Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vanishing Magic folders in Vista

One of my friend at work had a strange issue today. He was seeing some folders and on clicking these folders he was getting an “Access denied” error message in Windows Explorer in Vista Enterprise SP1. The folders in questions are the ones with the little shortcut arrow icons next to them, as shown below:

Vista Magic Folders

The error message was as follows:

Vista Magic Folders Message

Well, the interesting thing I noticed is that these magic folders as I call them, look like the old XP folders somehow left over. I could not find a reason why they were here but I did find a way to get rid of them or at least not have to see them by turning off the “Hide protected operating system files (recommended)” setting under Organise->Folder and Search Options->View tab as shown below:

Vista Magic Folders_3

Once you check this setting on, poof, the mysterious magic folders are gone.

Hopefully, someone will benefit from this tip, as did my friend at work.

If anyone has found out what these folders are, please leave a comment as I am curious to know.

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