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Published on 02.11.09 by Brent Trahan

Show Protected Operating System Files

Learn how to make Windows 7 show protected operating system files.

Show Protected OS Files

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
  2. Open Folder Options in the Control Panel.

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    Note: If Folder Options is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.

  3. Select the View tab in the Folder Options window.

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  4. Uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

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  5. Click Yes in the warning box.

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  6. Click OK to save the changes.

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