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Show hidden files and folders option isn't there, even in the registry

By Habylab
Dec 6, 2008
  1. I can't do it the simple way, i.e. going to folder options. I can't do it by going to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
    Advanced\Folder\Hidden\ because it just isn't there. I have a folder called SuperHidden, but not Hidden.
    How do I fix this?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    1. Click Start -> Run
    2. Type regedit and click Ok.
    3. Find the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL
    4. Look at the “CheckedValue” key… This should be a DWORD key. If it isn’t, delete the key.
    5. Create a new key called “CheckedValue” as a DWORD (hexadecimal) with a value of 1.
    6. The “Show hidden files & folders” check box should now work normally
    7. Also change in NOHIDDEN change value to 1
    8. In SHOWALL change value to 0
    9. Re-check the folder options
    10. now change the values to the same
    NOHIDDEN to 2
    SHOWALL to 1

    Strange, but works.

    Here's a good VBS tweak I use too: Show & Hide System Files Context Menu Item
     
  3. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 307

    I told you in my first post, the "Hidden" section isn't in the "Folder" section!
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes I know
    But I have an easier option (instead of creating the folder, and changing things!)
    Just unzip this folder -> View attachment Hidden.zip and merge it to registry, then restart
    Check Folder Options then, ideally let me know how it went.
     
  5. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 307

    Done that, just checking!
     
  6. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 307

    It worked, thank you!
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Fantastic. Thanks for the update :grinthumb
     
  8. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 307

    Thats alright :)
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Anyway it wasn't a folder exactly, it was a registry Key and "folder options" which show files
    I know very confusing, but it all worked out in the end anyway :)

    Thanks for the update ;) ;)
     
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