In this post, we will see how to show Hidden Files, Folders & Drives along with Protected operating system files in Windows 10/8/7, via File Explorer Options in the Control Panel.
Show Hidden Files & Folders
To do this, you will have to open the Control Panel and then select the File Explorer Options. File Explorer Options is referred to as Folder Options in Windows 8.1/7.
To show Hidden Files, Folders & Drives on your Windows 10 computer:
- Open File Explorer Options
- Click on the View tab
- Under Hidden Files & Folders, select the Show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives option
- Click on Apply and Exit.
Unhide Protected operating system files
If you wish to unhide and show the Protected operating system files, you need to uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) setting, and click Apply.
Alternatively, you can also open Explorer, select the View tab and toggle the Hidden items checkbox to short or hide files and folders.
For your information, you can also access the Change folder and search options box from here.
There is another way! You can use attrib.exe to change File Attributes, and/or show the hidden files.
BONUS TIP: If you find that the Show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives option is missing, then this registry tweak is sure to help you. Alternatively, you could use our freeware FixWin to fix this problem. You will find the fix under its Explorer section.