Unless you are experiencing computer issues you probably have not delved into your hidden files. They are there and they have a clear and defined purpose. Therefore the warning you receive depending on your version of windows when you make them visible. A hidden directory or hidden file is a directory (folder) or file which file system utilities do not display by default. They are commonly used for storing user preferences or preserving the state of a utility. They are frequently created when using the various utilities.
What can effect these unseen files?
Every time you do a Microsoft update you will find the base utility files that are hidden can be updated or deleted as the update directs. Another way that these files can be altered is by malicious programs that use this functionality to hide their presence.
Can I make these files visible?
Although it is not recommended to open and edit the files that are purposefully hidden, they can be made visible.
If you have Windows 7 or Vista:
- To show hidden files, just click on the Organize button in any folder, and then select “Folder and Search Options” from the menu. Click the View tab, and then you should select “Show hidden files and folders” in the list. Just select that, and click OK.
- If you are trying to get into the Windows directories, you might want to also remove the check box from “Hide protected operating system files” as well.
If you have Windows XP:
- Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
- Click the View tab.
- Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK
Note: Deleting or modifying hidden files that are system related can cause functional issues such as applications not working correctly or the computer not restarting correctly. They should only be accessed by a qualified professional.
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