In addition to Start screen personalization, boot to desktop, show desktop background on Start, slide show on lock screen, slide to shut down, and over 50 other new features, Windows 8.1 comes with a number of small changes as well. One of them is This PC. In Windows 8.1, Computer (or My Computer) has been renamed as This PC.
In Windows 8.1, when you press Windows logo and E hotkey or when you click on the File Explorer icon on the taskbar, Windows opens up This PC. This PC in Windows 8.1 is nothing but Computer or My Computer that we all are familiar with. However, in Windows 8.1, This PC not only shows all devices and drives but also shows Desktop, Downloads, Videos, Pictures, and Music folders.
Since one can always add these folders to the navigation pane in Windows Explorer, you might want to remove the default set of folders or may want to add a couple of new items that you open very often.
While it’s possible to remove Desktop, Downloads, Pictures, Music and Videos folder from This PC by editing the Registry, our friend at WinAero has just released a new software to customize This PC.
This PC Tweaker is a standalone tool available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8.1 systems. The current version of This PC Tweaker not only lets you remove default folders from This PC but also lets you add new items with a few mouse clicks. For instance, you can add Programs and Features and Recycle Bin to This PC.
The current version lets you add over 75 items to This PC. Action Center, Control Panel, AutoPlay, File History, Power Options, Storage Spaces, Windows Defender and Windows Firewall are some of the items that can be added with the help of This PC Tweaker.
The only downside is that the current version of This PC Tweaker doesn’t support adding new folders or locations. The developer has promised to add new features such as Windows 7 support and ability to customize the navigation pane.
If you’re on Windows 7, you can check out Folder2MyPC tool to add new folders and Control Panel items to My Computer.