You need to Remove Hidden Attribute To Unhide Folders/Files from PC / USB. I am going to show you two simple methods to unhide hidden folders / files.
You may see some hidden files in your PC or USB. Those files attribute might have been changed by virus or by manual mistake. When you remove hidden and read-only attributes from files, you can even delete virus files .In this tutorial, I am showing you, how to unhide hidden files by using windows option and attrib command.
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Before going to remove hidden attribute from hidden files, we need to see hidden files. For that follow below procedure.
Go to “my computer” -> Go to “View” option in top menu -> Go to “option” -> Go to change “Folder and search options” -> Click “View” -> check “show hidden files, folders and drives”.
Procedure is different for different versions of windows. Read Hide / unhide files in windows is easy, if you do it smart for complete procedure.
Now you can see hidden files. so you can remove hidden attribute from folder or file to unhide.
First Method to Remove hidden attribute
- Right click on hidden file or folder.
- Go to “Properties”. You will see “Properties” window shows that in below screenshot.
- Uncheck “Hidden” near “attributes”. You can also uncheck read-only attribute.
- Click “Apply”. You will see “Confirm attribute changes” window shows that in below screenshot.
- Make sure you have checked, “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files”.
- Click “OK”. Click “OK”.
Now you have removed hidden attribute from your file or folder.
Second method to Remove hidden attribute(Using cmd)
It is very effective method. You can even remove virus by using this method.
Plug in your pen drive, if you want to unhide hidden files from pen drive. Note down your pen drive’s drive letter. Here ‘G’ drive is my pen drive’s drive letter. When you want to unhide hidden files from your PC drives, you need not to use pen drive.
Open your command prompt. Though you can use normal command prompt, I recommend you to run command prompt as administrator. Because, when you run cmd as admin, you can use it with full privileges. If you use windows 8 or later version read How to run command prompt as admin in windows 8 or later versions. If you use earlier version of Windows follow below procedure.
Go to “Start” -> Go to “Run” -> Type “cmd” -> hit “OK” -> Right click on “command prompt” -> Click “Run As Administrator”.
Now you will see command prompt with admin privileges. You just need to type,
attrib -h -s -r -a g:\*.* /s /d
and press enter.
This command will remove hidden, system, read-only and archive attributes from all files in drive ‘G’. You can replace ‘g’ with any one of your computer drive letters. Use of switches ‘/s’ and ‘/d’ is to apply command to all sub folders and directories. Click here to read more details about attrib command.
Now you have removed all attributes from all files. So you can see and delete any file.
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