44. Show Protected Operating System Files
Protected operating system files are hidden to
prevent them from being inadvertently deleted. This
is a security feature and is there as a protection
against those user's who just see a file name, think
it is of no use, and then delete it. Think it never
happens? The think again!
As with all hidden files and folders it is not
wise to keep them permanently displayed, so if you
need to access any protected operating system files,
please make sure to disable the option once you have
done what you intended doing with the file. Leaving
them visible could compromise your system,
especially if your PC is being used by someone who
doesn't know what they are doing.
To show protected operating system files proceed
1/ Open Windows Explorer.
2/ In the Windows Explorer
window, Click the Organize button.
3/ From the drop down menu,
Click the Folder and Search Option.
4/ in the Folder options Window
that appears, Click the View tab.
5/ In the View tab look for the
section marked Hidden Files And Folders.
6/ Just below the Hidden Files And
Folders Section you will see an option
marked Hide protected operating system files
(recommended). Click on this to remove the
tick mark from the box to the left of this
7/ As soon as you attempt to remove the
tick mark a warning message like this will
"You have chosen to display protected operating
system files (files labelled System and Hidden) in
These files are required to start and run
Windows. Deleting or editing them can make your
Are you sure you want to display these files?"
8/ Click OK and the tick mark
will be removed.
9/ All protected operating system files
will now be made visible.
10/ To protect the files again
after you have finished simply place a tick
mark in the box next to the option Hide
protected operating system files (recommended)
and then click OK. The files will
then be hidden again.