Filed Under: Tweaks 10 April 2008

HowTo: Unhide hidden files


In Vista it’s a little bit different than in XP, you are only able to unhide files at the control panel.


Do the following to unhide system files:


1. Start Button
2. Control Panel
3. Folder Options
4. View tab
5. Check “Hidden files and folders: Show all files and folders”
6. Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”
7. Click “apply” and then “OK”

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3 Responses to HowTo: Unhide hidden files

  1. Jeff says:

    In the control panel, make sure you select ‘classic’ view in order to view the ‘Folder Option’s.

  2. ritesh says:

    my desktop icons are hide so, i want to know how to unhidden desktop icon pizz tell me any appropriate function. or give me some way for unhidden desktop icon.

  3. banti says:

    I want to unhide hidden folders in VISTA but by using the standard procedure, I am not able to do that. Has some application crashed, as after following normal procedure when I again open the view tab in folder options it again shows that don’t show hidden files and folders is toggle on.

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