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c:\program data is not visible

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Hi there;

I need to reach the path; c:\program data is not visible in Windows 7-64 Pro bit EN, but the folder is not visible even, no hide option is set in Folder Options, UAC is in its minimum. How can I see this folder? I can reach it by typing but it is time consuming.

Kind regards.
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by:noxcho
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Do you mean it is not visible in Windows Explorer?
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by:jazzIIIlove
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yes
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by:MartanElite
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Make a shortcut and place it where it should be
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by:jazzIIIlove
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>>Make a shortcut and place it where it should be
what?
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by:noxcho
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Is this problem reproducible in one user account or in all of them? Try to create new user and login under it. See if the folder is available. Also, is your user an owner of this C: drive?
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by:jazzIIIlove
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Yes, I am admin and owner of the machine. To clarify, the folder is there, only not visible to me.

Kind regards.
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by:KeterHD
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Are you trying to access C:\Program Data or C:\ProgramData?
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by:noxcho
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Which of these folders are you trying to access?
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by:jazzIIIlove
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ProgramData hidden one above in the link...
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by:noxcho
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Can you take screen shot of your C: content like me and post it here?
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by:KeterHD
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If you go to Start > Run and type in C:\ProgramData and hit Enter, what happens?
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by:jazzIIIlove
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here you go for the shot

KeterHD:
It goes to the directory.

Kind regards.
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Okay. In the My Computer window, go to Tools menu, then Folder Options. There go to View tab and in the list find a setting Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and uncheck it. Make sure that under Hidden files and folders you have selected Show hidden files, folders and drives.
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Have a look on this video. Do you apply the same steps on your system?
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KeterHD:
As attached.
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ok :)
yes, show hidden files should be selected, i just overlooked sorry guys...ok, it's visible but right now, I remenber whiy I disable showing hidden files as in the desktop .ini files are visible which is bugging me. Is there a workaround just to hide those (invisible in desktop)?

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by:KeterHD
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No. If you show hidden files and folders you will see all of them. Besides, you shouldn't leave this option enabled all the time as there's a risk of accidentally removing a system file.

If you really need a constant access to C:\ProgramData, just right-click the folder, choose Send To and select Desktop (Create shortcut and you will have access to that folder at all times. But again, as ProgramData is a system folder, you should not mess with it.
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by:noxcho
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Actually ProgramData is protected directory and modification of files in it could corrupt your installed programs. Are you sure you want to open access to this folder?
When you need to access it simply go through unhide procedure - do what you need and then hide them again.
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ok, got the point.
Is it safe to delete those files hidden (visible after) in the desktop?

just those are bugging me, I am OK with others.

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by:KeterHD
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You should not delete them. The Inf/Ini files (I forgot which ones at the moment) hold settings for your desktop and would be re-created each time.
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but I have another machine as I enabled the visibility for hidden files and OS files. So, what if  delete one  in desktop accidentally? Is there a risk?

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If you delete one of the .ini files, you will probably lose some desktop settings, such as icon placement. The files would be re-created with default settings at some point.
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What is the worst case scenario? corruption of OS itself?

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You can easily delete .ini files from desktop. They will not affect your system as no system file is used from desktop in work of Windows.
BTW, these ini files on desktop are created only if you open some pictures on desktop. Make an experiment. Move 5-10 pictures to desktop. Delete ini files. Then open these pictures, turn them play with them and close. As a result you should see new ini files created on desktop.
So my answer - no corruption till you touch files in ProgramData, registry, Windows or Program Files.
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^^ +1
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