How-to unhide hidden files in Windows 7 or 8

Well this is going to be a common question, so let’s take a quick look at how to unhide files that are hidden

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

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 check Hidden Items, uncheck that any you’re already done

Uncheck Hidden Items Options

Steps To Unhide Files Hidden By A Virus Using File Attributes

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: Monday, January 26th, 2009 Last Modified: February 21, 2014