We must have usually faced a problem that we cannot ‘view the hidden files’, even after selecting the option from the Folder Options Menu, and when we go back to check, we see that it has been mysteriously restored to ‘Do Not Show Hidden Files & Folders’.

It happens due to a small bug/virus which edits the Registry to create trouble for us.

Here is how we can solve it :

    ☻ [Theoretical Way]

Go to Registry Edit

[Start -> Run -> type “regedit”]

Browse to :

“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE MicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion ExplorerAdvancedFolder
HiddenSHOWALL”

 

and set the value of the key “Checked Value” as 1

    ☻ [Practical Way]

Open notepad,

copy paste the following [between start and stop]:
// START
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE MicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion ExplorerAdvanced
FolderHidden]

“Text”=”@shell32.dll,-30499″

“Type”=”group”

“Bitmap”=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00, 74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,

00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00, 65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,53,00,

48,00,45,00,4c,00,4c,00,33,00,32,00,2e, 00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,34,00,00,

00

“HelpID”=”shell.hlp#51131″

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoft WindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedFolder
HiddenNOHIDDEN]

“RegPath”=”SoftwareMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced”

“Text”=”@shell32.dll,-30501″

“Type”=”radio”

“CheckedValue”=dword:00000002

“ValueName”=”Hidden”

“DefaultValue”=dword:00000002

“HKeyRoot”=dword:80000001

“HelpID”=”shell.hlp#51104″

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoft WindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvancedFolder
HiddenSHOWALL]

“RegPath”=”SoftwareMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced”

“Text”=”@shell32.dll,-30500″

“Type”=”radio”

“CheckedValue”=dword:00000001

“ValueName”=”Hidden”

“DefaultValue”=dword:00000002

“HKeyRoot”=dword:80000001

“HelpID”=”shell.hlp#51105″

// STOP

Save it as whatever_u_want.reg

Double Click on that file to solve the problem,

it can be carried, mailed or kept as back-up too.

(Please remove the space in between registry entries)