Remove Windows System Generated Folders

This tutorial will show you how to get rid of those annoying system folders that Windows will install, such as My Music, My Videos, and My Pictures in you’re my Documents folder. I personally have no use for these folders because I keep my music, video, and pictures on a separate hard drive (although you can remap the folders). They just take up valuable screen real-estate. You can delete these folders, but they will keep coming back. It can get very annoying, but there is a solution with a simple registry hack.

Here is a picture of my documents before the removal of the folders.
Remove Windows System Generated Folders

We will get rid of all the folders except Junk and my Documents. Normally if you delete these items Windows will regenerate them at some point. We will need to modify the registry to remove these folders.

Go to start > run and type “regedit”
Remove Windows System Generated Folders

Now navigate to HKEY Current User/software/Microsoft/currentversion/explorer/shellfolders
Remove Windows System Generated Folders

Now find My Music, My Pictures, and My Video. Double click each of them and delete the value data and select ok.
Remove Windows System Generated Folders

After you have delete the value for the folders you would like to remove, close the registry editor.

Now go back in to my documents and delete the folders. Since we have changed the registry the folders will not be regenerated.
Remove Windows System Generated Folders

All gone! This will only get rid of these folders for the current user. Now if you really hate these things you can go back into the registry and change the same values in the following registry keys:

HKEY_Current_User/software/Microsoft/windows/currentversion/explorer/usershellfolders

HKEY_Local_Machine/software/Microsoft/windows/currentversion/explorer/shellfolders

HKEY_Local_Machine/software/Microsoft/windows/currentversion/explorer/usershellfolders

HKEY_Users/.default/software/Microsoft/windows/currentversion/explorer/shellfolders

HKEY_Users/.default/software/Microsoft/windows/currentversion/explorer/usershellfolders

That should totally annihilate them. No more My Video, My Music, or My Pictures.

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  • This will actually break things. What you should do is direct My Documents and so forth to your other drive. Then, things go where you want without breaking the things that rely on this.

  • I haven’t had any problems with this mod yet. It is possible to map each folder. For example my music is on my D drive so I could map “My Music” to that drive.

    I don’t see what there is to break. Can you elaborate?

  • jason

    Actually, the key directory is wrong… it should be: microsoft, then WINDOWS, then current version.

    Right now the ‘windows’ is left out.

    fyi