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No files displayed at root of W8 drive

  1. #1


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    W10 Pro/W8.1 Pro/ W7 Ult

    No files displayed at root of W8 drive


    I have just made a clean install of W8 Pro. Then I installed a couple of apps.
    I noticed that at the root of W8 drive there are only folders and no files shown such as bootmgr, BOOTNXT, etc.
    What could be wrong?

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  2. #2


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    To see those files you have to have "Hide protected Operating System files" unchecked in Folder Options/View.

    See Folder Options - Open in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 185
    W10 Pro/W8.1 Pro/ W7 Ult


    I tried the check mark but it has no effect. Please see the following:
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  4. #4


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Did you try option 2?
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  5. #5


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    See if "How to view Hidden and System files in Windows 8" (halfway down) here is any clearer: How to see hidden files in Windows 8
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  6. #6


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Go to folder options in search menu - then View>Show protected os files
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  7. #7


    Posts : 185
    W10 Pro/W8.1 Pro/ W7 Ult


    Folder Option solved the problem. I thought putting check marks on the ribbon graphical interface would do that.
    Thanks everyone responded.
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  8. #8


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Glad you are OK.
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No files displayed at root of W8 drive
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