How do you show hidden system folders in Windows 7?

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Just hit ALT in Windows Explorer to expose the menu bar. Select "Folder options..." from the Tools menu, click on the "View" tab, and select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives." Hit OK and hidden files and folders should appear.

  • Be sure to hit the "Apply to Folders" button as well if you're not in the folder where you want to see hidden folders (i.e. if you want this setting to be global). Oct 11, 2015 at 12:54

The options you need are in Control Panel → Folder Options → View.

To show hidden files and folders, mark "Show hidden files, folders, and drives".

To also show files and folders marked hidden and system, you must also unmark "Hide protected operating system files". Entities such as the pagefile and System Volume Information fall into this category.

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It is in the folders options of the control panel.

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