Show ‘Super’ hidden files and folders in Windows XP

Windows XP contains icons for folders and files that cannot normally be seen, you can select to veiw hidden files from the folder options menu, but there are still some that remain hidden.

You can set Windows to view these files as normal hidden files, so that when you use the view hidden files and folders toggle from the folder options menu that these will be turned on/off along with teh normal hidden files.

These files are usually system files and should not be altered/deleted unless you really know what you are doing, if you don’t yet still wish to change them I might suggest that you create backups of your system first.

To view the hidden files you need to open up Registry Editor, if you are not sure how to do this, select ‘Run’ from the ‘Start’ menu and type in ‘regedit’.

In the Registry window, expand out the groups by clicking on the ‘+’ next to the name in the left hand column of regedit, and navigate to the below address.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Explorer\Advanced

When you have clicked the advanced folder on the left pane, look down the list at the titles in the right hand pane, one of those titles is ‘ShowSuperHidden’ double click the title and in the window that appears set the value to equal ‘1’ to show the super hidden files and ‘0’ to hide them.

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~ by Safar Safarov on March 2, 2010.

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