I brought up Vista Ultimate on a new drive.
I still have my two old drives on IDE ports from my old Win/ME system.
On one (E
, I can't see E:\Download while running Vista. When I fill in
the name on the Explorer name space, it says it can't find it.
I also have another drive, F:, which also has a Download folder.
I can see it!
Further, I have a USB drive for backup. It also has a Download folder and
it is visible.
I do have the options set so that everything, including even Windows, is
visible. (If that were the problem I wouldn't see F:\Download.)
It would be nice to have a tool to check its Attributes. But I guess those
days are gone forever!