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Hiding system folders on a shared computer

Q: Hiding system folders on a shared computer

Hello, I am sharing a computer with my son and I want to hide some programs from him, mainly Steam games, but not only. I have managed to hide them from his start menu. He has a standard account, so I think on that front we are OK.

I have also managed to prevent him from accessing the control panel, and thus seeing the list of installed programs.

But I have a problem:

Windows explorer. I tried navigating from his account, and he can go into program files without any problem, he can even go into windows folder. He can not delete files, but he can run them. So, you know how kids are. He will see all the installed programs and try to run directly their .exe file. And even though he won't be able to launch Steam games, he will see a list of all installed games, and I want to prevent that from happening.

He can even go to "Start", type "witch" and a few seconds later he'll be able to see that we have The Witcher 2 installed on the computer. He won't be able to launch it if I activate Parental Controls, but the damage is done.

So, can anybody help me hiding certain folders (windows and program files) from a standard user explorer?

Thanks!

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A: Hiding system folders on a shared computer

Yes. Use folder permissions. Log on as the Administrator. Open Windows Explorer then right click on a folder and select Properties. Click on the Security Tab then click on the Edit button. On the Permissions window, select the user you want to change and check the Deny boxes that apply.

Here's a sample:

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Is there a way to hide shared network folders in XP?
Thanks
 

A:hiding shared folders

Add a $ at the end of your sharename. Remember though the $ must be used in the mapping and connecting to it.
 

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I have a virus going around my network creating .exe files named Porn, Sexy, Secret, Passwords, and a mpeg named X. It as also hiding my network shares and recreating them as Applications. I have scanned with Kaspersky and Norton Internet Security. It seems to remove the threats but the virus is back every morning. My server is running Windows 2008 Server R2 and clients are XP SP3.

A:Virus creating Porn.exe,hiding all shared folders and recreating as aplications

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I am following a tutorial, and they say you can double-click on a folder to change its permissions, but when i double-click, it does nothing. also, how do I know what should not be shared/what should be normally shared? [see attached image].
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Hello everyone,

I have a problem at my work. A person from HR is leaving for a vacation and we will have her assistant working on her computer. However, due to confidentiality of most of the information we want her assistant to have access to only a few of her sub folders. I have tried using share options but it always asks me to share the main folder as well and then everything is shared between the two accounts. Secondly, I have tried to give special permition to the assistant's account going to folders preferences but it did not work at all.

Would you have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

A:One computer, two accounts and only a few sub-folders shared

Welcome
Have you thought about not sharing and making files with different names for the new help? Then after vacation, you can save the new files with the old name.

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Hi

I had a server computer that was running windows 7. It was working like a charm, but suddenly I was unable to remote to it. I found a monitor and keyboard that I connected. My server then told me that it had installed windows 10. Wow thanks? That is something I would like to have a say in? But oh well might as well get with the times and use windows 10.
As I am using it as a server it is running, iis, ftp, plex, and some other servers. Most of it were still working after the conversion to windows 10, but I?m been having some real problems with the normal sharing of files. When I use my desktop computer (also running windows 10) to brows the network I get the following error when dobbelt-clicking my server computer:
?\\SERVERNAME is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. Logon faliure: the user has not been granted the requested logon type at this computer.?
So ok? there are always problems with filesharing with a new windows installation. So I did the following:
? Made sure file and printer sharing were turned on
? It was using: Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computer
? Password protected sharing sharing were turned off
? I turned on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders
? My network adapter is using my router ip address as DNS server
? M... Read more

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Hello,

I have a windows Vista Ultimate 32 installed on my computer connected over a home DSL router and these are my lan configurations

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d482:e3ed:d98a:cb88%8
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.200
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

when i try to connect to this computer using ipv4 \\192.168.1.200 it works, but when i try to connect using ipv6 (i.e \\fe80::d482:e3ed:d98a:cb88%8 ) it display an error messages.

Can anybody tell me what i am missing?

A:Accessing computer shared folders using IPv6

well the first problem is that the semi colon is not supported with unc file name eg \\sharename

Literal IPv6 addresses in network resource identifiers
Since an IPv6 address contains colon (":") characters, network administrators must take care to avoid conflicts with other syntactic meanings of the colon in network resource labels. In IPv4 the colon is used to separate an IP address from a transport protocol port number. This usage has been extended to IPv6, however, when a port is specified in an address string, the proper IPv6 address must be enclosed in square brackets ("[", "]"). This convention is used in other more complex identifiers.
Example: In a URL the IPv6-Address is enclosed in brackets, e.g., http://[2001:0db8:85a3:08d3:1319:8a2e:0370:7348]/.
If the URL also contains a port number the notation is:
https://[2001:0db8:85a3:08d3:1319:8a...7344]:443/This is not only useful but mandated when using shortform:
https://[2001:db8::1428:57ab]:443/Additional information can be found in "RFC 2732 - Format for Literal IPv6 Addresses in URL's" and "RFC 3986 - Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax."
In Microsoft Windows operating systems, IP addresses were also allowed in Uniform Naming Convention (UNC) path names. Since the colon is an illegal character in a UNC path name, the use of IPv6 addresses is also illegal in UNC names. For this reason, Microsoft has registered a second-level Internet domain, ipv... Read more

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okay so I used to be able to access the shared folders that are on my computer that is running windows XP on my vista laptop and my xbox 360
but they are no longer showing up

I just spent a couple of hours trying to get it working again but nothing that I did solved the problem it would be really great if somebody could help me out this is very frustrating
 

A:Can not access shared folders that are on my windows XP computer

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Hi all
2 win 7 machine are shared in-between (WORKGROUP).
I use "simple sharing" as in photo.
the folders are not shown directly in remote pc . i can see the folders only if i tick a few times on uesr folder and go all the path \\user\xxx\xxxx\xxx and then get to it.
How can i make shared folders seen directly next to user folder in the network explorer?
thanks!

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I've placed two computers in a homegroup. Computer 1 can access Computer 2's shared folders, however, Computer 2 cannot access Computer 1's shared folders. When attempting to access the shared folders (with read/write permissions), I get the spinning wheel and then it just eventually says 1 item selected at the bottom of the explorer window and stops. The folders do not expand.
They're on the same workgroup with no other computers, I read that they should be or something.

Any suggestions?

Edit** okay, nevermind, I got the above problem fixed. I am having an issue now with being able to access the folders now. It says Windows cannot access \\Computer1, blah blah blah.
Before I set up the Homegroup, I had this same issue with being able to access this same computer, from ANY computer in the house, even while they were on the same workgroup, configured with the SAME settings. This computer can access Computer 2s resources on the homework and workgroup.

A:Homegroup folders shared, but will not expand on other computer

Read this, hope it helps. Attachment 164148

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I have a homegroup with several Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. One of them is Windows 7 PC with external My Book that contains several folders I need to share with other computers. I have been able to successfully share two of the folders but no matter what I do I can't get the other two folders to be even visible to other computers. All folders have exactly the same sharing and security options. Is there a limit to the number of folders that can be shared -- I only have 2 and I can't believe that would be the limit

Any suggestions?

A:Shared folders on Windows 7 computer not visible to other computers

  
Quote: Originally Posted by AncientDragon


I have a homegroup with several Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. One of them is Windows 7 PC with external My Book that contains several folders I need to share with other computers. I have been able to successfully share two of the folders but no matter what I do I can't get the other two folders to be even visible to other computers. All folders have exactly the same sharing and security options. Is there a limit to the number of folders that can be shared -- I only have 2 and I can't believe that would be the limit

Any suggestions?


Have you tried adding the folders of the drive to a shared Library? There isn't a limit of two folders.

Library - Include a Folder

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The HomeGroup shares have been a recurring issue that I haven't been able to solve, but the really perplexing one is the shared folder issue which just cropped up. Some of my shared folders still work, but e, g and h (music and video respectively) for some reason spit back "Access Denied" on all of the other computers in my house, this is in spite of the fact that Permissions on them are set to Full Control for Everyone. Any suggestions?

With regards to HomeGroup shares, they simply don't show up no matter what I do, I'd like to fix that one too, but I'm not sure what I can do to fix that.
EDIT: Got the shares fixed, HomeGroup still stumping me.

A:Cannot access shared folders or HomeGroup shares on this computer

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Stormkitty


The HomeGroup shares have been a recurring issue that I haven't been able to solve, but the really perplexing one is the shared folder issue which just cropped up. Some of my shared folders still work, but e, g and h (music and video respectively) for some reason spit back "Access Denied" on all of the other computers in my house, this is in spite of the fact that Permissions on them are set to Full Control for Everyone. Any suggestions?

With regards to HomeGroup shares, they simply don't show up no matter what I do, I'd like to fix that one too, but I'm not sure what I can do to fix that.


EDIT: Got the shares fixed, HomeGroup still stumping me.


The link below should help you with the Homegroup problem.
Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 HomeGroup Connection Issues

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Hi,
hopefully this is an easy one. I recently purchased an external Seagate drive and added it to one of the PCs on our network and shared some folders on it. However, whenever the external drive is powered down it seems that the shared status of the folders is lost and has to be shared again. This is most tedious...
Any suggestions?
Kind regards,
Jonathan
 

A:Solved: shared folders on external drive do not stay shared

Is this one solved?
 

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I got a trojan the other day that installed a spyware program called Spy Sheriff. There was much cursing and swearing, but after my trusty version of AntiVir as well as a plethora of spyware programs I managed to clean the system of all viruses and spyware as far as I know.

My troubles didn't end for long. Next I got a (fairly common) problem where it says "services.exe has caused an error. Error code 203. Rebooting your computer in 1 minute" or something along those lines. I googled a bit and found that this is often associated with registry keys not matching your actual network setup. Anyhow, I ran a registry cleaner program and THAT problem seemed to go away.

Now however, my network is all messed up.

My setup is as follows: Two home computers plugged into a router that is hooked up to my DSL modem. One computer is called Office, the other is called Bedroom.

The printer is hooked up to Office, and is shared. Both computers have a few shared folders that the other can access.

After I ran the cleaner, Bedroom is no longer visible on the network. Office can't see it in the workgroup, and I can't access any shared folders. I CAN ping both computers using the IP addresses, but each computer can't ping the other using the computer's name. Each computer can ping itself using both its own IP and name.

Here's an interesting thing I just found too; when I open my computer as it should appear on the network by typing \\Bedroom\ into the ad... Read more

A:After a virus, unable to access a computer's shared folders over the network

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I lost my ability to access my shared folders on my network computer. My setup; my main computer an Acer desktop running Win 7 64 bit. My second a Windows XP computer.

My problem; I can no longer access my shared folders on my XP computer. I had a couple of folders on my XP system set as shared and I had no problems accessing them from my Win 7 system until now. I even had the folders mapped to their own drive letters. And I had no problem sharing my printer over my network.

I've had this setup for about four years now and all of a sudden it just vanished. From my Windows explorer, in Windows 7 I disconnected the mapped drives to see if I could clear it out but nothing. I also noticed I couldn't enable the "Turn on network discovery" in the Advanced Sharing Settings in the Network and Sharing Centre.

I searched online but kept coming up with the same answers. Mainly make sure the following services where enabled:

- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper service
- DNS Client
- Function Discovery Resource Publication
- SSDP Discovery
- UPnP Device Host

The only two that where not enabled where the last to SSDP Discovery and UPnP Device Host, because as long as I can remember the main consensus online was that these two services where BAD.

So I always disable both of these things with every computer I've ever had including this one. All these years and now all of a sudden I can't seem to do without them. No wonder people believe Microsoft is sabo... Read more

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Hi,
I work for a firm where we are heavily reliant on an Excel Shared Workbook.
We've always had problems with it, but have managed to fix these issues by using the Computer Management tool to remove users who are locking the file.

Recently however, the Computer Management isn't displaying users correctly.
For example, this morning I went to Computer Management > Shared Folders > Open Files to check who was locking the file and it only displayed one user. I looked around the office and could see at least another 5 people with this file open, including
myself, however our names were not displaying in the Open Files screen.

Can anyone help me understand why the Computer Management has stopped showing all of the users connected to the file?

Thanks,
Chris

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I have an Android tablet and my PC running Windows 7 Pro. I am using ES File Explorer on Android to see shared folders.

I added some folders to the Music/Picture/Video libraries and shared them in a homegroup. I tried to make the homegroup not need a password and it'll let me access my PC from my tablet and view the root folders but as soon as I tried to access a folder (Music) it'll say permissions aren't available. It will work if I set a password and login with my account.

The second issue is that I'm seeing folders that I don't want to see. I can see a ADMIN$ folder (which is C:\WINDOWS), C$, D$, E$ (the HDDs), IPC$, print$, User. As well as Music, Pictures, Videos from the library. The folders in bold aren't shared so I don't know why I'm seeing them.

The last issue is that a folder (a whole drive actually) isn't being shared. I included the whole E: Drive in the Videos folder but it won't show up in the Video folder from the tablet. However if I include a folder from within the E: Drive then it will show up. Can I not include the root of a drive in a library? I mean it works on the PC.

A:Non-shared folders showing up and shared folders not

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Cyborg31


I have an Android tablet and my PC running Windows 7 Pro. I am using ES File Explorer on Android to see shared folders.

I added some folders to the Music/Picture/Video libraries and shared them in a homegroup. I tried to make the homegroup not need a password and it'll let me access my PC from my tablet and view the root folders but as soon as I tried to access a folder (Music) it'll say permissions aren't available. It will work if I set a password and login with my account.

The second issue is that I'm seeing folders that I don't want to see. I can see a ADMIN$ folder (which is C:\WINDOWS), C$, D$, E$ (the HDDs), IPC$, print$, User. As well as Music, Pictures, Videos from the library. The folders in bold aren't shared so I don't know why I'm seeing them.

The last issue is that a folder (a whole drive actually) isn't being shared. I included the whole E: Drive in the Videos folder but it won't show up in the Video folder from the tablet. However if I include a folder from within the E: Drive then it will show up. Can I not include the root of a drive in a library? I mean it works on the PC.


Homegroups aren't made to work with other systems besides Windows 7 or Windows 8, this is why you can't access the library's.

You should leave the Homegroup from your Windows 7 machine then set up a standard Workgroup instead.

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We are a small company.  We are running six windows 8 computers.  Our secretary works from home, the rest of us are in the same office.   


The Admin Computer stores all of our work files within a folder called 'casework' (about 400GB).   The 'casework' folder is shared on the office network.  This 'casework' folder is also synced by Google Drive. 


When our secretary works on her home computer and makes a new file, e.g. letterV2, the new file downloads to our 'casework' folder to the Admin Computer here at the office.  However, the new file cannot been seen on our other computers over the office
network.

The newly created files are not shared to 'everyone' unless I un-share 'casework' from the network and then share 'casework' again. 


The problem seems to be that the new files added by Google Drive are not inheriting the permissions of the 'casework' folder. 


There are no options to change in Google Drive.  Is this a Windows8 problem? Will Windows10 have a fix for this? Are there any work arounds? Does our secretary need to work at the office?

Yours Hopefully

Matt

A:New files downloaded from cloud storage into shared folders don't inherit shared permissions for "Everyone"

may I know how that work case folder sync with google drive?

I suggest you contact Google drive first, we have limitation information regarding this product.

You can proof that there is no issue for sharing folder within your office network
I think that's not how online share drive work, unless your secretary can join your office network trough internet
http://www.howtogeek.com/196435/how-to-share-files-and-folders-from-your-cloud-storage-folder/
this is the example, you can ask your secretary to send file trough share drive and assign 1 admin to sync and send it to your case work folder
But maybe you will be interested with Office 365
https://products.office.com/en-us/business/compare-office-365-for-business-plans

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First: THANK YOU to anyone who can help with this.

System: Dell Latitude e6500, Core 2 Duo 8400, 4 Gb Ram, E-dock, 2 Dell 19" LCD, Fedex Dropped it off Friday.

Software: XP SP3, Office 2003, Adobe Acrobat, HP OfficeJet l7780 Drivers [[Had Eset Smart Security installed, but uninstalled it while trying to figure out this problem ]]

Have a Dell Precision M65 also connected to Linksys WRG54 Router.


So, here's the situation.

I want to share desktop and my documents of the e6500 so that they're available to other users connected through the Linksys Network.

To do this I navigate to
C-docs and settings-e6500-desktop
and
C-docs and settings-e6500-My Documents
and right click and set up sharing.

Once I've done this I get on the M65 and Map Network Drive and browse to e6500 and map X for my documents and Y for desktop and everything is good. The sky is blue, the birds are singing, etc. etc. etc.

Then I restart the e6500 and it ""forgets"" that the folders were shared.

So far I've tried spitting, cursing, shouting, crying, begging, and the following:

I've uninstalled Eset to see if it was blocking for security, but nothing changed.

I turned off windows firewall, but it automatically turns back on when i reboot.

I rebooted into safe mode and set the sharing properties, which held the first time booting back into windows, but not after the 2nd restart.

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hi, when i first installed win8, and went into windows explorer, i had a lot of folders in under This PC folder structure.

i managed to hide a lot of them so it looks neater, but have forgotten how i did it.

at the moment my structure is.

This PC
-Desktop
-Documents
-Downloads
-E:\
-Pictures
-Videos
-Local Disk C
-Local Disk E

so what i have there is a folder called E:\ and a Local Disk E.
they both have the same files and folders in them.

my question is, how do i hide the folder E:\

A:hiding folders in MY PC.

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Hi everyone, I'v got harddrive formated as FAT32 with Win 2K. Is it possible in Win2k to hide a folder from view but still be able to access the files in the folder through a shortcut?

Basically, I want to store the back-end part of an Access database in a hidden folder(hopefully preventing copying), have a shortcut to it on the desktop, and read/write to the database. I can do this using a program called FolderGuard but maybe I don't need to use that program.

Thanks for any help.
 

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Is there a way to specifically hide only those annoying "Access is Denied" junction "folders" in the explorer directory without blocking all the other important, useful or deleterious hidden files that I would actually want to know are on my system?

A:Hiding Junction Folders

Originally Posted by Otkon


Is there a way to specifically hide only those annoying "Access is Denied" junction "folders" in the explorer directory without blocking all the other important, useful or deleterious hidden files that I would actually want to know are on my system?



The only way that I'm aware of is to turn off the display of hidden files and folders, but that turns off the display for all of them, not just a specific set.

You should consider doing that, bearing in fmind that hidden system files are hidden for a reason - and that is to protect them of accidental deletion, which could result in system instability or failure.

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I had to format and re-install over the weekend (see Broadband collapsed2). so i copied all important files (Documents/programs etc) off system drive to another partition before i fomatted in the hope that i would not have to reload programs etc.

However after re-install the new folder is hidden and inaccesible. I have been able to unhide it but it is still innaccesible. Is there a way in?
 

A:Un hiding hidden folders

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I recently upgraded my system from Win XPPro to Win 7 Ultimate. My system runs smoothly except this weird thing I hardly don't understand. When I go to "My Computer" all the partitions created with the former OS are visible. Free spaces and Used spaces are visible as well, but when I open one of the partitions i.e. (D partition, it says: "This Folder is empty" and why NOT "Partition?" ... I do remember a folder named "MP3s" I stored before. I tried to see if it appears by going to the address bar and typed D:\MP3s, the MP3 files appeared but not the folder named "MP3s" itself.

How to make those folders and files be visible? Win 7 prodigies, Please help

Thank you in advance

A:Files & Folders Gone Hiding

I've done many re-installs and my OS has always recognized the other partitions on the computer just fine. This may be an artifact of upgrading from XP. Did you do a clean install or an upgrade? Also, are your partitions formatted differently, like one being FAT32 and the other NTFS?

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Okay, so maybe I'm just over thinking here, but say you hide a file, sure you can access it through changing the folder options from show to do not show. But the problem is so can anyone else, so whats the point of hiding stuff unless you're hiding it from someone who is a novice at windows 7. My main goal here, is to have a folder, which is password protected, and have it filled with things that can not be accessed through any means other than entering the correct password and therefore entering the folder. I basically want it to be completely impossible for someone to access the contents of the folder without the password. Thank you in advance.

A:Hiding Folders/Files

The purpose of hiding files/folders is to like you said, stop people seeing them or to make things look a little tidier.

If you want to password protect a folder read #Post 20, last post on this thread

These tutorials may also help:
File and Folder - Add "Hide" and "Unhide" to Context Menu
Show - Hide Hidden Files - Add to Context Menu
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

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I applied the hidden attribute on some image files, after some time when i need to un-hide those files, i followed the usual process by going Tools > Folder Options > View > Show Hidden Files. But the files didn't appear. I again went for the above process and i saw the option i selected last time (Show hidden files) is not selected rather, the Don't show hidden files option was selected. I repeat the process but all in vain, the option doesn't change there and the files are not showing.
Please help me in this.
 

A:Un-hiding files/folders in winXP

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I notice when I save my edited video to my video folder they will show along with all the video icon blank pages usully title after what i named the video along with 'Index File" 'AVI.Index File' or a 'SCN File'. Im sure they are important but they sure clutter up the folder. Is there a way to hide these kinds of files or documents?

A:Hiding Documents and files in folders

If these are created by an editing program such as Vegas, SoundForge, or some other program, you can try setting them as "Hidden Files" but that may either muck up opening the files in the editor or alternatively, create a duplicate that isn't hidden, in which case you'd end up back at square one.

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In the navigation pane of Outlook 2003 I have personal folders and archive folders.

Is it possible to remove or hide the archive folders. I can not remember the last time I needed information from any of those folders.

Thank you
 

A:Hiding archive folders in navigation pane

Archive Folder Options are found here:

Tools>Options>Other (Tab)>Auto Archive (button)>Show archive folder in folder list (check box).
 

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Hello,

I recently had a problem where my jump lists stopped working. The solution I found on a blog site was to navigate to the folder c:\Users\username\Recent\automaticDestinations\ and delete the entire contents of this folder. What is funny about this folder, though, is that it's invisible in windows explorer. You would never even know that it's there---not even if you have "show hidden files," etc. turned on. You have to actually type this path into the location bar to view its contents.

After thinking about it for a while, I am sure I have encountered a similar thing at least once before, when I had to solve a ticket at work dealing with MS Outlook. I forget the details, but basically it was an invisible folder that you couldn't get to unless you knew it was there and manually typed it into the location bar.

This folder also will show up with a "dir" command from a command prompt. Looking at the attributes, it does not appear to be flagged as system or hidden. What is the mechanism at work here, then? Why wasn't it good enough to just flag the folder as hidden? Makes me wonder what other secrets are hiding deep in the jungle of the Windows 7 user profile, or in other places. And I would prefer to not have to "dir" my entire drive just to know that this stuff exists; I would much rather have it just show up in explorer, especially since I specifically turned off all the "hide stuff" options.

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A:Invisible files/folders -- what's Windows hiding?

That would be because that is not the actual location of the file but just a link to it - the actual location being -

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\windows\recent\automaticdestinations\

and this applies to many other files too.

If you have CCleaner installed (possibly with added items) then ticking 'More Recent Items' (Applications - Windows) will show where these items are actually located.



Correction: Although the location is as above these appear to be superhidden files and although I managed to see the Custom Destinations folder in Explorer it seems to vanish and not be available coyly hiding - no sign of the Automatic Destinations folder! Not sure how one would ever know about these files as you commented. Apologies.

If you are really paranoid then using something like Directory Snoop will enable you to see all these hidden files but it might take quite a while to locate them all and to understand their purpose.



ps If you navigate to the actual location and right click then you can clear both of these Recent folders - assuming in admin mode.

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Hi, all

I am looking for a software for files and folders hiding/locking.
What can you tell about Folder Lock
(http://www.newsoftwares.net) and Folder Castle (http://www.magneticsoft.com)?
Folder Lock imho has the confused interface and problems at work under Vista.
Folder Castle has all features which I need and it works under Vista.

Thanks.
 

A:Looking for a software for files and folders hiding/locking

If you happen to be using Ultimate, BitLocker is built right into Vista.

In general I trust no other than TrueCrypt http://www.truecrypt.org/.
 

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To all experts,

I have very peculiar trouble in my Windows 10 Photo App. I don't want my Photo App displaying (keep watch) on these folders. So I exclude them by going to settings (see picture). But then after restarting my pc or after a while they keep coming back automatically. How to solve this?

Thank You

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Stop Win7 assigning my folders to its own special ones

Hi. This is a year-old Win7 Pro PC that gets very heavy home office use. Just yesterday I noticed that 2 top-level folders I created long ago no longer appear in the Explorer view of folders under C:\.

In each case, if I explicitly enter the folder's path in the address bar (or the Run dialog), the folder content displays, but the address bar reads, for example, Computer - OS (C) - My Pictures. (The title bar shows the path, but the address bar is beating its own drum.) Another folder has now suddenly been declared My Music. And while these folders do contain lots of pictures and music, respectively, they have other stuff in them too, and I don't want Windows to apply its heavy-handed classifications. Strangest thing is, I'm certain the My Pictures and My Music folders were located elsewhere until yesterday.

If I go up one level from either folder (to C), the folder's name & icon are not shown in the list of other top-level folders. That is, I can't cursor down to it and hit Enter to open, as I can with dozens of others.

I've never used, nor liked being cajoled into using, Microsoft's array of "My XXXX" folders, nor am I partial to the recently birthed "libraries" concept. I have my own carefully designed folder hierarchy, and must work in it at great speed, so short paths and quick keyboard access are critical. I deliberately name certain folders toward the top of the alphabet, so scro... Read more

A:Stop Win7 reassigning (and half-hiding) my folders

If the location of My Picture or My whatever has changed it is because something told Windows to change those locations, it will not do it of it own accord something has had to configure Windows in that regard.

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hello,

is there a way to hide the users folders that are shown in the windows explorer dropbox menu in the file/open dialog box?
thanks

A:hiding users folders from windows explorer dropbox

You can use the info in this url:

[Tips] Tweak and Customize Windows 8.1 Explorer ?This PC? - AskVG

Worked for me.

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Hello!

I Have a search engine redirect and background audio ads virus (and i had a hidden folders problem) on my Windows 7 comp. Affecting IE and firefox with the redirect problem and audio ads that I can't stop!

I have been trying not to bother you nice helpful people with this and just follow other instructions but it seems this one is a tricky bugger! Unfortunately I can not go on any longer trying to resolve this issue myself without help.

I have a Spanish laptop (one of the reasons for getting the virus in the first place!) and it's driving me nuts! All the files for Win7 and the virus should be named the same (I'm hoping) but anyway, I have tried the following:
Manual removal via lots of different guides:
My drivers\etc\hosts file seems to be an example host file and not the real deal? In one manual removal guide it advised to delete it, so I did but that didn't seem to halt anything.
all my TCP\IP settings are correct
TDSS in 'No plug and play devices' in system drivers
MSconfig stopping unknown or dodgy startups
Booting in safemode and running the following anti V's

TDSS killer (the symptoms are similar to this apparently but I can't find any of the TDSSxxx.sys etc files)
hitman 3 (apparently on one thread it was fixing everyones at the end.... not mine )
hijack this,
spybot S&D(had tea timer on at time of virus not sure how it got past...)
malware bytes
combifix (I notice on this forum ... Read more

A:Search engine redirect, audio ads and hiding of all folders....

Hello,Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at step 6.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it ==>HERE<== Since you have run ComboFix, please include the ComboFix log in the new topic. Please be sure to include a description of your computer issues and what you have done to try to resolve them.If you cannot produce any of the other logs, then please create the new topic anyway, include the information that you were unable to produce the other logs and why and include the ComboFix log along with a description of your computer issues.Orange Blossom

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Hello there.

I've been a horrible home user of Windows for years --- my policy has consistently been to just be Administrator all day, every day, install random stuff, never uninstall anything, never question the origin of that questionable ".exe", etc...

So I formatted and am taking a new approach --- I will never log in as Administrator except to do administrative stuff like install software and upgrade drivers. I will use a Standard account for myself for everything else from playing games to organizing my music.

What I want to do, though, that I can't figure out, is basically lock my Standard user account down so it can't even possibly mistakenly do something administrative. I wish to be strict on myself, if for no other reason than to get me to stop working at 120 mph and THINK before I take an action that could potentially do more harm than good.

That being said, I basically figured out some basic functions of MMC and the idea of group policies. But I already found something that bothers me that I can't seem to fix:

As Administrator, I downloaded a program called CPU-Z to do some hardware stuff. I do not want this program to be visible to any Standard account in any way, period. Yet, when I log out, and log in as a Standard user, there it is, right in the Start Menu.

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A:UAC, hiding folders, creating a secure and safe Win 7 environment

Click the start orb and then right click on "All Programs". You should see Open and Open All Users.
"Open All Users" is the start menu everybody See's.
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
"Open" is the start menu for that logged in user. For example mine is
C:\Users\Kerry\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.
I do believe what is in there only shows up in the start menu when I'm logged on. You could try putting that app in C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.
Even if you do that though anybody could still run it by finding its folder in explorer and running the exe file.

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Basically, i was trying to look for my AppData file in my Vista computer. But i couldn't find it. So i thought it may be hidden, so i right clicked and ticked hidden and a process went about pretty much hiding everything i had. So after realising this i unhid everything and MOST of my things came back. My documents were still there thankfully but alot of things weren't.

Also, my "Users" folder has completely dissapeared. It is non existant.

Also, my quick toolbar at the bottom left next to the start button is also gone.
As with my Network folder and everything

Basically, i don't know if everything is hidden or is just completely reset or something.

I don't know if you need my specs but im not thinking straight right now.

Thanks

EDIT: Okay, i think i got my users folder back from hidden status. And a bunch of other stuff. My quick launch doesn't have the "show desktop" icon anymore which i found useful.

A:Hiding my folders caused my "Users" file to dissapear.

Have you gone to Start>Control panel>Taskbar and Start menu, and looked for it there?

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Hi

I've got an annoying problem with my small office network. There are 3 PCs on the local network and we share files. Usually (but not always) if you are in one of the shared folders and you want to create a new folder, once you've right-clicked and created the new folder, you need to navigate away and back again in order to actually see it. This also happens when re-naming the folder.

To be clear this is what happens:

Right click, select 'create new folder'

Nothing appears

Use back and forward buttons

New Folder now visible

Rename folder, but it reverts to being called New Folder

Use back and forward buttons

Folder now appears with the new name.

Two PCs are using XP and one Vista, it happens ot all of them. Only happens with shared folders.

Any ideas how to fix this?

Many thanks

ElCani
 

A:New folders don't appear in shared files/folders

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I have some sort of what I assume is malware taking up ~30GB of space on my hard drive. Every time I locate the folder it's in, which is visible, the folder disappears and comes up under a new name. First it was under 'DigitalLocker' and then it was under 'Globalization'. I figure there's no point in trying to just delete it because it will just hide itself and show up again somewhere else.

This is my dad's computer and I had assumed at first that the 30GB file was just the Google Drive he'd downloaded syncing loads of stuff onto the computer. That made sense until the file renamed itself. It's like it's trying to hide from me. What can I do to get rid of it? My dad doesn't want to try deleting the file in case it's 'important data' (nothing important on this computer actually but... eh... whatever makes him happy)

Update: Okay we tried deleting the file. Didn't work. Sent file to recycle bin and then cleared recycle bin but the 30GB is still being used by SOMETHING.

A:Malware/Virus hiding in folders it makes for itself with random names

Welcome to the forum, Dragon Girl !

Please use the Farbar Recovery Scan Tool.
Download: Farbar Recovery Scan Tool Download
Select the version that applies to your system.
Save it to your Desktop.
Double-click the downloaded file to run it.

When the tool opens, click Yes to the disclaimer.
Press the Scan button.

When done, the tool makes a log, FRST.txt, in the same directory from which the tool is run (Desktop).

Please provide the FRST.txt in your reply.

The first time the tool is run, it also creates another log: Addition.txt
Also post the Addition.txt in your reply.

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Hi,

My computer shows html files as well as their associate folders. It moves them as a team, but I want to hide the folders containing html elements. As they clutter up the place and create problems while copying, searching etc. I could not locate folder options in Control Panel. Its just not there. I could not find any options in menu of My Computer or any of the folders.

My machine is HP Pavilion laptop running Windows Home XP.

Can anyone help? Thanks in advance, Ashwin
 

A:Hiding html element folders (XP home/Hp Pavilion dv4000 laptop)

There are commercial products that do what you want:

http://www.hide-folders-xp.com/
 

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I have three computers all Win 7 Home Premium and sharing (Homegroup). Side not I also had them sharing with out Homegroup and still same issue. Also This occurs regardless if PC3 is connected via wire or wireless. Additional notes AV was also disable to rule out. That is the only thing running on PC3 and nothing is running background wise on PC1 or PC2.

PC1 can easily view contents of Shared PC2 instantly.

PC2 can easily view contents of Shared PC1 instantly.

PC3 can easily view contents of Shared PC1 & PC2 instantly.

PC1 & PC2 can not view contents of Shared PC3 instantly; it takes approximately 35 seconds to view contents of main shared folder and same for each additional sub-folder. Also if copying a file initially it takes awhile before it starts and then stars off slow around 585KB/s copying over from PC1 or PC2 to PC3 before it jumps up to around 10MB/s+. However if I copy the same file from PC3 to PC1 or PC2 no speed issues what so ever. Speeds actually get well up into 70MB/s.

Any thoughts?

A:Clicking on Shared Computer is very slow to view shared contents.

Set all your pc's as in this pdf. File Sharing Settings.pdf

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 991 Mb
Graphics Card: S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR, 32 Mb
Hard Drives: D: Total - 32239 MB, Free - 7176 MB; E: Total - 8008 MB, Free - 1457 MB; H: Total - 11057 MB, Free - 5162 MB; X: Total - 206232 MB, Free - 179637 MB;
Motherboard: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD, P4M266-8233
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Problem setting-up a LAN

We have two desk-top PCs both running XP, and I want to set-up file sharing and printer sharing between them.

Each PC is connected by ethernet cable to ports on a router/modem which connects to the phone line for e-mails and Internet, both of which work well on each PC via ADSL.

I have used the Network Set-up Wizard on each PC to create a workgroup named MSHOME.

The two PCs are named “Mike” and “Ec7731a00256430” and the names on the network are Mike’s PC and Maggie’s PC respectively.

On Mike’s PC, My Network Places shows the folders that have been set-up for sharing on both Mike’s PC and Maggie’s PC.

On Maggie’s PC, My Network Places shows only the Router name (ADE-4400) – no folders from either Maggie or Mike.

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A:LAN - some shared folders are not seen

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Can someone please help me before I go Mad!
I have recently had some problems with my wireless router and connecting to it from my laptop. I have followed instructions on resetting winsock, tcp/ip etc which has resolved my connection issues. Only thing now is my shared folders are screwed up.
My setup is netgear wireless modem router, desktop pc running xp connected directly to router. Laptop on xp connected wireless to router. Everything was working fine, shared folders/printer etc but now I cannot see the desktop shared folders on my laptop although I can see the laptop shared folders on the desktop pc??!!! I have tried disabling firewalls/setting up home network wizards but nothing works. I can even transfer files from desktop to laptop so connection is there but cannot go other way.
Apologies if this is a repetitive help request but this is driving me mental...

Help would be appreciated.
 

A:shared folders

The following referenced thread has a list of troubleshooting steps, and pointers to three more possible applicable threads:

http://forums.techguy.org/t370700.html
 

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Hi everyone, when i share one of my folders, a hand appears under the icon. Is there a way to keep the folder shared but without the hand?

A:Shared Folders

hi, welcome to forum. This can be done, but firstly make sure you make a system restore, go to start, all programs, accessories, system tools and choose system restore. Make a restore point.

Ok no
1) Click start then run and type regedit
2) expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT by click the plss sign
3) go down to network, half way down
4) expand network
5) click shared handler

Now to the right you will see something called defaul, double click it, and it should have a text saying "ntshrui.dll"
Change this to "blank"
click ok exit regedit. REstart pc, and you should be done.

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I have a fairly typical LAN with 3 computers using XP and each have shared folders. The router is a WRT54G with DD-WRT but I doubt that has any impact. Using any OS except W7, those shares can be seen and accessed without a problem. In W7 beta (build 7000 I believe) i never had a single problem, this only happened when I upgraded (fresh clean install) of W7 RC 7100. This problem is happening on both a Laptop and Desktop, wired or wireless.
I have checked over the services to make sure the related services are running (there were a few that were not)...
It does see and able to print to my wireless printer (Lexmark X4550), and sees my wireless music player (Linksys WML11B), but no other computers. I have tried by IP (192.168.1.x), computer name (//screwballlXP3000), computer name plus exact folder (//screwballlXP3000/Movies), and it just refuses to see any network shared folders. I have tried it with the Windows firewall on and off, I have tried it with and without the Comodo software firewall which leads me to believe it is within W7 itself. Plus add in that I get this both on my laptop and my desktop, that definitely points to the OS. When I have both the laptop and desktop loaded with W7, they cannot even see each other without HomeGroup...

The real kicker was that I never had a problem using the first publicly available Windows 7 beta, it was only after I started using the RC 7100 that this happened.
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A:W7 - XP shared folders

this is needed, try this

Download details: Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder (KB922120)


[edit] and if you have any FAT32 drives with shares, you may need this : Download details: Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks

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I want too do shared folders on my Windows Messenger Live, but, and i quote 'Your computer does not support shared folders' Help?
 

A:Shared Folders

See if anything on this page helps.
 

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How do I access shared folders on the same pc from a different user?
 

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