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Where Can I Find Application Data folders in Windows 7?

Virtual Dave asked on

Adobe Illustrator has developed a problem.  I have downloaded a replacement  dll from their site, but the instructions tell me to delete a file found in  Windows XP:  {drive}\Documents and Settings\{user}\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe  Illustrator CS4 Settings\  which I cannot find the equivilant Windows7 location?

Simply replacing the dll file did not cure my problem so I assume this final step is neccessary.  I did find an app data folder in my user folder but it is empty.

I am trying to restore access to "preferences" in Illustrator, which seems to have locked me out.  The other apps in CS4 allow access to their General Preferences - this is a newly developed problem only with Illustrator.

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IMNdi replied on

Best way to find stuff like that is to use system variables.


Open Explorer and type




And hit enter. You'll go to the Application Data folder. Same goes for other system wide folders, like %temp%, %programdata%, etc

To see a list of system-wide folders published as variables, open a command prompt and type "set"

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Steve Winograd replied on

Enable viewing of hidden files and folders, and look in these folders:

   C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Local\Adobe\...
   C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\...
   C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\LocalLow\Adobe\...


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