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#1 NotionCommotion

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 09:03 PM

As an administrator, I thought I was telling Windows to allow me to show hidden files for all files under a given user.  Turned out I made them hidden.

 

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How do I view hidden files.  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/show-hidden-files#show-hidden-files=windows-7 doesn't seem to be correct as I do not even see the typical "Windows" start icon.

 

The user has done nothing, and I have all their "my docs" backed up.  Should I just remove the user (and presumably the files will be removed) and start over?

 

 

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 10:38 PM

Hi again Notion :)

There's a difference between hidden files and system files. To view hidden files, you need to check Show hidden files, folders and drives in the Folder Options. From there, if you want to see the system files you need to unchecked Hide protected operating system files (recommended). Then you'll see every files and folders on your system.

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 10:56 PM

Hi again Aura,

 

Ah, the same way in the past, perfect!.

 

If I hid all files under /users/someone, and later make them all not-hidden, think I will wish I didn't do so as certain files maybe should be hidden?

 

If I delete that user, will all the files go away and will I have a clean slate?

 

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 11:44 PM

I am sure it is not the quickest, but decided just to start over.  I will follow your advise on how to view hidden files next time!



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Posted 09 August 2015 - 03:45 PM

I didn't understand your last question, but as long as your issue has been solved, it's fine :P

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Posted 09 August 2015 - 05:15 PM

I didn't understand your last question, but as long as your issue has been solved, it's fine :P

I hid all files under a given user.  Oops!  I could unhide them, but then is that really what I want?  Regardless, all is good now! 



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Posted 10 August 2015 - 10:14 AM

Oh that's what you mean. Honestly, only the AppData folder is "Hidden" under the userprofile, along with a few other files. The rest is all under the various folders in AppData.

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