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Introducing Myself And The Many Problems

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#1 Dasterlee


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Posted 11 August 2006 - 10:27 AM


Hello I am Dasterlee, (as in Dasterlee and Mutlee... old cartoon of the seventies). I am an XP user from Brighton UK, the city voted the happiest in the UK. With the sun we have been having I would say that was more than true. I have a Hungarian Albacomp computer out of date when I got it from PC World, but with new memory chips, new hard drives (USB and installed) and additional hardware; its a speedy one now. I do have problems still, thats why I am here. I often loose my marbles trying to sort out these problems. So here I hope I can get some help.

The first major problem (other than my diabolical typing skills) is that I cannot find my WINDOWS folder on Windows Explorer or the File Search. Does thios mean I have a virus problem of some sort or is there a Windows folder protection on it. I have disabled Windows File protection on SafeXP program, but still no access. I have other security programs like X-Setup Pro, xpAnti-spy and TweakUI; but I cannot find any plug-ins dealing with this. If its a registry problem, then I can still access Windows folder via my Paint shortcut. But this is the only access I have.

Hope you can help with this one.

Dasterlee :flowers:

Edited by Dasterlee, 11 August 2006 - 10:29 AM.

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 01:21 PM

The first step is to open Windows Explorer, then click on the Tools menu, then on the Folder Options. Finally, click on the View tab.

In the view tab ensure that these options are selected:
- Show hidden files and folders

And ensure that these are unselected:
- Hide extensions for known file types
- Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

The last one will ask you if you're really, really sure that you want to do this - so, go ahead and tell it yes (and remember you can hose your system much more easily this way) and the Windows folder should show up in the view (may have to close and reopen Windows Explorer).

I would recommend staying away from multiple tweaking programs as it then becomes very difficult to figure out which program did which tweak when. I prefer to search out the direct registry edits for each tweak and put it in a folder I've reserved for this purpose.
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Posted 12 August 2006 - 06:00 PM

What are the problems you are experiencing?

Hidden Windows folders are normal and set that way for the reason usasma stated.

Unless you are knowledgeable about writing to the registry and making alterations (and creating a backup in case they cause a problem), I suggest you do not do it. You can turn your computer into a paperweight very easily if you make mistakes.

I suggest you get a freeware program named Erunt, which does automatic registry backups and gives you restoration capability if you plan on altering the registry despite the warning:


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Posted 12 August 2006 - 07:32 PM

It would be wise to put the Windows File Protection back on. This program doesn't prevent you from seeing your folders. It prevents potential intruders or bad programs from changing important system files.

I am able to see my Windows folder by right clicking on My Computer then looking under the files in the local hard drive. It will not show up in the start menu or all programs section of the start menu. I'm surprised you can see it in Paint.

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