Question

My C:\Windows folder appears empty, but cannot be.

It says "0 objects" in My Computer. I have all the "view" options set correctly (display system folders, folder is not hidden). A warning message I used to get on opening the folder no longer appears either. I am the administrator. Help?

Discussion is locked
Follow
Reply to: My C:\Windows folder appears empty, but cannot be.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not post advertisements, offensive materials, profanity, or personal attacks. Please remember to be considerate of other members. If you are new to the CNET Forums, please read our CNET Forums FAQ. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Reporting: My C:\Windows folder appears empty, but cannot be.
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Comments
- Collapse -
Answer
Actually that's proper.

Because folk had a tendency to destroy their installed OS, the first time you look it does that.

As to your comment about the Admin, that's not a "God" account. Admin accounts must obey permissions and more.

Try a new admin account and take care in what you do to answer those prompts.
Bob

- Collapse -
Tried it

Thanks for the tip, but it didn't work.

That warning message used to come on every time; when I acknowledged, then it would display the contents. Now it doesn't come up and all I see is the empty folder.

The new account had the same result. The only prompt or option I had was to make it an admin or a limited user.

Other ideas?

- Collapse -
Just a little discussion to read.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/137921-45-administrator-folders-files-user-account covers all the articles about permissions and more. This also applies to the Windows folder.

But before we go dabbling with that, be sure there is no root kit infection. A few weeks ago I encountered a very nasty "ZeroAccess" infection and sadly, because they didn't have the Windows media I could not remove it. They decided to get a new PC over that one.

Grif's advice at http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5098912.html?tag=posts;msg5099421 helped as the root kit was spotted in seconds with RKILL.

Also, you can always go old fashioned with the command line and DIR C:\WINDOWS /A
Bob
- Collapse -
It's fixed!

First I tried the CMD prompt. Same error; it said the directory was empty.

Next I tried the infection cleaners suggested in your link. Side benefits: I now have free and great anti-walware and anti spyware software, plus they both found a few things and removed them. But the problem was still there.

Next I tried the ownership and permissions thing. Side benefit: I now know a lot more about how to manage ownership and permissions than I used to. But I also found that I already had all the ownership and permissions. Still no fix.

On a whim, as I was poking around dealing with the permissions, I found in the C: drive folder properties a Tools tab that included the Check Disk tool. I'd already long before done a "run chkdsk" but this one was apparently more thorough. Long story short, after I used this tool with all the options turned on, my problem was gone!

Bob, thanks so much for your time and assistance. I hope this thread can help someone else if they have these symptoms.

CNET Forums