Windows 10: Can't see ProgramData folder

Discus and support Can't see ProgramData folder in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; The ProgramData folder is not displayed in Explorer. I can search for programs that currently exist in this directory but can't access it. Any clues or... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by bobland, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. bobland Win User

    Can't see ProgramData folder

    The ProgramData folder is not displayed in Explorer. I can search for programs that currently exist in this directory but can't access it. Any clues or how to proceed?

    bobland, Dec 22, 2015

  2. Windows 10 Family Safety problem


    The C:\ProgramData folder is there, you just can't see it. Click the "View" tab in Windows Explorer and check the box next to "Hidden Items" and you will be able to see it.

    PaulBijhouwer, Dec 22, 2015
  3. Need to make ProgramData visible

    I specifically stated that: "The problem isn't that I can't see the folder or that I need to show hidden files in the view of the file explorer, but I actually need to make that specific folder not hidden.". So no, that isn't my problem. I can enter, see
    or do anything else with that folder I could normally do.

    The problem is that I need to link some specific data in that folder with an Third party program. It does so via a GUI which it seems doesn't detect the files which have the hidden attribute true, and there is no input for an adress/path bar. So, what I really
    need to do is change the hidden atributte of the ProgramData folder to false, so the program can "see" the folder. The thing is that it is an older soundbank of almost 250GB, that during the instalation makes some system dependecies and the default instalation
    folder for Windows 10 is ProgramData (probably because of some system reference) so I can't manualy move it out of the ProgramData, but I would rather need to install it all over again, which I would rather not as it would take me another 3 hours or so.
    jaffakeks9, Dec 22, 2015
  4. lx07 Win User

    Can't see ProgramData folder

  5. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Hello bobland, *Smile

    ProgramData is a hidden system folder, and is not displayed by default.

    If you like, you can type %ProgramData% in Run (Win+R) or the address bar of File Explorer and press Enter to quickly open it.
    Brink, Dec 22, 2015
  6. bobland Win User
    I have a number of programs that install to this directory by default...Ableton Live, as an example plus all of my NVidia drivers among others.

    I used the included link to allow viewing of this folder.
    Thanks to all for the quick response and solvable solution.
    bobland, Dec 22, 2015
  7. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Glad we could help. *Smile
    Brink, Dec 22, 2015
  8. Can't see ProgramData folder

    I understand this is a solved thread, but this solution works only for the first Administrator account created. On a second Administrator User Account, ProgramData still does not show up. Similar to OP, I have several programs installed there that I want to be accessed by several Users. Thanks.
    bdumaguina, Aug 30, 2016
  9. lx07 Win User
    You have to repeat the process for each user.

    Alternatively you could make a shortcut for each of the programs you have installed in %programdata% and put it in %programfiles% which is visible to all users by default.
    lx07, Sep 3, 2016
  10. where is my folder?
    tjblanchard, Apr 4, 2018

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