Unable To Unhide Hidden Folders

Such problem occurs when you are affected by a w32.USBworm or its varient. Although now there are updates to clean this worm but still you are not able to unhide hidden folders. In such case one of the following registry edits work for sure.

Solution 1:

Go to Start –> Run, then type regedit and press Enter
Navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL
Find a key called CheckedValue

Double Click “CheckedValue” key and modify it to “1. This is to show all the hidden files.

Solution 2:

Open Notepad and Paste the following.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden]
“Text”=”@shell32.dll,-30499”
“Type”=”group”
“Bitmap”=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f
,00,74,\
00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,
00,5c,00,53,00,\
48,00,45,00,4c,00,4c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,
2c,00,34,00,00,\
00
“HelpID”=”shell.hlp#51131”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\NOHIDDEN]
“RegPath”=”Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced”
“Text”=”@shell32.dll,-30501”
“Type”=”radio”
“CheckedValue”=dword:00000002
“ValueName”=”Hidden”
“DefaultValue”=dword:00000002
“HKeyRoot”=dword:80000001
“HelpID”=”shell.hlp#51104”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL]
“RegPath”=”Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced”
“Text”=”@shell32.dll,-30500”
“Type”=”radio”
“CheckedValue”=dword:00000001
“ValueName”=”Hidden”
“DefaultValue”=dword:00000002
“HKeyRoot”=dword:80000001
“HelpID”=”shell.hlp#51105”

Now save this as unhide.reg . Note that the file should end with .reg extension. Double click on this and click yes.

Solution 3:

Go to Run –>gpedit.msc
User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Explorer

Double click “Removes Folder Options menu from Tools menu“ , Select Enable and click OK. Now again double click ,select Disable and click OK.

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20 Comments

  1. Posted February 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    this is really great. it worked for my laptop. superb.
    thanks a lot

  2. sam
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    but gpedit.msc is not working in my system.
    it is showing that it is a wrong comand.
    what should i do?
    even the checked value after changing it to “1” it automatically changes to “0” when i reopen regedit.

  3. Posted March 14, 2008 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    If gpedit.msc is not running then you may be running windows xp home edition which does not ship with group policy editior.
    Use a good anti-spyware like spybot search and destroy with updated definitions and try to clean the system.

  4. Bindesh
    Posted April 1, 2008 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    It really works, thanks a lot..!!

  5. alpesh
    Posted October 20, 2008 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much..

    Your Formula Really work..

  6. alpesh
    Posted October 20, 2008 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much..

    Your Formula Really work..

    Thanks again

  7. Posted June 2, 2009 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Hi, cool post. I have been wondering about this topic,so thanks for writing.

  8. asian
    Posted June 15, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    now I’ll be in touch..

  9. Posted June 16, 2009 at 8:00 am | Permalink

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  10. PeterMontee
    Posted July 3, 2009 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    It is remarkable, it is rather valuable phrase

  11. Alcina
    Posted July 4, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Could you help me. Fresh clean sheets are one of life’s small joys.
    I am from Jordan and too bad know English, give please true I wrote the following sentence: “You are just born into the world and, whatever happens to you is your own merit fault.”

    Thanks for the help :), Alcina.

  12. CrisBetewsky
    Posted July 6, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    It’s a masterpiece. I have never thought people can have such ideas and thoughts. You are great.

  13. CrisBetewsky
    Posted July 7, 2009 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    You know, I don’t read blogs. But yours is really worth beeing read.

  14. Chandra Man Manandhar
    Posted December 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    In my pc, services.msc is not working. when we type the services.msc then command prompt is off but services wizard is not display.

  15. mohan
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    great. its working fine. thank U guys :p :):):):):):)

  16. Cliff Gould
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    You have done it again. Great writing.

  17. Ismael Dominguez
    Posted May 31, 2010 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    You have done it once more! Incredible read.

  18. sam
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks a Lot for the help!

  19. kamesh
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Still i am unable to unhide files in my external hard disc i tried all methods attrib & reg still not working.When i go to properties, hidden is ticked and disabled. pls help

  20. alex
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    look, if you’re sure you dont have a virus and your usb (like mine) was just being annoying, download iReset (google it and click the first link) and follow the instructions. It fixed my problem in 5 seconds, not even joking!!!!!!!!! Forget command prompt and all that!

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