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Solved: Cannot view a folder which I know exists

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Drew1776, Dec 18, 2010.

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  1. Drew1776

    Drew1776 Thread Starter

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    Dear Tech Support Guy,

    I have searched the internet and while I have found problems related to this, I had a hard time finding the exact same problem or a solution.

    I installed a legitimate program which allows me to generate custom maps for a game I have Europa Universalis III. As you can see, there are three folders in the "Map Generator" folder.
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    However when I open the program and attempt to load a map I am able to view a folder which I can't view in Windows Explorer
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    I am able to use the program to load files from this invisible folder. It is very worrisome that I have a folder on my computer that Windows explorer will not show me. I am administrator and have set myself as the owner of the root folder and the "Saved" folder in question. Under properties->Security I am listed as having all access except "special permissions" which I can't select. Under permissions I am listed as having "Full Control".

    Under the "Auditing" tab it states it is unable to display the current owner. When I attempt to take ownership I get the following error.
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    I assume this folder exists, how can I view it in Windows Explorer? I would like access to the files.
    On another note how do I ensure that this doesn't happen again? Why does windows allow files to be stored on my computer but not make them visible even to an admin? How would I detect and delete such a folder? This folder conatins ~100Mb of information but Windows won't show it's existence

    I have tried to view hidden folder but it doesn't show up even then.

    ARRRRGGGG.

    Please help. Thanks,

    Andrew
     

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    Drew1776 Thread Starter

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    Using DOSBox I am able to confirm that the folder and the files exist. So I guess my question would now be how can I view folders which windows hides from adminstrators? In DOSBox I also noticed that there were other windows folders which do not show up in windows explorer. I assume these are part of the backup system.

    Thanks,
    Andrew
     
  3. Drew1776

    Drew1776 Thread Starter

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    I found a discussion here http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7files/thread/77c04068-c834-4ec3-bf9a-da86f91ffb99
    It descibes the problem and the solution. The folder was stored in C:\Users\Andrew\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files (x86) as descibed.

    I keep posting because I hope this solution will be helpful to someone else with a similar problem!
     
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    Congratulations on your research ability, and thank you for posting the solution.
     
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