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Show Hidden Folders and Files (All Windows) Popular

This setting controls whether hidden files and folders are displayed in explorer when browsing the file system.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "Hidden" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
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Value Name: Hidden
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = show hidden, 2 = do not show)

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Last modified: February 24, 2002