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How to Explore Special Folders in Windows Explorer

Posted in Tips and Tricks by Sina Iravanian on May 15, 2010

In normal situations you cannot view the content of special folders, such as Windows/assembly or Windows/fonts, and so on. The way these folders are shown are set through the desktop.ini file in each of these folders, which is normally hidden and protected. One trick that I learned from here [+] is described below. Open a command prompt and type:

cd /d %windows%\assembly
attrib -r -h -s desktop.ini
ren desktop.ini desktop.bak

Using the above commands, we kill the desktop.ini file, which will cause Windows Explorer to successfully open and explore the real contents of the folder.

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