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How to view hidden files. Windows XP and Windows 2003 users do the following:

  • Click Start.
  • Double Click My Computer.
  • Click on the Tools Menu then click Folder Options.
  • Select the View tab.
  • Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Display the contents of system folders.
  • Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
  • Press the Apply button and then the OK button and close My Computer.
  • Done.

Windows Vista users do the following:

  • Click on the Start button.
  • Click on Control Panel.
  • When the control panel opens you can either be in Classic View or Control Panel Home View.
  • If you are in the Classic View do the following:
  • Double-click on the Folder Options icon.
  • Click on the View tab.
  • Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
  • Click Apply and then click OK and close My Computer.
  • If you are in the Control Panel Home view do the following:
  • Click on the Appearance and Personalization link.
  • Click on Show Hidden Files or Folders.
  • Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
  • Click Apply and then click OK and close My Computer.
  • Done.

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