Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hide Libraries from This PC on Windows 8.1

This update is pretty cool actually. There are a lot of things I’m loving about it, and at the same time there are a lot of things I’m hating about it. First it was the watermark, but I found a way to remove it. Then we have the libraries on “This PC” - which is the new  name for “Computer” –, and these are annoying as fuck.

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As you may know by now, there is no “Hide” or “Remove” button for these ones, but luckily, I found a post on EightForums in which the poster list a lot of different .reg files to remove all the folders, remove one by one, or restore them. For a quick fix go there, for a manual fix, keep reading.

The shortcuts to the folders are located on the registry. so we need to edit it to remove them. Go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace

On that key you’ll find several subkeys that, believe or not, are the shortcuts you want removed.

regedit

By deleting an specific key, a folder will be removed. To know which is which:

{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641} = Desktop

{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0} = Documents

{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} = Downloads

{1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE} = Music

{3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA} = Pictures

{A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C} = Videos

As soon as you delete a key, a folder will be removed. You can even delete the ones you don’t want to appear there and only left the ones you want.

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After you delete all of them, you’ll see the result without the need to restart.

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PS: After you delete all the folders, you should see that one remains. You could delete it if you want, but as far as I can tell, it didn’t affect My PC whatsoever. I recommend don’t delete it until knowing to what it stand for… but it’s your PC, if you want to delete it, it’s your problem, dude.

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