Invisible system32 folder

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Capricorn, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Capricorn

    Capricorn OSNN Senior Addict

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    Anyone else ever had the problem of their system32 folder becoming invisible? It is not showing in the Windows Folder, and not in Windows Explorer. It also can not be found using Search. It does show by using the address bar to C:\Windows\system32 but that is the only way to find it. It has nothing to do with hidden folders option. Seems strange.
     
  2. kcnychief

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    Is the folder accessible through Explorer in Safe Mode, or while another user is logged on?
     
  3. Capricorn

    Capricorn OSNN Senior Addict

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    Hi, no the only way to access it is through the address bar.
     
  4. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    You could try doing a System Restore, if you have an accurate portrayal of when the problem began.
     
  5. fimchick

    fimchick OSNN Senior Addict

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    run this in the command prompt:
    attrib c:\Windows\system32 -a -h -r -s

    then see if your system32 folder is back

    also, run http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
    and make sure you don't have a nasty virus :)
     
  6. Capricorn

    Capricorn OSNN Senior Addict

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    Thanks guys. I still don't know what caused the problem, but I was due a format, after the format the system32 folder was back in place. I would still like to know what caused it to become invisible though.