How to force Windows to show hidden files and folders

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windows vistaSometimes, Windows might disable the option to show you  hidden files and folders located in your computer. This is due to a glitch or some viruses which are able to disable such a feature in order to hide better in your operating system. The option I am talking about is called: “Show all hidden files and folders” located under “Folder Options”. If your antivirus is not able to eliminate a virus or spyware and  you need to look inside these hidden folders to spot it, here is a quick hack to solve this issue.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search box, type: regedit and press Enter.
  3. In Windows XP, Click Run and press Enter.
  4. Locate this key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows
    CurrentVersion Explorer AdvancedFolderHidden SHOWALL.
  5. In the right pane, check that the subkey CheckedValue data is REG_DWORD. If it is not, delete it.
  6. If  you have deleted CheckedValue, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it  CheckedValue and give it value 1.
  7. If the subkey CheckedValue is already in your registry,Double-click it and check that it has got value 1 (if it has got another value change it to 1).
  8. Now, check that CheckedValue is  REG_SZ type, and has got the value data radio.
  9. Restart your computer for the change to take effect.
  10. Set your operating system to show  hidden files and folders.

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