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Windows 7: Hide Empty Drives Not Working After 2/13/18 Rollup Update

22 Feb 2018   #1

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Hide Empty Drives Not Working After 2/13/18 Rollup Update

I just installed the latest Monthly Rollup (Feb 2018) and now all my empty card reader drives show up in My Computer despite having them checked to be hidden under Folder Options.

I toggled Hide Empty Drives (off), toggled Show Hidden Files (off), and toggled Show All folders (on) but empty Drives now will not hide any more. I've run System File Checker and all is well.

The problem just surfaced after the update. Any ideas?


I'll reply to my own post with the solution, since a Google search has shown others (both WIN7 & WIN10) with this issue (but not necessarily discovered after a recent update).

I happened to be watching during the Windows Update process and during the required reboot to install the updates a "DOS like" system file checker screen appeared about 30% into the install and ran a quick drive scan on a USB drive that I always leave plugged in to backup any recent changes I make in documents. After the file scan completed the DOS like screen closed (finding no errors on the USB) and remaining 70% of the Windows update installed.

I just now tried pulling out that affected USB drive, rebooting the computer and the hidden drive command began to work again. I re-plugged the USB drive back in rebooted another time and all remains well. If I weren't watching the screen I would have never identified the USB drive as a potential problem especially since it operated normally and gave no indication of hanging up the system.

Hope this might help someone who runs into the same issue, which from a Google search, I see others have had over the years.

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