Invisible files



Deemer
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
I seem to have a computer within my computer.

I have a whole set of files that do not appear in Windows Explore.
Although, via tools, I have checked that I want all files to show, I have a
whole set of files--including my mail program--that are located in an
invisible file titled "appli~1". Most of the programs shown further up on
the tree are re-listed in this file.

I cannot access subfiles in this section via explore or via search. The
only way I can get to it is to right click on an E-mail attachment and click
"explore attachment".
Doing this shows me that my E-mail (Eudora) attach file is several levels
down under the "appli~1" file and the "appli~1" file is located on the same
level and right below my "Windows" file in Explore. But when I open Explore
this file does not exist. When I search computer they don’t exist. When I
*.mbx to find my E-mail mailboxes, they are not found.

“Windows” is the last file listed under “local disc C “ when I open explore.
But when I explore attachment from E-mail, the Explore screen that opens
shows that there are other files after “Windows”. One is “appli~1” and the
other is “doc~1”. Each have hundreds of files and many appear to be
duplicates of what is above under c\docs and settings.

Is this how it’s supposed to be? If so, how can I find files in this
invisible section of explore?

Sharon F
07-09-2005, 11:57 PM
On Thu, 2 Jun 2005 19:49:18 -0700, Deemer wrote:

> I seem to have a computer within my computer.
>
> I have a whole set of files that do not appear in Windows Explore.
> Although, via tools, I have checked that I want all files to show, I have a
> whole set of files--including my mail program--that are located in an
> invisible file titled "appli~1". Most of the programs shown further up on
> the tree are re-listed in this file.
>
> I cannot access subfiles in this section via explore or via search. The
> only way I can get to it is to right click on an E-mail attachment and click
> "explore attachment".
> Doing this shows me that my E-mail (Eudora) attach file is several levels
> down under the "appli~1" file and the "appli~1" file is located on the same
> level and right below my "Windows" file in Explore. But when I open Explore
> this file does not exist. When I search computer they dont exist. When I
> *.mbx to find my E-mail mailboxes, they are not found.
>
> Windows is the last file listed under local disc C when I open explore.
> But when I explore attachment from E-mail, the Explore screen that opens
> shows that there are other files after Windows. One is appli~1 and the
> other is doc~1. Each have hundreds of files and many appear to be
> duplicates of what is above under c\docs and settings.
>
> Is this how its supposed to be? If so, how can I find files in this
> invisible section of explore?

There are at least two "Application Data" folders under your user account.
The short name for those folders would be seen as "appli~1"

In Folder Options> View, you have selected to show hidden files and
folders. You also need to remove the check next to "hide system protected
files." Then using Explorer, navigate to
..\Documents and Settings\<your user name>\Application Data\
and to
..\Documents and Settings\<your user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\

In both of these locations there will be folders for various applications.
The folders hold various data files - sometimes settings, often user data
files that were created with each application. I suspect that some of the
files and folders that you are looking for are stored in these locations.

--
Sharon F
MS-MVP ~ Windows Shell/User


Invisible files