RE: User account hidden after ntbackup restore
Thank you bearr. You have to change the attributes using DOS. I was told the
same by a MS support official. You also need to restore the ownership of the
files, as this is given to the SYSTEM by the ntbackup-restore utility. One
thing remains to fix for me, though. I first started restoring files to the
Documents folder in my account. After I changed back the attributes the
localisation of the folder name stopped so I could no longer see the
Documents name in Swedish (which is Dokument). I have to get back to MS
support for this. Then I restored to the Public Documents folder, but the
same loss of Swedish names happened there.
So a tip if you use the ntbackup-restore utility, always restore to a new
folder in C:\Windows\Temp, e.g C:\Windows\Temp\RestoredFiles\. After restore,
change ownership using Properties>Security>Advanced back to your account for
the whole restored folder structure. Then drag and drop the restored files to
their right place.
Greger, Stockholm, Sweden
> Hi greger,
> I did change the folder attributes to -h -s (in my case the folders I backed
> up where given the both attributes). I did with the DOS attrib command and it
> worked, the folders where shown into the explorer window.
> Hope this would help you.
> "bloomsbury" wrote:
> > Hi! I'm migrating to a new computer with Vista Home Premium and have somehow
> > managed to make both my admin account folder and my Document folder to become
> > hidden in the Explorer window. However, I can access the Document folder by
> > clicking on the link to it but not through regular file browsing. This is how
> > it happened:
> > I used ntbackup to save data on my old XP 2002 machine, then downloaded
> > Microsoft's ntbackup-restore utility to my new Vista laptop and used it
> > (without keeping the original security settings) to restore documents to my
> > admin account's Document folder. The documents kept their original paths so I
> > took ownership of the old backup structure and dragged the documents to the
> > main folder. But then I noticed this:
> > - I can't select my admin user in the Users folder in the Explorer, not even
> > if I select to view hidden files. I can go to my account, however, by
> > clicking the link to it in the margin. And there the Document folder has the
> > icon of a hidden folder. When I view the properties of the Document folder it
> > is hidden, but I can't remove the hidden attribute check mark, which is
> > shaded and impossible to change there.
> > - I tried to restore documents to another (standard) user account on the
> > Vista machine, and the same happened. The account folder and its Document
> > folder became hidden. It seems as if thise hidings are caused by the restore
> > program itself.
> > Even if I'm not stopped from accessing my files, it's no good to have user
> > and documents being hidden while using the explorer. Can I just remove the
> > hidden attributes using DOS or can this cause more damage? Need I check the
> > registry somehow?
> > Any suggestions are most welcome!
> > Greger, Stockholm, Sweden