In this post, we will get to know how to view or search hidden files in Windows 10 and how to unhide files in Windows 8, and also some secret tips like how to show hidden files in Windows 10 using cmd and many more methods to view your hidden files in all windows versions.

Windows is the most used operating system from the beginning of the personal computing era till now. It is because that it is very user-friendly, good graphical user interface and a lot more reasons. Windows has more than a billion active users worldwide and there are a lot of things to learn about it.

Most of the operating systems possess a feature known as the file which allows users to stay organized and you can create an unlimited number of file and files within files. There is two type of attributes provided by windows for the file type one is “Read-only” which allows the users to do anything with the files and folder, they can also edit them in any format and the next one is “Hidden” which will hide the file and normal users cannot see it. So let’s see how to view the hidden folders of windows. You can also hide files in Windows and the operating system itself hide some files for safety and cleanliness reasons.

How to show hidden files in Windows 10 or Windows 8?

As many of the operating system files are hidden and also people hide some files for security reasons, Microsoft has made it easier to show hidden files, it is very simple to show hidden files in windows 10 and windows 8, just follow my steps below.

  • Open file explorer and navigate to the directory where you have the hidden files or hidden folders.
  • After that, being in the directory you can see various tabs in the above section of the file explorer.
  • Select the second tab named as view in the file explorer and click on hidden items.
  • Under that you will have two option, now click on the show/hide files check box to view your hidden files or hide it from other viewing it.

That’s it, it is a really simple process and anyone with least computer knowledge can do it very easily.

How to show hidden files in Windows 7 or Windows Vista?

Viewing the hidden files in windows 10 and Windows 8 was very easy, but in windows 7 and windows vista the process little complicated, but once you understand it and practice, it becomes very easier for you. So follow the steps below carefully.

  • Open file explorer and navigate to the directory where you have the hidden files or hidden folders.
  • After that, click on Organize button on the toolbar of the file explorer and select Folder and search options from the drop down.
  • You will get a new window with lots of options in it, select the second tab, which is view.
  • You will again find a lot of option under that tab now select the second option “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”, you will get a dropdown with two options click on show hidden files, folders and drives.

That’s it you will see all the hidden files with 50% transparency. It is an easy step on once you get used to it.

The general option in all Windows versions!

This is a general option available in all windows version to manually set the option to show hidden files, folders and drives all over your computer. Follow the steps below carefully.

  • Click on start or press Windows key and search for the control panel in the list of programs and setting and open it.
  • There will be 8 major sections in your control panel window. Click on the “Appearance and Personalization” settings.
  • Inside “Appearance and Personalization” again you will find many options, search for Folder Options and open it.
  • Now you will get the same folder options windows which you got in the organize section.
  • Now click on the second tab which is view and under advanced settings click on hidden files and folder.
  • You will now get two more options in the drop down “Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives” and “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”. Choose what you want accordingly and click on Apply and then on OK and close everything.

That’s it, now you can find everything the hidden and all other folders in all your directories. However, you will not see some protected hidden folders of the operating system itself. Below is a method to view them too.

How to see Hidden Protected folders in Windows?

These are important Windows operating system’s files and folder, damaging which you may lose some control or option over Windows operating system or your whole operating system may get corrupted. So, don’t mess with them without proper knowledge, the steps to view protected windows files and folders is as follows,

  • Click on start or press Windows key and search for the control panel in the list of programs and setting and open it.
  • There will be 8 major sections in your control panel window. Click on the “Appearance and Personalization” settings.
  • Inside “Appearance and Personalization” again you will find many options, search for Folder Options and open it.
  • Now you will get the same folder options windows which you got in the Organize section.
  • Now click on the second tab which is view and under advanced settings click on hidden files and folder.
  • You will now get two more options in the drop down “Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives” and “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”. Choose the second option and scroll down you will find another option “Hide Protected operating system files (Recommended)” uncheck this box and then click on apply.
  • You will get an error as these files and folder are sensitive and edit them may damage your operating system, and it will ask “Are you sure you want to display these files?” click yes and you will have all the windows protected hidden files.

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Final words

These are the four methods to view hidden and protected hidden files in your all Windows operating system. Don’t edit or delete any hidden file in your C drive, which is your Windows operating system’s installation directory. If you want to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10 to someone than use this method.