Deleting iCloud Photos icon from Quick Access in Windows 10

Recently I had a problem with Explorer on Windows 10. Opening a file browser in This PC would slow it to a crawl. Other folders worked fine, it was just This PC that would never load, ever.

If you want a vision of the future, picture an explorer window loading… forever.

After doing everything possible, including reinstalling Windows, it turns out that the iCloud Photos item in the quick Access sidebar was the culprit. Problem is that some combination of dark magick made it impossible to remove. The only way was to open Regedit (Windows+R, then type out regedit.exe), find the path


and delete the key called {F0D63F85-37EC-4097-B30D-61B4A8917118}.

So every time iCloud updated I would have to find that web page with the registry address of the offending key.

Problem is, this time there was no key {F0D63F85-37EC-4097-B30D-61B4A8917118}. Fortunately the keys are listed in order that they were written. The last key was {f86fa3ab-70d2-4fc7-9c99-fcbf05467f3a}. I exported the key (as a backup), and then deleted it.

Bingo. no more iCloud gumming up the works.


Using regedit (hit the Windows key and type the word regedit or if that doesn’t work hit Windows-R and type regedit), then navigate to the folder


Then look for the key (looks like a folder icon) called


Right-click and choose delete. Restart and you’re good.

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