How do a locate the programdata folder. I understand its on the C root directory but I cannot see it.

The only time I am able to see this folder is through an application via AOL called AOL System Application.  I click on the software tab and it shows the address of the folder I need however when I go to explorer to find that folder I cannot find it.  I am trying to copy emails from AOL that were saved to the PC to my new laptop.  Again the folder is called programdata

 

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It is a hidden folder.

Type C:\ProgramData in the start search box and press enter.

You can unhide it also.

Go to the Control panel and select Folder Options.
 
Select View.
 
Select Show hidden files, folder and drives.

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Hi

The ProgramData folder should be there? This folder hoplds configuration and settings files for installed software.

 

Check to make sure that the folder has not been hidden.

 

1. Open Windows Explorer and select Organize / Folder and Search Options.

Click the View Tab.

Select the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option.

Click Apply / OK.

 

Close and re-open Windows Explorer and check to see if the folder is now visible.

 

2. If the ProgramData folder is visible, right click the folder and select Properties / General Tab.

Remove the check mark from the Hidden option at the bottom.

Click Apply / OK.

 

You can then go back and set the Don't show hidden files, folders, and drives in step 1.

 

Let us know what you find.

 

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