Hidden files are typically the files that we do not need to access when viewing a program. These m ight be driver files for example. Typically most system files are hidden. Remember how we set the system to Show all files earlier? Without this option set, files which have the hidden attribute are not displayed in the Windows Explorer and other programs. Hidden files can cause much fun for a support professional when troubleshooting. Be sure to set the system to show all files, from Windows Explorers Folder Options -> View menu, as shown in Figure 105.
You will then see a display like that of Figure 106.
To remind you how to set Windows to display all files...
In My Computer or Windows Explorer, click the folder you want to look at. On the View menu, click Folder Options. Click the View Tab, and then click Show all files.
If you want to see all file name extensions, click to clear the Hide file extensions for known file types check the following box. Well talk more about this in the section on file naming conventions.
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