How can I view Super Hidden Files?

A. Super hidden files/folders can be viewed from the command line as a normal file, you don't even need the /ah dir switch (/ah sets the mode to attribute hidden).

If you wish to view via the GUI, such as Explorer.exe, perform the following:

  1. Start Explorer
  2. From the Tools menu select 'Folder Options'
  3. Select the 'View' tab
  4. Unselect the 'Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)' box
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  5. Click Apply then OK

The super hidden files will now be visible in Explorer. This can also be done by directly editing the registry

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer if using Server (or Advanced Server) or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced if using Professional (Workstation)
  3. If the value does not exist create a value named ShowSuperHidden of type DWORD
  4. Set to 1. Click OK
  5. Close the registry editor

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