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Windows 7: Windows 10 I screwed up, user profile Hidden... help!

07 Aug 2016   #1
Willy321

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Windows 10 I screwed up, user profile Hidden... help!

I was just in Windows Explorer, planning to modify my Startup programs. Navigated to "C:/ Windows7_OS / Users" and right-clicked on my User Profile "william viera". From the right-click menu, I selected "Properties", and then on the "General" tab, there is a checkbox under Attributes called "Hidden". I thought, "oh great, I will check this and then I will be able to see all of my hidden files". NOT!!!

I selected "Hidden", and clicked "Apply"... crap. Now my User Profile "william viera" is hidden, and I cannot figure out how to unhide it. Everything associated with my User Profile is now hidden... application shortcuts, My Favorites, etc...

Can anyone tell me how to "Un-Hide" my User Profile? (you don't need to tell me I am an idiot... I already figured that o


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07 Aug 2016   #2
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

Hi Willy321 and welcome W7F. You did mean Windows 7 right? Hit Windows key + E Hit Organize / Folder and search Options / View. Select Show Hidden Files Folders and Drives. It should appear.
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09 Aug 2016   #3
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Yes; Hi Willy321, welcome to 7F!

To expand on Lance1's tip see: Post #2 | I screwed up, user profile Hidden... help! Once you have the hidden Folders and Files visible go back to "C:/ Windows7_OS / Users" and you should be able to see your "william viera" Folder, then simply revert the changes you previously applied.

If you still can't see "william viera" go to the third entry below the red box and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" then apply and ok.


For safety and security, don't forget to change the one or both back to the way they were after you're done.


If you're curious about the CMD option see post #5 of the same thread and in an elevated CMD prompt use this instead of the one Brink shows, it's the same, the only thing that changed is your user name in place of the original posters (Bill).
Code:
attrib +r -s -h C:\Users\william viera /S /D
Related:
To help explain the attributes see: Attrib - Edit file attributes | Windows CMD | SS64.com
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