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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows

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By default Microsoft Windows hides important files from being seen with Windows Explorer in order to protect these files from being modified or deleted by the user. Unfortunately viruses, rogue programs and other type of malicious software may hide files making it hard to find and delete them. Please follow the step-by-step directions below to show all hidden files in Windows.

Table of Contents:

Windows XP

1. Go to StartControl Panel and choose Folder Options.

2. Double-click on the Folder Options icon. Click on the View tab.

3. Under the Hidden files and folders section, click Show hidden files and folders, and remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files. Click OK.

Windows Vista

1. Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel menu option.

2. In Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization, and then click Folder Options.

3. Click the View tab. Under the Hidden files and folders section, click Show hidden files and folders, and remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files. Click OK.

Windows 7

1. Click on the Start button, then type in "folder options" into the search box. You will now see the search results. Just click on the Folder Options to open it.

2. Under the Hidden files and folders section, click Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Then remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files. Click OK.

Now your computer is configured to show all hidden files and folders. Hidden files will appear as if they are faint (slightly grayed out).


Anonymous said...

Following these steps did something wrong to my folders.
Please help me change it back to it's original state.

Anonymous said...

What is the problem? It is because they are just large icons, just right-click and choose one of the three choices.

Anonymous said...

Yes, problem! I have Windows Vista and followed the instructions above. I clicked "Show hidden files and folders" then proceeded to uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)". I received a Warning window stating: "You have chosen to display protected operating system files (files labeled System and Hidden in Windows Explorer. These files are required to start and run Windows. Deleting or editing them can make your computer inoperable. Are you sure you want to display these files?"

I will not follow through with this as I feel these instructions are bogus. If they were not, then I would not have received this warning.

Thanks but no thanks.

Anonymous said...

I am anoter user. So what is the process here? Any response to the last comment from "Anonymous" on 12/28/11?

Anonymous said...

I can confirm the steps above are valid.

The warning happens when you deselect "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)." It is just telling the user to be careful, because Windows needs these files to work properly. If you alter them, Windows might not work as expected... which is why they have been hidden by default.

When you show the protected files, they will appear dimmed in the Windows File Explorer to identify them. I am an advanced user of Windows XP and have displayed both hidden and protected files for close to 10 years without any issues.

Make sure to use caution when you copy, delete, etc. files, and if you accidentally make your RECYCLER folder "read-only," it will immediately remove any files deleted on that drive when you choose to delete them - it will not store them in the Recycle bin until you want to delete them.

Anonymous said...

im just a kid so im not sure what to do after making myself able to see it. i have regular windows and im not sure what the file name is, please help as this is a school computer and i cant afford to get my computer reset.

Anonymous said...

dg said...
..after file is shown, how do you delete? I right click, and delete, but will not do so. says it is open in "tocarwjscegopvnsify" whatever that is. So. How do you get rid of it?

Anonymous said...

this helped so much thanks it worked for me

Anonymous said...

once you have done this restore your computer back a couple of months ad ensure you update your anti virus!

did it at christmas for someone else (they had foolishly paid!!)and it worked OK. start-all programs-accessories-system tools-system restore.

Anonymous said...

It just tells me access is denied

Anonymous said...

all my files in my start menu are hiden the folders are there just there is nothing in it. can you help?

Anonymous said...

I found the malware but it tells me "Access is denied". What else can I do to remove this? Please help!

Anonymous said...

"Access denied" isn't necessarily the fault of he malware. There are two very plausible explanations for why that might be the case.

1) Your computer is part of a network (school or company) and the head user (system auth) restricted access to the files for network security.

2) Someone chmoded the files to prevent access (using Command Line functions). Someone would do that basically for the same reason as above: to restrict access to it for personal security (so you didn't accidentally mess something up).

But yes, showing hidden core files is something you can do without any problems AS LONG AS you don't touch any of those core files. Just letting them appear in your file manager is harmless, but do not modify them in any way without professional assistance. And, since the instructions above do not ask you to modify any of them, you're totally safe.

LITERAPU said...

I got my folders back but the malwar is still there