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I have a user who hid a folder in XP, after they did this the folder no longer showed up in the directory. They thought this was a great feature and persisted to do this to a few personal folders and files on there work computer so that they would be hidden from the administrator (me). Now they want to access them and have no idea how to. That part is fine, since I can quickly pop on and see the 'hidden' folders and files.
The issue I now have is that the user can't remember where some of these hidden folders and files are now. They 'need' them ASAP, but I have no idea what to do. Not only do they not know the directory of the hidden folder, they don't know the name of it. I've been searching the web the last few hours to try and find a solution to filtering search result's to simply hidden folders, but haven't had any luck.
So is there a way to, in windows search (or in programming), to filter search results to folder / files that have the hidden attribute?
I'd like an XP specific solution, but I can also search and access the PC in Windows 7 and 8. I'm also pretty good a python, so a solution including code would also work.