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    Talking Create super hidden system folder in Windows Vista & XP

    You may have created normal hidden folders in windows Xp and vista to store your private files , but these normal type of hidden folders in vista and windows Xp is quite old technique. As even if you create a hidden folder using this old technique almost every one or a normal windows user would know how to get access to that folder.

    By simply going to Windows Explorer > File Menu > tools > Folder Options > view tab and check the radio option which says - “Show Hidden Files and Folders“.

    But what if you can create a super hidden system folder which is not shown even if the above setting of Show Hidden Files and Folders is turned on or clicked.

    How To Create a Super Hidden Folder In Windows Vista & XP.

    1. Open My Computer and go to File Menu>Tools>Folder Options>View Tab (Press alt button to show file menu bar in windows vista).

    2. Scroll down and check the option which says - “Show Hidden Files and Folders” and uncheck the option which says - “Hide Protected Operating System Files(Recommended)” and click ok.

    3. Now Open any drive from my computer you will find a folder named RECYCLER (this is a hidden as well as system folder).

    4. Copy this folder any where and rename it according to your choice and paste your private files into this folder.

    5. Repeat the step 1 and check the option which says - “Hide Protected Operating System Files(Recommended)” and click ok.

    Now go to the location where you pasted and renamed that folder called RECYCLER ,you will notice that folder is invisible even if the setting called “Show Hidden Files and Folders” is checked, so you have finally created a ultra hidden folder in windows.



    Logic Behind This - All the system folders in a windows system are automatically hidden so when we check the option “Show Hidden Files and Folders” all the hidden folders are shown but as due to the setting called “Hide Protected Operating System Files(Recommended)” is checked due to which all the system folders which are automatically hidden are not shown so they become the ultra hidden folders which are not shown due the overriding settings.

    As a normally no one uncheck this setting “Hide Protected Operating System Files(Recommended)” because it is recommended not every one will easily find this ultra hidden folder in windows xp or vista. source.

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    Nice written if you have compiled else, nice find

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    really well composed.

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    You can do this using DOS commands, but will only work for folders and files with no space in the names.

    Run -> CMD ->

    navigate to the folder, then use:

    attrib +s +h file/folder name

    And to make it into a normal folder again:

    attrib -s -h file/folder name

    Where s is the system file switch and h is the hidden file switch. + & - are for enabling and disabling the switch.
    Last edited by iMav; 30th August 2008 at 08:17.
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    Few personal thought..

    To me in case of a private PC such as my own notebook, I dont need to hide files from my self, where as in case of my family desktop PC, where I have multiple users using multiple accounts, I prefer using File Permission rather than just hiding them

    Thanks..

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    i mostly prefered....to convert files attributes to system attributes...using
    "attrib command" @ cmd

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    The problem is if you forget the folder name you have hidden, you are in for a toss.... I feel the better way is to use one of the folder hiiding softwares around. Many are free and one that is noteworthy is "Free hide folder.".

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    Command Prompt rocks... no more problem with attributes.

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