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Tips on Searching Hidden Files (XP)

By forum_mast3r
The Search tool in Windows XP searches for hidden and system files differently than in earlier versions of Windows. This guide will give a brief description on how to search for hidden or system files in Windows XP.

Search for Hidden or System Files By default, the Search tool doesn’t search for hidden or system files. Because of this, you may have difficulty in finding files, even though they exist on the drive.

To search for hidden or system files in Windows XP:
Click Start then click Search, click all files and folders, and then click more advanced options.

Click the check box to select the Search system folders and Search hidden files and folders check boxes.

NOTE: You don’t need to configure your computer to show hidden files in the Folder Options dialog box in Windows Explorer to find files with either the hidden or system attributes, but you need to configure your computer not to hide protected operating system files to find files with both the hidden and system attributes. The Search Companion shares the Hide protected operating system files option (which hides files with both the system and hidden attributes) with the Folder Options dialog box Windows Explorer.
By LesFex on 04-18-2008, 08:19 AM

Thank you very much providing useful information.
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By chr1s on 04-19-2008, 02:40 PM

thank you for the information.
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By benzaloy on 04-30-2008, 11:24 PM
Default Search Option in Windows

For the last 12 to 14 months, my period of computer usage, I have been using this SEARCH function for over, may be, 1000sof times. Nothing gained.
Today when I went there with your adivce and clicked to uncheck those two boxes, my God, I had a 'vision'.

All the files and folders that are in the pc, together with the ones that were deleted many months ago, in the Recycle Bin, were displayed.

I admire your knowledge and the genrosity in sharing it.

The logic of not presenting this in a simple straight forward manner escapes me. May be I am daft, old man.

Thank you very much indeed, Sir.
Last edited by Sami; 07-04-2008 at 12:57 AM..
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By CAVA on 06-09-2008, 10:19 AM
Default wow and omg

what an amazing insite to whats on my PC, thank you so much, 50,000 files and still counting, defenitaly time to clean up this pc
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