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    Empty Folders?????

    ALL my folders (deskop, etc) are empty. The status bar says that there ARE files in there, but I can't see the icons...

    I tried running adaware, spybot, norton antivirus, etc...even re-booted a few times...it's still happening...


    I have Win 2000 OS...


    Please help!!!

    thanks!

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    Welcome to TechIMO!!

    I'm a little confused here - still early in the A.M.

    Are you saying that your desktop is blank? i.e. no icons

    Or are you saying that if open a folder like "My Documents" there are no files visible even though there are files in "My Documents?"

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    Thank you!

    sorry...i worded it worng...

    any folder, no matter how i try to acces it (whether from my desktop, or Explorer) is empty...but the status bar does say that there ARE files in them...so I don't think they got deleted


    I can see the folders, but when I open them, they appear to be empty...meaning I can't see the icons...it's like they are invisible or something

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    Is it possible that someone is playing a joke on you? Perhaps the text font has been changed to white from black. Open a folder, hold your left mouse button down and move your mouse. Does the text show up? If so you need to change the color back to black.

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    I was pondering that myself Jarhed7276.

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    no, because i can't see any icons either...

    I tried to highlight the icons (by clicking and dragging my mouse over the white area in the folder) to see if they appeared, but they didnt
    Last edited by mraspie; February 14th, 2004 at 02:58 PM.

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    Can you take and upload a screenshot of what your seeing?

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    Here you go...

    thanks for helping!
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    Make sure your folder options are set to view hidden files.

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    how do i do that?

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    (1) Virus scan?
    (2) spyware/adware scan?
    (3) Corrupt registry entry? (Microsoft Support article 192315)
    (4) animal sacrifices?
    (5) Corrupt/missing files? (Start Menu -> Run... -> sfc /scannow


    What's your OS? It looks like Win2000 from the screenshot

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    If you right click that folder and select properties what does it say?

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    Open, Explore, Search, Sharing, Add to Archive, Compress and email..., WinZip, Scan with Norton antivirus,send to, cut, copy, create shortcut, delete, rename, properties

    Also...I can't close the folders either...I have to "end task" in order for them to be closed...
    Last edited by mraspie; February 14th, 2004 at 04:03 PM.

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    3 tabs:

    General:
    Read only check box & Hidden check box

    Sharing:
    Do not share this folder radio button & shared this folder radio button (the rest is not highlighted b/c share is not selected)

    Security:
    Name & it's contents

    Permissions & it's contents (all are set to allow)

    ALso: I CAN see the contents (icons) of a folder in Safe Mode...

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    Originally posted by mraspie
    ALso: I CAN see the contents (icons) of a folder in Safe Mode...
    When you say "icons" are you interchanging that word for "file names?"

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    To set your folder options to view hidden files, go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View > scroll down to "Hidden files and folders" and select "Show hidden files and folders". Click Apply and your set.
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    Originally posted by Bill in SD, CA
    When you say "icons" are you interchanging that word for "file names?"
    I think mraspie just meant that everything looks okay in Safe Mode. It is only in the 'normal' booting that things don't work as expected.

    mraspie, have you tried the suggestions I gave you a few posts up? In addition, you might want to try:

    (6) Start Menu -> Run... -> msconfig
    From there, head to the [statup] tab, and uncheck everything. Assuming your folders are now visible, you can re-check the boxes until you find what causes things to go awry

    - rp

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    Thank you everyone for trying to help...it seems that i have bigger problems than the icons in my folders not appearing...

    Now when I try to open a folder, my CPU usage goes up to 100% & the folder never opens...

    If I try to go to run > msconfig, it tells me that it can't find the file...

    I need to get the Win 200 disk and do a restore, or something...

    I talked to a tech a Dell and he is helping me. I originally thought that since I installed Win2000, (my PC came with ME) that I voided the warranty, but since the tech didn't say anything to that effect, and was helping me, I guess I didn't

    I think that I inadvertanyly downloaded something on to my pc that is screwing it up...

    Anyway, thanks again to everyone!

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    cpu up to 100% is a virus.
    I dont' know which one, but I know 2 people who hada virus where their CPU was up to 100% for no reason. There should be one file on there that is taking up 98% or something when that happens. Open up your task manager when you notice that happens and close the file. then run an anti-virus.
    someone is messing with your computer.

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