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    Re: hidden folders and files (XP sp2)

    If any of the software you are using is not written for XP then you may get unpredictable results. It may work or may not. To make changes 'stick' you've got to be logged on using an account with appropriate privileges.

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    hidden folders and files (XP sp2)

    I somehow have gotten into a funny situation. Many of my folders off the C: root have become 'hidden'. That is, some programs cannot see them and cannot use them (though others (i.e. explorer) can and treat them normally). The properties of the folder show the 'hidden' attribute as green, and that can be toggled off, but it doesn't stay off - it becomes hidden again.

    The problem becomes that some programs cannot open data and graphics files via dialogues because they cannot see the files.

    I think - *just think* for no good reason - that it is something I did with copying files using Norton File Manager (still my favorite file manager, despite Symantec taking it over and subsequently killing it). I use power desk pro and this sees the files correctly. Norton doesn't. There is a Microsoft utility for unhiding files, but it doesn't permanently work on these hidden folders.

    Anyone have any idea what is going on here? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

    Thanks Richard

    Further confused and losing my mind. It is the "readonly" attribute which has been changed, and seems excessively sticky, not the "hidden"

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    Re: hidden folders and files (XP sp2)

    You could try changing this using the Attrib command in a command window.

    Start > Run > CMD to get a window
    <code>
    C:
    CD
    ATTRIB -sh *.*
    </code>



    The problem with this is that it will clear the System and Hidden attributes from all files in the folder, and some of these are supposed to be Hidden, so you may want to set the following files back to being Hidden+System (boot.ini, hiberfil.sys, IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS, NTDETECT.COM, ntldr, pagefile.sys). You can do this with the command Attrib +sh

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    Re: hidden folders and files (XP sp2)

    I'm sorry: I corrected my original post because I had said "hidden" but they are in fact marked "readonly". A brief hidden abberation in my head.

    Nevertheless the suggestion doesn't work: you can change attributes through a number of different tools, but the changes don't stick. They come back as read-only each time!

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    Re: hidden folders and files (XP sp2)

    <hr>They come back as read-only each time!
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    They indicate "read-only" with Windows Explorer or Norton File Manager or Powerdesk Pro or all of them? When you are trying to change attributes, are you (as <!profile=joeperez>joeperez<!/profile> noted in <!post=this post,559817>this post<!/post> ) attempting this from an account with administrative privileges?

    Another <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> gem you might try is Attribute Changer .
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    Re: hidden folders and files (XP sp2)

    All of them. And yes, administrator. I'll try the attirbute changer, but have tried one previously (perhaps not this). Thanks R

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    Re: hidden folders and files (XP sp2)

    The read-only attribute for folders does not mean the same thing as for files. See You Cannot View or Change the Read-Only or System Attribute of Folders and also search this forum for prior threads.

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