companion in Windows XP searches for hidden and system files differently than in
earlier versions of Windows. This guide describes how to search for hidden or
system files in Windows XP.
Hidden or System Files By default, the Search companion does not search for
hidden or system files. Because of this, you may be unable to find files, even
though they exist on the drive.
To search for
hidden or system files in Windows XP:
Click Start, click Search, click All files and folders, and then click More
Click to select the Search system folders and Search hidden files and folders
NOTE: You do not
need to configure your computer to show hidden files in the Folder Options
dialog box in Windows Explorer to find files with either the hidden or system
attributes, but you need to configure your computer not to hide protected
operating system files to find files with both the hidden and system attributes.
Search Companion shares the Hide protected operating system files option (which
hides files with both the system and hidden attributes) with the Folder Options
dialog box Windows Explorer.