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There is only one way to do it, Select the option Show hidden files from folder options and then search for the files using the start search box.
1. Click Start.
2. Type "search" in start search box.
3. click "Change search options for files and folders".
4. Now, Click on View tab .
5. Under View,
a)Select the radio button labeled Show hidden files, folders, and drives
b)Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide extensions for known file types.
c)Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
6. Click on Apply and Ok.
I'm totally agree with you DM. Microsoft is just trying to make the search integrate with online searches since most people search online and are not technical to search for hidden or system files(Most of them don't even know there are hidden files.) Therefore
MS took away those functions or make it harder to find and use. For advance people like us, I think MS can do a better job than this. They are trying to make the search smarter but it turn up to be smarter in the online world but stupid or almost useless in
the local machine world. Just to design something better and smarter doesn't have to sacrifice other functions. No wonder they can't beat GOOGLE.
God I am so in agreement with you guys! Regardless of the need for "web friendliness" it seems like a giant stepbackwards to be required to make a
global change to search for asingle hidden file; and then have to
change it back afterward? Come on! What is this? Windows 98? Wait, even 98 could do this.... For the love of all things good in the world, at least they could have given some kind of admin-only search interface. Even it had to be run from the
command line. Whatever. Just throw us admins a bone here Microsoft!
I like Windows 7 and all, but MS has dumbed-down the UI with every new version. I get that Windows is a broad-based OS, targeted to a broad base of people, but I really don't want to lose a basic function just because you think it's 'too complicated' for
the lowly user. You break my Microsoft. You break my heart.
I wholeheartedly agree with DM, petersquare, and EtherKnight. In their never-ending quest to dumb things down, MS, in it's infintessimal wisdom, makes things more DIFFICULT for the "real" users - those of us who have to set-up and troubleshoot workstations.
Thanks, MS, for breaking something that didn't need fixing, or fixing something that wasn't broken, or... ??? ... Once more, I need to spend unnecessary time trying to figure out something that I shouldn't have to!
Even I have the options set up as you have mentioned, after I did a search (Windows key + F) it didn't show folders and files that are in the appdata folder in the search results. I know they are there, because I can manually look for them.
Okay, I have changed the search options, but I still don't know how to find non-indexed, hidden and system files. Specifically, how do I look at ALL of these to choose the ones I need to check on? There are no prompts to help me as in older 'advanced
search' Windows versions, so how do I proceed?