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    Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    I know it sounds strange but I do not see hidden or system file in Explorer; this worked before but I checked and in "Folder Options", I have "Show hidden files and folders" selected; I also have "Hide protected operating system files" unselected.
    Even switched them off, applied and switched them back on... no difference. Yes, I restarted Explorer and also tried rebooting.

    Anyone?

    Oh, by the way, I KNOW there are hidden files/dirs as Explorer tells me in the Status bar e.g. "13 objects (plus 9 hidden)". I know what these hidden ones would be but again, I don't see them.

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Thanks for the suggestion; I tried that, this is what I did:

    Created a file "Hidden.txt" in a folder. Used Explorer to set the Hidden-attribute. Surely when I refreshed the view in Explorer it was gone (and I re-verified my 'show hidden files' settings).
    Next I went into command mode (CMD) and type "ATTRIB", luckily (?) it showed my file OK. So it seems to be something with the Explorer...

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    From the Help and support on my XP machine
    <hr>To display hidden files and folders
    Open Folder Options in Control Panel.
    Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    Double-click Folder Options.
    On the View tab, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders.
    Notes

    Hidden files and folders will appear dimmed to indicate they are not typical items. Usually, hidden files are program or system files that should not be deleted or changed. To display other hidden files, clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box.
    If you know the <font color=red>name of a hidden file or folder, you can search for it</font color=red> . For more information, click Related Topics.
    If you want to see all file name extensions, clear the Hide file extensions for known file types check box.
    <hr>

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Well... that is just what my problem is (and what I described above) - I did all this and my hidden files remain invisible!!!

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Is XP fully patched? Are you running as an administrator?

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Don't know if it helps, but there are "sneakier" ways to hide files/ folders in Windows. The three methods explained in How to hide files and folders in Windows XP might give some insights.

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Yes, I'm fully patched and logged on as admin

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Checked that briefly; it talks about the 'standard' way via Explorer and then it continues to describe ATTRIB (and that was suggested before and I did check that). More is there but not (I think) relevant.

    Basically, I'm still not clear what's the cause of my problem. Could it be a registry and/or group-policy setting maybe?

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    I'd think it would be GP only if it is a work PC and you have restrictions set by an admin.

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Nope, it's my private PC @ home. I am the (only) admin and I've never (intentionally) set any GP restrictions. Now a TOOL could have done that maybe, but if so and if that would be the case:

    (1) how would I find out?

    (2) Wouldn't the options be dimmed in the dialog box then? (Mine SEEM to work, but in fact they don't as reported).

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Open Windows Registry, navigate to

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerAdvanced

    and change following DWORD values:

    "(Default)" to 0
    "Hidden" to 1
    "HideFileExt" to 0
    "ShowSuperHidden" to 1
    "SuperHidden" to 1
    "WebViewBarricade" to 1

    There are per user settings.
    Your account must have rights to change Registry settings. If it is not, use RUNAS command to open Regedit.

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    I hope you don't mind a followup question, even though I'm waiting too to see what Erik finds when he checks your recommendation. Just for curiosity, I checked my registry and all the settings you mentioned are set the way you recommended except for the Default. In my registry it says Not Set. Can you tell me something about how or why one should set it to zero, please?

    The obvious reason I ask is that I don't have the problem Erik is trying to solve, my settings agree with your recommended and I don't know what role the Default being either "Not Set" or a zero or one plays in the way this function operates. I don't mind doing some reading if you want to point me to a link somewhere. Thanks!

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Cool, I'll try later but this is what I have now:

    "(Default)" >>> (value not set)
    "Hidden" >>> 2
    "HideFileExt" >>> 0 [OK]
    "ShowSuperHidden" >>> 2
    "SuperHidden" >>> 0
    "WebViewBarricade" >>> 0

    So I expect this will work; like Big Al, I'm curious to find out what these entries do specifically so before I'll try this, I'll do some searching on the Net to find out!

    Thanks already!

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    Re: Show Hidden Files in Explorer (XP)

    Al,
    Just to chime in, I checked my settings and they agree with yours, including Default Value Not Set.

    Maybe he meant that set to 0, really meant "NOT SET"?
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