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Set Windows to show Hidden files and folders

By default, the Windows is set not to show some system files and folders. Whilst this does protect important or crucial files from being accidentally deleted, it can also harbour many of the malware applications that hide within the Windows system folders.
It can therefore be advantageous to change these settings when carrying out trouble shooting or security scans.

Windows XP, 2000 and ME
  • Open My Computer by pressing the Windows logo key together with E or by clicking Start and My computer.
  • Click Tools on the toolbar (across the top of the window) and select Folder options from the drop down list that appears.
  • Click the View tab.
  • Under Hidden files and folders, select Show hidden files and folders.
  • Uncheck Hide protected operating system files (recommended).
  • Click Yes at the warning, to continue.
  • Click Apply then OK.

Windows 98 and 95
  • open My computer by double clicking on the my computer icon on the desktop.
  • Click View on the toolbar (across the top of the window) and select Folder options from the drop down list that appears.
  • Click the View tab
  • Select Show all files, in Windows 98 you will find it under the heading Hidden files


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