3 Ways to View hidden files in Vista

Well this hacks are on the different ways you cam view the hidden files in windows vista.

There are many ways in which you can view but there are more left that’s why i have made this list just for you guys. there are many ways you can view hidden files in windows xp, so i thought it would be great to write some of them for windows vista.vista_folder_options

So here we go :- 

Basic Way

To enable the viewing of hidden and protected system files in Windows Vista please follow these steps:

  1. Close all programs so that you are at your desktop.
  2. Click on the Start button. This is the small round button with the Windows flag in the lower left corner.
  3. Click on the Control Panel menu option.
  4. When the control panel opens you can either be in Classic View or Control Panel Home view:
    If you are in the Classic View do the following:
    1. Double-click on the Folder Options icon.
    2. Click on the View tab.
    3. Go to step 5.

    If you are in the Control Panel Home view do the following:
    1. Click on the Appearance and Personalization link.
    2. Click on Show Hidden Files or Folders.
    3. Go to step 5. 
  5. Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
  6. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide extensions for known file types.
  7. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files. Once this is done, your Folder Options screen should look similar to the following image. VistaShare_ShowHiddenFilesAndFolders

Regedit Magic

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.


CMD Devil

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