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A 'Hidden' Hidden Folder

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Stampie, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. Stampie

    Stampie Flightless Bird

    Firstly I apologise for the long story but I feel you may understand more
    with the whole picture...

    I have recently built up 5 XP desktops using a multi-cast ghost image so all
    images are the same, also all desktops are completely identical as they are
    part of the same batch.

    I have just recently had to stop setting up the users accounts after logging
    on as the users for the computers as I've come across something I'm now
    unable to solve.

    The first users account was setup on the first computer, and worked exactly
    as it should. The second and third made me step back and realise the
    problem... The corporate wallpaper wasn't being displayed, nor the corporate
    screensaver.

    I checked and had a colleague double check the 2nd and 3rd users weren't in
    a domain group to bypass the group policy, which they weren't and no other
    groups were created on the computers which would do this locally.

    I remembered something like this happening in the past and it was down to
    the same issue as back then. The hidden folder in the root drive called
    'desktop' where the image and screensaver file is not there. I have tried
    creating a new folder there as a test called 'desktop' to overwrite it, but
    the folder won't let me overwrite it, as the user with no admin rights or as
    a domain or local administrator.

    Here is the most mind-boggling part... it's meant to be a hidden folder
    (which appeared as hidden and worked fine on the first desktop), however even
    after setting it to show hidden files and folders and to show hidden system
    files, it still doesn't appear.

    I can't issue out these desktops without this working.

    Any ideas of what is causing this?
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Stampie" <Stampie@discussions.microsoft.com> said this in news item
    news:C53E4AB8-4252-4688-92C5-6724EF3E6E5E@microsoft.com...
    > Firstly I apologise for the long story but I feel you may understand more
    > with the whole picture...
    >
    > I have recently built up 5 XP desktops using a multi-cast ghost image so
    > all
    > images are the same, also all desktops are completely identical as they
    > are
    > part of the same batch.
    >
    > I have just recently had to stop setting up the users accounts after
    > logging
    > on as the users for the computers as I've come across something I'm now
    > unable to solve.
    >
    > The first users account was setup on the first computer, and worked
    > exactly
    > as it should. The second and third made me step back and realise the
    > problem... The corporate wallpaper wasn't being displayed, nor the
    > corporate
    > screensaver.
    >
    > I checked and had a colleague double check the 2nd and 3rd users weren't
    > in
    > a domain group to bypass the group policy, which they weren't and no other
    > groups were created on the computers which would do this locally.
    >
    > I remembered something like this happening in the past and it was down to
    > the same issue as back then. The hidden folder in the root drive called
    > 'desktop' where the image and screensaver file is not there. I have tried
    > creating a new folder there as a test called 'desktop' to overwrite it,
    > but
    > the folder won't let me overwrite it, as the user with no admin rights or
    > as
    > a domain or local administrator.
    >
    > Here is the most mind-boggling part... it's meant to be a hidden folder
    > (which appeared as hidden and worked fine on the first desktop), however
    > even
    > after setting it to show hidden files and folders and to show hidden
    > system
    > files, it still doesn't appear.
    >
    > I can't issue out these desktops without this working.
    >
    > Any ideas of what is causing this?


    What do you see when you type these commands in a Command Prompt:

    dir /a c:/Desktop
    cacls c:/Desktop
    cd /d c:/Desktop
     

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