Why didn't Vista Find my config.cfg file?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Steve Wood, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Steve Wood

    Steve Wood Guest

    I installed Quake2...it's the version which came with Quake4. One of the
    files the program creates is config.cfg and the user has to edit it or add a
    file named autoexec.cfg in order to customize the program. There is no way
    that idsoftware is going to rebuild Quake2 just to make things easier for us
    by adding a text editor so we can customize the settings, so I'll have to
    live with whatever Microsoft comes up with as far as file management.

    Well...the config.cfg file is always located in the .\baseq2 folder...I've
    been playing Quake2 since it first came out in 1997. And, in fact when I
    brought down the in-game console and listed the directory contents it in fact
    showed config.cfg there in the ./baseq2 folder. But, when I browsed to
    "C:\Program Files\id Software\Quake II\baseq2" using windows explorer the
    file was not there.

    So...I figured...correctly by the way...that Windows Vista stored the file
    somewhere else. So, I opened up Search from the start menu and typed
    config.cfg. But it did not find it. I then figured that it really was where
    I thought it was, but I didn't have permissions or whatever, so I took
    ownership of the baseq2 folder, but that didn't work. Next I took ownership
    of the entire computer folder...repeated my search and still nothing...I even
    search for *.cfg and just found two files that I had been working for for
    ETQW which is idsoftware's newest game...which by the way was moved to
    "C:\Users\Steve\Desktop\Documents\Enemy Territory Quake Wars Public
    Beta\base", but which oddly enough I didn't have a hard time locating because
    of the "Documents" shortcut which I thought Vista was indicating was where
    all the files were stored. It had not dawned on me to dig down deeper into
    the folder structure to make sure it was where I thought it was...I thought
    it was in "C:\Program Files\id Software\Enemy Territory - QUAKE Wars
    Beta\base" which is where it is located on my XP machine.

    Finally, I opened up a command prompt and typed "dir c:\*.cfg/s" which
    looked in the entire hard drive and found tons of files including my
    config.cfg file located in the
    "C:\Users\Steve\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\id Software\Quake
    II\baseq2" folder. OK...I know it would be a waste of time for me to ask
    Microsoft to be more considerate and not move files around on us. But, I
    think it would be sane for Vista to at least let us know where the files are
    when we search for them!

    So...please provide to me the clear and precise steps that I need to take to
    make sure that when I use the Vista Search feature it looks for every single
    file on my hard drive. I want absolutely no file hidden from me...if I can
    find the file using DOS then I want to be able to find it using Vista Search.

    I'm using Vista Business from my MSDN Subscriber software. I will be taking
    this computer to QuakeCon where it will be connected to a LAN with 3,000
    other computers...of which some of them may be running hacking software. I
    don't want to turn off any security features...in fact, I need help on
    correcting my taking ownership of the computer and put it back where it
    was...even increasing the security if possible. But, I absolutely MUST be
    able to find any file on my hard drive...it only has 1 hard drive and surely
    it can't be too difficult for Vista, by default, find every file on it and
    list it in Windows Explorer so I can work with the file...for example open it
    in wordpad or whatever.

    I consider this a serious breach of understanding between the operating
    system and the user. When the user uses the search feature it should list
    the file(s) asked for or at least indicate that it is being prevented from
    doing so. I must also add that this brings into serious question as to what
    other "features" are in Vista that will prevent its features from working as
    Windows features have worked for over a decade. So, if there are other
    features being restricted then please let me know...I need a system that is
    not going to hide files from me. I would like to have a system that can make
    use of DX10, but not if it means being prevented from locating a file.

    Steve Wood, Jul 17, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Go to C:\Program Files, and click on Compatibility Files in the Toolbar of
    Windows Explorer. This will take you to C:\Users\(Your
    Name)\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files. This is where Vista puts
    the files of programs that write certain types of user files to the
    C:\Program Files subdirectories. When you're in C:\Program Files\Your
    Program (or possibly a subfolder of that path), you should also see a button
    in the taskbar of Windows Explorer called "Compatibility Files", which will
    you take you directly to your program's config files.

    In your program's Options dialog, can you change the default location (path)
    of the personal configuration folder to one that is under your account name.
    For example, C:\Users\(Your Name)\Documents\ProgramName Data (you may have
    to create the folder there first). Then Vista won't redirect your files.
    It doesn't really cotton to user files being written to the C:\Program Files
    subdirectories, after the initial installation, and has put the Program
    Files folder on a security level as that of the Windows folders themselves,
    making TrustedInstaller the owner.
    dean-dean, Jul 19, 2007
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    Steve Wood Guest

    Thanks for the info. I'm printing this out to save for the future. But, I
    felt that too many things have changed so I uninstalled Vista and have gone
    back to XP. I also will be dropping my Microsoft MSDN Subscription which
    means $1,000 less revenue for everyone involved. I seriously doubt that
    anyone will keep using Vista after having their files moved around on them as
    well as the incompatibility problems with previous programs, so it doesn't
    make sense to keep the subscription. I will probably keep watching for Vista
    to become more user friendly, or perhaps wait until an operating
    system...even if it's not Microsoft becomes available that is. To be honest
    this move by Microsoft to make things harder for users instead of easier may
    drive me to Linux which is something that I have seriously been apposed to.
    I've defended Microsoft all through my education when my instructors kept
    saying that Microsoft was evil and Windows was a horrible operating system
    and will keep getting worse...sadly it appears that they may be right.

    Hopefully the hacking community will figure out how to get DX10 to run on XP
    and I won't have to use Vista. If not then I think more people will start to
    wonder if Linux and open source is the way to go.
    Steve Wood, Jul 20, 2007
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