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Windows 7: Missing (non Default) Library Folder. It exists but can't be seen

17 Jan 2015   #1
daffyd

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Missing (non Default) Library Folder. It exists but can't be seen

Hi, and thanks for this great forum!

I've tried sorting this problem but haven't seen an answer specific for my problem.

I created a library called "Utilities" (for my portable utilities that I use regularly.)

It is there but it is no longer visible and I can't recreate it from Windows Explorer. When I try to recreate it I get the message:

"Do you want to rename New Library folder to Utilities (2). There is already a folder with the same name in this location.

(I tried restoring default folders Libraries >>> (Right Click) Restore Default Libraries as well, but of course. nothing happened.)

When I go to:
C:\Users\Daffyd\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries

the Utilities library is not visible and can't be recreated as I get the same message as above. (But I can create a regular Utilities file folder, but needless to say it doesn't show up in the Windows Explorer Libraries)

I already have folders visible:
Control Panel >>> Folder Options >>> Show all Folders
Control Panel >>> Folder Options >>> View>> Show hidden files folders and drives


I'm at a loss? Suggestions?

Thanks for taking the time to read my post.


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17 Jan 2015   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello daffyd, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using an option in the tutorial below may be able to help. It will set the attributes of all libraries to not be hidden.

Libraries - Hidden and Empty Fix
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17 Jan 2015   #3
daffyd

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the welcome and suggestion Brink!

I tried doing that with the cmd prompt (also right clicking and running as admin), rebooting, but no luck.
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17 Jan 2015   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

As a test, see if doing step 4 in OPTION ONE below to show hidden protected OS files will have the library show in your C:\Users\Daffyd\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries folder afterwards.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

If it does, then see if running the command below helps to keep it showing after setting to hide protected OS files back.

attrib -s "%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\Utilities.library-ms"
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17 Jan 2015   #5
daffyd

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi Brink, followed your instructions and while the desktop.ini file is now visible, the Utilities library was not visible. But I redid the instructions, did a full reboot and the folder re-appeared.

Many thanks!
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17 Jan 2015   #6
daffyd

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OK! It's solved. I re-did the final steps and this time Utilities has appeared!

Many thanks Brink, your a wiz!
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17 Jan 2015   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great news. You're most welcome.
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