How to see hidden files in Windows 8By Lawrence Abrams on September 18, 2011 | Last Updated: December 11, 2012 | Read 347,624 times.
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Windows 8 hides certain files so that you are not able to view them while exploring the files and folders on your computer. Windows has two types of files that Windows will classify as hidden and hide from the user. The first type are actually hidden files, which are ones that are given the +H attribute or specified as Hidden in a file or folder's properties. The second type of file are System files, which are files that are required for the proper operation of Windows 8 as thus are hidden so that they are not changed or deleted by accident.
There are times, though, that you need to see the files that are hidden on your computer. Whether it is because malware has created them and set them to be hidden or you need to repair a problem on your computer that requires you to view Hidden or System files. Due to this it can be beneficial at times to be able to see all files, including hidden ones, that may be on your computer. This tutorial will explain how to show all hidden files in Windows 8.
If you just need to see hidden files and you do not wish to see the files that are classified as Windows 8 System files, then please follow these steps. Please note that this is the recommended setting if you wish to see just hidden files.
You will now see hidden files and a filename's extension.
If you need to see system and hidden files in Windows 8, then please follow these steps:
You will now be able to see all Windows 8 system files and any files that have been marked as hidden on your computer. To reverse these changes, simply go back into the Folder Options screen as described above and change the settings to Don't show hidden files, folder or drives and uncheck Hide extensions for known file types and Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).
Without a doubt, being able to view any and all the files on your computer is an immensely useful tool when troubleshooting Windows problems. Using the instructions above you can enable the viewing of all hidden and system files so that you can properly troubleshoot your issues, and when finished, revert them back to Windows' default settings. If you have any questions about this process please feel free to post them in our Windows 8 forums.
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