How to See Hidden Files in Windows 8

Windows 8 can hide certain files just like its predecessors. Here is how to view hidden files in Windows 8.

Hidden Files in Windows 8

Windows has certain files that are hidden from you, you can’t see them if you look through the computer. They are hidden for 2 reasons: if they are marked as +H, as hidden in the file’s or folder’s properties or if they are vital for your Windows, that means that if you erase them, your computer/windows will not work properly. They are called system files.

But there are times when you need to see all the files on the computer, maybe because a virus or a malware has put some files in your system or you simply need to repair a problem on your computer. That’s why, sometimes is good for you to see all the files on your PC. Here is how you can disable the hidden files.

If you want to see the hidden files that are not classified as System files, just follow these steps.


Enter the Start Screen and choose from the menu the Windows Explorer as you can see below:



After you enter the Windows Explorer, Click on the view tab. A windows will appear as in the image below:


Now you have to check the boxes marked File name extensions and Hidden items.
Close windows explorer and now the changes will take effect.


If you want to see hidden and system files, you have to follow these steps:
From the Start Screen, enter Control Panel, as below:


When you enter the Control Panel menu, just scroll down until you get to the very bottom and click on the More options link. This will take you to the old-fashioned Windows Control Panel menu.This window will open:



Click on Appearance and Personalization. And this should appear:


Click Show hidden files under the Folder options category. In the Hidden Files folder, click on the button that says Show hidden files and folders.

Remove the checkmark from Hide extensions for known file types. And finally, uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)


Once you are done, this window will appear.


Press Apply to exit. Close the Windows Control Panel.

Now you will be able to see all the file from your computer.

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