Two Q's: 1.Hidden folders using 3rd party software. 2. Getting hel

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by bagster, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. bagster

    bagster Guest

    1. I used a program to hide a folder with adult content. Now the program
    seems to be gone and I can't remember the program's name (they are all pretty
    much the same). The folder I hid is also gone, but it still uses disk space.
    I tried 'cmd' -> cd <dirname> with no success.. I also tried locating it in
    safe mode. No success. Is there any way I can access the folder?

    2. Getting help from Microsoft.
    I tried using their support service, but when I type my product ID, I just
    get "Invalid Product ID". I have a legit copy of Windows Vista which I got
    from HP when I bought a HP Vista Ready-laptop and upgraded when Vista was
    bagster, Jun 16, 2007
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    Tiberius Guest

    1) you have to reinstall the program since the files are ENCTYPTED. Ask your
    girlfriend or wife if she remembers the program you used to hide the porn..
    I am sure she will be surpised and happy.

    2) Getting help from microsoft is like asking a deamon for some holy water.
    Tiberius, Jun 16, 2007
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  3. bagster

    Tiberius Guest

    Tiberius, Jun 16, 2007
  4. 1. No clue what might help if you already have the option to show hidden
    files and folders turned on in Explorer.

    2. Microsoft is not liable to provide support for the copy of Windows you
    bought from HP - HP is responsible for supporting both the product and

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  5. How well a program can "hide" a file or folder depends on the
    application, what method it uses and what tools you have to unhide
    such things.

    The absolute king at snooping is ENCASE which Law Enforcement uses
    worldwide to scan a hard drive sector by sector. Nothing much can be
    hid from that little beauty. It cost about $1500 and they only sell
    now to LEA. So, next best method is to use a better shell to peek at
    your drive's content.

    A pretty good one is Directory Opus 9 from GP Software. The trial is
    fully functional but does have annoying nag screens until you buy it.
    The good news is this shell besides being way better than Windows
    Explorer does something Explorer won't. It shows nearly ALL folders
    and files and the "hidden" ones jump out like a sore thumb since they
    show up in red text in most views. Worth a try, but can be
    intimidating since it has lots of bells and whistles and all kinds of
    options to pick from so takes a few minutes at least to get use to
    using it.


    If you decide to try it be extremely careful and read the many setup
    screens very carefully. It is possible to totally undo Windows'
    defaults including intercepting all calls to Windows Explorer with
    Opus taking over for it. Something you probably don't want at least
    not for testing.
    Adam Albright, Jun 16, 2007
  6. bagster

    bagster Guest

    I tried this Directory Opus, but the folder didn't show up there either.
    I found that the program I used was "Instant Lock", but when I installed it,
    my folders didn't appear on the list.
    bagster, Jun 16, 2007
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    Tiberius Guest

    send an email to the support of that product or if it has a forum ask there
    Tiberius, Jun 16, 2007
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    Jay Guest

    Who farted?

    You need to contact the retailer where you purchased your PC.
    You have an OEM version which means the retailer purchased it from MS
    re-packaged it and on sold it to you.

    Jay, Jun 17, 2007
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