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How to get my Explorer to the state I need, to view all folders, C:\, etc.

Before Vista there was something called My Computer. I knew exactly where to find it and what it was, and what was in there.
Now with Vista, I only know:
start > documents
or
start > owner
and
that takes me to what I think is Windows Explorer. As you can see from the photo, I have a small list of folders. I can not seem to get it back to it's previous state, before I clicked on the wrong thing.
I used to be able to go to documents, or owner, and see C:\, D drive, etc. all the folders, owner, etc. all of them.
Now I am limited to what you see in the photo.

Thanks.
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Sean ScissorsProgram Analyst IICommented:
For Vista and 7 the My Computer is now simply just called "Computer". When you click the Windows Logo icon (essentially the start menu) you should see 2 columns. One is programs and on the right is like My Documents, Device and Printers, and one should be called "Computer". That will take you to see your C:\ and all your Optical Drives and Removable media. If you don't see that let us know as it should be there.
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MereteCommented:
Try clicking on that down arrow at the end of the address bar,
Is this a new system nickg5, or you are new to this system?
I have never used Vista and am on windows 7 pro
hopefully they are similar
you wish to add these to your desktop? My Computer My documents etc
go to start and look on the right bar
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Sean ScissorsProgram Analyst IICommented:
If it isn't there then you need to "Right-Click" on the Start Menu logo and go to "Properties". Under there go to "Customize". The first option is "Computer". If it is set to "Dont display this Item" then Change it to "Display as a link". That will place it into the Start-Menu for you if it isn't already there.
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MereteCommented:
look here at my arrow. I have that same experince if you click on the address icon on the  left it reduces the line I simply either use the down arrow or backspace
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nickg5Author Commented:
start > "computer" gets me what you see in this screen shot.

If I click on "documents", I see the same thing as I have shown in the other photo.

Been using Vista since 2009. Not a new system, but "owner" and "documents" does not take me where it did last week.
I was in here and clicked on something by mistake. Not sure what.
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nickg5Author Commented:
I used to see all, I mean all folders and access all folders:
owner, programs, local owner, AppData, all of them, and not so now.
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Sean ScissorsProgram Analyst IICommented:
OH! See on the top left where it says Organize. Go there and click "Folder and Search Options". Then choose the "View" Tab. Under there You see something that says Hidden files and folders. Make sure the radio button is on "Show Hidden Files, Folders, Drives".
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nickg5Author Commented:
I guess my question is how to view all folders and files within "owner."
Last week, I had computer issues and was doing things.
Last week, and the previous 2 years, clicking on document, or owner, got me a long, long list of every file and folder on my system.

I can click organize and look at hidden files,

but the non hidden folders are not there to be opened.
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MereteCommented:
yes, User and Documents is two separate areas, what I use is a link I placed on my desktop to my real  my documents.
Windows 7 I dare say Vista as well has these other folders like for networking, those documents are not your actual MY DOCUMENTS

try this  when you click User ( in my case)  in your case is it Owner?
now look on the left Explorer columns, see there is Documents there as well it is a nothing folder you should use Owner and the sub menues from there
above you can mange how your folders look
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Rob MinersCommented:
how to view all folders and files within "owner."

If you look to the bottom left of the untitled.jpg you will notice Folders ^

Left mouse click on the ^ to expand your folder view. You can then expand Computer to view Drives and then expand Drives to view and expand folders.
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MereteCommented:
nickg5 the only way to see this is from within C drive
on my system I select Computer then C drive>then USERS then default refs to> >I used to see all, I mean all folders and access all folders:
>>>>>owner, programs, local owner, AppData, all of them, and not so now. <<<
Once you open USERS from C drive then open DEFAULT not Owner you will see these>
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nickg5Author Commented:
Merete:
Now you see what I used to see.

Here is what I get when I click on start > computer > C drive > users > owner.
See new photo.

I have to open all of that, and still do not have the long column of folders and files down the left, like you have in your shot above.
Mine was like yours 10 days ago, and I clicked something that changed a setting (?)


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MereteCommented:
hmm your still not in the default  nickg5
by the looks of it you went to C drive Users then Owner, in my instance that would be User
you should see three folders after you open Users
Default<<< open this one
Public
and Owner

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MereteCommented:
compare them nickg5
note the address in the address bar
one is in USER  ie  or OWNER as in your name
the other is in DEFAULT
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nickg5Author Commented:
only two folders seen after "users"

public and owner, no default.

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nickg5Author Commented:
From DVD Flick we found out Windows 7 and Vista have some differences.

Maybe that is not the case here with my C:\

Like I said I think I clicked on something in there somewhere by mistake.
Is default a "hidden folder?"

I have not gone to organize, and view, hidden files.
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nickg5Author Commented:
The default folder is a hidden file.
The only thing in the user folder, that is hidden is AppData folder.

In that folder is a mountain of stuff.
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MereteCommented:
if I r/click this Default folder it has a tick in the  hidden but I still see a ghost of it since I have enabled show hidden files and folders, from control panel Folder options / View
So if you enable show hidden files and folders can you then see this Default  at the top of the three  
To see your index.dat  it is only in DEFAULT not in Owner that is your user account
As this is Vista there shoudlnt be differences.
Default is like the administrator
 my windows 7 does not have an administrator account I am that administrator, the name I gave  myself regestered to User
I am also networked if that makes a difference
Is this your own system not a work system with a limited enviroment?
Have you tried creating a new dummy administrator?

Which Vista do you have there Nick5 so I can lookup that particular system, they may differ from Vista Home basic and Vista professional.
I dont have a Vista here to look in on.
Did you upgrade any service packs?
Trying to understand why you dont see these things.
If you look in Default please post back what you see.
The default location of user profile in Windows 7 is still the same as Vista, in c:\users folder
http://www.windows7hacker.com/index.php/2009/05/how-to-change-user-profile-default-location-in-windows-7/
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nickg5Author Commented:
I have Home Basic.
I do not remember, quickly, how to locate what version of Vista I have.
Windows XP you could find anything you wanted. I miss XP.

Personal pc, the same one, for all previous questions, you have helped on, the last 2 years.

Here is what is in the default folder.
(3) .dat files, two from 2006 and one from 2008.
one is 57kb, one is 1kb, and one is 0kb, so there is not much to them.
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MereteCommented:
yep that is correct now that you are looking in this Default for the index.dat
Do we return to the other question now?
your current question>How to get my Explorer to the state I need, to view all folders, C:\, etc.<< from explorer?
I can see everything in my computer from the left panel, no matter where I am
it is just a matter expanding the titles
Looking at your snapshot you are in the same place but our explorer views differ on the left
you have only Documents Pictures Music Recently changed searches Public
If you go to the top of the explorer Organise >layout
please compare

Did you drag your documents into a different folder?

Please browse back through the comments from the other experts they may have Vista

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David S.Commented:
> I do not remember, quickly, how to locate what version of Vista I have.

Try pressing the Windows key and the pause key at the same time.

http://www.lostintechnology.com/windows/useful-windows-key-shortcuts/
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nickg5Author Commented:
Here is a place where I see the list of folders on the left side.

Look close on the left side.
It is the view I've been looking for, and it was found by opening the re-cycle bin.

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nickg5Author Commented:
Kravimir:
Merete:

Home Basic
2007
service pack 2
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MereteCommented:
Intriguing that you have Burn at the top??
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MereteCommented:
ok thanks just r/click my computer properties  for that information
oh my  goodness your in the recycle bin now from that shot?
I am baffled
How did you acccess that nickg5
in your snapshot it shows the recycle bin directory at the top address bar as your llocation
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nickg5Author Commented:
I'm not seeing Burn.

I have to go off-line until tomorrow.
Thanks.
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MereteCommented:
You deleted it :(
You deleted something major by the looks of it. go to your desktop recycle bin and restore








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MereteCommented:
ok nickg5 se you tomorrow
I'll just show this where I saw the burn
You probably set that up through your burning software to show on all of these
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Rob MinersCommented:
See if this will help. If you have Computer on your desktop right click on it and select Explore. In the bottom left hand pane you will see Folder ^. Either click on Folder itself or click on the ^. You will then be presented with a folder list. Before and After
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MereteCommented:
rrjmin0 take a look at nickq5 last snapshot, where he says that he gets the correct explorer views from this folder but it's from the recycle ID: 37035870
How he gets that is very puzzling and I look forward to continuing with him tomorrow.
If he deleted a windows folder that may explain how his directory is recycler but you cant open a folder inside the recycler.
So I believe maybe it has been renamed or something.
But that is definately where the problem is.
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Rob MinersCommented:
lol Merete:
Windows 7 is a bit different to Vista. Burn is on every Menu apart from Computer, Recycle bin and Favorites.
 If you click on a Folder when you are in Recycle bin you will be redirected to that Folder.
I have been able to replicate all of nickg5's views including the Recycle bin, which had the Folder view expanded. I thought I was onto something but maybe I'm not :)
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MereteCommented:
lol thanks for clearing that up  rrjmin0 really appreciate it
glad to have someone with Vista
took me by surprise so am relived for nickg5 that it wasn't more serious
windows 7 is different
cheers
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nickg5Author Commented:
Merete:
I deleted a couple jpg. files from a desktop folder. They go to the Recycle Bin.
I opened the recycle bin to remove those two folders, and all that you see on the left, is what is there, and what is always there, when I open the recycle bin.
I just had not deleted anything in many days.


You deleted something major by the looks of it. go to your desktop recycle bin and restore"
.................I only emptied the recycle box of two unwanted files. There is nothing to restore. I think, while in the Explorer Window, at some point in the last week or so, I clicked on some setting that hides what I had been seeing on the left side which is owner, public, network, computer, and all the other folders. Within these folders would be hidden and non hidden files.

Start > computer > does not take me to the recycle bin.
The recycle bin is located on my desktop and opening that, to remove a deleted file, reveals all the Explorer folders on the left.

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WiesjeCommented:
nick: It definitely looks as though your folders are just hidden.

It seems like you want to be able to see the folder list that you see when you open the rubbish bin, correct?

Just do as rrjmin said - bottom left is a folder line with an arrow next to it. Click on the arrow and you have your folders back in the view.

If there is no folder with arrow, go to Organize, Folder and Search options, in the general tab - select under Navigation Pane - "Show all folders". Show all folders option
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nickg5Author Commented:
lol thanks for clearing that up  rrjmin0 really appreciate it
glad to have someone with Vista
took me by surprise so am relived for nickg5 that it wasn't more serious

.......serious is I can not download Adobe Flash from any site, even with MSE turned off. See my other thread. I think the last comment is the solution, but not sure, at this point.

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nickg5Author Commented:
thanks.

fine line, or no line, between best answer and next best.

Dividing points evenly, based on information provided, followups, etc.
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Rob MinersCommented:
Cool, good to see that you have it under control :)
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nickg5Author Commented:
Merete:
Here is an issue (see new thread) and the only answers, so far are:
1. don't use IE.
2. don't use the internet.
3. don't use Adobe Flash.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Photos_Graphics/Web_Graphics/Macromedia_Flash/Q_27419581.html
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MereteCommented:
Thank you nickg5 , funny how it is usually the first answer is the correct one.
Good to know your happy.
regards Merete
Will look in on your other link.
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