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Windows 7: accidentally applied hidden folder attribute, subsequent errors

23 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 8 Pro x64

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Yes, I have tried System Restore but it still gave me the same errors!

Edit: I did let it finish when I did and undid the hidden file attribute, still gives me errors.

It's weird, every time I open firefox, it gives me that error and then opens up the same tabs I had up before I did system restore
Do it again.
Still didn't work.

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Its possible Firefox's profile directory has messed up. See the article below and try the suggested fixes.

Could not initialize the browser security component
Tried that as well, unchecked the read only box AND deleted the cert8 file, still the same error.
I would think the only thing left to do is re-install. There's definitely no reason why you can't find another fix, but you definitely confused Windows when that happened. System restore doesn't affect the file system - it's probably made the problem worse.

I've had this happen to me before and several restarts + making sure NOTHING was set to hidden was the solution for me. I think running System Restore has restored configuration settings that make Windows think certain critical system components are flagged correctly (whether they're invisible, write-protected, etc), and on the file system level they are actually opposite or incorrect.

Best bet is probably to re-install Windows. Have you tried simple things like uninstalling all of the affected software?

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