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Windows 7: root directories

02 Nov 2010   #1

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
root directories

I need to edit the .ini file in a program I've loaded but Windows 7 does not show the root directory. I've used the Command Prompt to access the program file and the root file is not displayed. I've tried to search for the .ini file but the system says it can't find it.
Can anyone help?

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02 Nov 2010   #2
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello DRG, and welcome to Seven Forums.

INI files are hidden operating system files by default. You would need to do step 4 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to unhide them before you will be able to see them.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

Hope this helps,
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02 Nov 2010   #3



You'll also find that programs can be installed in several places...

c:\program files
c:\program files (x86)
c:\users\[your user]\appdata

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02 Nov 2010   #4

windows 7 home premium 32 bit

Thanks OS. I found the ini file in c:\Program Files (x86). However, I have a new problem. I tried to change the ini file and I was denied access. So now I need to know how to change the attributes of a file to allow me to make changes. Can you helpl?
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02 Nov 2010   #5


sounds like you need to Take Ownership Shortcut of the file.

1 thing to try is to copy the file to your desktop, edit it, save it then copy it back. You should get a UAC prompt asking for permission to replace the file, just click yes/ok.
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02 Nov 2010   #6

windows 7 home premium 32 bit

Thanks. I'm really a novice computer user so please forgive what I expect is a very basic question. How do I copy the file to the desktop? I went to Command Prompt where I went to the file I want to change but I don't see any option to copy it to the desktop.

I downloaded the Take Ownership file and I followed the directions to take ownership of the file. Then I tried to follow the instructions for taking permission but it didn't work. Maybe I didn't do it right.
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02 Nov 2010   #7


  1. Locate the file using explorer
  2. right-click the file & select 'copy'
  3. right-click the desktop and select 'paste'
  4. edit the file as needed and save it
once saved just reverse steps 3 & 4 so you're copying from the desktop back to the original location

you will be faced with a UAC prompt, just click 'Continue'
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