After installing a bunch of software required for work, I noticed that I had a new icon under “My” Computer that I hadn’t noticed before. What is this Web Folders icon, and how do I get rid of it?

Web Folders is a component that allows you to connect to WebDAV or SharePoint servers and access or modify files on them. If you don’t use those features or don’t use the icon, then there’s really no point in letting it waste space, so we’ll just remove it with a quick registry hack.

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Manual Registry Hack

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:

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

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Below that key you will find a key with the name {BDEADF00-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}, and all you have to do is delete it, preferably after exporting a copy of the key just in case.

Hit refresh in Computer and you’ll see that the icon is gone. To restore it, use the download below.

Download Registry Hack

Just download, extract, and double-click on RemoveWebFolders.reg to enter the information into the registry. The icon should now be gone. To restore, just use the RestoreWebFolders.reg file instead.

Download RemoveWebFolders Registry Hack

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