1.    23 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    SW Idaho
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    Windows 7 sp1

    Can't see ProgramData folder


    The ProgramData folder is not displayed in Explorer. I can search for programs that currently exist in this directory but can't access it. Any clues or how to proceed?
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  2.    23 Dec 2015 #2
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    You need to show hidden folders as described here Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives - Show in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Programs are not installed in this directory though - they are normally in "Program Files" and (if you are running 64 bit Windows) "Program Files (x86)".
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  3.    23 Dec 2015 #3
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017

    Hello bobland,

    ProgramData is a hidden system folder, and is not displayed by default.

    If you like, you can type %ProgramData% in Run (Win+R) or the address bar of File Explorer and press Enter to quickly open it.
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  4.    23 Dec 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    SW Idaho
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    Windows 7 sp1
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    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 View Post
    You need to show hidden folders as described here Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives - Show in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Programs are not installed in this directory though - they are normally in "Program Files" and (if you are running 64 bit Windows) "Program Files (x86)".
    I have a number of programs that install to this directory by default...Ableton Live, as an example plus all of my NVidia drivers among others.

    I used the included link to allow viewing of this folder.
    Thanks to all for the quick response and solvable solution.
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  5.    23 Dec 2015 #5
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    Glad we could help.
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  6.    31 Aug 2016 #6
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    windows 10

    I understand this is a solved thread, but this solution works only for the first Administrator account created. On a second Administrator User Account, ProgramData still does not show up. Similar to OP, I have several programs installed there that I want to be accessed by several Users. Thanks.
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  7.    04 Sep 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdumaguina View Post
    I understand this is a solved thread, but this solution works only for the first Administrator account created. On a second Administrator User Account, ProgramData still does not show up. Similar to OP, I have several programs installed there that I want to be accessed by several Users. Thanks.
    You have to repeat the process for each user.

    Alternatively you could make a shortcut for each of the programs you have installed in %programdata% and put it in %programfiles% which is visible to all users by default.
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  8.    14 Nov 2016 #8
    Join Date : Nov 2016
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    win 10

    Quote Originally Posted by bobland View Post
    The ProgramData folder is not displayed in Explorer. I can search for programs that currently exist in this directory but can't access it. Any clues or how to proceed?
    where is my disk1.cab folder?
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