How to display files inside "Program Files" folder?


  1. Posts : 99
    Win 7 Professional 64bit
       #1

    How to display files inside "Program Files" folder?


    I have a program that uses it's own library. The path to this library can't be changed, and it's inside the "Program Files" folder. And the software itself has to be installed inside "Program Files" too, otherwise it won't work correctly (it's a new release and still a bit buggy).

    Now, when I add something to this library, it's supposed to be present in the library folder. BUT Win 7 doesn't show me any files that have been created by programs inside the "Program Files" folder. The folder where the new library is supposed to be is empty. But the library is there inside the program, so it has to be somewhere.

    Now, how am I supposed to backup those files if I can't access them?

    Please help!
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  2. Posts : 5,642
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)
       #2

    The program you are using is broken. You should ask the developer to fix it.
    In reality the program is really accessing the file in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore
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  3. Posts : 99
    Win 7 Professional 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Well, whatever program it is, Win 7 never displays files created by software inside the Program Files folder.
    I've noticed that with other programs too, only they had the workaround to install their libraries to a different path.
    I hate being patronized by a piece of software. Under XP I've always had access to all files in all folders, and I want to have that in Win 7 too. Any way to do this?
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  4. Posts : 5,642
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)
       #4

    esha said:
    Well, whatever program it is, Win 7 never displays files created by software inside the Program Files folder.
    I've noticed that with other programs too, only they had the workaround to install their libraries to a different path.
    I hate being patronized by a piece of software. Under XP I've always had access to all files in all folders, and I want to have that in Win 7 too. Any way to do this?
    In Windows XP you ran blindly as a god user "Administrators" which is the fastest way to just screw your computer. In Windows 7 god power is only given per-application session when needed.
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  5. Posts : 99
    Win 7 Professional 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    logicearth said:
    In Windows XP you ran blindly as a god user "Administrators" which is the fastest way to just screw your computer.
    *lol*
    Well, I've managed not to ruin it in all those years. And I've been working with many different versions of Windows since version 3.1... never had any problems. It seems that MS doesn't trust its customers anymore.

    So basically what you're saying is that it can't be done?
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  6. Posts : 5,642
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)
       #6

    esha said:
    It seems that MS doesn't trust its customers anymore.
    Nothing to do with trust. People been asking Microsoft to increase security for years now.

    So basically what you're saying is that it can't be done?
    It can be done, but doesn't need to be. Applications just need to be fix and not write to those protected directories.
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  7. Posts : 99
    Win 7 Professional 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    "People" have been asking for it? Well, certainly not me...

    I've filed a bug report for the developers of that software, but I can't wait for them to fix it. I need access to that file right now. If it can be done, would you mind telling me how? *beg beg*
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  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       #8

    If you can gain access to the folder then you know it exists.

    If it exists and you cannot view the folder in Windows Explorer then it is h-i-d-d-e-n.

    Follow these steps.

    Navigate to Start->Run

    Start-> Run can be accessed either by clicking your mouse on the windows icon and clicking in the text box that resides at te bottom of the Start Menu.
    or
    just press the windows button (if you have one 'in between ctrl an alt on the left of my keyboard') and

    type in : folder options (press return)

    click the view tab in the 'folder options' windows pop-up.

    in the advance settings menu find and click the radio button option ''show hidden files, folders and drives.

    in windows explorer you should now be able to view Program Files folder.

    mrp0t80hed
    having a tough day?
    having trouble finding your glasses?
    they're probably on your face.
    mrp0t80hed
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