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Windows 7: How Do I View View Hidden System Files, Folders, and Drives?

Many of the expert tweaks and function in Windows 7 require viewing and manipulating the hidden system files and folders.

Remember that system files are hidden for a reason. Editing or deleting these files can cause your system to crash. Be cautious.

1. Open a Windows Explorer window
2. Select Organize
3. Click Folder and search options

selecting folder options in windows 7

4. Click View tab

5. Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives

click view hidden system files in windows 7

6. If you want to show expose the hidden files and folders on your entire computer, then click Apply to Folders button and confirm. If you don’t click this, you are changing the settings for the current folder only.

7. Click OK to complete

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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