Not showing hidden files and folders [Solved/Closed]

Ask a question Mr. Bridge - Last answered on Jul 10, 2017 at 03:26 PM by Urban9311
Hello, Dear Ali and others. I was hit by virus / worm "autorun.inf" last week. I got rid of it by downloading, updating, and scanning with AVG 8.0, but it left me with the problem that my laptop with XP will not show any hidden files and folders and I can not open my C or D partitioned drives normally.
Sorry Ali I try to do your : Run - regi something - mountpoint2 , but I could not find what to delete !

Pls help me again !
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Try this
Click on Start menu, then click Run (or Windows key + R).
Type cmd, a command prompt window (DOS) will open.
Type regsvr32 /i browseui.dll then press the Enter key, wait for a confirmation window.
Type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll then press the Enter key, wait for a confirmation window.
Close the command prompt.
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:(- Oct 24, 2012 at 07:33 PM
doesn't help me at all
Honey- Oct 25, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Thanks too much and it is indeed a great help
ptt- Nov 1, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Thanks a lot also from Finland, you solved one big problem, now I can let my children play computer again as I was able to find those hidden wsg****.exe files.


Samir Saber- Nov 25, 2016 at 09:16 AM
thanks a lot ,,, worked fine with me.
Urban9311- Jul 10, 2017 at 03:26 PM
Thank You !
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I just fixed the same thing following the steps written here:

Method 1:
Go to registry editor by running regedit in the run box.
Go to this key:
In the right hand area, double click hidden and change the value to 1.

Now you're all set to go. Check it in your tools menu if the changes have taken effect.

Method 2: (By Random Hajile)
1. Click "Start" -> "Run..." (or press Windows key + R)
2. Type "regedit" and click "Ok".
3. Find the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
4. Look at the "CheckedValue" key... This should be a DWORD key. If it isn't, delete the key.
5. Create a new key called "CheckedValue" as a DWORD (hexadecimal) with a value of 1.
6. The "Show hidden files & folders" check box should now work normally.

hope it is useful to you as well.
nani- Jul 8, 2010 at 04:06 AM
puneet- Jul 15, 2010 at 05:34 AM
thank you
ashish- Oct 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
nice guideline. I can not believe this. but a say thanks to guider heartfully.
Sharun- Jan 2, 2017 at 04:43 AM
Thanks a lot ! Finally Worked
AJAX- Jan 19, 2017 at 11:57 PM
i did what you said but now my show hidden files and folders option is missing pls help!!
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o In the left pane goto path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware\Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Explorer \Advanced \Folder \Hidden \SHOWALL
o Delete the value CheckedValue in the Right pane by right clicking it and selecting delete. (Its type should be REG_SZ and data should be 2.)
o Create a new DWORD value called CheckedValue by right clicking in the Right pane and then selecting new -> DWORD Value and then changing the name to CheckedValue. (same as above, except that the type is REG_DWORD). Modify the value data to 1
pastorchris- Jul 12, 2010 at 06:38 AM
This tip worked for me when I had a virus attack that kind of messed up my registry.
Thanks Abhinav.
ParUl- Oct 16, 2012 at 01:36 AM
ThanXXXX alooot bhai....... :)
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Hey this is simple ---Open any drive and click on VIEW menu in the menu bar then go to FOLDER OPTION in that click on VIEW menu then check on SHOW HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS....

Try it it's simple Best of luck...!
nas morpheus - Feb 6, 2010 at 05:55 AM
saiboa morpheus - Mar 2, 2010 at 09:24 PM
hi... man thanks for helpining out about hidden issues...... U saved my ass
madhavan Menon morpheus - Mar 9, 2010 at 07:15 AM
Dear Sir,

I followed your instructions for recovering hidden folders and files and it succeeded.

Thank you verymuch for your valuable information.

Madhavan Menon.
chaos morpheus - Mar 17, 2010 at 12:09 PM
boos u r amazing that was so simple and well explained and it really worked thanks a lot bro
dan- Jan 3, 2010 at 09:12 AM
before,i have no problem with that, because every time I mark show the hidden files and folders its always work..but lately when I click that...there are no doesn't work anymore..i dont no why..pls help..i think it is computer problem..but I don't know how..
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This really helped, Thanks!
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I am not able to access hidden files and folders
yadav- Apr 19, 2010 at 12:11 AM
recycle bin file or folder do not show
pastorchris- Jul 12, 2010 at 06:40 AM
Try running the following two commands at the command prompt.
regsvr32 /i browseui.dll
regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

If you still cannot, then try Abhinav's solution above.
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thnx bro,, amazing answer,, it works...
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Thanks very well..and Please u put the all solve the problem methods stepby step screen shot...
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Thanks a lot.....!
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just make autorun file with inf extension then copy it in the infected parition which doest show or open the, it will ask for replace then replace it and restart your computer now it will be accessible if u found it again then tell me.

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what a nice trick.
i like it
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Yes but even with this I think that the hidden folders qill stay hidden. It has definitely been infected by the autorun virus and the best way to get rid of it if you do not want to format the entire drive is simply by running the scan and deleting all the autorun.inf files open either by doing a search or going though the Task Manager and suppressing all the autorun.inf or exe that are being executed and then allowing the view hidden files option.
pinsoman- Jun 5, 2009 at 09:14 AM
yeah I tried the same thing n tried deleting the autorun.inf but couldn't ,but I clearly I h deleted some time back anmways,,,,
May be try this method:::

Open the "Registry Editor" ("Start" >> "Run", then type "regedit" and Enter).
Expand to the following key:
If the value "SuperHidden" exists, double-click on it to edit its value to (0 = show hidden, 1 = do not show)
If the value "SuperHidden" does not exist, create it as follows
Name: SuperHidden
Value: 0
(0: show hidden, 1: do not show)

It should work.
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It doesn't work in my vista.. =(
some body help me with my vista pls..
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wow...many thnx
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Really brilliant.
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Really nice.....its working.............u re great
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Hi its really helpfull but I did,t deleted the key but changed the value from 0 to 1 nad it worked for me.Thanks:)
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its working fine in xp
Thanks a lot
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thank you very much.... it worked very well for me.... :)
thanks as I have been having trouble finding files from a virused memory card of mine.....
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