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We are building an application for Windows 7 that creates some data files that the user will occasionally want to review and a log file that we might need for support. Our first version is writing the files to USER\APPDATA\LOCAL\ourprogam folder. I thought we had solved our problems until I installed it in a user account that is not an administrator and now I can't find the folder and don't see a way to make it accessible to the user.

So my question boils down to how do I get access to the APPDATA folder in Windows 7?

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What is your question? – soandos Jul 27 '11 at 13:37
@Burch If you solved it, you can answer your own question by using the "answer your question" button below. Don't put the answer into the question please. – slhck Jul 27 '11 at 13:38
@KCo Why, if I may ask? A problem with not seeing a folder in Windows doesn't belong here? – slhck Jul 27 '11 at 13:39
@slhck Because installer routines and how they work are more up their ally. – KCotreau Jul 27 '11 at 13:47
@KCotreau That's not what Programmers is about. – Sathya Jul 27 '11 at 15:20
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As you already said, the problem is in settings under Windows Explorer -> Organize -> Folder and search options -> View -> under Hidden files and folders check Show hidden files, folders and drives.

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Here's another way to access this location even when the Windows Explorer view options are set to hide this path otherwise assuming you already have appropriate access already.

  1. Click Start, go to Run, type in %localappdata%, and press Enter
  2. Press Win+R, type in %localappdata%, and press Enter

Tested in Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

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