You can show hidden files or folders in the Windows Explorer, by adjusting a small option. Doing so will display the hidden files in the explorer, just like normal files. The “how to”-description for Windows Vista can be found at the bottom of this article.

Windows NT, 2000, XP
Open the Windows Explorer, via “Start” > “This Computer” or via the shortcut [Windows-key] + E. Once started, you can go to “Extra” > “Mapoptions”.

Next, you go to the “View”-tab and select the option “Show hidden files and folders”. Confirm by clicking “Apply” and exit the screen by clicking “OK”.

Hidden files and folders will now be displayed by default in the Windows Explorer.

Windows Vista
Open the Windows Explorer, via “Start” > “This Computer” or via the shortcut [Windows-key] + E. Once started, you can go to “Organize” and choose “Folder and Search Options”

Once this is opened, continue to the “View”-tab and select “Show hidden files and folders”. Confirm this by clicking “Apply” and exit by using the “OK” button.

Hidden files and folders will now be displayed by default on Windows Vista.

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