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  1. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 6
    win10
       2 Weeks Ago #1

    Unable to see folder C:\users\all users


    Using win10 - 64bit
    Logged into cmd prompt as admin.
    Cannot see C:\users\all users with the following cmd's

    Folder does not show in normal File Explorer window
    Run TREE cmd and the All Users folder does not show.
    Run DIR cmd for C:\users and All Users does not show
    Run ATTRIB -s -h C:\users and still do not see All User folder appearing. Restart after running ATTRIB cmd, but does not trigger reload of folder.

    BUT, when I
    Run DIR cmd for "C:\users\all users" the folder and files show
    Run ROBOCOPY and the All Users folder and its files transfer.

    Somehow this folder has become hidden and I am unable to unhide or see it.

    Any suggestions?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,073
    Windows 10 Pro
       2 Weeks Ago #2

    Windows does not have a folder All users. It is a link to C:\ProgramData folder, in other words when you run command DIR "C:\Users\All Users", it lists the content of folder C:\ProgramData.

    Kari
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  3. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 6
    win10
       2 Weeks Ago #3

    Thank you for your reply.
    As you can see in this image, "All Users" does exist.
    Also, where do you find C:\ProgramData, as it is not listed on my machine?
    Click image for larger version. 

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  4. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,368
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       2 Weeks Ago #4

    I got a new computer last week and the default setup does not include an All Users Folder. The one in your image shows the All Users Folder is dated a day after you set up your account, could a program you installed have done it for you? You show that All Users Folder inside a _C_Bakup Folder on a different drive [NAS??], it would be my guess that is what happened.

    ProgramData may be Hidden but it usually exists just after the Folders called Program Files and Program Files (x86). Program Files (x86) exists on 64-bit versions of Windows to hold 32-bit programs when they are installed. Program Files exists on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers.
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  5. Joined : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 379
    Windows 10 Pro
       2 Weeks Ago #5

    To show Hidden Files and Folders, in File Explorer go to View put a check box in Hidden Items.
    You then should see C:\Program Data folder
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  6. Joined : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 809
    10 Home x64 (1607), Pro x86 (1511)
       2 Weeks Ago #6

    gypsycomp said: View Post
    As you can see in this image, "All Users" does exist.
    Also, where do you find C:\ProgramData, as it is not listed on my machine?
    There is no 'C:\Users\All Users' folder in my Windows 10 PC (upgraded from 7). There is a hidden shortcut called All Users in C:\Users that points to C:\ProgramData. Checking back on a Windows 7 machine, that too had the same shortcut, not a folder.

    I have to go back to Windows XP to find an actual folder called All Users. It's C:\Documents and Settings\All Users. No doubt this is the reason the shortcut is included in later versions, for backward compatibility with software written in the XP era.

    Your screenshot apparently shows a backup of your C: drive in an X: drive on your router, not the actual C: itself. It is likely that copying C: to C_Backup has followed the shortcut and copied the contents of C:\ProgramData to a folder it has created using the shortcut's name.

    The reason you cannot see C:\ProgramData or the C:\Users\All Users shortcut on your actual C: drive is that you have 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' turned off in File Explorer. To turn it on use File>Options>View in File Explorer.
    Last edited by Bree; 2 Weeks Ago at 02:05.
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  7.    2 Weeks Ago #7

    If you use NTFSLinksView from Nirsoft http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/ntfs_links_view.html You will see that it is a symbolic link to ProgramData.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    The link has both Hidden & System attributes.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 7,145
    All kinds
       2 Weeks Ago #8

    I have it, could be a leftover from W7/8.1 upgrade but it's there in full:
    Click image for larger version. 

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  9.    2 Weeks Ago #9

    CountMike said: View Post
    I have it, could be a leftover from W7/8.1 upgrade but it's there in full:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	allusers1.JPG 
Views:	5 
Size:	127.9 KB 
ID:	110484
    I think you will find that the contents are the ProgramData folder. All you have done is expand the symbolic link.
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  10. Joined : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 7,145
    All kinds
       2 Weeks Ago #10

    You're right, any file that shows in it points to Program Data folder.
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