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#1 possumbarnes

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:32 AM

I've got a quirky little issue on my XP Home SP3 machine that's been going on for a couple of years now. I've been working around it easily enough when necessary, but I thought I might as well ask the awesome BC people and see if there's an answer.

I'm unable to view hidden files even though Folder Options is set to view them. Files/Folders such as C:/Documents and Settings/user/Application Data
I know the folder is there because I can manually type in the entire folder name if I need access to it (such as when setting up my backups to backup my browser profile or emails from my email client). I can manually navigate to the file/folder by typing in the entire name of it, but I can't see it when navigating using Windows.

Any ideas why my hidden folders stay hidden even though the "show hidden files" option is checked in Folder Options?
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:35 AM

Is "Display the Contents of Systems Folders" also checked?

And is "Hide Protected Operating System Files" Unchecked?

Edited by Allan, 13 April 2011 - 07:37 AM.


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Posted 13 April 2011 - 03:55 PM

Yes to both. By every setting I can find, I should be able to view hidden folders.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:04 PM

Well, if those three settings are checked / unchecked as you say, there is no reason you shouldn't see the hidden files. Have you tried an alternate file viewer (an Explorer replacement) such as these: http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/30/featured/7-best-free-windows-explorer-alternative.html

I use Directory Opus. It's expensive, but outstanding (http://www.gpsoft.com.au/)

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:17 PM

I can view them with no problems with Free Commander. It never crossed my mind to use something other than Windows Explorer. Thanks, Allan. Any guess as to why I can't view hidden files using explorer? This all started about 2 years ago after I did a full wipe and reinstall of XP. I noticed a couple of months after the reinstall that I couldn't view hidden files no matter what I did.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:29 PM

I really have no idea. If that's the only anomaly after the reinstall, it's odd. Anyway, there's really no need to every use Windows Explorer again so hopefully you're all set.




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