Hidden Folder - Windows 8 - C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files - does not show files in Windows Explorer

File Folder - C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files\

When using Windows Explorer and viewing - C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files\ directory, it shows no files.  When using Command Prompt (CMD) and changing to that directory and doing a dir, it shows 16 files.    I have Folder Options - ( Control Panel - Folder Options -View )  set to show hidden files.     File attributes are normal, and not hidden or system.

How does MS hide these files and or limit directory access ?
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As you will read here In that directory there is a "hidden" desktop.ini file which Windows Explorer (WE) looks at when you try to browse that folder. The desktop.ini
file instructs WE to use specialized routines for displaying/manipulating the
items associated with that folder. WE doesn't display a list of files that are
in that directory, it displays a list of installed program-like objects (ActiveX
controls, possibly Java Applets, possibly other things not sure).
corptechAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.  
Is there a reference or white paper or any documentation from Microsoft about this "feature"?    I am looking to how MS controls access.

If I do a right click, properties on the C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files\  folder, there is not a security tab to check security.      Is there another way to check security ?

Mike SchultzLevel 2 Desktop SupportCommented:
You might not have any files in that folder.
Go to Internet Options
Programs Tab
Click Managed add-ons
Under Add-on types you will see "Currently loaded add-ons" drop down menu
Select Downloaded Controls
If you have any listed do a right click on it and select more information
Check the folder location to see if you folder is listed there
If none of the items listed here have that folder location then you will have nothing oin that folder

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