View Full Version : Hidden File cluster****

05-28-2008, 01:04 PM
Before I get started, I know how one traditionally views hidden files and folders, since I've done it millions of times before I installed iTunes, and I've verified the technique in other computers, Microsoft Help and Microsoft Help online.

The problem is, I can't get to my hidden ipod files outside of iTunes, and I think iTunes is to blame.

I'm using windows XP, despite my high contrast 95 style desktop (it helps video performance). Here's what I normally do:

Click "Tools" > "Folder options" > "View" Tab> then select the "show hidden files and folders" check box... but it's not there now.


I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. all i want is to see the inbisible forders!

05-28-2008, 01:17 PM
I run iTunes and I still have that option.

Are you running SP3? I'm assuming you have administrative privileges?

05-28-2008, 01:19 PM
yes and yes. I found 2/3 of my music using cmd hackery and some basic knowledge of the ipod file names.

I've had the option for as long as I can remember, now I don't.

edit: got all songs visible with attrib comand in cmd, but I still don't have that option which bothers me

05-28-2008, 01:33 PM
i have a reg hack that will show EVERY hidden file, including automatically downloaded album art!

ninjuh edit: but that is weird..

05-28-2008, 01:41 PM
i did a search it's a registry problem, I went to fix the reg with regedit and it was gone. I'm redownloading sp3 since windows support recomended that as a registry fixing tool.

05-29-2008, 07:25 AM
sp3 was released then pulled as a critical update. There are know bugs. If you want a reg file to put it back let me know and I will write one for you.

05-29-2008, 05:49 PM
Ok, I checked system and I don't have sp3 despite the fact that I'm 90% sure I accepted it in the autoupdater. I ran the sp3 installer and got an "access denied" error. Bamf, I apparently need this registry entry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\Advanced


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL

I need the value "hidden" or "checkedvalue" to equal 1. I'm trying to use regedit, but it's a bit new to me.

05-29-2008, 05:58 PM
Ok after some short tinkering I figured some stuff out. I'm stuck here though. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v288/claustrophobia9/Untitled-5copy.jpg

I think I edit the far value..... but how? I'm told it should be as a dword (hex) and I think it is, but I can't tell.

05-29-2008, 06:02 PM
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL]
"RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Expl orer\\Advanced"

05-29-2008, 06:03 PM
copy that into a text file and rename to .reg then double click it

05-29-2008, 06:36 PM
this is the one i was talking about:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\Advanced

create a DWORD value called ShowSuperHidden and change the value to 1.


05-29-2008, 07:25 PM
the key I gave him should show hidden files. He has a slew of other issues now.

05-29-2008, 07:27 PM
sp3 to blame.

05-30-2008, 07:13 AM
ok. attempting sp2 reinstall. If you don't see me in 2 days online... I need somebody to mail me an xp recovery disk. :p

05-30-2008, 07:51 AM
ok. that worked, but i still don't see the option for me to show or hide it. I can see hidden files, i'd just rather have the option for later.

05-30-2008, 09:15 AM
something is messed up with the shell. You could keep using the reg file and swap the values if you want to hide files again.

05-30-2008, 10:21 AM
I really don't understand your SP3 issues. I have installed it on several computers now without issue. :confused:

05-30-2008, 01:29 PM