I've got quite the question that I can't find the answer to anywhere (yet).
I use 3D studio Max 8 to do some 3D stuff (yay!). It keeps all of its files in Program Data>>AutoDesk>>3dsMax8
I was saving out a file to the RenderOutput folder within the above directory only not to be able to find it in Explorer after it saved. But when I got back in 3ds Max and choose again where to save it (save dialog) I can see the file in the location it should be (but it has that annoying lockpad icon in the bottom left of the icon).
So I can only see it (and a few other locked files) through the 3ds max menu system. This is also happening to 30+ other of my scene files in 3ds max (which is what really worries me). I tried running the program as administrator but then I couldn't see any of those files (much like what was happening through Explorer). I have turned off hidden files, and to show all OS files and still can't see anything.
Through the 3ds max save dialog I can get to the properties menu for the locked file. I've tried switching the owner of the group but when I do it says Windows can't do that as it can't locate the file. It's as if the file is hidden to even Windows!
Any ideas? Or is further clarification needed?