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How to enable hidden folders in Windows 7?

  1. Jul 8, 2013 #1
    I have problem installing Java, it gave me:

    Installer: Wrapper.CreateFile failed with error 5:Access is denied.

    I went online and find this instruction:

    1. uninstaller the java
    2. enable the hided folder.
    3. please find this folder and delete it==>C:\Users\"PC-name"\AppData\LocalLow\Sun

    As the name, I went to C:\Users\"PC-name", I don't see \AppData\LocalLow\Sun. How to enable the hided folders in Window 7. How do I know whether I am in the Administrator mode or user mode?
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2013
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  3. Jul 8, 2013 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    Hidden files have an option to turn on seeing them.

    In Windows explorer
    -> organize
    -> folder and search option
    --> view hidden files (radio button to push to turn on an other to turn off)

    In the box above select Apply to all folders

    Click the Apply button - there you go.
  4. Jul 8, 2013 #3
    Thanks, it worked and I delete the SUN folder as per instruction. I managed to install the Java without error message.

    But I notice some of my icons on the desktop become translucent!! I go to the properties of the folder, it is read only and hidden. I took off both and the folder looks normal now. Is this the way to fix it? Why they become like this?

  5. Jul 8, 2013 #4
    By default Windows allows you to run programs and perform tasks in a least-privileged state. What Microsoft calls as a 'Protected Administrator'. From there you can elevate yourself to an 'Elevated Administrator' status. You can self elevate by right clicking an icon and select 'Run as administrator'.

    Anytime you enable the option to make hidden files visible, the hidden files/folders will become translucent. You should now be able to hide the hidden folders again with no issues.

    Start -> Search: show hidden files and folders -> Select: 'Don't show hidden files, folders, ect'.
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