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    Getting rid of extra folders in File Explorer's "This PC"

    Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music, Videos. I don't use them, and I don't want to get rid of them. Does anyone know how to accomplish that? I've found several utilities on the web which purport to get rid of these items. All of them have installers which try to add garbage I don't want to my system. In some cases the installer won't install the program I want if I tell it not to install the other stuff. In other cases the AV program thinks the installer is a virus.

    I found a "manual" procedure for deleting the extra entries which consisted of running a Registry Editor script. It didn't require an installation and ran with no fuss, but had no effect. I'm still looking for a procedure that works and doesn't act like malware. Any suggestions?

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    Those are all parts of the OS. If you remove the Desktop, for instance, Windows wont work at all. As for the rest, if they are empty, they are not taking up any space so leave them alone. Trying to remove them will have various unfortunate consequences. We have a saying in darkest Yorkshire:- If it aint broke, don't fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsachs177 View Post
    Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music, Videos. I don't use them, and I don't want to get rid of them. Does anyone know how to accomplish that? I've found several utilities on the web which purport to get rid of these items. All of them have installers which try to add garbage I don't want to my system. In some cases the installer won't install the program I want if I tell it not to install the other stuff. In other cases the AV program thinks the installer is a virus.

    I found a "manual" procedure for deleting the extra entries which consisted of running a Registry Editor script. It didn't require an installation and ran with no fuss, but had no effect. I'm still looking for a procedure that works and doesn't act like malware. Any suggestions?
    This Registry Editor Script always works for me.
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    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{088e3905-0323-4b02-9826-5d99428e115f}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{24ad3ad4-a569-4530-98e1-ab02f9417aa8}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{3dfdf296-dbec-4fb4-81d1-6a3438bcf4de}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{d3162b92-9365-467a-956b-92703aca08af}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace\{f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a}]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calimanco View Post
    Those are all parts of the OS. If you remove the Desktop, for instance, Windows wont work at all.
    I had W7 on a netbook with a tiny (8GB!) drive, space was so tight I moved the Desktop folder to an SD card, even when the SD card wasn't in place (it was easy to eject accidentally whilst moving it around) I still had the full Desktop and contents available.

    I never did discover where the 'hidden' Desktop was stored.

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    My original message was unclear. I know I can't delete the folders on the disk; I want to get rid of the folders in "This PC."

    That part of the navigation pane has three entries that I use; Windows 10 adds six more that just get in the way.

    djohnson, I think you understood what I intended. I'll try your script and see if it works where the one I got from the web did not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsachs177 View Post
    My original message was unclear. I know I can't delete the folders on the disk; I want to get rid of the folders in "This PC."

    That part of the navigation pane has three entries that I use; Windows 10 adds six more that just get in the way.

    djohnson, I think you understood what I intended. I'll try your script and see if it works where the one I got from the web did not.
    Well please let me know. It works famously on my system. If you need anything else removed let me know.

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    I tried it; it did not work. I got the message "Cannot import <pathname>: The key selected is invalid."

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    Interesting. I just clean installed, and it worked fine for me. Did you paste this in notepad, and save it with a .reg extension? This will disable quick access, and all folders related.

    Mod EDIT: removed link, doesn't seem to be related to the question.
    Last edited by satrow; 2016-01-03 at 23:36. Reason: removed code +link

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsachs177 View Post
    I tried it; it did not work. I got the message "Cannot import <pathname>: The key selected is invalid."
    What is the bittedness of your OS? The Keys are different in different bittednesses.

    See:


    PS DJs seems to be for 32 bit.
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    Mine is 64 bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wavy View Post
    What is the bittedness of your OS? The Keys are different in different bittednesses.

    See:



    PS DJs seems to be for 32 bit.
    No I use it in 64 bit. This has been working since at least 10240, and works for the new RedStone build.

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    It sounds like a permissions problem.

    Right-click on regedit.exe and select Run as administrator.

    Then, in regedit, select File > Import and select the file name with the extension of .reg

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    You can also use this regedit file to remove the folders at the top. Then you will not have any folders under quickaccess or in the main explorer window. BTW, I just installed 10586 64 bit in Hyper-V, and both these regedits worked perfectly by just selecting merge.
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolderDesktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{3134ef9c-6b18-4996-ad04-ed5912e00eb5}]
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolderDesktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{3936E9E4-D92C-4EEE-A85A-BC16D5EA0819}]
    Here is my screenshot.
    Last edited by djohnson; 2016-01-04 at 18:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsachs177 View Post
    I tried it; it did not work. I got the message "Cannot import <pathname>: The key selected is invalid."
    Maybe I just like to keep things simple in spite of what Redmond "thinks" I should do. Since the days of XP I have been putting a shortcut on my desktop with this command - - %windir%\EXPLORER.EXE /n, /e, C:\ It worked well back then and it still works in Windows 10. I also "pinned" it to the start and taskbar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomg-rjg View Post
    Maybe I just like to keep things simple in spite of what Redmond "thinks" I should do. Since the days of XP I have been putting a shortcut on my desktop with this command - - %windir%\EXPLORER.EXE /n, /e, C:\ It worked well back then and it still works in Windows 10. I also "pinned" it to the start and taskbar.
    Don't the /n and /e switches have opposite results?

    /n: Opens a new window with a single-pane (My Computer) view for each item selected, even if the new window duplicates a window that is already open.

    /e: Uses Windows Explorer view. Windows Explorer view shows the Folder Tree in the left pane. Note that the default view is Open view.

    I've used only the /e switch for years.

    How does it work with both switches? Whichever way it works, why?

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