How to view hidden system files & folders


 Windows 7

Follow these steps to display hidden files and folders in Windows 7.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button
Select Control Panel
Clicking Appearance and Personalization
And then click Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK.
Windows Server 2008
Close all programs and windows that you have open.
Right-Click Start.
Select Explore.
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
Select the View Tab.
In Advanced Settings:, under Hidden files section select Show all files.
Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types.
Uncheck Hide protected operating system files (recommended).
Click Yes.
Click Apply.
Click OK.

Windows Vista
Right Click Start
Select Explore
Select Organize
Select Folder and Search Options
Select the View tab
Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.
Uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option.
Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
Click yes to confirm that you really want to do this.
Click Apply
Click OK

Windows Server 2003
Right Click Start.
Select Explore
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
Select the View Tab.
Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.
Uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option.
Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
Click yes to confirm that you really want to do this.
Click Apply.
Click OK.

Windows XP
Right Click Start.
Select Explore
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
Select the View Tab.
Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.
Uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option.
Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
Click yes to confirm that you really want to do this.
Click Apply.
Click OK.

Windows 2000
Right Click Start.
Select Explore
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
Select the View Tab.
Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.
Uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option
Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
Click Yes to confirm
Click OK.

Windows ME
Right Click Start.
Select Explore
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
Select the View Tab.
Under the Hidden files and folders heading select Show hidden files and folders.
Uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option.
Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (recommended) option.
Click Yes to confirm
Click OK
If you do not see all the files you may need to click on an underlined link for the drive being accessed the link will say:
View the Entire contents of this drive.
Windows 98
Right Click Start.
Select Explore
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
Select the View Tab.
In the Hidden files section select Show all files.
Click OK.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Even after following these steps, some file extensions will still not be displayed. Thank Microsoft for another blunder and never fixing it, even though malware now uses it as a loop hole. The extensions that will still not be displayed are all for file types that are executable which makes this an even bigger problem. The extensions I'm referring to are .lnk, .pif and .shs . Malware is frequently using this loophole to infect your PC. Example problems:
A file named somename.txt.shs will look like somename.txt but when you double click to open it with notepad. It will execute a program to infect you instead.
somename.zip.pif will look like somename.zip but when you double click to openit with WinZip (or similar) it will again run some program to infect you.
musicfile.mp3.lnk will look like musicfile.mp3 and when you double click on it to see what musice file it is you will again not play the MP3 but will instead run a program to infect your PC
Those are just a few examples. There are many more. This is a very dangerous problem that should have been resolved a long time ago. Best Blogger Tips
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