Hidden files and folders are missing or do not work under Windows 10/8/7

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We know that the Windows operating system contains files and other system files and folders that are hidden by default. These are hidden so that the end user does not accidentally delete or modify its content as required by the system. However, you may need to view these hidden files and folders.

To view these hidden files and folders, type the File Explorer options in Windows 10 or Folder Options I, start the search and press Enter to open the window. In the View tab, select the Hidden files, folders and drives check box. If you also want to show hidden files and folders, disable the option Hide protected files from operating system .

Click Apply and complete the process. Hidden files and folders are now visible.

Show missing hidden files and folders option

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If you notice that in your Windows, if you have your options File Explorer options formerly called folder options, via Windows Explorer > Organize > Folders & Search Options > Folder Options > View > Advanced Settings, the option Show hidden files, folders and drives is missing, then here is a registry hack that you can try to enable.

First create a system restore point. Then type regedit in the Windows search field and press Enter. Navigate to the next button:

Right-click Type and select Edit. Change the value data in group (16) without quotation marks.

Click OK > Exit.

I hope this will help you. If this does not help, users of Windows 10/8.1 can download and apply this registry patch. Alternatively, Windows 7, Windows Vista users can use our free FixWin software to solve this problem. You can find the patch in the explorer area.

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