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Problem with Hidden files and Folders

nwhan
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By default, all hidden files and folders are not shown.
I go to Tools>Folder Options>View>Hidden Files and Folders and check "Show Hidden Files and Folders". However, I still can't manage to see my hidden files/folders. Earlier, I have no problem with this. This happened lately only.

I've tried scanning my pc using anti-virus software, anti-spyware and registry cleaner but still unable to solve this problem. I've even use Windows XP cd to repair my windows but to no solution.

Please help. Thanks.
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What about in a command prompt?

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
#155

Try cycling it once or twice....to reenable hidden files , and then another time to disable....Something just seems stuck in the registry....

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unable to view the hidden folders/files in command prompt as well..
anyway it works man after the registry tweak...
however, when i select "do not show hidden files/folders" and choose back "show hidden files/folders", this wont work anymore...
how can i solve this ?
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Thast odd.....What happens if you leave it Enabled, instead of going back? Does it have problems holding the settings?

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ya, pretty weird to encounter such problem... if i use configure the registry file through the file i downloaded, it works fine...however, the setting will show no option is selected..if i choose "do not show hidden files/folders", this setting will be permanent even if i change to "show hidden files/folders" later on..it'll stuck at the first option...

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try this...

export registry entry from healthy computer and then reapply to yours

1- HKCU\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\advanced
2- HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\advanced


good luck
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If you do that, your going to have to recustomize your start menu, and several other items under Folder Options.
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I would simply check the permissions on those keys on your machine, before you import new values....
I have the same problem.

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Try this:
Start>>>Run .....type regedit and hit ok to open the registry.

Find this key in your registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden
Backup your registry first.
Modify the string value "Type" and enter "group" as value data.
Do you have Free Hide Folders installed?  It modifies Windows settings so that hidden files can never be seen.  I uninstalled it to fix it for me.

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I did the following to solve my problem

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedFolderHiddenNOHIDENCheckedValue = 0 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedFolderHiddenSHOWALLCheckedValue = 1
PAQed with no points refunded (of 50)

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