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Windows 7: Favorites in Explorer navigation pane

12 Jan 2015   #1
pcowanabbb

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Favorites in Explorer navigation pane

We are running terminal servers with roaming profiles. Recently we built a new farm of terminal servers and i had to reset someones profile. When they log back in their favorites (i.e. Desktop, Downloads) are hidden. I can go to show hidden files and unhide them but when they log out and back in they are hidden again.


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12 Jan 2015   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello pcowanabbb,

Opening an elevated command prompt in that user account, and running the command below for any affected user folder should restore it's default attributes.

User Folder Command
Contacts attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Contacts" /S /D
Desktop attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /S /D
My Documents attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Documents" /S /D
Downloads attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Downloads" /S /D
Favorites attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Favorites" /S /D
Links attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Links" /S /D
My Music attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Music" /S /D
My Pictures attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Pictures" /S /D
Saved Games attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Saved Games" /S /D
Searches attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Searches" /S /D
My Videos attrib +r -s -h "%USERPROFILE%\Videos" /S /D
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12 Jan 2015   #3
pcowanabbb

Windows 7 profesional
 
 

So the folder itself is not hidden. Just the shortcut to it under favorites in the left hand navigation pane.
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12 Jan 2015   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sorry, I see now.

You should be able to use OPTION ONE below to set the attribute of the shortcuts in Favorites to not be hidden.

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide
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12 Jan 2015   #5
pcowanabbb

Windows 7 profesional
 
 

Thanks for your help Brink!

Unfortunately that only works during my current session if I log off and log back on they are hidden once again..
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12 Jan 2015   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Odd that setting the attribute doesn't stick.

If you mean setting to not show hidden files/folders like on your 1st post, then that's not what that tutorial is for.
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13 Jan 2015   #7
pcowanabbb

Windows 7 profesional
 
 

No I can show hidden files and that doesn't change but that can't be the answer I give future users with this problem as I don't want them seeing all the hidden files. If I go into the properties of the file and uncheck the hidden box they are hidden after I log back in.
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13 Jan 2015   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

As a test, try toggling to hide then unhide the parent folder while checking the "Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and file" each time to see if that may stick instead.

If not, then you could see if just deleting these shortcuts in Favorites, and creating news ones will work without being hidden.

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