Preview Unhide Files Thumb By default many system files and operating system files are hidden, but it’s really easy to un-hide them using the Windows Explorer

  • Pro-Tip: Viruses can also use system attributes to hide files. If you believe you have a related problem, read this article about unhiding files hid by virus

Steps to unhide system files

1. StepSelect the Desktop tile on the Start screen.

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Desktop tile unhide files

2. Step Next, on the desktop screen, double click on the Computer icon to open the Explorer.

  • If you don’t see the Computer icon on your desktop then un-hide it via Control Panel >> Appearance and Personalization >> Personalization >> Change desktop icons. Alternatively, simply hit Windows key + E

Open computer unhide files

3. Step Next, find the folder where you have stored your system files e.g. C:\Windows\

C drive unhide files

4. Step Next, go to the View tab at the top and then check / tick “Hidden items” to unhide system files as seen below.

Check hidden items unhide


Normally, system files do not show up in your Windows Explorer. You have to manullay un-hide them if you want to see  them.