Tricky: How to find super-hidden folders on Windows 8 (plus attribute-hidden!)

Preview Super Hidden Thumb There are hidden files, protected super hidden files and you can also change attributes – so to find all of them you have to change a few settings that will un-hide them

1. StepOn the Start screen, select Desktop tile.

Desktop tile super hidden

2. Step Next, on the desktop screen, double click on the Computer icon to open it. If you don’t see the Computer icon on your desktop then un-hide it by checking the box “desktop icon” in your Personalization Control Panel. Alternatively, simply hit Windows key + E

  • Change desktop icons ::  Control Panel >> Appearance and Personalization >> Personalization >> Change desktop icons 

Open computer super hidden

3. Step Next, double click on the C drive to open it.

C drive super hidden

4. Step Next, click on View and then Options. And click on the ‘Change folder and search options’.

View super hidden

5. Step Next, click on the View tab and untick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’. Now, you will see the super-hidden folders and files.

Hide protected super hidden


Super hidden files and folders that are system-protected are hidden by default and do not normally show up in the  Windows Explorer.

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We are aware of various viruses that change the attributes of your files – in that case the options above won’t help to actually unhide your files


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Uttam is a Microsoft Student Partner from Kathmandu, Nepal. Aside from blogging, Uttam is also studying computer engineering and works as a freelancer developer. Windows has always been his first love. He has been using Windows since his early days since he was in 2nd Grade. He also used a few other operating systems but never found any other OS that he grew fond of.

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