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There's a hidden folder in windows vista, but no available when I show hidden files: I need to open cmd as administrator.

The folder is named c:\folder.000 and there are c:\folder.000\dir0000.chk folders on it. Why cant I see it on Windows Explorer, but can see it when using cmd as administrator? How can I search if there are similar folders like this on c:?

EDIT: The folder has two attribues, SH (System and Hidden).

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That might be a system file folder. Uncheck the checkbox says hide system files... (or something like this) in folder options.

you can change the attributes of the file using attrib command:

attrib -s c:\folder.000 /s /d

removes system attribute.

to list all files with special attribute you can use this:

dir c: /S /A:S

lists all system files.

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The folder had two attributes: H and S. When you need to remove two attrib, you need to remove them at the same time. So I needed to run your command doing attrib -S -H c:\folder.000 /S /D. I dont know if calling the parameters as lowercase would work, because other tutorials about this command in Vista were using uppercase. But thanks for the attrib hint, without it I couldn't solve my problem! :) (You can edit your answer to have the removal of both attributes). – 89874yh Dec 18 '11 at 21:38
+1 for your answer, but please don't just change attributes willy-nilly! They're there for a reason. – Hand-E-Food Dec 18 '11 at 21:42
@89874yh I agree with Hand-E-Food, instead of changing the attributes, configure Explorer to show hidden and system files, attribute changing in my answer is kinda a FYI thing. – fardjad Dec 19 '11 at 3:41

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