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    Mp3s have become hidden system files

    I have a batch of music files on my computer that have become hidden system files and the only way I can see them is to allow the folder options to show hidden files.

    I wont go into how they got that way. What I want to know is how do if turn off the hidden property of these files?

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    I don't think Windows will let you change the hidden attribute with a right-click and properties. Haven't ever had to do it, but you may need to open a Run, CMD window, navigate to the folder where the files are and use the ATTRIB command to change them. You can do multiple files (usually) with wildcards. If you enter ATTRIB /? you'll see the command line options, but a typical command to release the hidden, system and read only attributes would be: ATTRIB -H -S -R (drive, path, filename)

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    With all due respect, you should notice in her post that she's asking about hidden, system files. In all versions of Windows that I have running, you will see a properties screen as in this attachment, where the HIDDEN (and obviously SYSTEM) attributes are inaccessible. I don't think Event Viewer is going to reveal anything on something she couldn't do in the first place.

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    I didn't think Event Viewer would be terribly helpful here, but its one of the most underused sources of information here and anywhere else in Windows. I noticed every word in the post. I find knowing an OS terribly helpful, whatever the problem, because often it can impact help toward a favorable outcome--I know the system attributes are inacessible and there are 3-4 KBs that usually show up in the many threads here when they are (two very recent in Windows XP). It certainly helps searching for an answer to know the OS and often the browser, and if I'm going to invest time I like going in knowing the OS. On all 25-27 MSN XP groups, when the OS isn't stated or on any Office group where the version isn't given, it's requested immediately, and I don't consider it an imposition to ask at all when you're making a serious effort to help.

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    Kerry-

    What operating system? Either in an explorer folder Tools>Folder Options>View or Control Panel>Folder Options>View do you have "Display the Simple Contents of System Folders" checked? Is this recent and how long? Do you get any information at start>run>eventvwr.msc>application/system categories?

    I wonder if this thread and the two linked KB articles could be of any help?

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    Big Al, Here's a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> program that add to the context menu for files and will let you maipulate attriubtes from within Windows: Attribute Changer

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    I wasn't questioning your asking for the OS - we all do that - except that it's irrelevant in this case. My point was that event viewer won't give you any info on a non-action and I didn't even mention that Simple Folder View has nothing to do with attributes.

    And I'll save another post: Thanks Joe, for the tip. Hopefully Kerry can give it a try to solve her problem.....

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    Thanks Joe for Attribute Changer's easy access. Al I thought the two KBs in the link above went straight to the problem of changing hidden attirbutes in files and folders and not every user is comfortable running to the command line to do some of these things. If they have become hidden system files recently, and they weren't before, I wonder why a System Restore might not get her back to the behavior she had in addition to manually
    changing the attributes back to the way they were. What do you think caused them to change?

    In XP and probably Win 2K (I don't know about every version of Windows in this regard)what frequently gets in the way of people taking ownership of files and folders or making advanced settings of permissions or attributes is that simple file sharing is enabled by default if they aren't on a domain, and they have to disable it to get access to the security tab and advanced options for permissions. Once they do they can access the security tab on a right click>properties.

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    <hr>...simple file sharing is enabled by default... <hr>
    Ah, but you didn't say simple file sharing, you said simple FOLDER VIEW. There may be something in the KB articles referenced in your link but I don't think it's necessary in this case. Could we possibly shelve this debate and wait to see what Kerry does with either the command line or Joe's suggested freeware? We're just debating back and forth and obscuring Kerry's problem and making for difficult thread viewing.

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    Folder view doesn't impact but I thought it might. Doing the best I can. What do you think exactly is her problem because if she didn't have the nifty little app Joe linked, then she'd have to do something manually. Isn't it setting permissions and or attributes so that she can unhide her music files? This KB might help access them also:

    308418: HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove File and Folder Permissions in Windows XP

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    Thank you Joe

    I downloaded this and it worked!!

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    Golly - I did start something here didn't I!

    I have used the Attribute changer program Joe suggested and it works. Just for the record I am using windows X{ Professional. The way the files changed was that a friend was experimenting making a program like Joe's suggestion and I used it and inadvertantly changed the attributes to Hidden and couldnt change them back. I lost contact with the friend and have had these files like this for about 2 years now. I have two computers and the other one is Windows XP home edition. I wanted to put these files on the other computer, but I couldnt see them on there even if I changed the settings to view hidden files. So until now it hadnt been a problem.

    But HEY! Its all fixed now.

    Thank you all for caring enough to offer your help. I cant believe how helpful this forum is!

    Bye - for now

    Kerry

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    Re: Mp3s have become hidden system files

    Thanks for the thread. It forced me to read those KBs on attributes and permissions again and netted Joe's nifty program. Appreciate it. Your explanation helps me come away with a better understanding.

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