Remove unwanted Windows 8.1 Explorer fluff.

Remove annoying file manageler items.

  • Desktop
  • Documents
  • Downloads
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Videos

If you want to hide these 6 folders, you can click on the small arrow given near the group name “Folders (6)” and it’ll hide all 6 folders. You can also double-click on the group name to do the same thing.

You can also right-click and set “Group by” option to “Descending” to move this “Folders” section below “Devices and drives” section.

But if you want to remove these new folders completely from This PC window, you can take help of following Registry tweak:

You just need to open Registry Editor and go to following Registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrent VersionexplorerMyComputerNameSpace


Under “NameSpace” key, remove following sub-keys:

{1CF1260C-4DD0-4ebb-811F-33C572699FDE} (to remove Music folder)
{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B} (to remove Downloads folder)
{3ADD1653-EB32-4cb0-BBD7-DFA0ABB5ACCA} (to remove Pictures folder)
{A0953C92-50DC-43bf-BE83-3742FED03C9C} (to remove Videos folder)
{A8CDFF1C-4878-43be-B5FD-F8091C1C60D0} (to remove Documents folder)
{B4BFCC3A-DB2C-424C-B029-7FE99A87C641} (to remove Desktop folder)

Once you remove all 6 keys, it’ll remove the whole “Folders” section from Windows 8.1 Explorer or “This PC” which I renamed my computers name.

Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. If you don’t know what that does, then maybe you should be VERY careful, and back up your registry.

2. Change the following key.


3. Change value of “Attributes” DWORD value present in the right-side section.  First you will need to change the permissions.

To get permissions, first right-click on “ShellFolder” key and select “Permissions“.


It’ll open a new window. Select “Administrators” in user list and check “Allow” box given for “Full Control” permission.  In my case that set of instructions did not work.  I changed the ownership of the key to my account and everything worked.


Click on OK button to apply the changes.

4. Now double-click on “Attributes” DWORD value given in right-side section and change its value to b0940064

5. That’s it. Log off or restart your system and “Network” will no longer present in Explorer window.

NOTE: If you want to restore “Network” in Navigation pane, simply change value of “Attributes” DWORD to b0040064 using step 4.