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Windows 7: Libraries - Hidden and Empty Fix

09 Dec 2011   #20

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ronster11 View Post
Thank you very much for this tutorial. I had been dealing with this issue for a while now. Fixed now. Even tried Microsoft tech-no-support. I had this issue happen to me on all the profiles in computer. I use Mcafee do you think that is the issue ?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
You're welcome, and welcome to Seven Forums. It would be hard to say if McAfee was or not since it could have been anything that may have hidden them by mistake.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ronster11 View Post
After running your fix my libraries were visible again so I thought it was fixed. However I noticed that they were dimm or a light gray. Also everytime I edit a file for example rotate a picture with windows photo viewer that picture would dissapear. I found out that mcafee is the culprit. There is a bug with mcafee that changes the attribute from the file thats being edited, and it changes the attribute to hidden. So if anyone else is having these issues you should contact their tech support so they can run a batch file they created to take care of the light gray library issue and the hidden attribute issue or you can visit their tech support forum their is a 45 page thread on this issue. Thought Id share this with you guys.

Thank you for posting back with your findings and results.

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31 May 2012   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yay! I managed to get them to show up, but they were still hidden... wasn't until I ran the file that they showed up solid. Thanks
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05 Sep 2012   #22

Windows 7 home premium 64

Ahhhhhhhhhhh...I have things hidden in my Library! I never knew about the faded etc thingies before. Brink I can't tell you how much I thank you for all these new knowledge! TYTYTY! Going to play in the library now. *Shhhhh...tiptoes in to fix it*
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09 May 2014   #23

Win 7 Ultimate, SP1 64-bit
Missing Parts

I have been looking around for a solution to a problem that I have had for about 2 days. The Windows Library is missing and incomplete at times. I can restore the defaults, but it will eventually revert back to the way it was before, and I can't see disk drives etc. The other problem is that pictures load, but the icon is blank, and for videos it shows an empty white page.

I've tried the registry fixes I have seen, but it doesn't work for long. I cannot tell if this is a hardware issue or software related? I have Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit and I was wondering if anyone could help? Could this be a sign of a hard drive going bad, or ram problems? Maybe a virus?

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09 May 2014   #24

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Todd, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This appears to be some sort of issue with your navigation pane instead of Libraries.

As a test, use Option One or Option Two in the tutorial below to uncheck Show all folders to see how it displays in the navigation pane afterwards.

Navigation Pane - Show All Folders

Hope this helps for now,
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09 May 2014   #25

Win 7 Ultimate, SP1 64-bit

Thank you Shawn for your response, and attempting to help with this.

I followed your link, and checked the show all folders box. I am not 100% sure it will fix it, because I don't mess around with those settings and it randomly displays everything all screwed up. As I mentioned, when the navigation pane goes funky it displays blank documents for videos instead of icons or thumbnails and nothing at all for pictures. I didn't post screenshots of that happening, but i will if it happens again.

BTW, It became apparent to me after I installed some Windows updates, and although I doubt it; could there be any sort of issue with that?
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09 May 2014   #26

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Could be. You might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before the issues may help if it happens again.
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09 May 2014   #27

Win 7 Ultimate, SP1 64-bit

I did do a system restore to before the updates, and I had the same problem. As it is right now, there's no issues and I will keep you updated if it happens again.
Thank You,
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09 May 2014   #28

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's good news so far Todd.
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09 May 2014   #29

Win 7 Ultimate, SP1 64-bit

Do you think the issue might be due to either my cpu or ram, because it happened again while I could tell the computer was under heavy cpu usage? I have 8GB of ram and an AMD A6-3620 processor that's 2.2 Ghz. Also, I have been running 7 Ultimate since around December of last year, so its fairly new. I am guessing 7 Ultimate has different RAM requirements than 7 Home Premium. If that's the case, it's no big deal because I have been wanting to upgrade anyway.
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