icons faded out


R

richard

When I went into folder options and chose to view hidden files, I noticed
the icons in that folder faded out. Not greyed out, just faded.
Even the desktop icons are now faded.
Everything works fine.

Any way of restoring to the original status?
 
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Ed Cryer

richard said:
When I went into folder options and chose to view hidden files, I noticed
the icons in that folder faded out. Not greyed out, just faded.
Even the desktop icons are now faded.
Everything works fine.

Any way of restoring to the original status?
Are all icons faded, or just the usually hidden ones?

Ed
 
R

richard

Are all icons faded, or just the usually hidden ones?

Ed
On the desktop yes all are faded.
In the c: directory, folders with hidden files are faded.
Such as the USERS folder and it's subfolders.
All other are normal.
 
C

Char Jackson

On the desktop yes all are faded.
In the c: directory, folders with hidden files are faded.
Such as the USERS folder and it's subfolders.
All other are normal.
Are you the guy who ran that ATTRIB command recursively through the
C:\Users hierarchy? Or was that someone else? Anyway, the faded icons
indicate hidden files and folders. Some are supposed to be hidden,
others not. Remove the hidden attribute and the icons will perk up.

Let this be a lesson to you: stop screwing around with your computer.
:)
 
R

richard

Are you the guy who ran that ATTRIB command recursively through the
C:\Users hierarchy? Or was that someone else? Anyway, the faded icons
indicate hidden files and folders. Some are supposed to be hidden,
others not. Remove the hidden attribute and the icons will perk up.

Let this be a lesson to you: stop screwing around with your computer.
:)
No I am not that guy.

if the AppData is hidden, then how you do access the information in that
folder through the explorer? The only way to do that is to unhide it.
Why they insisted on fading out icons is beyond me. That never happened
before 7.
 
S

Seth

richard said:
No I am not that guy.

if the AppData is hidden, then how you do access the information in that
folder through the explorer? The only way to do that is to unhide it.
Why they insisted on fading out icons is beyond me. That never happened
before 7.
No, you don't need to unhide it. If you know it is there and for some
reason need to venture in just go to the explorer address bar and type
C:\appdata\ and poof, you're in.

Screwing around blindly and with no reason is how people screw up their
systems.
 
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Paul

richard said:
No I am not that guy.

if the AppData is hidden, then how you do access the information in that
folder through the explorer? The only way to do that is to unhide it.
Why they insisted on fading out icons is beyond me. That never happened
before 7.
If you need to trash the machine, do it from Linux :)

With Linux, it's "all open, all the time". Linux ignores the permissions.

Try a Ubuntu LiveCD, like 10.04LTS, and access your C: partition with that.
Just don't monkey around in the System Volume Information folder. (There
are several VSS cache files in there which are "do not touch" files,
normally giving "access denied" under all conditions in Windows.)

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download (10.04LTS with gnome interface)

And if you're going to experiment with your computer, use the built
in "system image" capability, to make an exact backup of the computer.
The sdclt.exe program is what brings up the menu. If I'm on an adventure
to trash the machine, I backup C: and SYSTEM RESERVED using the imaging
capability in Windows 7, and then I can experiment without worrying about
the consequences. This is one reason I keep the C: partition relatively
small, so the backup time won't be too long. I end up with a roughly 26GB
..vhd file representing C: and a tiny .vhd file for SYSTEM RESERVED partition.
That's saved me from disaster twice now. Recommended. If you're going
to screw around with the computer, "buy insurance" with a backup. That's
what I do.

How you restore from the image made, is with your System Recovery CD. The menu
on the same page, should offer an option to burn one of those. You boot
with that, and then the two .vhd files in the backup folder, can be used
to blow away C: and SYSTEM RESERVED. For real protection against emergencies
like a dead hard drive, it's best to store the backup externally.

(System Image Recovery)

http://res1.windows.microsoft.com/r...n/66b9e3c2-bb67-47bf-802c-b753b54bcc19_48.jpg

Paul
 
C

Char Jackson

if the AppData is hidden, then how you do access the information in that
folder through the explorer? The only way to do that is to unhide it.
Seth gave you an easy way to access hidden folders, once you know what
you want to access, but my advice is to simply stay out of there
unless you have a good reason to explore that area.
Why they insisted on fading out icons is beyond me. That never happened
before 7.
Huh? XP behaves the same way, so I'd bet Vista does, as well, and
maybe even Windows OS's before XP. This is not new behavior.
 
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Zaphod Beeblebrox

Seth gave you an easy way to access hidden folders, once you know what
you want to access, but my advice is to simply stay out of there
unless you have a good reason to explore that area.


Huh? XP behaves the same way, so I'd bet Vista does, as well, and
maybe even Windows OS's before XP. This is not new behavior.
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, all do this. Wouldn't surprise me
to find out Win9x/ME did to, but it has been too long since I used them
to recall, and I no longer have a convenient way to run them to
check...
 

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