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I'm using Windows 7 and want to back up some files and it read somewhere that they should be in a folder called "Application Data", but I have no idea where to find this folder!

I tried looking for C:\Users\Ivo\Application Data, but there's nothing there.

So where can I find this folder?

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To show the AppData folder:

  • Launch Windows Explorer and choose Organize->Folder and search options:

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  • Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

  • Uncheck Hide protected operating system files.

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  • Click OK.

In Windows Explorer Navigate to the current user's AppData folder under:


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It's called AppData in 7 and it's hidden. So it would be C:\Users\Ivo\AppData

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be sure and enable hidden files and folders in Folder Options... – studiohack Jan 8 '11 at 16:12

Head over to Control Panel -> Folder Options. Click on View tab & enable radiobox Show Hidden Files & Folders. Also, clear checkbox Hide Protected Operating System files

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Then head over to C:\Users\Ivo\AppData. You'll find Roaming & Local folders - backup both.

(If I'm mistaken in folder names, do forgive, I'm away from my Win 7 laptop & relying on my memory)

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Start, type


Hit enter.

Solution applies to most versions of Windows.

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This takes you to Roaming folder in Win 7 – Sathya Jan 8 '11 at 17:46
...which is a subfolder of Appdata – RJFalconer Jan 11 '11 at 9:46

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