Windows 8.1: How to remove libary folders from This PC

There are a lot of complaints about Windows 8.1, but I actually think the new UI is a good move. Hopefully the eco-system will continue to expand and improve. Although there are some things I don’t like, the new “This PC” layout is one thing I love but at the 8.1 update they added the libary folders. Those folders aren’t much of a use for me, my pc is mostly used for development. Unfortunately there is no option anywhere available to disable this behavior, but with the registry we can achieve this.

Problem

The libary folders take to much space in both panes:

Windows 8.1: This PC Libaries

Solution

This solution requires you to edit the registry, be very careful because edits to the registry can easily break Windows

  1. Start the registry editor. Press CTRL + R to open the Run window and type “regedit”

    Windows 8.1: Run regedit

  2. Navigate in the left pane to:

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

    Windows 8.1: Register Namespace

  3. In the NameSpace folder are some subfolders with some strange names. These contain the libary folders:

    {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

    Remove those folders from the NameSpace directory.

  4. Close the register editor and reopen “This PC”

    Windows 8.1: No libaries

    You’re done!

Undo

If you want the libary folders back, you can revert the changes made. I also created a registry file which recreates those folders for you. Just execute the file and reopen “This PC”.

Download backup to revert changes: namepace.reg

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