Windows 10: Can't toggle Hidden Files Solved

  1.    26 Nov 2015 #1

    Can't toggle Hidden Files

    Hi, Since yesterday I've been unable to toggle hidden files from the View tab of the ribbons. It's unchecked and when I click on it the check mark appears for a second and disappear again.

    Only change I've done recently is installed an antivirus (Bitdefender 2016), could that be the cause?

    I had this problem before on Windows 8.1 before it got updated and I had to do a reinstall to fix it. I really don't wanna do it again.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       26 Nov 2015 #2

    Hello VeeK727, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    You might see if you may be able to toggle it using one of the options in the tutorials below instead.

    Show - Hide Hidden Files - Add to Context Menu - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3.    27 Nov 2015 #3

    File Explorer options and ribbon check mark doesn't work for me like I said. I tried the registry key editing and I get this error "Cannot edit Hidden: Error writing the value's new contents", Hidden being the key that needs to be changed.

    I'm using Windows 10 btw.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       27 Nov 2015 #4

    How about when using the .bat files in OPTION THREE?
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  5. Ztruker's Avatar
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       27 Nov 2015 #5

    Disable Bit Defender and see if that is the cause (as you mentioned).
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  6.    28 Nov 2015 #6

    @Brink Sorry. Forgot about that. The bat file failed to restart the explorer so I did it manually and when I did it was still the same. No change
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  7.    28 Nov 2015 #7

    @Ztruker Yes it worked. Particularly the problem was the Intrusion Detection module of bitdefender. The explanation says that the module blocks attempts to change critical files and registry entries. Disabling that made hide/show hidden files possible.

    Thanks to all for your assistance.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       28 Nov 2015 #8

    Great news.
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