launching), music folder appears in the new window

  • THANKS !!!!!

  • I just tried your script with windows 10 v10586.104 and it didn't work.
    Do you have any suggestions ??


  • thank you

  • Thanks a lot ! Very useful!

  • Here is my problem: I tried moving some files to a new location and somehow corrupted the "Music" folder in This PC such that it will only display as Documents (but with music icon) and only point to the Document folder. I tried using your registry edit bat files to remove it and then restore it, but I get the same thing. I now understand the correct process, but cannot get the folder malfunction fixed. Can you help me?

    Many thanks.

  • VG

    ^^ Did you check the folder's properties? You should get an option to reset the folder.

  • Took me a bit to find, but knew it had to be out here ...I used your tip to get rid of these folders/libraries in Win8, and it worked great. Thank you. Will be working on this fix directly, and especially excited to see include removal from the browse, etc windows.
    In Win8 after I removed the folders from the Explorer screen, the directory path for save & print2file commands still defaulted to those "MyPC/folder" directories instead of to "my user directory folder" where I wanted them. Even when changed for 1st save, the 2nd one would return to that default path. This has been driving my to distraction. Right now Win10 is using this same default.
    If I take the 2nd part of your tip and remove the folders from the browse/save windows is it going to affect the default save path? Or do I still need another tip to change that path, that I haven't been able to find?.
    Also using the Desktop folder, which doesn't have the registry key, is the only way I know to easily display "my user direcctory" structure above computer in the Explorer window -- all of my document, photo & media files are in this directory (and have been since before XP) so really easy to view & transfer from one version/machine to the next.
    Thanks again.

  • Well, I answered part of my questions myself -- the 6 Folders were removed from "MyPC" but they are also removed from my user directory when it now displays under Quick Access -- double whammy that doesn't work for me.

    The File/Save for both pictures & files defaults to the "Document" folder under MyPC that is hidden. I can change it for a series of saves but when move to another disply source the default save location returns. I need to know how to change this, please.

    And I need to know how to insert my user directory into Explorer at the same system level with MyPc & Network & Homegroup so I can view the directory structure in the Folder Pane??

  • Found the "show all folders" option which takes care of my last need above, so I just need to fix the save defaults now. I will appreciate any help.

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:


  • There is an option to reset location but when I do that it changes the location for the Documents folder as well. Same problem as with a manual redirect. I suspect some bit of registry code has become corrupted when I didn't know enough not to point the Documents icon/folder and the Music icon/folder to the same actual folder. By the way, using Windows 10. Forgot to mention that earlier.

  • FYI, I am experienced with registry editing and just did the manual edits including adding the desktop one but even after a reboot there is no effect. Build 10586.318 (Lenovo Yoga built in Nov 2015). Am I missing something? Thanks.
    May 23, 2016

  • I've been using a fix to this problem from HowTo, but every time Microsoft issues their Tuesday Windows 10 update, the fix gets destroyed and I have to reinstall it. I just found your fix to the problem and have installed it. It seems to do the same thing with FEWER changes to the registry. I'm hoping your fix will stay applied when Microsoft issues the next Tuesday update in July. I've been a big fan of AskVG for months and have installed many of your fixes/changes to Windows 10. Thanks, Wally

  • HOW did you ever figure this out? I am truly impressed. Great work and thank you so much for finally clearing up the Windows 10 explorer!!!!!

  • Thanks so much. I just had Windows 10 installed a couple of months ago (I should say FORCED to install) and I couldn't stand all the duplicate items. Getting used to having Desktop now be Downloads was bad enough, but having THREE of them?

    Thanks again. :)

  • This script is useless. I have the Documents folder displayed under both This PC and Quick Access. I only want it displayed under Quick Access, so I downloaded and ran the script. At first, all the extra folders were removed from This PC and everything was fine. However, when opening a folder in Documents, the Documents folder pops right back up again under This PC!

  • Awesome, thank you so much

  • After performing this on Windows 10 (64-Bit)
    Folders disappear from ThisPC

    but the problem is, they are also gone from Desktop/User_Account Folder

    Hope someone help.

  • thank you thank you thank you

    so utterly retarded of windows to entirely muck up what is supposed to be a file directory by forcing things to show up WHERE THEY ARE NOT ACTUALLY LOCATED which of course inspires much rage against microsoft for encouraging know-nothing-ism

  • Note:
    When you remove folders in This PC, it will also remove them from your separate user profile folder group that shows in the navigation pane when you have Show all folders turned on.

    The removed folders will still show in your actual "C:\Users\(user-name)" profile folder location in File Explorer.

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