Fix: Appdata/LocalLow Missing in Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Marian Cularea By: Marian Cularea
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Is your Appdata /LocalLow folder missing from your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 computer? If it is, then this tutorial will help you fix it and get back the Appdata/ LocalLow folders in Windows 8.1/Windows 10.

The solutions listed below apply event if you moved the respective folders by mistake or they simply disappeared from the system.
Fix Appdata LocalLow missing in Windows 8.1
The Appdata folder, as well as the LocalLow folder, should remain in your Windows 8.1 system directory. So, if by any chance you moved the folders or they got deleted from your Windows 8.1, Windows 10 system, this will trigger a lot of errors when you try to access them.

These two folders also contain the program settings feature in Windows 8.1, 10 the Internet Explorer Cookies, settings and browsing history and also the temporary files created by your installed applications.

FIX: Windows can’t find Appdata folder/ LocalLow

Before following these instructions, it is recommended that you create a backup copy of your personal files such as the music folders, movies folders, emails and any other important documents you might have on your current Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 system.

  1. Locate the Appdata/LocalLow folder
  2. Recover the Appdata/LocalLow folder by using a restore point
  3. Hide extensions in File Explorer
  4. Create a new user account
  5. Run SFC scan

1. Locate the Appdata/LocalLow folder

Another point to keep in mind is that this folder is hidden. So, if you are trying to access it the normal way, you will probably not see it in the system. Just to make sure the folders are indeed missing, follow the instructions below and let’s see if your can find them:

  1. Go to Start > type “%appdata%” without the quotes, of courseAppdata folder
  2. Select the folder that appears as the first result (it should take you to the Roaming folder).AppData folder location
  3. If it takes you to the following path: “C:Users[The user that you are logged in with]AppDataRoaming” then it means that your folders are still there but they are hidden.
  4. Click on the “Appdata” in the Explorer path in the upper side of the screen and check if you have a LocalLow folder there as well.
  5. If it doesn’t take you to the path specified above then follow the instructions below.

2. Recover the Appdata/LocalLow folder by using a restore point

  1. Go to Start > type ‘Control Panel’ without the quotes.
  2. After the search is finished, click on the “Control Panel” icon.
  3. From the upper side in the Control Panel window, select the “Search” box > write “Recovery”.control panel
  4. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  5. Select the “Open system restore” feature.
  6. Now you need to follow the on-screen instructions and get your operating system back to a point in time when the folders where not missing.

3. Hide extensions in File Explorer

If you still can’t located the Appdata/LocalLow folders, try changing your File Explorer Settings. Disabling the options ‘Hide extensions for known file type’ and H’ide protected Operating System files’ may help you fix the problem.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Click on Start button > type ‘File Explorer options’ > double-click on the first result
  2. Select the View tab > scroll down and locate these two options:
    • Hide extensions for known file type
    • Hide protected Operating System files
  3. Remove the check mark for both options > hit Apply > OK.

file explorer options

4. Create a new user account

Few users confirmed that they managed to access the Appdata/LocalLow folders after they created a new user account.

So, here are the steps to follow to create a new user account on Windows 10:

  1. Go to Start > select Settings > Accounts > Family & other people > Add someone else to this PC.create new windows user account
  2. Enter a user name, password as well as  password hint >  select Next.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

new windows 10 user account

5. Run SFC scan

Make sure that this problem is not caused by corrupted or missing system files. Run a System File Checker scan to quickly detect and fix such problems.

  1. Go to Start > type cmd > right-click on Command Prompt > select Run as administrator
  2. Run the sfc /scannow command > hit EnterSFC scan
  3. Wait until the scanning process completes and then restart your computer.

So there you have it, 5 ways to bring back your Appdata/LocalLow folder in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 in just a few minutes of your time. Also if you encountered any particular trouble along the way, drop us a line in the comments below and we will help you further.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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