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    Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer


    How to: Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer

    How to Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer

    The user profile of each account includes the 3D Objects, Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Links, Music, OneDrive, Pictures, Saved Games, Searches, and Videos personal folders by default in Windows 10.

    If you like, you can hide any one of these personal folders from showing in the navigation pane and main window for the user profile group and This PC in File Explorer.

    This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the user profile personal folders in File Explorer and navigation pane for all accounts in Windows 10.

    *Warning You must be signed in as an administrator to hide or show user profile personal folders.

    *note This will not affect these folders in the users' actual C:\Users\<user name> folder.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Hide User Profile Personal Folders in File Explorer
    • Option Two: To Show User Profile Personal Folders in File Explorer

    EXAMPLE: User profile personal folders in File Explorer

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    OPTION ONE [/i] To Hide User Profile Personal Folders in File Explorer
    1. Do step 2 (3D Objects), step 3 (Contacts), step 4 (Desktop), step 5 (Documents), step 6 (Downloads), step 7 (Favorites), step 8 (Links), step 9 (Music), step 10 (OneDrive), step 11 (Pictures), step 12 (Saved Games), step 13 (Searches), or step 14 (Videos) for what you would like to do.


    2. To Hide 3D Objects Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_3D-Objects_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_3D-Objects_folder.reg

    Download

    3. To Hide Contacts Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Contacts_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Contacts_folder.reg

    Download

    4. To Hide Desktop Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Desktop_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Desktop_folder.reg

    Download

    5. To Hide Documents Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Documents_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Documents_folder.reg

    Download

    6. To Hide Downloads Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Downloads_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Downloads_folder.reg

    Download

    7. To Hide Favorites Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Favorites_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Favorites_folder.reg

    Download

    8. To Hide Links Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Links_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Links_folder.reg

    Download

    9. To Hide Music Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Music_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Music_folder.reg

    Download

    10. To Hide OneDrive Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_OneDrive_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_OneDrive_folder.reg

    Download

    11. To Hide Pictures Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Pictures_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Pictures_folder.reg

    Download

    12. To Hide Saved Games Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Saved_Games_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Saved_Games_folder.reg

    Download

    13. To Hide Searches Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Searches_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Searches_folder.reg

    Download

    14. To Hide Videos Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below for your step 15 below.

    32-bit_Hide_Videos_folder.reg

    Download


    64-bit_Hide_Videos_folder.reg

    Download
    15. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    16. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    17. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    18. restart the computer to apply.

    19. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file(s) if you like.





    OPTION TWO [/i] To Show User Profile Personal Folders in File Explorer

    *note This is the default setting.
    1. Do step 2 (3D Objects), step 3 (Contacts), step 4 (Desktop), step 5 (Documents), step 6 (Downloads), step 7 (Favorites), step 8 (Links), step 9 (Music), step 10 (OneDrive), step 11 (Pictures), step 12 (Saved Games), step 13 (Searches), or step 14 (Videos) for what you would like to do.


    2. To Show 3D Objects Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_3D-Objects_folder.reg

    Download

    3. To Show Contacts Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    *note This will not show in "This PC".
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Contacts_folder.reg

    Download

    4. To Show Desktop Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Desktop_folder.reg

    Download

    5. To Show Documents Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Documents_folder.reg

    Download

    6. To Show Downloads Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Downloads_folder.reg

    Download

    7. To Show Favorites Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    *note This will not show in "This PC".
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Favorites_folder.reg

    Download

    8. To Show Links Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    *note This will not show in "This PC".
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Links_folder.reg

    Download

    9. To Show Music Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Music_folder.reg

    Download

    10. To Show OneDrive Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    *note This will not show in "This PC".
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_OneDrive_folder.reg

    Download

    11. To Hide Pictures Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Pictures_folder.reg

    Download

    12. To Show Saved Games Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    *note This will not show in "This PC".
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Saved_Games_folder.reg

    Download

    13. To Show Searches Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    *note This will not show in "This PC".
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Searches_folder.reg

    Download

    14. To Show Videos Folder in File Explorer for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 15 below.

    Show_Videos_folder.reg

    Download
    15. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    16. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    17. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    18. restart the computer to apply.

    19. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file(s) if you like.

    That's it,
    Shawn


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    cereberus, Apr 18, 2018
    #1

  2. The User Profile service failed the sign-in.

    I think I may have figured this out. Looking at my system event logs, it appears that Windows is unable to access the "default" profile folder under c:\users.

    To fix this, I did these steps:

    1. From an account with administrative privileges, open Windows Explorer

    2. Click "File" and select "Change folder and search options"

    3. Click the "View" tab

    4. Select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" and then click "OK"

    5. Navigate to C:\Users

    6. Copy the C:\Users\Default folder to another location (as a backup)

    7. Choose "skip" on any copying errors with "Access denied"

    8. Rename the C:\Users\Default folder to "Default.old"

    9. Using the backup "default" folder, copy it back to C:\Users

    At this point, you can go back to "Change folder and search" options under "File," select the "View" tab, and then select the "Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives" to re-hide hidden folders.

    Log out, and attempt to log in to the User profile that is not working.
     
    RhettFacer, Apr 18, 2018
    #2
  3. User folder is incorrect.

    Hi Curtis,

    The procedure below should do it:

    Log into the new account and open File explorer. In File Explorer click on the View tab and then click on Options. In Folder Options click on the View tab. In the Advanced settings window navigate to Hidden files and folders and select "Show hidden files,
    folders, and drives", then find "Hide extensions for known file types" and clear the check-mark, when done click on Apply then OK.

    Then, in File Explorer in the left pane click on the C: drive (or whatever drive the OS is on) then in the right pane double-click the Users folder. Then select the name of your old user and open that folder. Then, select (highlight) EVERYTHING there except
    for any of the following:

    Ntuser.dat

    Ntuser.dat.log

    Ntuser.ini

    Then right-click the folders you've selected and click copy. Once you've copied them, click the back icon and you should be returned to C:/users. Select your new user profile. Delete everything that's there, except for the three files which are listed above.
    Then, once you've deleted everything, right-click and select paste. The folders you selected from your old user profile should now be in your new user profile. If so, then close File explorer.

    Now restart the PC and login again to the new account, It should be what you want it to be.

    I hope this helps, Good Luck.

    -Richard
     
    RichardEiler, Apr 18, 2018
    #3
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    Hide or Show User Profile Personal Folders in Windows 10 File Explorer

    Thank you @cereberus. Link now fixed. *Smile
     
    Brink, Apr 18, 2018
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