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Problem with showing hidden files
checking the box "show hidden files" doesnt work

 2:54 am on Dec 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm using windows xp and I'm having a problem trying to show hidden files. Now under windows explorer, i tried going to tools --> folder options --> view tab and check "show hidden files" but after i press ok, the hidden files won't show. So i go back to folder options and i see that the "show hidden files" tab is somehow unchecked again. No matter how many times i try to check it again, it always becomes unchecked. But this problem only seems to apply to the "show hidden files" box because i tried it on "hide extensions to known file types" and it works perfectly well. Now I don't know if there is something wrong with the folder options or some kind of setting in my windows has gone wrong. Any help would be most appreciated



 4:11 am on Dec 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld Bloogy.

Do you have Administrator privileges on this account? Is it possible your system administrator locked this down?

It seems that you're taking the right steps: To display hidden files and folders [microsoft.com]


 1:47 am on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm very sure I have administrator privelages on the computer so I don't think that's the problem


 3:01 am on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think I'd be running every free rootkit scanner I could find. Search "rootkitrevealer", "Sophos anti-rootkit", and "AVG anti-rootkit" free for some reputable ones to start with.

Either there's something wrong with your Windows install or registry, or something is actively trying to hide from you.



 4:03 pm on Jan 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

This sounds like malware (virus/spyware) however, a registry fault might have the same effect (by preventing the setting being saved).

It's also worth noting that some files such as desktop.ini files (commonly found in special folders) remain hidden irrespective of settings.



 10:58 pm on Jan 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

There is also a setting for something like "Show system files".. Some files won't show until you tweak that

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