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How to see hidden files in Windows Vista


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#1 green box

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:06 PM

By Lawrence Abrams November 17 2006

 

After going through the steps so that Windows Vista is configured to show all hidden files. What do I need to do to show these hidden files?.

Thank you.

 

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:52 AM

Same as any other version of Windows - "Show Hidden  Files & Folders" and "Display the Contents of System Folders". What are you trying to do that isn't working?



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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:05 PM

Open any windows explorer window, go to view, folder and search options, view. On this tab there's a list of options, show hidden files and folders, check it and they will appear. There is also others such as Display protected operating system files etc.

 

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 05:23 PM

Allan, I apologize for sending you a private message.

 

I have not been able to see the hidden files after configuration to show hidden files.

Where have I gone wrong.

 

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:30 PM

Welcome to BP.

 

If you have the menubar showing in Windows Explorer click on Tools/Folder Options... on the View tab under Hidden files and folders click Show hidden files and folders then click Apply. Or you can use Folder Options in Control Panel but you won't see what it changes.


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:32 PM

I've just replied to your other post on the same question. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/488606/how-to-see-hidden-files-in-windows-vista/


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:40 PM

Merged both posts here.


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 06:59 AM

Have you made both changes in Folder Options, clicked "Apply to all folders" and then clicked "ok"? Please look in Folder Options - does it have the correct settings?



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:48 PM

Dear Alan, Agglomerate, Keithuk and boopme,

Sorry for going out of contact for a time but now have returned, but I have still not ' seen hidden files in windows vista ' yet. 

Thank you.

 

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:17 PM

Hello, this will make ALL hidden files visible, even those hidden on purpose.
 
Please download the following program to your desktop:
Unhide.exe
Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the Unhide.exe icon on your desktop and allow the program to run.


Edited by boopme, 09 April 2013 - 09:19 PM.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:05 AM

Click start orb>then click>user account folder/ or/ documents, when the folder opens press ALT on keyboard>tools>folder options>view tab>highlight show hidden files and folders>untick hide extensions for known file types>untick hide protected operating system files (recommended)>click apply>ok

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:33 AM

Dear boopme,

I downloaded Unhide.exe and it showed some files but I don't think all. The files I require are in the Registry are part of the BBC iplayer software. I uninstalled BBC iplayer , but not all of it because I need to delete some directory files before I can reinstall the software. These directory files are 'the hidden files' I need to see. I know you have to be very careful when doing changes in the Registry.Thank you.

 

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:40 AM

Dear doinmeedin,

 Click start orb. Sorry, please what is ' orb '.

Thank you.

 

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:33 AM

My thread ' how to see hidden files in Windows Vista ' has now finished with no conclusion. 

 

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 11:14 AM

<<The files I require are in the Registry are part of the BBC iplayer software. I uninstalled BBC iplayer , but not all of it because I need to delete some directory files before I can reinstall the software. These directory files are 'the hidden files' I need to see. I know you have to be very careful when doing changes in the Registry.>>

 

Not sure where you are getting your info about the need to delete reg files...but you need to understand a few things.

 

a.  Although we refer to them as registry files...the only way to edit/remove, etc. those files...is by using regedit, the Windows regsitry tooll.  You cannot "see" registry files and expect them to look like system or other files.  They are expressed as values, etc.  For summary information re the Windows registry, you might try reading

 

Demystifying the Windows Registry - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial74.html#backup

 

Beginners Guides The Registry Backups, Repairs, and Protection - PCSTATS.com - http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=263&page=4

 

b.  Registry files are unaffected by the "hidden" status of Windows files.  Since they are not "files" in the same manner that system, data, program files are...you cannot access, edit, etc. them in the same manner.

 

c.  "Directory files" is a term typically referring to files which are easily accessible in Windows by using the Search function or a similar tool.  The only exception would be if you are referring to Windows system files.  All installed program files, all data files...have no "hidden" attribute typically...unless malware is involved.  Some malware cause problems with the way that Windows functions, including the ability to see files which are typically visible to any user.

 

Louis


Edited by hamluis, 14 May 2013 - 11:15 AM.





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