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Windows 7: How does appdata hide itself?

16 Apr 2013   #1

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How does appdata hide itself?

Sorry if this is the wrong forum, just something that's been bothering me in Windows 7.

I've been trying to hide a folder and the files inside it in a way that will make it immune to being found by the start menu search bar (it's a massive folder and is found in almost any search, it's gotten quite annoying), however I have been incapable of doing this and while looking through things I've found that only folders like appdata are capable of hiding in the way I desire, I've tried everything I know of, removing it from the index, making it a system folder, putting it insider appdata, quite a lot, all this leaves me simply wanting to know, how does appadata hide itself? If I knew that I could probably replicate it.

Sorry for undescriptive post, in somewhat of a rush and may only require a simple answer.

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16 Apr 2013   #2

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have you tried any folder hide softwares like winmend folder hidden

WinMend Folder Hidden - Safely and quickly hide files and folders.
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17 Apr 2013   #3

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I've not tried any third-party software, correct me if I'm wrong but if Appdata already has the properties I desire, shouldn't I be able to make another folder like it with nothing but Windows?
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17 Apr 2013   #4

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But AppData itself DOES appear in the start menu searchs. What doesn't shows up are its contents, aparently. The only thing that AppData has is the "hidden" file attribute, that can be applied to anything you like. But it doesn't prevents anyone to see it really, since any program can show hidden files. It's changes with right click => properties => tick "hidden".

Why not simply leave it under your "users" folder somewhere? That way, the default Windows permissions will prevent anyone but you to access it, as long as each person uses a different account and they're NOT administrators.

If you like to try third party programs, I think TrueCrypt is good for the task. It can create an encrypted file on you HD and mount it as a drive, password protected. So you throw all your files there and dismount the volume afterwards, anyone wantintg to see them will need the password.
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18 Apr 2013   #5

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As I mentioned before, my problem is that the folder and it's contents trigger virtually any search term (which is annoying when you're searching for anything other than it), other people having access to it is not an issue.

Also, I'm not sure what you mean about AppData showing up in start menu searches,I've never had AppData or any of it's contents appear in start menu searches.
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20 Apr 2013   #6

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Welcome to Seven Forums mu695. Search %appdata% and you will find the Roaming folder. AppData may be a protected operating system file.

We don't know all that you have tried, so you may get suggestions you already tried. You say you removed it from the index, but by which method? If you choose not to index it, it should not show in start menu searches. Did you right click the folder> Properties> General tab> Attributes> Advanced> Uncheck Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties> OK ?

I'm assuming you removed the folder from being included (Step 5)

Index Locations - Add or Remove

If so, did you rebuild the index after?

Index - Rebuild

I know you just want to know why AppData is excluded from the search, but it really isn't, but there are a few layers of differences that may explain it, that may not be available for you to apply to your folder. A Guy
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20 Apr 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would put the folder into another partition away from the system. Then it cannot trigger any search on C:.
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21 Apr 2013   #8

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@ A guy, tried all of that, even tried defragging after rebuilding the index, still achieved nothing, I'm open for any other ideas though.

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whs, while I'm sure that would work, I really do see it as unnecessary because as I've mentioned before, there are already files on my C drive that do everything I want the files in question to do and to my knowledge there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to replicate that.
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28 Apr 2013   #9

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Anyone got any other ideas?
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28 Apr 2013   #10
whs
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I am not 100% sure, but I doubt that hiding the folder will do the trick - stop triggering.
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