How to View AppData Folder in Windows 8

Written by: Dogar Sahab - Published: Saturday, December 17th, 2011 - Comments

To learn how to view AppData folder in Windows 8 read the tutorial below.
How to View AppData Folder in Windows 8

Why AppData Folder is Important?

With the release of Windows XP Microsoft increased its security for the operating systems. Before Windows XP all important system files, that were used to run operating system smoothly, were by default hidden but can easily be viewed by configuring Windows to display all hidden files. In Windows XP the security was a bit tightened and all important files which were used by system were protected from being displayed even if the computer was configured to show hidden files. This concept is known as Windows File Protection in which system files and folders are prevented from being overwritten or replaced by any other file and making them permanently invisible is just a part of this concept.Apart from making system files or folders invisible permanently Microsoft has also provided an option using which you can still view these system files whenever you want.

In Windows Vista and above versions of operating systems Microsoft also introduced account specific configuration directory named AppData which is marked as system folder and contains application configurations for user accounts. AppData folder is created separately for every user in its profile directory and is by default hidden permanently. It is strongly recommended that you should be well versed with advanced features of operating system if you plan to make system files visible and make some changes in AppData folder.

Whatsoever the case is if as a Windows 8 user you want view AppData folder you can follow the steps given below:

1 Logon to your Windows a computer with administrator account.
2 Press Windows + R keys together to get Run command box.
3 In the available field type %SYSTEMDRIVE%\USERS\%USERNAME% and press enter key.
Open Your Profile Folder Where AppData Folder is Located
4 On the opened window click on File and click on Change folder and search options.
Click on Change folder and search options
5 On Folder Options box go to View tab.
6 From the visible list click on Show hidden files, folders and drives radio button and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box.
Select Radio Button and Uncheck Checkbox as Displayed
7 Click on Yes on Warning box.
8 Click on Ok button to view AppData folder.

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