I am trying to view hidden files in Windows Explorer using Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2.
Here are the steps to take according to the bleeping computer tutorial entitled "How to see hidden files in Windows" (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-see-hidden-files-in-windows/
1. Close all programs so that you are at your desktop.
2. Double-click on the My Computer icon.
3. Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
4. After the new window appears select the View tab.
5. Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Display the contents of system folders.
6. Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
7. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide file extensions for known file types.
8. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
9. Press the Apply button and then the OK button and shutdown My Computer.
I was able to properly check or uncheck the properties in steps 5, 7 and 8.
My problem is with step 6. I have no Hidden files and folders section with radio buttons. On other computers I believe this is displayed between the "Do not cache thumbnails" and "Hide extensions with known file types" but it is not there for some reason.
Does anybody know how I can display this section and its radio buttons? If that is not possible, is there someway I can make the change directly in the registry?
Additional information: At first I my Folder Options was disabled so I had to manually change the value for NoFolderOptions (located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer) in the Registry Editor from 1 to 0.