How to Hide or Unhide Hidden Files And Folder in Windows 7, 8 and Xp


System files used by Windows are hidden by default to protect these files from accidental deletion or being modified by Windows users. If you noticed that your files or folder are gone, don't panic viruses and spywares often change the attribute of the file or folder to hidden attribute so you won't be seeing them especially if your files are stored on an usb flash drive.


To lunch Folder Options window in windows 8


To lunch Folder Options in Windows 8, click on File Explorer. In the File Explorer Windows click on the View Tab and then click on the Options menu and then clicking on the Change folder and search options.


Windows 8.1 File Explorer


To lunch Folder Options window in windows 7


To lunch Folder Options in Windows 7, click on Start menu then clicking on the Control Panel. Change View by: Large icon or Small icon, click on Folder Options to lunch the Folder Options window.


Windows 7 File Explorer


To lunch Folder Option window in windows Xp


To lunch Folder Options in Windows Xp, click on Start menu then click on My Computer. In the My Computer window, click on Tools menu then click on Folder Options.


Windows Xp File Explorer


To show hidden files, folders and drives in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Xp


To show hidden Files, Folder and drives click on the View tab on the Folder Options, scroll down on the Advancce settings until you see a radio button that says Show hidden files, folders, and drives and then click on it. Also uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) to show hidden system files and folders.


Folder options - show hidden files and folders and drives


After clicking the OK button you should see greyed files and folder on your drive as shown in the image below. A greyed file or folder indicate that it is hidden. Note that some viruses and spywares will disable the showing of hidden files and folder even if the Show hidden files, and folders, and drives is selected and the Hide protected operating system files is unchecked, in this case suspect that your computer might be infected with a virus.




If you are using pirated or illegal Windows product key (aka Serial Key or CD key) and want to change your product key to a genuine or legal product key you just bought from Microsoft and decided not to reformat and re-install all of your software, then you’re just on the right place. You can easily change product key without re-installing everything in Windows 7 and Windows 8 by following this method.
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