Window 7

STEP 1: Click on Start, and type folder options in the search bar. Click the View tab and scroll down to Hidden files and folders. Make sure Show hidden files, folders, and drives is checked

Windows XP

1. Click Start, then click Control Panel, and then click Folder Options.

  • If you don't see Folder Options, click on Switch to Classic View on left side.

  • 2. Click the View tab. Under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders.
  • Click OK.

  • Close Control Panel.
  • Note: Hidden files and folders will appear dimmed to indicate they are not typical items. Usually, hidden files are program or system files that should not be deleted or changed.