This behavior is because these programs are not compatible with the way
Vista treats restricted folders, such as 'Program Files'.
When you open one of the folders where the files are saved, look for a
"Compatible Files" button on the Windows Explorer Command Bar. When you
click the compatibily files button, this will open the folder where the
files are saved.
The usual location will be:
C:\Users\your name\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\
*Note: These folders are hidden, by default. To make them visible, Open
Organize\Folder and Search Options\View Tab. Select the 'Show hidden files
and folders' option. Apply/OK.
This whole process is called 'File and Folder Virtualization' and is there
to allow non-Vista compatible programs to work properly.
Windows Desktop Experience
"TheBlueSky" <TheBlueSky@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Hi all,
> I'm facing this issue with some applications that needs to write some
> on their installation directory... for example Yahoo Messenger creates
> folders and write some files on its installation directory (e.g.
> Files\Yahoo) for different reasons, like messages archiving.
> These files and folders are created somehow and the application is able to
> access them correctly, but when I use Windows Explorer to see them they
> not there! They are absolutely not hidden and even if they are I have the
> option of displaying the hidden files and folders enabled, and still I
> see them! I don't know if Vista has some way to store these file, but I
> couldn't even find them by searching!
> This problem isn't specific to Yahoo Messanger as I faced it before with
> other application. One another example is eMule before that create Vista
> version that stores your settings and downloaded file in your Vista user
> folders instead of Program Files.
> I appreciate any help on that.
> Thanks in advance.