How to Find Hidden Files from Windows 10?

Many a times, you hide your important files and folders to safe guard them from unauthorized access. If you lose access to such hidden data, you may have to worry thinking how to view hidden files. In Windows 10 computers, losing track of hidden files is quite common at the times of OS update. However, Windows 10 interface has new features that can guide you to navigate through exact option to access hidden files.

I remember a situation happened to one of my cousin, because of some hidden Windows system files, she was not able to perform some confidential tasks. I don't remember what she was exactly trying to do, but when she viewed that file, none of the files were seen. If you are technically well knowledged person then you can view all files. Otherwise based on such fact, here are quick guide that you can easily see the hidden files.

Method1: Windows 10 File Explorer

Select Windows 10 Start button and choose 'File Explorer' and choose View tab. Now check the 'Hidden items' checkbox to view hidden items.

Method2: Windows 10 Control Panel

Select the Start button and choose 'Control Panel' on Windows 10 PC. Go to 'Appearance and Personalization' and select 'File Explorer' option and click on 'View' tab. Scroll down and change 'Hidden files and folders' setting to 'Show hidden files, folder and drive'. Optionally you can uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files' box also.

Method3: Via Windows 10 Registry

Hold the 'Windows Key' and press 'R' to bring up 'Run' dialog box and type 'regedit' and press Enter. Navigate locations like HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft, Windows, Current Version, Explorer, Advanced. Then, set value for 'Hidden' to '1' to show hidden files, folder and drive. And set the value as '2' to not to show hidden files. Furthermost, Set value as '1' for 'ShowSuperHidden' to show protected OS files and '2' for do not show protected operating system files.

If none of these methods work then use any third party tool to recover hidden files from Windows 10 operating system, one such program is Yodot File Recovery.

Software to find hidden Windows 10 files:

Yodot File Recovery tool can easily retrieve hidden files from Windows 10 operating system perfectly. It is not required to worry about the safety of the tool, because it is read-only and virus free to use. It can easily retrieve hidden files in flash drive, portable devices, SSD drive, memory cards and other various drives. This utility is capable of restoring files of various file types such as MS Office files, PDF files, compressed files, generic media files (images, songs and videos). It works fine on Windows 10 as well as Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Server 2003 operating systems. If you are satisfied with the output obtained from demo version of this program you can buy the product to activate 'Save Recovery Session' and save recovered files on Windows system.

Important note: The pro version of this file recovery software is capable of recovering Windows 10 partition along with its data after accidental format, deletion or loss scenarios.

How to implement Yodot File Recovery product:

  • First of all download Yodot File Recovery tool and install it on Windows 10 PC
  • Main window will display two options named 'Deleted File Recovery' and 'Lost File Recovery'
  • Choose latter option to retrieve hidden files and proceed further
  • Mark on the drive from where you want to restore hidden data and click on 'Next'
  • Wait till the scanning process gets over
  • To navigate through recoverable files, it is suggested to use two view options that is 'Data View' and 'File Type View'
  • At last save recovered files in destination location or on any external storage device, but not on same drive


  • Know the path of hidden folder files while hide them
  • Avoiding hiding any partition on Windows 10 unless it is very required

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