Problem: You have hidden some folders in windows 7. But now you cannot unhide the hidden folder. Hide option is disabled in folder properties.
Cause: Some virus on your computer have modified default registry value for folders.
- Click Start button and then type regedit in the Start Search box. In the search results list, left click regedit to start windows registry manager.
- Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced \ Folder \ Hidden \ SHOWALL
- Double Click CheckedValue and enter 1 in the value data box.
- If there is no CheckedValue, right click in the empty area, and create a new DWORD (32 bit).
Rename this value as CheckedValue and set its value to 1
You may need to restart your computer. You should now be able to un-hide hidden folders.
Note: Your computer may still have some virus which can again change registry value. So, perform a full system scan with a good and updated antivirus.