[Solved] Windows 10 Show Hidden Files Not Working

Show hidden files not working in Windows 10 is one of the commonest issues that may happen to Windows users. Given that, we will show you the tried and true solutions to make your hidden files show up again and provide you the certain way to recover your hidden files using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Carry out the methods below.

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On this page, we collected 4 reliable fixes to help you resolve Show Hidden Files Not Working issue in Windows 10:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Show Hidden Files Open Folder > View > Check "Hidden items"...Full steps
Fix 2. Run SFC  Open Command Prompt as Administrator > Enter DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth...Full steps
Fix 3. Adjust Registry Press Windows + R > Enter regedit > Click "OK"...Full steps
Fix 4. Recover Hiden File Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard > Scan and recover hidden files...Full steps

Show Hidden Files Not Working in Windows 10

"Hi everyone, my main problem here is that Windows can't show hidden folders and files. Every time I try to check the option "show hidden files and folders", it unchecks itself. I am currently using Windows 10. Why does my Windows 10 fail to show hidden folders? How can I fix this error? Help, please! Thanks!"

Normally, we show hidden files by opening the Windows File Explorer Options and then ticking the option of Show hidden files, folders and drives. However, this way doesn't always work properly. In addition to the situation in which users are unable to check the "Show Hidden Files" option, there is another situation indicates show hidden files not working in Windows 10. That is users can check the option, but the hidden files still aren't showing. How to fix the issue of Windows 10 show hidden files not working? Read on and you will get the answers.

How to Fix "Show Hidden Files Not Working" in Windows 10

Although there is a certain way to recover your hidden files, I recommend you try the fixes below to make the hidden files show up again first.

Method 1. Use Alternative Ways to Show Hidden Files

Generally, you use one of the first two ways below to show hidden files on your Windows computer.

Option 1. Open the folder that contains the hidden files, go to "View", and check "Hidden items".

Show hidden files in Windows 10 - File Explorer

Option 2. Go to "Control Panel" > "File Explorer Options", go to the "View" tab,  and check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives".

Show hidden files in Windows 10 - View Settings

Actually, there is another way to show hidden files in Windows 10, which is to use Command Prompt. If the two options above fail to show hidden files in Windows, you can try the third option.

Option 3. Show Hidden Files Using CMD

Step 1. Click "Start" and enter cmd.

Step 2. Right-click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 3. In Command Prompt, enter attrib -h -r -s /s /d f:*.* (Replace "f" with the drive letter of the partition that contains the hidden files).

Windows 10 Show hidden files not working - using cmd

Manual execution of the command line is suitable for computer professionals, since incorrect commands can do more harm than good. Therefore, for security and usability, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative - EaseUS CleanGenius. It is a practical tool that enables you to check and fix file system errors, enable/disable write protection and update your system with one-click instead of typing intricate command lines.

Follow the simple steps below to show hidden files with this 1-click-fix software. 

Step 1.  DOWNLOAD EaseUS CleanGenius for Free.

Step 2. Start EaseUS CleanGenius, choose "Optimization" on the left panel. Next, click "File Showing" on the right panel. 

show hidden files - step 2

Step 3. Select the hard drive and click "Execute".

file fixing - step 2

Step 4. After the operation completes, click the View button to check the hidden files. 

show hidden files - step 3

Method 2. Run System File Checker Tool

If you cannot check the "Show hidden files" option in Windows 10 at all, that's probably because some of your Windows system files are corrupted. In such a case, running the System File Checker tool is helpful. The Windows built-in tool will help to repair missing or corrupted system files, which may fix the error "show hidden files not working" in Windows 10.

Step 1. Click "Start" and type cmd.

Step 2. Right-click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 3. Enter the following command lines in order. (The DISM command is used to make a Windows image to protect your data.)

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
sfc /scannow

Step 4. Restart the computer and check whether the problem persists.

Method 3. Adjust the Registry

Be careful while modifying the registry since misoperations may result in serious system errors.

Step 1. Press "Windows + R" keys and enter "Regedit". In the prompt, click "OK".

Step 2. Go to:


Step 3. Double-click "CheckedValue" and set the "Value data" as "1".

Step 4. Reboot your computer and check whether "show hidden files not working" still exist.

Windows 10 show hidden files not working - Adjust registry

Method 4. Recover Hidden Files

If you still can't see the hidden files on your computer after trying all the three methods, you can recover your hidden files with the data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This software will help you recover files hidden by yourself or by a virus, like a shortcut virus. Other than hidden files, it also helps to recover deleted, formatted and lost files from your computer hard drive or external storage devices. It's 100% secure and virus free.

To recover all your hidden files and folders:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Hover on the hard drive partition, external hard drive, USB flash drive, or memory card on which you want to show hidden files, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Wait until the quick scan and deep scan completes. After then, you can look for the hidden files in the scan results by going to the original path from the left-side tree-view pane, or use the "Filter" feature quickly display only one category, like Pictures, Word, Excel, Videos and so on.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. You can choose to preview the found files before doing a final recovery. If you have no problem with the preview result, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the recovered files. By doing so, you can make the hidden files show up again.

Recover lost data

The Bottom Line

When "Show hidden files" in Windows 10 is not working, you can fix it by using an alternative way, running System File Checker tool, or modifying the registry key. If these tips don't help, a certain way to get back your hidden files is to use the data recovery software to recover the hidden files or folders.

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