File isn't there - but it really is

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Dennis Duke, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. Dennis Duke

    Dennis Duke Guest

    I know the title doesn't make sense, here goes. I have Vista Basic and I
    installed a program named "Sudoku 600" in "C:\Program Files\Sudoku 600". I
    let the program generate a puzzle and then save it as "Puzzle 01.sud" in the
    program's folder. When I look in the folder, the file is not there. I can
    use the "Command Prompt" and do a 'dir' and it is not there. I can hit "CTRL
    F" and search for it and it is not there. When I ask the program to load the
    file it IS there and it loads fine (no, it isn't in a database or somewhere
    else - there are other "*.sud" files in the folder that were put there by
    the program installation and each puzzle is a stand-alone file). I can use a
    program called "Agent Ransack" to search for it and the file is there and I
    can click on it within "Agent Ransack" and it opens fine. I have the Sudoku
    program on a Windows XP machine and the files are saved individually and
    show up in the folder. Why are they hidden in Vista and not XP?
    Dennis Duke, Jan 19, 2008
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    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Dennis.
    Because Vista finally enforces the rules that were introduced a decade ago:
    Keep data files separate from the application files. Install the executable
    and other program files into C:\Program Files, but program the application
    to create a separate folder and put its data there.

    The Program Files folder is one that is restricted and cannot normally be
    written to; another is the Root of the Boot Volume, normally C:\. We need
    to invoke our Administrator credentials to write into those folders.

    You probably will find your Sudoku puzzles in C:\ProgramData\Sudoku, or some
    similarly-named folder. If the program has been written properly, it will
    know how to find that location and use it.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
    R. C. White, Jan 19, 2008
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  3. Dennis Duke

    Dennis Duke Guest

    I understand what you are saying, but that is not the case. "Agent Ransack"
    is an older search program that doesn't know about Vista and proves the the
    files are actually in "C:\Program Files\Sudoku 600". Vista's "CTRL F" and
    the "Command Prompt" (I guess old DOS) do not show the files at all. Again,
    older non VISTA programs find the files where I think they should be but
    nothing "Vista" finds them.
    Dennis Duke, Jan 19, 2008
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    Jane C Guest

    Hi Dennis,

    If you go to C:\Program Files\Sudoku 600, look at the toolbar at the top for
    "Compatibility Files". If you click on that, it will take you to the actual
    location of the "missing" files:

    C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Sudoku 600

    (AppData is a hidden folder)

    File and folder virtualization is how Vista handles older programs that do
    not understand the security model. It fools older programs into thinking
    that they have written to a Program Files folder, by secretly redirecting to
    the Virtual Store. The older program thinks that the data is under Program

    A fully Vista-compliant program will have no need of redirection, as all
    data would be written to either ProgramData, or under the User's folder.
    Jane C, Jan 19, 2008
  5. Dennis Duke

    Dennis Duke Guest

    Thanks Jane,

    That solved my "problem". I hate little things like this that don't make
    sense until someone comes up with an explanation. Thanks again!!!

    Dennis Duke, Jan 20, 2008
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    deernut_00 Guest

    Is there an intuitive explanation of what "compatibility files" means?
    Certainly not intuitive to me, and it makes no sense (sorry, but it just
    doesn't). Thanks
    deernut_00, Jan 26, 2008
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    Timmay Guest

    Up until yesterday the folder where i kept my downloads was easily accessable
    to me by using the "Compatibility Files" tab on the tool bar. My Problem
    today is that that tab has dissapeared!. The files are still there, but the
    folder says it's empty. How do I get the "Compatibility Files" tab back?
    Timmay, Feb 24, 2008
  8. Timmay

    Did you turn User Account Control (UAC) off? This is the component that
    controls the Compatibility Files. (Virtualization)
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Feb 24, 2008
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