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Windows XP Pro - Cannot select "Show Hidden Files"

    Question

  • My system no longer displays the "Show hidden files" option in Windows Explorer. - Tools, Folder Options, View tab, Advanced Settings.  The only option that displays is "Do not show hidden files.  My account is in the local Administrator's group.  I have the same condition when using the local Administrator;s account. 

    Any suggestions?

    Mick
    Wednesday, August 05, 2009 1:26 AM

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  • Done a spyware/virus scan lately with newest definitions?
    Dislaimer 1:As usual I could be way off so no playing like I'm Frankenstein. Disclaimer 2: my Speeling and proofing skills are teh fail
    Wednesday, August 05, 2009 3:48 PM
  • Hi Liam,

    I have always kept my antivirus currrent, including definition files.  I have alway run daily virus scans.  I use McAfee, but recently added Microsoft Windows Defender and Ad-Aware.  I keep them current and conduct regular scans with them as well.  I also keep my system up to date with the Windows Updates.

    I believe that the option to show hidden files dissappeared after applying a Windows Update, but cannot verify that as I did not notice it for some time.  I was wondering if there might be a Registry entry that enables/disables the option, but can't find any info on it.

    Still puzzled.

    Thanks!

    Mick
    Friday, August 07, 2009 12:47 AM
  • You could check and see if theres any file restrictions that have been put there. you could use a utility like sysinternals AccessEnum to check the acces right and possible restrictions, or you could use Dial-a-Fix. it has an option to check restrictions also. the sysinternals you can find here  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897332.aspx   or you can check out Dial-a-Fix here   http://www.lunarsoft.net/downloads/cat_view/40-tech-utilities   hope this helps
    Friday, August 07, 2009 6:43 AM
  • Hi SecurityGuy14,

    Good suggestion.  I have used other SysInternal utililities and always been pleased.  I have not tried Dial-a-Fix, but will give that a whirl too.

    Mick
    Saturday, August 08, 2009 11:19 PM
  • Ok,, how about posting back and letting me know how that works for you
    Monday, August 10, 2009 4:24 AM
  • No joy!  I am not quite sure what to scan with Access Enumerator, as I have veified my system account is in the Administrator's group.  Looking at specific file access levels only confirms that I have administrator rights, as does the scan of the registry.  I have not yet run Dial-a-fix as I am not sure how many system settings it will change.  Looks like it changes everything back to the default setting.  Being a lazy guy, I am not too excited about trying to re-configure everything.  Maybe that will be the end result.

    Mick 
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 12:02 AM
  • well with accessenum, you need to choose the registry scan. you click registry, set it on one of the keys and let it finsh scanning, when you look at the results, your looking for any deny entry's, if there is something that you cant access with admin privileges, then thats the first thing I look for, if it shows you any deny's with a specific individuals account, you can double click the entry and itll take you there in the registry editor, then you can edit the permissions for that one key. run it on every key and look for the deny's (mostly if they're on a admins account) . but, with the Dial-a-Fix all your doing with that one is the "Policies" option. that does somewhat the same thing on a smaller and faster basis with less keys. it scans for permissions deny's and lists them with the option to remove. let me know how it goes please
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 12:16 AM
  • Thanks again.  I will give it another try and let you know how it goes.

    Mick
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 12:19 AM
  • Hi Security Guy,

    I finally got the chance to run Access numerator and did not find any suspect instances of Deny in the registry, or my folder / file structure.

    I also inspected the regustry structure suggeted in the Winhelp link from 10Crackers
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 8:58 PM
  • Try this and see if it helps, at the start menu,  start>run>regsvr32/i browseui.dll  , then enter, then, run> regsvr32/i shell32.dll , then enter.  see if that takes care of it
    • Proposed as answer by securityguy14 Tuesday, August 25, 2009 2:49 AM
    Sunday, August 23, 2009 2:06 AM
  • BINGO!!!!   That did the trick.  The option is back and it works as it should.  Any thoughts as to what may have caused the issue?

    I can't thank you enough.  This has been quite an annoyance.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Mick
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 1:45 AM
  • Could be a number of things that caused then to become unregistered. but I've learned over time that sometimes the DLL files become unregistered. if nothing else seems to be working I try to find the DLL files associated with the problem and reregister them. works more often than people realize. Im glad it did for you.
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 2:49 AM
  • its probably an isuue in the registry that keys are not in default way it should be when with a new copy of windows xp
    here is a copy how your registry keys should be
    you can copy this whole thing into a notepad file and save it with the .reg extension and then just click on it to replace your keys



    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder]

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder]
    "Type"="group"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30498"
    "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#51140"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\ClassicViewState]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30506"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="ClassicViewState"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51076"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\ControlPanelInMyComputer]
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\HideMyComputerIcons"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30497"
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "ValueName"="{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51150"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\DesktopProcess]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30507"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="SeparateProcess"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51079"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\DesktopProcess\Policy]

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\DesktopProcess\Policy\SeparateProcess]
    @=""

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\DisableThumbCache]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30517"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="DisableThumbnailCache"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51155"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\FolderSizeTip]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30514"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="FolderContentsInfoTip"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\FriendlyTree]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30511"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="FriendlyTree"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51149"
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001

    [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"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\HideFileExt]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30503"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="HideFileExt"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51101"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\NetCrawler]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30509"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="NoNetCrawling"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51147"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\NetCrawler\Policy]

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\NetCrawler\Policy\NoNetCrawling]
    @=""

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\PersistBrowsers]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30513"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="PersistBrowsers"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51152"
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\ShowCompColor]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30512"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="ShowCompColor"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51130"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\ShowFullPath]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30504"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\CabinetState"
    "ValueName"="FullPath"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51100"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\ShowFullPathAddress]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30505"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\CabinetState"
    "ValueName"="FullPathAddress"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51107"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\ShowInfoTip]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30502"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="ShowInfoTip"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51102"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\SimpleSharing]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30518"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000002
    "RegPath"="System\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\LSA"
    "ValueName"="ForceGuest"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51154"
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\SuperHidden]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30508"
    "WarningIfNotDefault"="@shell32.dll,-28964"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="ShowSuperHidden"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51103"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\SuperHidden\Policy]

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\SuperHidden\Policy\DontShowSuperHidden]
    @=""

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\WebViewBarricade]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="@shell32.dll,-30510"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Explorer\\Advanced"
    "ValueName"="WebViewBarricade"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "HelpID"="shell.hlp#51148"
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000

     

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:44 PM