How to view Vista AppData folder in Windows Explorer?

Posted: 10-19-2008, 03:42 AM
1. I noticed that not all my temporary files were being deleted when I used
TOOLS/INTERNET OPTIONS/Browsing History/Delete (all). Why is this so?

2. However, when I tried to find them, in a subfolder of AppData, I
couldn't find the AppData folder, even though I checked the box to show
hidden folders. Why is this so?

3. Also, why is Vista designed to frustrate us like this?

How to view Vista AppData folder in Windows Explorer?


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Bruce Chambers
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Re: How to view Vista AppData folder in Windows Explorer?
Posted: 10-19-2008, 03:51 AM
Mike M wrote:
> 1. I noticed that not all my temporary files were being deleted when I used
> TOOLS/INTERNET OPTIONS/Browsing History/Delete (all). Why is this so?
>
> 2. However, when I tried to find them, in a subfolder of AppData, I
> couldn't find the AppData folder, even though I checked the box to show
> hidden folders. Why is this so?
>

Simply configure Windows Explorer to display hidden files and folders.
In Windows Explorer, Tools > Folder Options > View > Advanced. Or, in
the Control Panel, Folder Options > View > Advanced.

> 3. Also, why is Vista designed to frustrate us like this?
>

It isn't. It was necessary to take exactly the same steps to view such
hidden systems files in both Win2K and WinXP (I don't recall if WinNT
was the same), although they didn't have that specific folder.


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Re: How to view Vista AppData folder in Windows Explorer?
Posted: 10-19-2008, 03:54 AM
App Data is a hidden folder. Go to Tool Options in an Explorer, and under
the Advanced tab, select the option to view hidden files. It is located
under the C:\Users folder. Good luck

Vista is not designed to frustrate you or anyone else. It is simply a
matter, that you have not yet learned how to use it properly. You, or
anyone else, is not born knowing how to fly an airplane. You have to learn
it. Simply because you know how to use Win98, or XP, does not mean you know
how to use Vista, or Ubuntu or Mac OSX or any of a dozen other operating
systems, none of which are designed to frustrate you or anyone else.

Good luck.


"Mike M" <MikeM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CA3C9CB3-D86C-405D-9D67-DF8CDE24655D@microsoft.com...
> 1. I noticed that not all my temporary files were being deleted when I
> used
> TOOLS/INTERNET OPTIONS/Browsing History/Delete (all). Why is this so?
>
> 2. However, when I tried to find them, in a subfolder of AppData, I
> couldn't find the AppData folder, even though I checked the box to show
> hidden folders. Why is this so?
>
> 3. Also, why is Vista designed to frustrate us like this?
>
DDW
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Re: How to view Vista AppData folder in Windows Explorer?
Posted: 10-19-2008, 04:03 AM
On Sat, 18 Oct 2008 21:51:18 -0600, Bruce Chambers
<bchambers@cable0ne.n3t> wrote:
>Mike M wrote:
>> 1. I noticed that not all my temporary files were being deleted when I used
>> TOOLS/INTERNET OPTIONS/Browsing History/Delete (all). Why is this so?
>>
>> 2. However, when I tried to find them, in a subfolder of AppData, I
>> couldn't find the AppData folder, even though I checked the box to show
>> hidden folders. Why is this so?
>>
>
>
> Simply configure Windows Explorer to display hidden files and folders.
> In Windows Explorer, Tools > Folder Options > View > Advanced. Or, in
>the Control Panel, Folder Options > View > Advanced.
A simpler way:

A neat little utility to add a toggle hide/unhide to the right-click
menu:

http://students.kennesaw.edu/~rzilli...lesToggle.html

DDW
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Mike M
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Re: How to view Vista AppData folder in Windows Explorer?
Posted: 10-19-2008, 04:30 AM
As I said in my #2 question, I DID check the box to "show hidden folders",
but Win-Ex still doesn't display the AppData folder.
This appears to be a Vista problem, and not due to my lack of knowledge of
Vista.

Also, no one has answered question #1.

Thanks for your help.

"Wandering" wrote:
> App Data is a hidden folder. Go to Tool Options in an Explorer, and under
> the Advanced tab, select the option to view hidden files. It is located
> under the C:\Users folder. Good luck
>
> Vista is not designed to frustrate you or anyone else. It is simply a
> matter, that you have not yet learned how to use it properly. You, or
> anyone else, is not born knowing how to fly an airplane. You have to learn
> it. Simply because you know how to use Win98, or XP, does not mean you know
> how to use Vista, or Ubuntu or Mac OSX or any of a dozen other operating
> systems, none of which are designed to frustrate you or anyone else.
>
> Good luck.
>
>
> "Mike M" <MikeM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:CA3C9CB3-D86C-405D-9D67-DF8CDE24655D@microsoft.com...
> > 1. I noticed that not all my temporary files were being deleted when I
> > used TOOLS/INTERNET OPTIONS/Browsing History/Delete (all). Why is this so?
> >
> > 2. However, when I tried to find them, in a subfolder of AppData, I
> > couldn't find the AppData folder, even though I checked the box to show
> > hidden folders. Why is this so?
> >
> > 3. Also, why is Vista designed to frustrate us like this?
Kerry Brown
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Re: How to view Vista AppData folder in Windows Explorer?
Posted: 10-19-2008, 03:02 PM
"Mike M" <MikeM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:CA3C9CB3-D86C-405D-9D67-DF8CDE24655D@microsoft.com...
> 1. I noticed that not all my temporary files were being deleted when I
> used
> TOOLS/INTERNET OPTIONS/Browsing History/Delete (all). Why is this so?
It's the way IE works. It doesn't clear the current day from the history. I
don't know why this is. If you want to clear everything you'll need a third
party program to do this.
>
> 2. However, when I tried to find them, in a subfolder of AppData, I
> couldn't find the AppData folder, even though I checked the box to show
> hidden folders. Why is this so?
After you enable "Show hidden files and folders" and disable "Hide protected
operating system files" exit Windows Explorer then restart it. You should be
able to see AppData now.
>
> 3. Also, why is Vista designed to frustrate us like this?
>
It's designed to be more secure. More security almost always means doing
things differently and more inconvenience to the user. This applies to
everything in life not just software. Increase the security for your house
and it takes more steps to get into your house. Increase the security at
airports and it's more inconvenient to board an airplane. Increase the
security of an operating system and it will be harder to do some things.
Security is a tradeoff between stopping something unwanted from happening
and allowing a legitimate user to do the same thing. You have to put up
roadblocks that only a legitimate user can get past. Better security equals
more and/or harder roadblocks to get past.

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