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  1. #1
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    Mar 2005
    Portland, OR

    Show super hidden files in Vista

    In Windows Vista, some files do not appear, even if the option "Show hidden files" is checked. These are "super-hidden" system files, which only appear by modifying the registry.

    Showing super hidden files in Vista:

    • Start button, type regedit and then Enter.
    • Go to the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced
    • In the right pane, double-click the value SuperHidden, and type the number 1. (If SuperHidden is not present, it should be established by the usual method).
    • OK and restart.

    The super-hidden files are now visible in the explorer.
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  2. #2
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    Dec 2004

    How to Show Super Hidden File/Folder from Command Prompt on Vista

    Here's another way on how to Show Super Hidden File/Folder from Command Prompt:

    1. First click on start menu then run
    2. Type : cmd
    push enter button
    it will give you the command prompt screen

    3. Go to the drive where the files is hidden. say the file is in drive d. it's a folder named data. the full path will be (d:\data\). to go to the destination drive you can use command :

    drive: push then push enter,
    for example, type = d: enter
    4.type : attrib -h -s /s /d data
    where :
    * h is hidden (we use minus sign to remove it)
    * s is system
    * /s means process all files in the directory (recursive)
    * /d means process directory/folder as well

  3. #3
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    Aug 2010

    Re: Show super hidden files in Vista

    Racer- I tried doing this for hidden files on a flash drive but it didn't completely work. It did unhide the folder that contains the files, but the files themselves are still hidden. I know the files are there because when I did a virus scan on the drive, it showed all the file names as they were being scanned. However, when I open it, it still says folder is empty.

    Dr.Jones- I also tried your option, but when I go to the command prompt screen and enter in the destination of the flash drive, it says "is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file".

    I've already checked "show hidden files" on the folder preferences.
    Is this happening because it's a removable drive? Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated

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