How to show/unhide hidden files in Windows 7, 8 Or 10 (2015 Update)

Well this is going to be a common question, so let’s take a quick look at how to unhide and show files that are hidden on your Windows machine, intentionally (system files) or not.

Please take a few moments to go through our table of contents to find the most relevant passage for your situation. If you are trying to unhide files hidden by a virus, you will most likely fail using the first 2 methods
Unhide Files Properly
On Windows 8 Or 10 Using The View Tab
On Windows 7 Using The Control Panel
Using The Command Prompt For Serious Cases (Virus/Trojan)

Show Files On Windows 8 or 10 (Final)

Windows 8 and 10 both share the same Windows explorer design. If you want to show hidden files, open the Windows Explorer and open the folder where the hidden files reside. Now at the top you see fours tabs called File, Home, Share and View:

Click on View

Open View Tab Windows10.png

On the right side (2nd column) you will find the option Hidden files, tick it to unhide all files and folders that were hidden:

Show Hidden Files.png

9 Steps To Unhide Files in Windows 7: The Simple Way

1. StepStart Button

2. Step Control Panel
Windows 7 Control Panel Settings

4. Step Click on Appearance and Personalization

Appearenace and Personalization

5. Step Click on Folder Options
Folder Options

6. StepGo to the tab View

7. Step Check “Hidden files and folders: Show all files and folders

Show Hidden Files Folders And Drives

8. Step Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

9. Step Click “Apply” and then “OK”

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Steps To Unhide Files in Windows 8

If you are on Windows 8 or 8.1, then follow the steps below

1. Step Open the Windows Explorer using the key combination Windows key + E (same time!)

2. Step Ok? Then double-click on your C: drive

3. Step At the top you will now see this:

Manage View Listing On Windows8

4. Step Alright, now on the right you will see a checkbox, tick the option Hidden Items to view those invisible files.

Checkbox Hidden Items On Windows8

Steps To Unhide Files Hidden By A Virus Using The Command Prompt

Aside from the regular hidden files, there are super hidden files. This usually works by modifying the file attributes using the command prompt. It’s actually very easy to do and you only need to know a few commands to unhide files hidden by a virus

CAREFUL: The next steps could break your entire system

1. Step In order to avoid system problems, we are going to test the commands to unhide files first.

2. Step Open a command prompt

3. Step Enter the command cd D:, followed by mkdir test (what it does is create a test folder on the D drive)

4. Step Now enter cd D:/test

5. Step Open the Windows Explorer in the background and copy a simple file into D:/test

6. Step Enter attrib +s +h *.*

 Unhide Files And Folders Via System Attributes

7. Step Now you should see that the file is either greyed out (on Windows 8) or completely hidden (on Windows 7, using default settings)

8. Step To remove those file attributes replace the + with a – sign e.g. attrib -s -h *.*

9. Step Now you should know how to unhide files hidden by virus as well – please post any questions below if you still need help. Be as precise as possible or you will most likely not receive an answer

Published: Saturday, August 15th, 2015 Last Modified: August 15, 2015