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How Do I Get to the Global Root Folder?

Updated February 21, 2017

The global root folder on your PC may not be easy to find if it's hidden. Often designers create a computer operating system with special hidden files to protect them from tampering by unskilled users. If you need to access the global root folder on your Windows PC for whatever reason, you have to make it visible before you can find it.

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  1. Click the "Start" button and open the Control Panel.

  2. Select "Appearance and Personalization," then click on "Folder Options."

  3. Click on the "View" tab and select "Advanced Settings." Select "Show hidden files, folders and drives." Click "OK."

  4. Open the "Start" menu on your PC, type "global root" into the search box and press "Return" on your keyboard. If the global root file is on your computer, it will show up in the results.

  5. Click on the "Global Root" folder to open it.

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About the Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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