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Windows 7: Cannot view hidden Folders and Files Even When through Folder Options

31 Jan 2011   #11

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

You have been given good advice as to how to view the folders, unfortunately, it did not work and that concerns me.
Run a full, updated anti virus scan
Download and run a full upadated scan with malwarebytes.
You could have saved more that you thought.
Report back.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2011   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You need to take off the system attribute.

You can do it with command prompt - probably easier with this free context menu app. - Attribute Changer

Worth checking rich46 post - you never know.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

Hi Jimmy! Thanks so much for that.
You have been a great help !!
Yes, I am afraid of fussing and messing things up!
I'm very good at messing things up accidentally :)
So I have to be careful.


Oh, did not realise there have been other replies!

Hi Richc and SIW !
Thank you very much for your responses.
I will try these things and report back shortly.

Richc: I have Kaspersky, so I will run a full scan on all users.
I will D/L Malawarebytes and run it.

SIW : I will try that program. And let you know the results.

Cheers all!

My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Feb 2011   #14

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

Okay, this problem is now three-quarters solved.

Richc: I am running a Kaspersky full system scan right now.

SIW: Okay, System Attributes has half-helped [and it looks like a great program]
I went to change the attributes on the folders on my C Drive, and I changed and unchecked the boxes of the attributes of "system" and "hidden" on my MP3 files and folders [although why these attributes were checked in Attribute Changer when I had unchecked them in Folder Options is also a mystery, and also why Windows sees these MP3 files and folders as system files and why they are so difficult to properly unhide is still a mystery too].

Now, on the C Drive it seems Attribute Changer has fixed this, and the files and folders no longer have that "transparent" look which seems to indicate Windows thinks they are sys files.

HOWEVER , Attribute Changer seems unable to change the attributes of these same files and folders and many others on my External Hard Drives.
I have attached Photos of the settings I have changed, and photos of my problem on the external drive.

In Photo 1 : I have gone to "Change Attributes" and then in "Folder Properties" Tab, unchecked the "Hidden" and "System File" boxes, then clicked apply [the transparent folders are in the background]

This did not work, and brought me to a reporting screen which is in the FIFTH photo I attached, with a report that says "These Objects were locked / encountered problems".

2nd Photo : So I went to the next tab [In the 2nd photo I attached] "File Properties" to change some other attributes [which is what I did on my C Drive] and changed the "Hidden" and "System" files attribute as well, and clicked "Apply", which brought me to the same report screen again which says "These Objects were locked / encountered problems".

Also, I found this second tab a little confusing, because when changing the attribute boxes, it seems to allow three different ways the boxes can be checked.
The default seems to have all the attribute boxes filled in blue [photo 2]. When you click on a box, it replaces the blue with a blue tick [photo 3]. If you click it again, it replaces the blue tick with an empty box [photo 4].
They also come under the heading of "define which attributes to modify on files" but doesn't say much about how it is going to modify them or how leaving the box filled, leaving the box ticked, or leaving the box empty will modify them.
So I tried them all, filled, ticked and empty, and clicked apply.

They all brought me to the report screen in photo 5 which says "These Objects were locked / encountered problems".
I have no idea what each of these box fill-ins means. So I tried them all.

Something else I tried was to select my external drive in explorer > Properties > Read Only , and I removed the "Read Only" setting since I thought this might have something to do with it.
I also did this to all the files on my external drive AND on my C Drive. I don't know if this was a good idea or a bad idea.

Which makes me wonder, when I fix this problem, is there a way to set all my folders and files to Windows defaults again? I've done a bit of meddling now and can't remember all the settings I've changed.

Thanks again Jimmy, Rich , and SIW all for your further help !!
Sorry this has become such a saga.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2011   #15

Windows 7 64-bit

On the last photo with the report on the bottom
the box that says more click it. It may tell you more about it.

After reading your last post do any of the files have a propities
box that looks like the screen shot I am sending?
Way on the botom it says security and has a box next to it that says
Sometimes windows will block files from diffrent computers for safty reasons.

Also like to thank Richie and Siw2 for coming to help.


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04 Jul 2014   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

There is no option in 7zip to show hidden files.....!!!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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