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Unhide Local Settings & subfolders permanently

Q: Unhide Local Settings & subfolders permanently

OS XP home Ed. Svs. Pk. 2. The Local Settings folder runs as a hidden folder (Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings) settings in the folder options under tools to see hidden files & sys. files will not open unhide this folder. The two ways I have found are, do a search open properties and uncheck hidden file box or type Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings into the address bar. I know the stock answer is this folder is hidden for a purpose and should not be messed with. In my mind that is a typical Bill Gates crap answer. I like to selectively check and delete history files and review Temp files. There has to be a registry key I'm not finding that I can add a 1 to that will unhide this folder on boot up.

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A: Unhide Local Settings & subfolders permanently

Are you running as the local admin or a regular user

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I have found some info on the subject, but I was wondering if someone can explain why xp has created so many subfolders in the Documents and Settings folder and what is kept in each one?

Here they are...
Administrator (I am the administrator and I have my own docs folder)
All Users
Default User

I do not need to connect this machine to any windows network, can I get rid of NetworkService folder?
How about the rest of them, why could I not get rid of these folders particularly?
Please place this in the proper category or tell me of a forum that I should use for this type of question...

A:XP Documents and Settings Subfolders

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My Windows updated on Monday and it removed all my view settings for my libraries. For example, Pictures used to be medium icons, sorted by date modified, and grouped by nothing. I changed it back to that, but every single subfolder is still set to the default.

I tried going to the folder settings, view, and clicking "apply to folders", but the button is grayed out. I then deleted all Bags/BagsMRU registry entries in hope of fixing it, but no dice.

I don't remember having to do anything special for this back when I got Windows 10, so I think something got messed up in this update for me.

Please note that I can use "apply to folders" when I'm outside of my library and it works fine. I successfully applied the correct settings to entire folder trees, but it doesn't work for the libraries.

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Hi, is there a way to set a folders options like viewing icons and having all the subfolders inherit those settings? I know I can go to organize, folder and search options, view and then apply to folders...but I don't want ALL folders with this view, just this folder and subfolders.

A:Changing folder view settings to subfolders only?

You can right-click on the main folder and chose (Properties_Customize)_Optimize this folder for": Chose between the five options...Also check the (Apply this template to all subfolders).

This will change just that one folder and all other subfolders.

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today i was in a store , and i played with a pc,with windows 7

well the option was hide system file and i can't see the folder Documents and Settings

i set the option to unhide system file and again i can't see the folder Documents and Settings

now on my pc , i can see Documents and Settings , i know it's a point the view folder to user
now my question , a clean install of w7(in a black hard disk ,brand new or without any partition ) with the option unhide system file , should w7 show Documents and Settings ?

A:unhide system file and Documents and Settings

The My Documents and Settings is not a folder used by Windows Seven. It is what is called a junction point. If you have "Hide protected operating system files" unchecked, then you will see these junction points. It is intended that users have no access to these junction points. It is best to leave them hidden

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I've been reading up on applying Folder View settings to either All Folders or all folders of the same type, but neither of those is quite what I'm looking for.

Specifically, I'd like to write my own utility that reads the folder view settings for any given folder (I assume from the registry), and give that view a name. Then I'd like my program to be able to apply any of my newly named views to any other folder. I particularly want to add an "Apply to Subfolders" feature to this utility.

I'm not looking to distribute this; just for my own personal OCD satisfaction, so I don't mind if it ends up being a kludgy solution.

To that end, I have only two questions, really:

Let's say I have a folder under my documents named "Test" with a bunch of random files of all types in it: Some pictures, some video, some audio, and a bunch of text files. Let's further say I customize the folder view settings for this one folder to be like old-school DOS: Details view showing FileName, Size, Type, Date Modified. Plus I set up the column widths to be "just so."

Windows remembers my settings for this one folder. If I can find them, and read/write them, I can realize my dream of managing my own folder views.

So question #1 is: Where are one-off custom folder view settings stored?

I believe Windows inexplicably holds two different view settings for any given folder under a special folder. For example, If I open "Documents" from the start menu and open t... Read more

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I have a PC & Laptop both connected to my router by LAC.

I've noticed on the laptop that the LAC send data icon is permanently flashing. Clicking on it shows data packets are being permanently sent.

I've checked, no programs are running and there are no programs in the start-up folder.

This is only happening on the laptop, the PC doesn't do this?

I've run a scan with my anti-virus (NOD32) and it found no threats, and also checked for malware.

Any suggestions on the reason for this appreciated.

A:Local Area Connection sending packets permanently

Try "netstat -b" from the command line to see which programs are using the network ?
Would you happen to have the "akamai netsession interface" in your control panel ? (If so, you might be sharing stuff on p2p networks)

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C:/Documents and Settings/Uses(My Username)/Local Settings/Temp/browserview-1d31630.htm

This file, and all the files with the name 'browserview-xxxxxx(number).htm are needed, mine got corrupted and I accidentally deleted them.

Can someone post these files?

A:C:/Documents and Settings/Uses(My Username)/Local Settings/Temp/browserview-1d31630.h

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i cant get rid of the files in C:\Documents and Settings\owner\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5....NOTHING ive tried has worked....any information on how i can get rid of them would be GREAT!!

A:C:\Documents and Settings\owner\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Internet Files\Content.

Hi Welcome to TSG!!

If you log on as administrator you should be able to delete everything in the C:\Documents and Settings\owner\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 folder.

If you sign in as "owner" you should be able to remove everything except index.dat if you close all of your browser windows.

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This has been bugging me for a while it pops up whenever I start the computer. I don't know to much about how to do things so please have some patients with me. If you can help me than I might just love you forever.

A:Error loading C:\Documents and Settings\ Network Service\ Local Settings\ Application Data\ hrcopul.dll

Have you run any scans for infections? I Googled hrcopul.dll, and everything that I found points to a infection.

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On my Dell XP Pro, msconfig lists a number of applications (not services) from 3rd party vendors, such as HP and QWest, scheduled to launch at start-up. Several times, I've unchecked these items, clicked APPLY, and then re-started my system; nevertheless, when my system has finally rebooted, Windows Task Manager shows them running, and I have to eliminate them in Windows Task manager.

So it appears that somehow, there is some application somewhere that is reversing (i.e. ignoring) my (new) settings I try to establish in msconfig. Is anyone familiar with this problem?

I can figure out several ways of dealing with this problem, such as changing the names of these annoying applications (e.g. from application.exe to application.eze) so they cannot be found (therefore cannot launch), but I'd sure like to know what software it is on my machine that keeps overriding my choices. And also how to change the start-up menu permanently without changing the names of the relevant offending programs.

A:Cannot permanently change msconfig settings

msconfig is a diagnostic utility. If you want to permanently manage startup items you should use a simple app such as Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel (http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml).
Uncheck whatever you don't want started in that app and let's go from there.

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In Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 64-bit I am not given the option to move files to the Recycle Bin. Instead, when I delete a file I am asked "Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?"In the Recycle Bin properties for each hard drive partition I have not selected "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin" and I have check-marked "Display delete confirmation dialog."

I can't remember precisely when this started to happen, but I did install Update 1 recently. I don't know if that matters.

A:Recycle Bin Permanently Deletes Regardless of Settings

Problem solved. I restarted my computer. No change. Restarted again. No change. Restarted a third time. Now the Recycle Bin works properly. Strange!

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running windows 7 service pack 1 64 bit.
Cannot put files in recycle bin as they get only deleted permanently. Cannot change options.
Here is the screenshot:

Thank you for your help.


A:Recycle Bin only deletes permanently and cannot change settings


Check for a key called "NoRecycleFiles" in


If present, try setting the value to 0. Alternatively, delete it.

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i want to change especially the brightness settings of a webcam.
Does anyone know a way that lets me adjust the settings globally and permanently?(so that those settings apply to all programs that will use the cam without having to re-adjust)
The cam itself is a quite old no-name model. The basic driver which makes it available to applications on the systems miracously still worked though.

A:globally / permanently change webcam settings

If the cam is that old, its entirely possible that option was never available...

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Hello all,

this is driving me nuts, also because of the fact that there seems to be no suitable information about that on the net.

I have a computer here that should connect to a WLAN using "WPA2 - Enterprise". For authentication, a computer certificate is used.

If I set the authentication method to "computer authentication" in properties, security settings, the connection is just established fine. However, after a few moments, the connection is terminated and the authentication method is re-set to "user-
or computer authentication".

This causes every connection attempt to fail with the message "A certificate is required for connection to [network name]".

If I then go to the properties of the network connection and set the authentication method to "computer authentication" again, the connection is again established for a few moments - until that setting is again "user- or computer authentication"
and the game starts over from the beginning :(

What is causing that setting to be reverted again and again? Why is my manual configuration not saved?

Thank you very much for all help in advance and kind regards,


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question... i seem to have a bunch of crap in this folder that always brings the trojan in and hides it with files that have come from popups... can i delete everything in this folder and not cause problems for my computer

A:C:\Documents and Settings\-------\Local Settings\Temp

Hi futrade

Yes, you can delete everything in the Temp folder.

The best time to empty the Temp folder is right after a reboot, some programs place files in the Temp folder and will deny the deletion since the file is currently being used.

If you want, you can send the items to the Recycle Bin for a few days, if something seems to be running differently after emptying the Temp folder, you can restore the items from the Recycle Bin.

If any of the files in the Temp folder is a virus or trojan, obviously, you would not to keep those hanging around, so run a couple virus scans, links below.

To help clean up your system:
Run an online Anti-Virus scan from at least one and preferably 2 of the following sites

Trendmicro HouseCall
Allow them to clean/delete any spyware/malware or viruses/trojans they may find.
Make a note of any files flagged that were unable to be cleaned or deleted.

Download, Install and check each of the following Spyware tools for updates:
(If you already have the following, please make sure it is the latest version and has been updated)
Ad-Aware SE 1.06:
Click on Full System Scan and deselect Search for negligible risk entries. Have Ad-Aware SE remove what it finds.
Spybot-S&D 1.4:
Have it fix what it finds marked in Red.
Spyware Blaster 3.4:
Click on Updates > Check for Updates Switch to Protection
Under Quick Tasks click ... Read more

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Hello, I was downloading something and when I thought it was finished downloading and this screen pops up.

"C:\Documents & Settings\Sherry\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\GRG7AN8J\arizup2(1).pdf"
"This action is only valid for products that are currently installed.
<OK> box

I see that this is a .pdf file and i'm not sure how to open these. Can someone give me some really really easy details on how to fix or open [download] this problem.


A:C:\Documents & Settings\Dave\Local Settings....help!

Install adobe acrobat reader

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Last week I got the Windows Recovery Malware, we managed to get the pc straightened back out, but I somehow got it again today.I followed the removal thread here on Bleeping Computer, but the unhide.exe did not all unhide all of my files. I am still missing desktop icons, program files, and quickbar icons. This time though it also came with a rookit with system errors and redirects.I have ran Malwarebytes, Superantispyware and combofix. Everything seems to be OK now except for the still hidden files.I followed the prep guide and here is my info:DDS.txt.DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Brent at 15:21:24.79 on Wed 04/27/2011Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18882 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_15Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.3069.1990 [GMT -5:00].SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}.============== Running Processes ===============.C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcsC:\Windows\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroupC... Read more

A:Unhide.exe didn't unhide all files

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.The cleaning process is not instant. Logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me. I know that you need your computer working as quickly as possible, and I will work hard to help see that happen. Please reply using the Add/Reply button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic. The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if they do not fit into the post.Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, send me or a moderator a personal message with the address of the thread or feel free to create a new one.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you... Read more

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Spyware Terminator brought this up about a week ago, & i removed it, & it has found it again today.

"Threat Files
<Trojan.Tempi> : C:\Documents and Settings\Allan\Local Settings\Temp\41.tmp"

My computer does seems like it's been running a little bit slower overall over the last few weeks, especially loading some particular programs such as Outlook & Firefox (2.0.016). Firefox seems to be running/browse loading a little slower than usual in the last few weeks, but i'm not sure as my ISP had been running a little bit crapily of late.

My HijackThis log file reads:


O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG8_TRAY] C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [PhotoShow Deluxe Media Manager] C:\PROGRA~1\Ahead\NEROPH~2\data\xtras\mssysmgr.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - Global Startup: GA311 Smart Wizard Utility.lnk = C:\Program Files\NETGEAR GA311 Adapter\GA311.exe
O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel present
O8 - Extra context menu item: Crawler Search - tbr:iemenu
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\ssv.dll
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A:Re: Trojan file: "C:\Documents and Settings\Allan\Local Settings\Temp\41.tmp"

Hi, Welcome to TSG!!
Download: ResetProtocolDefaults.reg

Locate "ResetProtocolDefaults.reg"
Right-click and select: Merge (Ok the prompt)

Post your log again and this time post the entire log please.

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I Need Help!
I was wondering if it is a issue to delete files in "Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Temp". I am really looking if it is safe to delete the "Documents and Settings\Kenny Hartwick\Local Settings\Temp" files.


A:Should I Delete "Documents and Settings\Username/Local Settings\Temp"

I don't know who Kenny Hartwick is, but deleting temp files is NOT a problem. Just get his permission, willya.


edit: if you click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup you'll run a nice little routine that lets you select those, among other, files to remove as well as a file compactor for rarely used files.

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So every time I log into any other machine on our network it stores a local copy of my Roaming user Profile on the machine. This is OK for most users, but i Have to log into multiple machines every day, and every once and a while I'll log into a machine with old settings, and it will override my account. This becomes a pain when i log back into my regular machine, and all of my settings have been changed. What I need is to stop it from saving a cached copy of my profile every time I log into another machine. How would I go about doing that?

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i found a lot weird files in my D:\Documents and Settings\wing\Local Settings\Temp
and i want to know can i delete all of this weird files?


A:Local Settings\Temp ??

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Tried to change my administrative settings because all of the sudden I can't install or uninstall programs. Any idea why this is happening? When I try to install I get this message: "The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation." I am 100% sure that I the system administrator. I've checked the processes running on my computer and there's nothing suspicious there, and my computer seems the same speed as always. Any input would be great, thank you.

A:Local Security Settings not there

Let's do this real quick, create a new user account with admin privs, and see if that account suffers the same problem.
I'm just curious as to whether this is a policy issue or an account issue.

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in local settings can i remove the temp files that are in their i am using win xp pro.

A:local settings file

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New here. I am trying to access my local settings and can't figure out how to get to them. Does anyone know?

A:Accessing local settings

Open My Computer, click tools at the top, then click folder options, then click view at the top. look for hidden files and folders and chech "show hidden files and folders".
Now look for c:\Documents and Settings\your user name\local settings.

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I'm trying to manage my bandwidth allowance from my (mobile wireless broadband) ISP.

I want to use Adobe Flash Player but need to guard against unwanted bandwidth use through peer-assisted-networking.

I note the following on the Flash Player Help page: 'Beginning with Flash Player 10.3, the "Local Settings Manager" supersedes th(e) Online Settings Manager for managing global settings on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. "The Local Settings Manager" can be accessed in the Control Panel on Windows ...'

I can't find anything called a "Local Settings Manager" by searching Win 7/Control panel.

Anyone know the Win 7 title for this (obviously generic) term used on the Adobe page?



A:A Win 7 'Local Settings Manager'

Hello ausgumbie.

I believe the Flash Player (32 or 64 bit depending on your Flash installation) entry (in your Windows Control Panel) is what they're referring to by "Local Settings Manager"; the context being that the settings are accessible from your computer locally now holds precedence over the ones they had you set on their online website sometime ago on the older versions of Flash.

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I used Easy Transfer to transfer data from my old XP box to my new Win 7 Pro desktop. The process was painless and most files fetched up as expected. The contents of ?My Pictures? appear in ?Libraries\Pictures\My Pictures?, also as expected. I want to share these with my networked XP laptop.
The Properties of ?Libraries\Pictures\My Pictures? reports that the actual folder is ?C:\Users\John\Local Settings\My Pictures?. However I?m not allowed access to ?Local Settings? ? I just get the ?Permissions denied? message even though I?m using an Administrator account. Therefore I can?t browse down to "My Pictures".
Thus when trying to connect from the laptop I can?t browse to ?My Pictures? because I can?t get past the ?Local Settings?. Typing the whole path in the XP Map Network address box just causes the XP to spend a while saying ?attempting to connect? and then tell me that ?the network path '\\desktop\Users\John\Local Settings\My Pictures' cannot be found?, presumably because it can?t get to or past ?Local Settings?.
In any case, I?ve not been able to confirm that ?My Pictures? is set to ?Share?, although I have set that on the Libraries entry.
Does anyone have bright ideas on how to get round this MS generated obstacle?
TIA John

A:Cannot access Local Settings

Try taking ownership of the folder with all the pictures in it.

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I'm never putting my computer on Stand-By mode ever again. After doing that accidentally for a second when I meant to shut it down, it screwed up my 'puter something fierce. I had this problem a few weeks ago and chalked it up to my mobo overheating (however unlikely THAT is).

Anyway, to the point. I only reinstalled the XP windows directory but left my HD untouched. So I still got all my data, programs, etc., without having to reinstall everything over the next couple of days. Now, the problem is that I need to replace the newly created Local Settings with my old one from before, which should restore my computer to the way I had it before it went haywire, right? So, do I simply delete the new folders and leave only my old one and the computer will automatically recognize it as the default settings? Or is there some kind of procedure I must undertake to do this?

A little note...does anyone know of any major bug issue with eVGA 680i motherboard when it goes into Stand By mode? Or even Western Digital Caviar HD? Somebody should report this, it's a massive bug.

Looking in my Document and Settings folder, it looks like I have a duplicate of each folder in there (All Users, the hidden Default User, and my personal settings folder).
Basically, I just want the computer to refer to my old settings as the default (that would be without the .WINDOWS that appears at the end of each duplicated folder name that is now treated as the default). Then I want to get rid o... Read more

A:Replace New Local Settings With Old One

Well, copying the files was a mistake. Now my computer won't run some programs due to "insufficient RAM." Dammit. And I just got my new blank DVDs in the mail today that I was going to back-up my computer with Acronis.

Figures, huh?

Is there still a way to delete the new folders though and revert to the old ones? I remain hopeful.

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Where is the local security settings located at for windows vista?

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When I was defragmenting my hard drive, I noticed that the folder: {C:\Documents and Settings\...me...\Local Settings\Temp} had a lot of copies of my old files. Some of these files I recognized and were old and huge files so I deleted them.

There still are several small files and folders in this temp directory. I don't know how important they are or if windows xp automatically deletes them. Most of the files appear to be setup files and most of the folders have nothing in them. So my question is:
-IS IT SAFE FOR ME TO MANUALLY CLEAR THE CONTENTS OF THIS FOLDER? ~in general, and in this particular case

-thanks in advance

A:\Local Settings\Temp

If memory serves, this is the default temp directory used by the system for your user activity. You should be able to delete anything in there with impunity - unless it is in current use of course.

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I am running Windows 2000 Professional. Today I went into Windows Explorer and realized that in my Documents and Settings folder the Local settings folder was missing. What could possibly have caused this?

A:Local settings folder in Win 2k

Welcome to TSG!

Are you sure you are viewing all files. The local setting folder is usually a hidden folder unless you select view all files. Is it available in any other profile?

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I have a webpage that displays two separate streaming objects, using Windows Media Player. Most of the computers with which I have viewed the page show both streams flawlessly. However, I know of two computers, one which shows only stream A, and the other which shows only stream B (both XPs).

Computer #1
Gives me an activeX error ("click here to download"), yet when I try to install the item, I'm getting a "Publisher cannot be verified" error, and Windows refuses to download whatever it needs. I totally trust the publisher. How do I get this 'puter to run this stream?

Computer #2
Just refuses to play stream B. (Stream B is a basic <object name=Mediaplayer> ... I've tried both 7.0/later and 6.4)

I know these have to be local settings, as the page works elsewhere. Any immdediate suggestions (I know you may wish for more info)? Going to Internet Options/Security hasn't helped, nor has /advanced/media. I've (temporarily) turned off all firewalls, as well.


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Is there any local security settings in Windows XP that could interfere with Internet Explorer 6.0 with all current service packs installed?



A:Local Security Settings

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What will happen to the UAC settings of a PC if I configure the UAC settings on a Group Policy linked to that pc? Like what if the local UAC settings on the PC is somehow the opposite settings of the UAC in the GPO?
Thank you for the answers! :)

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XP Home, Cable.

Could anyone please advise me if my LAC - TCP/IP Protol Settings are ok/secure.
I am not on any network.

Ip Settings
DHCP Enabled
Auto Metric - Ticked.

Advanced TCP/IP Settings

Append Primary - Yes
Append Parent - Ticked
Register this connection in DNS - Ticked.

Enable LMHOSTS lookup - Not ticked
NetBIOS setting - Default
Enable NetBIOS - Not ticked
Disable NetBIOS - Not ticked.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

Regards tarragon.

A:Local Area Connection Settings

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Can my Local Settings folder in the Documents & Settings folder be unhidden and made to stay that way? I un-hide it, it allows me to uncheck the Hidden box (making it visible), and "apply to all of the files and subfolders." But then it always re-hides itself, the next time I go into Docs & Settings, it's Hidden again - so just unchecking Hidden isn't doing the job. Is it a protected system folder? If so, I'd only want this single one visible. Can I do this?

A:Can my Local Settings folder be Unhidden?

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Hello all.

This is place looks like the best resource I could find.

I have a Windows Vista machine set up at work. I have setup a local policy for non-administrators. This may be a stupid question, but is there a way I can save the current settings as a .inf or some other kind of template? Or do I have to create the settings as a template first and then apply it?

I have tried using the Security Templates snap-in and I can easily create a template and go through everything to make sure it has the settings I want, but I really don't want to go through that trouble and I would much rather just save the current settings as a template if possible.

Thanks for any help, I realize I might kick myself when I find out how easy this really is.

A:Exporting Local Security Settings

If you click on one of the policies I can see that you can then right click and select export however I don't know what good that'll do you because I don't see an option to import so all that would do would be to give you a reference. As far as I know applying the permissions applies to all of the accounts and only administrators can change most of them (if not all them). You could also try group policy editor. Local Group Policy Editor - Open

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We just stuck in a new HD and in preparation for the event my son moved the entire local settings folder to an external drive. Now, we want to get all my email back (the outlook pst folder in particular) everything in the local settings folder is invisible. Yes, we know all about view, display hidden files. When I hover my cursor, the folder says it has 70 MGs of data in it, but none of the files or folders inside the Local Settings folder are visible, clickable, or in any other way accessible. Any suggestions?

A:My Local Settings Folder is Corrupt

welcome to TSG

try this:


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Hey, We have local policy settings on a PC which restrict much of the users access. I want to copy these exact policys/restrictions to a different PC. Is this possible, any ideas how its done? Thanks.

A:Copy Local Policy Settings to new PC

That is what the File and Settings Transfer Wizard is for. System Tools folder IF it is not on your [Start] menu.

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Running Xp And Sp2. Local Setings Folder Is Missing. Enabled Every View Option In Tools Setting, As Well As Disabled Every Hide Option. All Apps Working Fine, Incl Outlook Express.

A:local settings folder missing

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I purchased a new Dell 1764 Win 7 Professional about 2-weeks ago and have been learning how to use Win 7 - I consider myself an old XP guy!

I was in the windows explorer to see who was listed inder the Users directory where I found a directory with my name on it. I double clicked and noted the contents of the directory was the same as in XP. I clicked on the Local Settings directory (I temporarily turned off the "hide protected operating system files" option to see if contents was the same) and got a message that access was denied. I was told by a tech that this was normal in Win 7 in order to stop people from changing options, etc. which could cause problems.

My question is this - was the tech correct by saying it was locked for protection? If the answer is yes, then who can access the directory? (I have system administrator rights.


A:User account - Local Settings

Hello Pierre,

Yes, he was correct. The faded shortcut protected OS folders are actually only "junction points" to the actual folder instead, and are not real folders. They are used for backwards compatibility for older XP type applications that still reference them by default instead of the newer default locations in Vista and Windows 7 now. They redirect the older application to the new Vista and Windows 7 locations instead.
Hope this helps,

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Hey, I've noticed that over the last few weeks my space has been decreasing even though I havent done anything to increase it (i.e. downloaded files, installed programs etc)
I run CCleaner almost every day to clear all the junk from my computer, but the space still keeps decreasing. Im afraid that soon i wont have any space left at all.
I decided to manually look where those missing gigs are located and it turned out that its in the hidden folder called Local Settings. When I rightclick it and select Properties it says 36GB and when i open it and select all the files (including the hidden ones) the total amounts to just 25 MB (megabytes not gigabytes). So where are those 36 GB? How do I delete them off my pc..

ANy help is much appreciated...

A:36GB lost in Local Settings!

Does the folder relate to Google Desktop by any chance? If not, what is the name of the folder please?

With regards to the full amount not showing, you may need to uncheck the option to hide protected operating system files in Tools -> Folder Options -> View.

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On Friday morning, I got infected with miscellaneous trojans and viruses. The infection was flagged by CA Antivirus within a couple of minutes of accessing a website. On Friday morning, I was able to see hidden folders in the local settings folders by showing hidden files and folders in order the correlate the time of access against the time CA Antivirus flagged the virus. The specific folders I was looking at are:

C:\Documents and Settings\<userid>\Local Settings\History
C:\Documents and Settings\<userid>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

Now I am unable to see these folders, despite the setting of Tools - Folder Options - View - Hidden Files and Folders - Show Hidden Files and Folders.

Over the past several days, I have done a number of Spybot and Ad-aware scans, as well as CA Antivirus scans. As of yesterday, these were scanning cleanly. Another symptom is that on Friday, I was able to boot in Safe Mode by pressing F8. Yesterday, I was unable to do so. Also, over the weekend, I updated to Internet Explorer 7, and did an update of Java. My logs are below. Can anyone help track down what is going on?

>>>Fixed. It was an IE7 problem.

A:Cannot see hidden local settings folders

Thanks for informing us.
Should you find other problems please start a new topic.

This tread is closed.

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Having trouble updating some software, getting a message unable to copy files from Docs and Settings\me\local settings..... I have discovered there is no folder. Also- may be related; Norton AV will not auto protect or email scan,autoprotect tries to start and then shuts down, email has an error. Ring any bells?

Running AMD 2800 1.6 Ghz 512 RAM XP home w/SP2

A:Missing Local Settings Folder

The Local Settings folder is hidden. If you turn on the option to Show Hidden Files and Folders, you'll see this folder.

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I have notice around 9 files in my Document and Settings - Local Settings - Temp folder, that are sized at: 144kb, 800kb, 2.6kb; that I cannot delete without the prompt "Cannot delete file being used by another person or computer.

I cannot delete these files in Safe mode either.

Are these files viruses or are they files of legit programs on my computer.
Also, If I don't delete them at some time or other they will start to increase in size and slow down my computer.

Please help.

A:Temp files in Local Settings folder

I, paranoid soul that I am, would be very concerned about this...

in my case it would be very easy to delete this stuff as I have a dual boot system and can remotely access such things (one of the reasons I have a dual boot system)...

download tcpview here and run it while not actively using the internet (e.g. no browser, no filesharing apps, etc)...if you notice any established connections you indeed have a problem...

you should also perhaps run HiJack this and see if anything is odd...

for hard core deletion try DelinvFile - Utility for Deleting Invalid Files and Folders

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Hi I'm a new user and have always read these forums and appreciated what I've learned from them. My problem is I've run countless paid for and free anti-malware, ant-virus programs and also followed steps to manually eliminate what seems to be 3 Trojan Classloaders that after which the trojans have been eliminated they will be back on my system within a few days. They always stem from C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings. I cannot enter this folder since my computer will freeze by just putting the cursor on it and no matter what anti-virus program I've used, I cannot manually enter it through the anti-virus program to manually delete malicious files because the anti-virus program will tell me there is a critical error of some sort and shut down. I was able to access it once without my system freezing and found various logs of what seemed to be malicious user reconfiguring my entire system and parameters to reintroduce itself in event of a system recovery or complete deletion of files. I have a hijack this log shortly after yet another Kasparsky deletion of the 3 trojans. After 4 months of taking advice and using a million anti-virus programs I'm ready to throw my comp away, help would be much appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:43:46 AM, on 5/25/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
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A:Continual, reoccurant infections in my local settings!

I found out they were infections of my vulnerable out of date Sun Java. I'll try an uninstall of my current Java, turn-off of system restore, and reinstall of the newest Sun Java and another scan.

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