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Show Hidden Files on Windows 8 or 8.1 Desktop or Tablet

On Windows 8 or 8.1 computers, some system files are hidden by default, including program data files and other documents, which is aimed at preventing them from being removed unconsciously and accidentally. Nonetheless, sometimes they are needed when making changes to the computers such as adding start menu to the taskbar. In consequence, this text mainly focuses on the introduction of how to show hidden files on Windows 8/8.1 computer.

Video guide on how to show hidden files on Windows 8:

2 ways to show hidden files on Windows 8/8.1 desktop or tablet:

Way 1: Show hidden files in the Show/hide option.

Open a hard drive (here referred to C disk), click View on the menu bar, tap Show/hide and then check the box before Hidden items.

Way 2: Show hidden files in Folder Options.

Step 1: Open Folder Options.

Open Libraries or a hard disk, select View in the menu bar and choose Options to open the Folder Options.

Step 2: Show the protected operating system files.

This step can be accomplished through the following 2 processes.

1. In the Folder Options window, tap View, and uncheck the box before Hide protected operating system files (Recommended), as shown in the picture below.

2. As the following warning window turns up, click Yes to display these files.

Step 3: Show hidden folders.

In the Folder Options interface, check the box before Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and tap OK.


After viewing the hidden files, you'd better restore the setting to its original state, as the following photo exhibits. Furthermore, if you do not restore it, computer breakdowns will happen when you unintentionally delete some of the hidden files.

Just show the hidden files on your computer by use of the above methods and find what changes you can make to your computers with these files.

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