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Windows XP and Explorer - Hidden and System Files
Help and Tips

Toggle viewing system, hidden, and other protected files in Windows XP Explorer.


#1: View Hidden Files and Folders
Show previously hidden files and folders with Windows XP. This may help debug spyware or virus attacks.

#2: Hide or Show Protected Operating System Files and Hidden Folders
Toggle whether or not Windows XP should display files and folders that normally shouldn't be modified.

#3: Show System Folders
For diagnostic purposes, allow Explorer in Windows XP to display internal folders marked 'System'.

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