book Many people may not realize that the operating system files and extensions are hidden in XP by default, but many people like to see all the files on their computer. Also I’ll show you how to unhide your file extensions. Its always good to know what the file extension is for unknown downloaded files before clicking on them as many malware or virus files have a double extension, (Example clickonme.txt.exe clickonme.txt is a text file while clickonme.txt.exe is an executable program that may infect your computer.)

  1. Open My Computer or an Explorer window.
  2. In Windows Explorer, select Tools.
  3. Click Folder Options.
  4. Click the View tab.
  5. Scroll down to Hidden Files and Folder, click the option button to show hidden files and folders.
  6. Uncheck the option button for hide extensions for known file types.
  7. Uncheck the option for Hide protected operating system files.
  8. Click Ok when your finished.
  9. A warning dialog box will popup, just click Ok.
  10. Now you’re finished. You’ll be able to see your System files and file extensions.

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1. Open My Computer or an Explorer window.

2. In Windows Explorer, select Tools.

3. Click Folder Options.

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4. Click the View tab.

5. Scroll down to Hidden Files and Folder, click the option button to show hidden files and folders.

6. Uncheck the option button for hide extensions for known file types.

7. Uncheck the option for Hide protected operating system files.

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8. Click Ok when your finished.

9. A warning dialog box will popup, just click Ok.

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10. Now you’re finished. You’ll be able to see your System files and file extensions.