Show Hidden Files and Folders not working?

A few days back, a client came to me and told me that he was having trouble with his Windows XP. The show hidden files and folders was not working at all. If he selected the radio button “Show hidden files and folders”, and then press Ok .. the changes would just disappear upon opening the dialog again. It was probably some virus attack after which the Windows registry was not being updated properly. So here is what I did to restore it back. There are so many methods to restore back the registry. If one method is not working, please try another one.

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_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer
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. Enjoy! :)

Method 3: (By Denny)

1- Click Start –> Run –> regsvr32 /i browseui.dll –> enter
A confirmation message will appear like given below
2- Click Start –> Run –> regsvr32 /i shell32.dll
Wait for the confirmation and click OK.


Method 4:

If none of the above methods work, please download our Smart Virus Remover from here:
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Using this Virus Remover please restore your Windows settings and your show hidden files and folders will be set to default.
Please spare a few moments from your precious time and tell us about your experiences.



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1,097 responses to “Show Hidden Files and Folders not working?”

  1. Sam

    I knew my computer was infected, as I went through the previous page, and used the autorun.inf method. AVG couldnt catch it, tried running it in safe mode too, but no use. So i tried the last method first, and it succeded . Thumbs up to you guys for helping us out of this.

  2. krishhhh

    cheers dude step 3 worked a charm

  3. satya

    Thank u very much,
    Method 2: (By Random Hajile) worked in my system.
    Thank u once again.

  4. Zaur Bahramov

    Method 3 worked fine! Thank you!

  5. Iavor

    Method 3 worked for me, thank you!

  6. only1_PO

    Method 4 works for me

  7. Garfield

    Method 3 worked perfectly….thanks…….say…could you tell me how to open my C:\ drive when i double click it. it’s asking for a program to use to open it?

  8. lou

    method 1 didnt work but method 2 did! thanx a bunch!

  9. skjafar

    Method 2 was the charm, thanks a bucket.

  10. avinash

    method 3 works, thanks a lot

  11. I_rock

    method 3 works

  12. rohit


  13. str8jeanius

    i just tried method 3:
    it works like a charm.

  14. Mukesh

    Thank you So Much !
    You have solved my problem. Method 2 work fine.
    Thank you !

  15. Delgee

    Method 2 worked, thanks a lot.

  16. ia

    no methods work

    1. Sanix

      ia, it seems that your system is infected with a virus. Kindly scan your system for viruses first and then try these methods. Thanks.

  17. Jigar

    In folder options, if I check “show hidden files and folder” then it doesn’t appears in window and if I check “Do not show hidden files and folders” then it appears in window. And default settings is also changed to “Show hidden files and folders”
    None of the method above worked.

  18. rajeesh

    Method 3 works for me. thanks a lot….
    Please make sure u correctly put space after ’32’ and after ‘ i’
    regsvr32 [space] /i [space] shell32.dll

  19. Mohsen Rabbi

    It’s a very useful utility.and working properly. 🙂

  20. MANEE

    method 3, is good and working

  21. hak_12549

    I tried method 3 first, and then 2. 3 didn’t work, but 2 did. The CHECKEDVALUE key was in binary value, and the value was 0. I ran both avast and malwarebytes, but neither found a virus. I use CCleaner and regularly scan the registry keys. Is it possible the problem was due to CCleaner?

  22. Sooni

    I like the easy solution! I downloaded the tool (method 4) and it worked for me. Thanks guys for your efforts you’ve been very helpful.

  23. Buck

    Method 3 worked for me… thanks!

  24. Lawdoll

    The second method worked for me. You’re da bomb

  25. Sonia

    Thanks method 1 and 2 worked for me

  26. macro

    thanks denny , You solved my Problem .

  27. Danial

    none of them worked unfortunately

  28. stefano

    Tanks for your help you posts for this problem. I solved by the combination of method 3 & 4.

  29. faizan

    thanx alot method 3 is working for me.thaaaanx!!!!!!!!

  30. Steve

    Thanks Denny, you are a star!!

  31. Gopal

    i don’t who posted the method 1. thanks dude it solved my problem

  32. mike

    method 4 worked perfect Thanks

  33. Micho

    Thanks method 1 worked for me

  34. nikhil

    method 3 was awsome

  35. russ

    method 4 perfectly worked for me. i tried the 3methods but it doesn’t work, i hope the maker of the tool share to us what code is in there activating the Hidden attribute

  36. nelson

    you are the best. works great

  37. dBOT

    hi. i have a problem. ive tried all of the methods. not even one worked. i had a hidden folder in my documents, & i changed its icon using IconTweaker, suddenly the hidden folder disappeared. ive tried “search”. so i wanted to make a new folder using the name of the folder that disappeared, it said “a file with the name you specified already exists. specify a different file name” i was like.. WTF? so, that means the hidden folder is still in my documents.. i tried method 1, 2 & 3. please help me. please

  38. Kyo79

    I tried all the methods mentioned above & finally the Method 4 works. Thanks alot 🙂

  39. fLixTH

    method number 3 use for me! thanks a lot! my p*rn videos is now open to me

  40. Chocobo

    none working

  41. alvin joseph

    Smart Virus Remover is best…i got infected by fk.exe

  42. Ninjai

    Method 2 works for me. Thanks. 🙂

  43. Sane

    That works..Found another guide which explains clearly about this problem

  44. kumar

    Thank you so much!! The third method fixed the problem


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  46. rahul dhamija

    what an idea sir ji thanks ur suggestion works thanks a lot

  47. Syed Jahanzaib

    I only tried ‘ Method 3: (By Denny) ‘
    & it worked good for me 🙂
    Thanks !

  48. Joy

    tnx. Denny
    Method 4 solved my problem.
    thank…thank…thank… u very much

  49. Joy

    tnx. Denny
    method 3 solved my problem
    thank…thank…thank u very much

  50. Rao

    Try it!
    will work……………