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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Microsoft, AppData folder ?



Person1.. AppData folder?????????? Microsoft uses the following pathway to show how to access the startup folder.

C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.
(I do not need to get into the startup folder. The above pathway is just for an example).

I have seen other pathways that include "AppData". The problem is when I go to drive C:\Users\\ there is no "AppData" folder so I can't search a pathway any further.


I have gone in an made "hidden folders" visible and there still is no "AppData" file listed. After I check I make the hidden folders hidden again.

Why isn't there an "AppData" folder when I see it as part of pathways?

Plus the 3 main files under "Users" don't really show anything. The 3 are:


1. Administrator - This folder has a "locked folder" icon. There is nothing there except a folder named "Favorites" and it is empty. I do have another "Favorite" folder with my favorites in it but it is in another place.

2. "Username" - This folder also has a "locked folder" icon. This folder includes folders such as downloads, music, videos, pictures, searches, saved games, links, desktop, contacts, documents. All of these folders are also visible as part of my Microsoft Explorer tree.

3. Public - This folder has a plain folder icon. This folder includes the folders "Public Documents" which is empty-"Public Downloads" which is empty-"Public Music" which has music samples-"Public Pictures" which has photo samples-"Public Recorded TV" which has what looks like a video but I have never opened it to find out-"Public Videos" which has a sample video.

I am not sure what my question is concerning the "User" folders other than it seems like there should be more sub-folders in them.


The "Administrator" folder is empty so why have it and why does it have a "locked folder" icon?
The "username" folder's contents are already visible on my tree. Why the "locked folder" icon?
The "Public" folder is worthless as far as I can tell. I have no use for the samples the sub-folders store.

This is all very confusing


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Person2

Why isn't there an "AppData" folder when I see it as part of pathways? - Person1



The folder is almost certainly there, but hidden. Go to a command prompt and type:

attrib %userprofile%\appdata



Odds are you'll see:

SH C:\Users\\AppData



"SH" means that it is a System, Hidden folder.


I am not sure what my question is concerning the "User" folders other than it seems like there should be more sub-folders in them.
The "Administrator" folder is empty so why have it and why does it have a "locked folder" icon?
The "username" folder's contents are already visible on my tree. Why the "locked folder" icon?
The "Public" folder is worthless as far as I can tell. I have no use for the samples the sub-folders store. - Person1



A "locked folder" icon simply means that there is special security on the folder.

A "username" folder is locked because you could conceivably have a shared computer with multiple secured user accounts on it. Each user would only have access to their own files.

The "Public" folder only makes sense if it is a shared computer with files that multiple users might need to access.

An "Administrator" account is for a business environment where an IT guy needs to sign on to the computer and have access to all files in all user accounts.

If the computer is being used by only one user (who has administrative access to the machine) then the "username" folder will be the only one used.

Person1
Thank you Person2 for helping me.
I understand everything you have written but I do need help with one area.

I understand what a command prompt is but how do I bring one up?

Person2

I understand what a command prompt is but how do I bring one up? - Person1



Like many things in Windows, there are multiple ways and you can decide on which you like best. Here are some options:
Click Start, and in the Search box at the bottom of the menu, start typing "Command" and then click on the Command Prompt
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt
Navigate to the desktop. Hold down the shift key, right click on desktop, and select "Open command window here." This technique also works with folders in Windows Explorer.

P.S. On my own machine I have pinned the command prompt window to the taskbar so it's never more than a click away.


Person1
Thanks again alpha. I understand.

Person2
You're welcome.

Person3
FYI, there's a registry patch called something like "command prompt here" that makes it convenient to open a command prompt in any folder by right-clicking on it. Very handy.

Person2

FYI, there's a registry patch called something like "command prompt here" that makes it convenient to open a command prompt in any folder by right-clicking on it. Very handy. - Person3



I was using that registry patch on my (now retired) Windows XP box. However, that functionality is now built into Windows 7. The only difference between the registry patch and Windows 7 is that you have hold down the Shift key when you right-click on the folder. If you do that, you will see a menu option to "Open command window here".

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