How to view hidden system files and folders in Vista

In the following quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to set up Windows Vista to display hidden system files and folders. Setting up Windows Vista to display hidden system files and folders is a bit different than it is with Windows XP. In Vista you can find these options in the Control Panel. Before proceeding, remember that system files are hidden for a reason. Be careful and cautious.

How to view hidden system files or folders in VIsta:

  1. Click the round blue Vista Start button in the taskbar
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Folder Options from the Control Panel
  4. Click the View tab
  5. Under the Advanced settings section, check the Show hidden files and folders radio box
  6. To see system files as well, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) radio box
  7. Click OK

You should now be able to view hidden system files, hidden files and folders in Vista.

😉 Enjoy!