Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Show File Extensions and Hidden Files for all Users

04 Jul 2013   #1
Cosmo12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Show File Extensions and Hidden Files for all Users

Hi,

I am trying to change the registry to show hidden files/extensions.
This is for an unattended install, so I don't want to do it manually for each user. I know I can change the registry for the current user, but I can't seem to find out how to do this system wide. I need to show hidden files and file extensions for all users, such as when a new user account is created, extensions and hidden files are shown.

Is there a way to do this system wide?

I have tried adding the dword following entries:
Hidden (Value=1) & HideFileExt(HideFileExt=0) to the below locations in the registry

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

I read that if you change HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\NoHidden & HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\HideFileExt to the above values it should change the default key for HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced (Hidden & HideFileExt)

None of the HKLM entries I have tried as above appear to work.
Is there actually a way to change this system wide?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
04 Jul 2013   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"HideFileExt"=dword:00000000
"Hidden"=dword:00000001
show and hide files is a profile specific key and therefore can be modified by user accounts. if you would like to change the default, navigate to key:
HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\current version\explorer\advanced\folder\hidden and \hidefileext
there are keys in there that set default behaviors.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jul 2013   #3
Cosmo12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Which key and what value in \HideFileExt & \Hidden requires changing?
Does this change the default value for the profile specific values under HKCU?

I did already try to change/create every value that appeared applicable, none of the values I changed under HKLM had any affect. I assumed the values are the same as when changing this under HKCU and did change the dwords to the same.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

04 Jul 2013   #4
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I would do this by customizing the default user profile, simply selecting Show hidden files and folders and Show extensions in folder options and copying this setting to default user profile which is then used in all future user accounts.

See the Seven Forums tutorial for customizing the default user profile: User Profile - Customize During Installation

However, as Tews mentioned, users can always change this setting.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jul 2013   #5
Cosmo12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok, thanks. As long as I can show hidden files and extensions when a user logs in for the first time, that is all I want to do.
I'll try customising the default profile.

It's not possible to change this system wide via the registry?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Show File Extensions and Hidden Files for all Users




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Show hidden files that remain hidden
In Appearance Files View, clearing the 2 buttons to reveal hidden files does not allow access to, for instance, C documents and settings, which has a padlock next to it, and others. I had reinstalled the OS from within the machine and uninstalled any junk such as games etc. Have Avast free,...
General Discussion
File Extensions - Hide or Show
How to Hide or Show Known File Type Extensions in Windows 7 A file name extension is a set of characters added to the end of a file name that identifies the file type or format that determines what default program should open it. This will show you how to have Windows 7 hide or show known...
Tutorials
backup files will only show up if i click show hidden files and folder
Hey Guys, I cannot find a soultion to this problem. I was using my desktop like normal then an error came up saying that there was a hdd failure, and that i needed to scan for errors. all my files disappeared and only this error would come up. There would be hundreds of the same msg spamed on my...
Backup and Restore
Show Super Hidden File Extensions?
I saw this tip recently and wondered if it is correct. Would this tweak be safe to use on a home instance of Windows 7? :huh: Even when you have configured Windows to display all file extensions, some still remain hidden. This allows potentially dangerous files to be masked as safe files,...
General Discussion
show hidden folders show file extensions thru registry
I am trying to setup a default user or machine setup for how win7 handles folder view options. I want show hidden folders to be set to on for all users and the hide extensions for know file types to be unchecked or turned off ffor all users (so extensions show) I have located them in the registry...
General Discussion
fonts don't show file extensions
I've configured windows to NOT "hide file extensions" and it works in most folders...however when I go to the Windows/Fonts folder I can't get the extensions to show up. I can right click the font to find properties which shows the extension but I can't keep doing that for every one. Tried...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:21.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App