homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 184.73.40.21
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member

Home / Forums Index / Microsoft / Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista/Windows 7/8/9/10)
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: bill

Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista/Windows 7/8/9/10) Forum

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

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3536179 posted 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

 

bill

WebmasterWorld Administrator bill us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3536179 posted 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]

Bloogy

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3536179 posted 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

jdMorgan

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jdmorgan us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3536179 posted 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.

Jim

kaled

WebmasterWorld Senior Member kaled us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3536179 posted 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.

Kaled.

cmendla

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3536179 posted 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

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / Microsoft / Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista/Windows 7/8/9/10)
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved