"Show hidden files and folders" Doesn’t Work

Posted On 2008-04-16 by FortyPoundHead
Tags: Software Hack/Tweak Windows XP
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A common virus disables the Show hidden files and folders function in Windows XP. Here is how to enable it again.

The symptom of this problem is every time you select the Show hidden files and folders options under Folder Options, the screen just flashes when you click OK and the hidden files and folders are not unhidden. You can fix this problem with a registry hack:

  1. Click Start > Run and type REGEDIT

  2. Click the plus sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    then SOFTWARE
    then Microsoft
    then Windows
    then CurrentVersion
    then Explorer
    then Advanced

On the right side, double click the hidden value and give it a value of 1.

You should now be able to enable hidden files and folders.

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