Many users don’t like how Quick Access behaves in Windows 10. Here’s how to completely disable it.

Disclaimer: This procedure requires editing the registry. Recommended for expert users only. Proceed at own risk.

  • First, set Windows Explorer to open on This PC.
  • Press Windows-R, type regedit and click OK.
  • Navigate to and expand KEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}.
  • Right click “ShellFolder” and click Permissions.
  • Click Add > Advanced > Find Now and select your user account in the list. Click OK.
  • Check the box next to “Full Control” and click OK.
  • Double click the “Attributes” value and change a0100000 to a0600000 and click OK.
  • Restart your PC.