Windows 10: Unhide Program Data in root folder Solved

  1.    31 Jan 2017 #1

    Unhide Program Data in root folder


    Is it safe to "unhide" the Program Data folder in your windows installation root? I mean; right click, press "properties" and then untick the "hidden" option.

    I've just done it, but got a warning saying it could not do it to all files.
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  2.    31 Jan 2017 #2

    Leave well alone it's set like that for a reason
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  3.    31 Jan 2017 #3

    Samuria said: View Post
    Leave well alone it's set like that for a reason
    Yeah, but I have already done it...so have I messed something up?
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       31 Jan 2017 #4

    MasterChief8810 said: View Post
    Yeah, but I have already done it...so have I messed something up?
    Probably not - changing permissions or ownership would likely mess things up though. Don't do it!

    The error message was because you probably took the default option to apply to this folder and subfolders - some of which you don't have permissions for. You'll get the same message if you try to hide it again.
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  5.    31 Jan 2017 #5

    My Windows 7 ProgramData has been unhid for years, however, I only poke around in it to learn what some programs have stored in there. Just me being nosy
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       31 Jan 2017 #6

    RolandJS said: View Post
    My Windows 7 ProgramData has been unhid for years, however, I only poke around in it to learn what some programs have stored in there. Just me being nosy
    The first thing I do on a new system is to set File Explorer to show extensions, hidden files and system folders. I can be nosey to my heart's content without the need to change anything.
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  7.    31 Jan 2017 #7

    RolandJS said: View Post
    My Windows 7 ProgramData has been unhid for years, however, I only poke around in it to learn what some programs have stored in there. Just me being nosy
    Does that mean unhid like I did or have you just turned on the "show hidden folders and files"?
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  8.    01 Feb 2017 #8

    When you "hide" a file, it's not really hidden. It's just that it has its "hidden flag" set. That flag tells Windows Explorer not to display it.

    You can unhide files and folders ... quite tedious. Or you can instead change your Windows Explorer options. Just tell Explorer that you want to see hidden files. They won't be hidden any more. Not any of them. And you don't have to change any file settings.
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  9.    01 Feb 2017 #9

    margrave55 said: View Post
    When you "hide" a file, it's not really hidden. It's just that it has its "hidden flag" set. That flag tells Windows Explorer not to display it.

    You can unhide files and folders ... quite tedious. Or you can instead change your Windows Explorer options. Just tell Explorer that you want to see hidden files. They won't be hidden any more. Not any of them. And you don't have to change any file settings.
    OK

    So I guess I haven't done anything wrong or broken my system in any way then.

    Thank you all for replying!
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