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[Solved] Windows 10 Show Hidden Files Not Working

Updated on Jul 15, 2019 by Brithny to Resource


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.

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

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.)

Click to copy

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 free 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. Select the location

Open the file recovery software and find the storage partition or location. If you can't find the partition, click the refresh option.

select the location of the hidden files

Step 2. Scan the hidden files

After you have selected the location, click the "Scan" option to start the scanning process.

This process may take a little time, please be as patient as possible.

show the hidden files with easeus

Step 3. Show the hidden files

As long as the scanning process ends, you are able to see all of the hidden files and existing files on that partition. Select the wanted files and click the "Recover" button to show the hidden files. Select another location to save the recovered files.

If you find it hard to get the wanted files, click the "Filter" option or the "Search" option to help you.

recover hidden files

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.