Missing windows directory

By Hodsocks ยท 7 replies
Mar 15, 2005
  1. Here is what seems to be a strange query. I recently cleared out a lot of adware and virus's from a pc and now I find that the windows directory cannot be located.
    The pc works happily (Windows ME) but whenever I try to find the windows folder it is missing. I have looked on the c drive, carried out a search, opened windows explorer but it is nowhere to be seen.
    If I carry out a scan with something like Ad-aware it happily scans the C:\windows directory but if I go to find it it isn't there. Its not hidden because I have set it show all folders and files.
    Has anyone any suggestions as to why it is not showing up?
  2. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    try searching for some windows files, such as explorer.exe, svchost.exe, etc and see if it helps
  3. Hodsocks

    Hodsocks TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 382

    I did a search on files like system and system32 and they cannot be found, but again as before if I do a virus or spyware scan they are found in the usual place on the c drive.
    I dont understand how they can be found during a scan but can't be seen in the file systems or during a search.
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You have to tell search specifically to look in system folders.
    Also, telling Explorer to show you hidden and system files is a very good idea.
  5. Hodsocks

    Hodsocks TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 382

    Hi Nodsu, thinking it may have been hidden, the first thing I did was to enable: show hidden folders and system files.
    The search parameters were set to reveal everything bar the kitchen sink. :haha:
  6. DMAE

    DMAE TS Rookie

    Did you ever get the directory back? I have the same problem and am at a loss as how to correct it.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    and yet the system boots and runs?
  8. DMAE

    DMAE TS Rookie

    Yes, without any problems. I cannot see the directory with windows explorer, but when I go to DOS, I am dumped in the WINDOWS directory. If I go to its parent directory, C:, I cannot see the WINDOWS directory in the listing. Yet I can "CD WINDOWS" and get into it and see all the files it contains.
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