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. joey

    thanks a ton……. you guys shud be working for nsa or somethin mannnnnn… cool.

  2. Dr. H ELSOURY


  3. inxus

    all these methods don’t work on win xp pro.

  4. Anees

    Thanks for it.

  5. yves

    Merci,beaucoups pour la version 1 et 2 n as pas donner de resultat par contre la version 3 etais celle qui me fallais vraiment facile et top merci beaucoups encore de votre aide

  6. shiran

    Method 2: (By Random Hajile) works for me.
    You save my hard disk from formating…..
    Thanks bro.
    Keep it up. Wish u all the best.

  7. rajan

    thanks for no. 4
    it fixed the problem !!!!

  8. Chaitanya

    thanks man that was very help full

  9. Myvizhi K

    thanx very very denny.. your method worked for me.. thanx a lot

  10. sara

    i tried 1 then 2 and 3 .the third one worked for me , thanks a lottt

  11. nick

    used metod 3 working very good. thank you very much

  12. kingpinz

    method 2 just nice. thanks.

  13. V.V.Rao

    Dear friend,
    Thank you. option 4 worked for me.

  14. Daniel

    Method 2 was what I needed. Thanks a million!

  15. Aydin

    If none of the above methods work for you (like me), try this one:
    “BulletProof FTP Client 2009” –> you will see the hidden files on the left side. I spent hours to get rid of the autorun.inf and the trojan files that caused this and this was the only thing that worked for me.
    I deleted the following files:
    1. Local drives (C:\ and D:\ and any others you got)
    2. C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temp
    3. some other temporary folders on C (just go though commond hidden folders to make sure you got them all)
    Delete the autorun files at the very end, when to exe files remain. or you can delete them in any order, as you encounter them.
    You will notice that autorun.inf files reappear when you leave the folder and come back again. Don’t worry. Once you are done deleting, restart the computer (even if they reappear)
    Once restarted, go to registry (Run: regedit) and make the necessary changes:
    1. Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
    CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL and change CheckedValue to 1
    2. Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced and double click Hidden on the right side, change value to 1
    To be completely safe, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and see if any trojan processes are still there. I looked and found the registry of herss.exe!!!!
    I hope this information helps. I have to mention this again: if I didn’t have the BulletProof FTP client, I would have never been able to view the hidden files…

  16. juvz

    thanks a lot! worked well with me… whew!

  17. april

    great! really works! thanks a lot! ^___^

  18. Farhad Fatehi

    Method 1 solved the problem temporarily. Then I tried method 3 and it worked for me properly.
    Thanks a lot.

  19. Specko

    Thanks 1000 times 😀 Method 3 works really smoothly….!!!

  20. sokhour

    thanks so much……………..

  21. Enoch

    pls help………my registry keeps changing 2 checked value of 0 even though i change it 2 1, nd also i cannot open regedit directly , i’m using tune up regeditor……my taskmanager, my regedit, nd my show dieen files is not opening at all pls help

  22. Perochak


  23. J0_kxt|er

    thanks SOoo much!! Method 3 worked 4 me.

  24. Syed BS Ahmed Saeed

    thank soo much Hajile it’s done

  25. CARLO


  26. Tidiane

    Thanks a lot
    Method 2 worked for me!
    Mention that after trying method 1 you have to step and chose HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINES in order to access the rest of the steps.
    Thank you again

  27. ra

    thankx hajile

  28. ALI

    THANKS ALOT…!! 🙂

  29. kajan

    superb. Nice. Its realy good idea. Thanks a lot. Great. Great

  30. Siline

    Method 2 working good for me.

  31. JeanMB

    Wow… smart virus remover is a magician. I m pleased… very nice keep it up.

  32. Tien

    it works.. thanks a lot..

  33. Abdul

    thank you for saving my day. It was hard for me after the malware attack

  34. shayan

    thank u so much

  35. harshad

    thanks buddy.. it worked

  36. vijay

    Method 3 works. thanks

  37. Joseph

    Thanks. I really appreciate it. Smart Virus Remover did the trick!

  38. Maxy

    Nice, really helped :D, Wouldn’t worked without Smart Virus Remover, where did you found it?

  39. Saboor

    Method three works….coool.try it method three on 1st perority…

  40. Kostas

    Method 3 worked fine!

  41. kristia

    thank u so much 🙂

  42. leolibra2

    Method 1 would not work to change settings for external harddrive…used method 2 and worked!! Thanks!

  43. Nono

    method 2 works for me!!! thanks alot!

  44. prem

    method 3 iis very easy to recover thank u very much

  45. foad

    thank u very much.
    method 3 worked fine.

  46. dennis

    thanks method 3 worked also for me:)

  47. Louis hk

    Method 4 works, thank you!

  48. Farooq

    awesome method 3 worked for thankyou

  49. kuldeep

    it worked for me option no.1,
    thanks a lot
    keep it up

  50. aman

    it worked for me option no.2,
    thanks a lot
    keep it up