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Can't make "Local Settings" folder stay hidden

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Irongrave, Nov 21, 2007.

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  1. Irongrave

    Irongrave Thread Starter

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    I'm trying to unhide this folder and KEEP it unhidden because the backup software we are using cannot see hidden files. I go to properties, uncheck hide. It asks me if I want to unhide just the folder or all files and subfolders, I do all files and subfolders. No problem.

    Then, when I reboot, I go to check it, and it's hidden again.

    Is there any way to stop Windows from automatically hiding it on restart?
     
  2. Augie65

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    Open Windows Explorer> Tools> Folder Options> View tab> scroll down and tick the radio button:
    Show hidden files and folders
    Apply and OK.
     
  3. Irongrave

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    Thanks for replying, but that is already enabled.

    The folder resets its 'hidden' file attribute when I reboot, even if I turn it off.

    I need to stop this from happening... and make that hidden attribute STAY off.
     
  4. Augie65

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    You can try this vbs script from kellys-korner.
    Go to line #155 Enable/Disable Show Hidden Files/Folders.
    Instructions for the VBS files at top of web page.
    You can also check to see if the value is in the registry.
    Start> Run> type regedit and hit OK.
    Go to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
    Click on the Advanced folder in the left pane and look for Hidden in the right panel.
    If the value is not 1, right click on Hidden and select Modify.
    In the Value data: box, enter 1. Close the registry and reboot your machine.
     
  5. Irongrave

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    Thanks again, but it is already set to 1.

    Just to clarify, I can see hidden files, my issue is that the program I am using to back up cannot (regardless of folder options) , so I must clear the "Hide" checkbox in the properties screen for C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings, but upon reboot the checkbox is back and the folder is hidden again.
     
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    Sorry, didn't understand. I thought you couldn't see it.
    Also uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
    and see if your program will work.
     
  7. Irongrave

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    Here's what I ended up doing:

    I created a batch file called "unhide.bat" in C:\ and dropped a shortcut to it in my startup folder in my start menu.

    Here are the contents:

    @echo off
    cd %USERPROFILE%
    attrib "Application Data" -h
    attrib "Local Settings" -h
    cd "Local Settings"
    attrib "Application Data" -h

    This enables our backup utility to pick up the correct folder, and it only displays for a split second when the user starts up.
     
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