In this tutorial you will see how to show hidden files in Windows XP. All Windows versions hide certain files to protect the data from being tampered with or destroyed accidentally. These files are invisible to a computer user until they choose to show hidden files. However sometimes we need to access these hidden files or folders. For example some programs store their files in a folder called application data, which is hidden in Windows Xp and Windows Vista and Seven. If you want to see these hidden files you will have to change settings in Windows. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 you can also un hide “supper hidden” files: please see how to show supper hidden files, the supper hidden kind.
In this tutorial we just want to show hidden files in Windows in order to complete a task or find a specific file.
How to show hidden files in Windows XP
- Go to the Start menu at the bottom left corner.
- Choose My Computer.
- Go to the menu at the top and choose Tools, then choose Folder options.
- Choose View from the tabs at the top.
- Scroll down the list and find the Hidden files and folders section. Choose to show hidden files and folders.
- Then press Apply and then OK.
Reasons why you need to show hidden files in Windows XP
- Sometimes you need to show hidden files in Windows so you can backup hidden settings or folders. For example, your Outlook express folders are in hidden files.
- We need to see hidden files to change certain settings on a computer.
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How to show hidden files in Windows Vista and Windows 7
And the instructions are the same as the above tutorial if you want to show hidden files in Windows Vista and Windows 7. There is one tiny difference though, as the tools menu is not shown by default unless you press that ALT key on the keyboard.
As You can see in the screen shot below, I have pressed on the ALT key on the keyboard to show the file, edit, view, help menu. Then I pressed on tools, which is the same as the above tutorial and then chose folder options.
I always like to show hidden files in Windows XP, or any other version of Windows that I’m using. However this is not always recommended for new computer users as they might accidentally delete the wrong folder or file. These files and folders are hidden for a reason and that is why you should not show hidden files in Windows and less you really have to.
Exposing Hidden Files and Computer Protection
We all know how important computer maintenance and computer protection is so hopefully you are fully secure on your PC. Exposing your hidden files will not make you any more or less open to computer attacks but it does make some hackers jobs easier. This is exactly why we need to protect our computers in the first place. We should only be exposing our files for our eyes only. At the moment I am using PC Matic to maintain and protect everything for me. This software is amazing and has won a number of top awards. You can get a free scan for your computer to see how it works before you buy.