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Windows 7: Libraries - Hidden and Empty Fix

04 Nov 2011   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Tamara, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It appears that you may have set the user profile folder attributes to be hidden along with all subfolders and files.

It may be easier to create a new administrator account instead of trying to unhide every folder and file that's suppose to not be hidden and leave the ones that are suppose to be hidden. Afterwards, copy what you want from the old user account to the new one. Afterwards, you could delete the old account if you like while logged in the new one.


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04 Nov 2011   #11
TamaraG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I take it that means you can't unhide a folder/user? I think I can track back the mistake to when I messed with the permissions on the security tab of the folder properties window (the one you get when you right click in a folder). When I clicked "full control" on my user account it gave me all kinds of errors (a list of all the folders I still did not have access to).

If I did create a new user account, would I have to start over from scratch re-installing all my programs, or just transfer over my Library files?
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04 Nov 2011   #12
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

No, you would not have to re-install any of your applications.

All you need to do is set up your desktop and user profile as you want it. You can either import your settings from your old user profile or set up a new profile as you wish.

When you're done, just delete the old, unwanted user account.
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04 Nov 2011   #13
TamaraG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for your help. Is there a guide out there for importing settings from another user profile?
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04 Nov 2011   #14
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Check this Microsoft article.

Fix a corrupted user profile
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04 Nov 2011   #15
TamaraG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

thank you for all your help!
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04 Nov 2011   #16
ronster11

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Awesome

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 ?
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04 Nov 2011   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

@Tamara
I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
@Ronster
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.
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05 Nov 2011   #18
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Thank you both for the feedback, it's nice to know when a suggested solution fixes a problem.
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09 Dec 2011   #19
ronster11

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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.
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