Does any one know how to remove this Creative Cloud Files option after uninstalling Creative Cloud app from Windows 10

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Additional info :

  1. This folder does not exist as I deleted C:\username\Creative Cloud Files after uninstallation
  2. This is not from File Explorer address bar history
  3. I've already tried clearing address bar history
  4. I've reinstalled and used Official Uninstallers [ 1 ] & [ 2 ]
  5. Suggestions about removing Creative Cloud Files from File Explorer Side Bar does not resolve this

I can't tell if this problem exist in other user account but i don't want to use that either.

Any hints or suggestions ?

Update

After much digging around & hints from @DrMoishe Pippik, I have reached another dead end.

If I go to %USERPROFILE%\Links there are two links Desktop & Downloads

Going inside Desktop, it shows me Creative Cloud Files but I cannot delete it as Delete option is not there and Unlocker could not delete/rename it

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Hence the problem now becomes :

  1. I cannot cannot access this file from command prompt as its link inside link. Weirdly I cannot find this in dir /al /s c:\ > c: either
  2. I cannot change its permission as it shows the error below. Safe mode doesn't allow that either

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Update

Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDes‌​criptions as requested by @harrymc can be found below

http://pastebin.com/712WL9pt

Screenshot of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace which didn't point to anything important either

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  • I would look into regedit. – RookieTEC9 Dec 5 '15 at 21:06
  • Try this: tekrevue.com/tip/… - it shows that others have had the same problem... someone has taken the time to document the registry fix to remove the item. It seems Adobe have neglected to write the shortcut's removal upon uninstallation. – Kinnectus Jan 15 '16 at 17:05
  • @BigChris Thats for the Creative Cloud files on sidebar not in address bar. As well you may see that I have already followed similar instruction and removed it from sidebar – pun Jan 15 '16 at 17:07
  • My bad. Just re-read your post... – Kinnectus Jan 15 '16 at 17:08
  • It's definitely 'Desktop` folders (only folders or special items - normal shortcuts don't work) related because if you create a New Folder on your desktop, open Windows Explorer and click the arrow as per the OP's picture, the new folder is listed... – Kinnectus Jan 15 '16 at 21:21
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I have tested the following, removing the registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{0E270DAA-1BE6-48F2-AC49-8B7440BCAABB}

Resolves the issue.

Before:

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After:

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Didn't even require a restart of Explorer. As I can't see any information from your HKCU path I can't confirm if the GUID will be the same for you, I only had two other things in there (Dropbox and OneDrive), where one had a default key of Creative Cloud Files. (I can also confirm removing the Dropbox and OneDrive ones from here removes from this dropdown also.)

  • Is that for Creative Cloud Files in File Explorer address bar ? – pun Jan 20 '16 at 1:52
  • @The_IT_Guy_You_Don't_Like Do you mean the bit that lists your commonly accessed folders automatically? If so, no, this is for the fixed icons like Dropbox and OneDrive. – Jonno Jan 20 '16 at 3:02
  • My question is about Creative Cloud Files in File Explorer Address bar drop down. You can also the screenshots I've attached. – pun Jan 20 '16 at 3:10
  • @The_IT_Guy_You_Don't_Like I did screenshot the bit it affects (Bottom right)... It matches what you're talking about in your screenshot, and your question clearly states: This is not from File Explorer address bar history - so I assumed you wanted fixed icons from the dropdown gone. – Jonno Jan 20 '16 at 3:11
  • Ahh I got you what you are saying...Also that key is familiar to me, except for the last bit. – pun Jan 20 '16 at 3:19

Look in Autoruns (free tool from SysInternals, now part of MS). On the Explorer tab, search for "Adobe" or "cloud". From that tab, add-ons can be disabled, and if that fixes the issue, completely removed.

  • Thanks. Found three Adobe Creative Cloud entries and removed them, but that option is still there. – pun Dec 6 '15 at 2:55
  • You might check the Internet Explorer tab, as well, because, at least for older versions of Windows, it was integrated with Explorer. In fact, search Everything. There are also anti-malware tools that evaluate browser and explorer add-ons, and remove them, such as Avast! Also, reboot and check again. – DrMoishe Pippik Dec 6 '15 at 21:01
  • No its not any of them – pun Dec 6 '15 at 22:40
  • Two other places to check: %USERPROFILE%\Favorites and %USERPROFILE%\Links. – DrMoishe Pippik Dec 7 '15 at 1:22
  • Thanks for the lead but still hit the dead end. updating my question in a bit – pun Dec 7 '15 at 2:35

It is a Shell Namespace extension (like Recycle Bin). The uninstaller should have unregistered it. But it's still there.

To remove it, run Registry Editor:

  1. Press Ctrl+R.
  2. Type regedit and click OK. Consent to elevation request.
  3. Expand the tree to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace.
  4. The tricky part is to find the right extension.

Warning: Before editing or removing a key, I recommend exporting¹ it to file. If something goes wrong, you will be able to import it into the registry and restore to the previous state.

To find the right extension key, click each key or use and look at the default value in the right pane. Probably you'll find one which contains Creative Cloud Files. Once you find it, remove it: right-click the key and then click Delete.

There's a similar per-user list of Namespace extensions in: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace.


¹ To export a key, right-click it and then click Export. Navigate to a folder, enter file name and click OK to save it.

  • I played around with Process Monitor for quite sometime when I was really after this and never found a reference to the registry key you mentioned, still would check and update the post. – pun Jan 16 '16 at 1:09
  • @The_IT_Guy_You_Don't_Like Well, Recycle Bin displayed on your Desktop as well as Control Panel are registered in this key. I'm pretty sure Explorer doesn't read it constantly: reads once and then keeps "cache" while still watching if there are changes made to the key; if it's changed, it will re-read the registered extensions. – Alexey Ivanov Jan 16 '16 at 5:52
  • I am not carrying that laptop around so cannot check until Monday. – pun Jan 16 '16 at 6:07
  • Could you also add to the post screenshots of the contents of both of the above NameSpace registry lists? – harrymc Jan 16 '16 at 16:17
  • Thanks for all the effort @harrymc but I cannot post a screenshot anytime before Monday. I am not carrying that laptop along these days. – pun Jan 16 '16 at 16:44

Adobe products are well-known for their voluminous updates of the registry, which are largely left-over after the uninstall. Below are some registry hacks which may relate to your problem.

A hack that can be found in this thread is to go to the registry key
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0E270DAA-1BE6-48F2-AC49-A38C4014C938},
right-click Permissions and set all of the group and username entries to Deny :

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Another thread claims the registry key is rather {0E270DAA-1BE6-48F2-AC49-AC2EEB83CE33}.

Another entry in the same thread counsels in the registry branch HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0E270DAA-1BE6-48F2-AC49-A38C4014C938} to set the value of System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree from 1 to 0. You could search the registry for this item, in case your branch is different.

There is another hack described in the article How to Remove Creative Cloud Files from the File Explorer Sidebar in Windows. You could try it, although it relates rather to the Explorer Sidebar.

  • While I was trying to remove the Creative Cloud Files from sidebar I did go through HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID` keys multiple time because I had a different subkey only matching upto {0E270DAA-1BE6-48F2-AC49-. Upon deleting that key, I lost Creative Cloud Files from sidebar but nothing ever happened to the one I am after – pun Jan 16 '16 at 11:21
  • I suspect that the one you are after hasn't bothered people as much as the sidebar. Or maybe it's just harder to find. Have you searched in Autoruns on the Everything tab for "Creative" or "cloud", and the same for the entire registry? RegScanner speeds up registry searches a lot. – harrymc Jan 16 '16 at 12:12
  • Ohh yes. I posted this question only after couple of hours with process explorer, autoruns, search everything from voidtools and internet search. – pun Jan 16 '16 at 12:15
  • That includes searching the entire registry? More utilities to try: (1) ShellExView for shell extensions, (2) This PC Tweaker. Note: The answer by Alexey Ivanov may not apply to Windows 10. Have a look at registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions and post its contents. If you want to hide an entry, change the value of PropertyBag\ThisPCPolicy to Hide. – harrymc Jan 16 '16 at 16:24
  • The above last manipulation can more easily be done using the utility Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 in Customization > This PC > Customize inbuilt folders. – harrymc Jan 16 '16 at 16:28

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