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Revealing the Super Hidden Files
Revealing the Super Hidden Files
Microsoft has added many features to Windows to protect the critical files of
the operating system. The super hidden files feature allows Windows to protect
itself even further by hiding some of its most critical files from users. If users
can’t get to it, they can’t hurt it, right?
Revealing the super hidden system files is not very difficult. You can uncheck
the box on the list on the View tab of Folder Options that says Hide Protected
System Files, but where is the fun in that? Use the Registry Editor to turn this
feature off:
1. Open the Start screen, type regedit , and then hit Enter.
2. After the Registry Editor loads, navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER\
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.
3. Right-click ShowSuperHidden and select Modify.
4. Change the value to 1 and click OK to save your changes.
Now you will be able to see all the files on your computer, including the
super hidden system files.
Summary
This chapter has shown you many different ways that you can customize how
File Explorer looks and works. You discovered how to change file associations
as well as how certain file types look when viewed in Explorer. Then, you found
out how to customize the context menu as well as how to clean it up. The last
part of this chapter showed you how you can customize the different views of
Windows 8 and control how and if hidden files are displayed.
The next chapter is all about customizing the next most frequently used
program in Windows 8—Internet Explorer. I show you how you can customize
the new features of the latest overhaul of Internet Explorer.
 
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