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I typed %AppData% into the search box in Windows 7 that I get when when I click the Start Button. For some reason, all I see is the Roaming folder, ever thought I have confirmed that LocalLow and Local folders do exist. Why are LocalLow and Local folders missing from the search box, and how can I fix this problem?

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Local and LocalLow are not actually in %AppData%. As Hand-E-Food said, %AppData% = %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming.

Use %userprofile%\appdata\locallow and either %userprofile%\appdata\local or %localappdata%.

There is no variable (eg %LocalAppDataLow%) by default that points to the low-privilege local profile, but you could easily create one for yourself (you can also create a localappdata variable in XP; for that matter, you can create all sorts of envvar shortcuts to different parts of your file-system).

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Not quite, at least not in Windows 7. They're in %UserProfile%\AppData. – Hand-E-Food Feb 6 '12 at 4:51
    
Oops, typo. Fixed; thanks. (I’m in XP at the moment, so I couldn’t check.) – Synetech Feb 6 '12 at 4:52
    
Sorry Hand-E-Food, but this one told me how to fix the issue! I would select both answers as best answer if possible! – techaddict Feb 6 '12 at 4:55
    
I added an extra option that might be easier. – Synetech Feb 6 '12 at 4:58
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@Synetech Uhm.. %AppData% would be %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming normally, you missed the \AppData (typo?). Also, Windows 7 does have a %LocalAppData% - yes, it actually is exactly that. There doesn't appear to be one for LocalLow though. – Bob Mar 30 '12 at 14:29

Because %AppData% points to:

C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Roaming

not

C:\Users\%Username%\AppData

From the command line, type Set (variablename) to see what a variable is declared as, or just Set to see all variable declarations.

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Sorry Hand-E-Food, but the other answer told me how to fix the issue! I would select both answers as best answer if possible! – techaddict Feb 6 '12 at 4:56
    
No worries, I knew that would be the case. :-) – Hand-E-Food Feb 6 '12 at 5:14

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