By default in Windows Vista all system files and folders are hidden as in previous versions of Windows. The difference is the typical menu is not at the top of Windows Explorer so how you might be used to turning on hidden files and folders might seem harder than it was before. Actually its exactly the same and if you follow the instructions below you will see all files and folders in no time.

  1. Open My Computer: Click the Windows icon in the lower left hand corner of Vista, scroll up to the right, and click Computer.
  2. Display Old File Menu: With the Computer window open and active click the Alt button on your keyboard. You should see the old File menu display at the top of the Computer window.
  3. Open Folder Options: Now click File in the new menu that has appeared, scroll down, and click on Folder Options.
  4. Choose Options: Click the view tab and select the options you want to change. To display all files and folders as well as hidden file extensions follow these three steps.
    * Under the “Hidden Files and Folders” sub menu move the radial button to “Show Hidden Files and Folders”
    * Uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”
    * Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”
  5. Save and Apply: Now click the Apply button in the bottom right corner of this window followed by clicking the Apply to Folders button near the top left to apply the new options to all folders. Note that changes will not affect currently open folders but will start working for any folders opened after it has been applied to all folders.
  6. Test: Now close all of your currently open windows and then begin to navigate your Users directory. If no changes had previously been made you should not have been able to see the AppData directory that was in C:\Users\YourUserName\ but it should now be visible.

Thats all that needs to be done. These changes should not have to be set more than once unless you specifically change them back. Now all files and folders are viewable in Windows Vista. You should also be able to view all file extensions now which I find much mo0re useful than hiding the so called known file types.

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11 Responses to “Cannot See AppData Folder In Vista, Unhide All Files and Folders in Vista”
  1. vincent says:

    I have properly used these settings, yet no AppData folder is visible. =(

    Thanks
    HolyStrokes.com

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    alex Reply:

    Did you apply to all folders? Also make sure to close all open windows and then navigate back to them.

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  2. Dennis says:

    When I am at the point where I want to select “properties” – that option is greyed out. What do I do?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Dennis,

    Not sure what step you are talking about. Could you list specifically what steps you have taken and where *properties is greyed out?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  3. Sam says:

    Um i got the same problem as Dennis but if you read the title:#

    Cannot See AppData Folder In VISTA…

    And vista doesn’t have my computer… it has Computer nor does it have folder propertys!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Sam,

    The AppData folder is there is you enable viewing System Files & Folders. Also My Computer is technically the same as Computer and its actually “Properties” not “propertys”.

    You do understand that all of the articles we write on this site we do it in our free time and for $0. I am glad you have the time to pick apart the article with bad English.

    Regardless good luck to you.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Sam Reply:

    First off, Bad english? Well sorry for making 1 simple typo!!! I’m only 13 for goodness sake plus the artical is horrible incorrect as it seems that this strategy doesn’t work. YOu obviously can’t help people with this but i think i may know a way to open the appdata folder then you can add it to your links.

    1) Press and hold the windows button, then press the “r” on your keyboard
    2)When you have done that a small box will apear. This aplication or program alows you to run or find programs and software by typing in certain things. To find appdata you must simply say this into it.

    Type: %appdata%

    Now hit enter or click ok. The box will close and windows explorer will open and the file appdata will be visable. If the folder roaming is visable don’t panic! Just go to the top bar
    (with address of folder in) and go back to appdata…

    Hope this helps…

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Sam,

    The steps in the article are what worked for me when this article was written which is why I wrote the article in the first place. We appreciate you taking the time to note what worked for you.

    At such a young age maybe you should not be online at 4:29AM. :)

    As for not helping people… I will let the site speak for itself. Millions of people have used the information from the site and you are only the second to respond in any sort of negative manner. Once you have some actual life under your belt you will appreciate our efforts more.

    Merry Christmas.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Sam Reply:

    Well thanks for being cooperative, i shall respect your actions.

    Merry christmas to you to :)

    Oh by the way here (in england) when i posted the comment it was 12:33 P.M .

    Where are you at this time?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Sam,

    We are located in Louisville, KY, USA which is EST. I do work with numerous people in London though so I know how cranky you blokes can be! :) J/K.

    Also thanks again for posting your experience. I am sure others will find it useful as well. Have a great Christmas and New Years.

    Cheers,
    alex

  4. Trevor says:

    Thanks Sam! Worked perfectly. However rather not be an english teacher but a computer expert…..

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