If you’re running Windows Vista, I’d like your help with a project.
More than two years ago, I published a simple script that allows you to toggle the Explorer attribute that shows and hides System and Hidden files. It was originally written for Windows XP, but I’ve been testing it lately on Windows Vista and it works just fine there as well – for me, anyway.
And that’s where you come in. If you’re running Windows Vista (any edition, 32- or 64-bit), I want you to try this script and see if it works for you.
The script examines the registry to see whether hidden files (those with the Hidden attribute set) are displayed in Windows Explorer. If not, it modifies the registry so that hidden files and super-hidden files (those with the System and Hidden attributes set) are displayed. The script also assumes that you probably want the option to edit file name extensions, so it changes settings to make file name extensions visible as well for common data file formats. If hidden files are already displayed, the script assumes you want to undo the previous set of changes and modifies these three registry values accordingly.
I’ve made the script file available for download in compressed (Zip) format: Click here to download the file, extract it to a convenient location, and double-click to run it. (Double-click again to re-run the script and undo the changes.) You’ll see an informational dialog box that lists the current settings. (Note that you might have to press F5 or right-click and choose Refresh from the shortcut menu to see the changes reflects in an open Explorer window.)
If you want to view the script contents first, click here to see the text in a separate browser window. Remember to save the script file with the .vbs extension.
If you encounter any problems, please post a comment here.