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Windows 7: "AppData" folder has gone AWOL!

16 Dec 2010   #1

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1
"AppData" folder has gone AWOL!

Hello, my Windows 7 AppData folder and it's subfolders, Local, LocalLow and Roaming have gone missing from C:/Users/"My user name". They used to be visible but after a recent system restore operation they just disappeared from view.

I can still access these folders by typing %Appdata% into the search box, but can I restore them so they are viewable in the C:/Users/"My user name" directory like they were before the system restore operation.

I've tried the usual fixes of enabling "show all folders" and "show hidden files, folders, drives" under the Folder Options panel but it didn't work. I even unchecked "hide protected operating system files" temporarily just to see if that would make them visible ... it didn't work either.

any advice appreciated.

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16 Dec 2010   #2

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS

Not much sure but you can try 'Reset Folders' option from Tools menu or do a repair install if you've the disc.
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16 Dec 2010   #3

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

It's a hidden system folder. Under folder options choose view, show hidden...
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16 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
It's a hidden system folder. Under folder options choose view, show hidden...

Believe he mentioned that already.
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16 Dec 2010   #5

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
It's a hidden system folder. Under folder options choose view, show hidden...

Believe he mentioned that already.
You're right. What am I doing up 3:17 a.m.?
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06 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 starter, 32 bit

I have exactly the same fixes yet??
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06 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Try this:

1. Click Start -> Run
2. Type regedit and click Ok.
3. Find the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advan ced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL
4. Look at the “CheckedValue” key… This should be a DWORD key. If it isn’t, delete the key.
5. Create a new key called “CheckedValue” as a DWORD (hexadecimal) with a value of 1.
6. The “Show hidden files & folders” check box should now work normally
7. Also change in NOHIDDEN change value to 1
8. In SHOWALL change value to 0
9. Re-check the folder options
10. now change the values to the same

or this:

Open an elevated command prompt and type:

attrib -s -h -r f:/*.* /s /d

Hit Enter.
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12 Mar 2012   #8

64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium

Is there a way to do this in Windows Explorer? I am worried I am going to do more harm than good if I start messing with the registry. I inadverantly changed all of my documents files to hidden and now some of them have re-appeared but some are still hidden. Is there a way to "undo" a change in Windows Explorer?
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05 Jan 2013   #9

Win7 64 h

Solution: (Just tested the solution and it seems to work..had the same problem )

Control Panel.
Folder options
General Tab > Click on the Restore Defaults > then Click Apply >
View Tab > enable - Show hidden files and then whatever else you had or just hit apply and close.

Your problem should be fixed by now.

Happy New Year and God Bless
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10 Jul 2015   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

FALKON - This is the correct procedure in showing the User AppData folder.

However, changing to Show hidden files and usage of the unchecking the radio check box for Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) will affect using the Microsoft DVD Maker, as you won't be able to make DVDs if the hidden files are displayed.

So to make DVDs with Microsoft DVD Maker, you must hide the system files.
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