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Windows 7: hidden files

13 Oct 2014   #1
nkoss

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 
hidden files

I am logged in as administrator and I have my folder options set to view hidden files. I can see the hidden files in Windows explorer, but I can't unhide them. Why not? The checkbox is grayed out


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14 Oct 2014   #2
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Are you sure you're looking in the right place? Most options in Folder Options - tab "View", are check boxes but for Hidden files and folders it's radio buttons.
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14 Oct 2014   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello nkoss,

In addition, check to see if this below may help to hide them.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
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14 Oct 2014   #4
nkoss

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

In the view options, I have the correct radio button pushed and all 3 checkboxes are unchecked. So I see the hidden files. I just can't unhide them.
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14 Oct 2014   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Please go ahead and post some screenshots showing what you are seeing with the folders, and your Folder Options settings to see if we may be able spot anything.
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14 Oct 2014   #6
nkoss

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

I don't see how to insert the image, but I was able to attach them....thanks


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14 Oct 2014   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The Music folder may have it's attribute locked to be hidden by iTunes, but you might see if using the command below in an elevated command prompt may help.

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide

ATTRIB -H "F:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music" /S /D

In addition, this may make it easier to toggle to hide/unhide files and folders as needed.

File and Folder - Add "Hide" and "Unhide" to Context Menu
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14 Oct 2014   #8
nkoss

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

The ATTRIB command changed the radio button to "Don't show...", so that didn't help. I ran the registry command and that made it easy to click "unhide" from the context menu, but it did NOT change the attribute of the hidden files.
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14 Oct 2014   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ok. The command was for the folder only. See if the command below for all files in the folder may get it sorted.

ATTRIB -H "F:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music\*" /S /D
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14 Oct 2014   #10
nkoss

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

That did it!! Thank you
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