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. Jon

    Show “Hidden” files etc… settings wouldn’t work even after i hit apply and when i checked them again they would mysteriously be reset.??? I tried steps #1, and #2 and ran smart_vr_.exe still didn’t fix it. Then I did step #3 and that finally solved my problem.
    Thanx a million!
    PC repair tech

  2. Momin

    Thanks you.. I had a same problem. Thanks for help.. it worked great

  3. Vardaan

    I am using windows 7 and many of my folders have disappeared from the hard drives. I can only see them when i right-click and see the drive’s or the directories properties. it shows that the size on disk to be around 4 Gb with 4000(approx.) files..but doesn’t show any folder there. it shows only 2 files there..just two song files.
    I’ve tried all these methods but none have worked for me.
    Can anyone help?
    Thank you in advance.

  4. carlson

    non of the 3 methods works on my problem… my files still not showing…

  5. Keith

    none of the 4 methods above works for me. Please advice and email to Thanks

  6. Elisha

    methods 1,2 and 3 dd not work for me unfortunately but the method 4 Smart Virus remover did all the trick, Thanks guys for the good work really appreciate that …….. Cheers

  7. Nitin

    great dude…. keep up the spirit….!!

  8. Sam

    Method 3 Rocks! Cheers guys, thanks a bunch.

  9. Waleed

    i applied both methods nothing is working plz help me to save my important files
    plz plz plz

  10. Sabrina

    Thanks a lot!!!!!
    The 3rd method worked for me! and its less techy as well…
    Thanks again, saved a lotta important docs!

  11. eslam

    thanks 100% work

  12. zanjus

    Method 1 : sucks… No recomended 🙁
    method 2 : really work… thanks.. great job… you rock …. 🙂

  13. Darius

    Method 2 THXXX :X:X:X:X

  14. Ashok

    Method 3 is perfect

  15. hakunamatata

    2nd method worked. Thanks.

  16. Lamy

    I realy relay thank u

  17. Lamy

    I really really thank u

  18. krish

    good antivirus dlete all ur files

  19. joyce

    really thanks for the information, i had settle my problem now.

  20. Mikil Sarpong

    Thanks man, imagin me shouting hurraay,,..

  21. priya arun

    Thanks..I tried 3 rd I got my hidden files..This is good one

  22. Anand

    I am hide my computer hard drive, but when i access form another computer then i am not able to cut,copy,pest,delete any data from the hidden partition.

  23. Sunny

    Good Tricks,..Method 2 worked 4 Me,…Thank Ya,…

  24. milo

    I tried the 4th method and it really worked, thanks a lot guys
    really appreciate your help

  25. Amar

    Nice and very helpfull.. Thanks for sharing infos mate! I tried method 3 and it works like charm 😀

  26. Roberts

    The 3rd Method worked… Thank you so so much 🙂

  27. Joe

    I lost a whole night on solving the problem from other sites due to infected by spyware. You solved my nightmare in just a click using the method 1!! How come the others just misled me so far around the corner!?
    Thanks 🙂

  28. Luna

    Methods 1-3 have not worked for me, and I’m not sure I want to take the chance to download virus things, becasue sometimes those really are viruses themselves. Feedback anyone?? Is method four safe??

  29. milo

    i did only the 4th method and it worked perfect. Thanks again guys

  30. Mike

    Yes I have a problem with some of our workstation here in our office. If i choose to view the hidden files from folder options, the windows will bring the options back to do not show hidden files. I don’t know if this is a virus. I would try this methods here anyway, thank you people who does the effort in posting.

  31. Thibaut

    Method 2 did the trick for me. Thanks !

  32. sejal

    Than ka lot. Method 4 is so nice one. I solved my problem in first step. no need to googling more. Thanks again.

  33. eugene

    thanks a lot. method 2 solved my problem. many thanks again.

  34. CatharSiS

    Tried all 4 methods and none is working, I mean the autoruns are deleted…and all the exe from all partitions…. but after a minute they are back 🙁
    as for methods 1-3 … none is working … value comes back to 0 anytime I try to modify the reg…
    any other suggestions?

  35. Daniel

    Method 1 worked for me, thanks a lot.

  36. louis choo

    Method 3: (By Denny)
    I settled problem by using Method 3: (By Denny)
    Thank you.



  38. Sekhar Reddy

    i have followed the 1st 3 methods…but no use..please tell me another method….i don’t have i’m download the anti virus….
    thanks and regards
    Sekhar Reddy

  39. Sekhar Reddy

    i have followed the 1st 3 methods…but no use..please tell me another method….i don’t have i’m not download the anti virus….
    thanks and regards
    Sekhar Reddy

  40. Monika

    I am soooo thankfulll:)) I used metod 2 and IT WORKED:DD Thank youuu!!

  41. East

    Method 3 work for me

  42. dragon

    thanks a lot…method 2 works.

  43. vikkivoi

    thank you so much! it works!

  44. sunil

    i am very happy because your method 3 success full.
    thank so much sir,

  45. manoj

    thousand thanks to you method 2 worked for me, thought it was a virus

  46. Deepesh

    method 2 worked for me. Thanks.

  47. waed

    thank u i tried the fourth method it helped me restore the folder options

  48. Ford_Force

    Thank u I appreciate u to give this brilliant solutions

  49. soumojit

    what a helpfull site method 2 worked for me i have a virus called worm which i removed after i didnt know how to work my hidden folder functions but your step by step method worked for me ….may god bless you

  50. sarath

    thanks a lot…its working…