How to Get to Your Ghost Files on Your Computer

By Tommy Charles

Windows 7, like earlier incarnations of Microsoft's operating system, contains folders and files that are invisible to the user by default. Generally, these files are hidden to prevent easy access to system files and inadvertent deletion or modification. However, Windows users can opt to make all invisible folders visible if they choose. Once made visible, previously invisible folders and files will appear transparent while their visible counterparts are opaque. This feature warns the user that the folder could be an important system folder that should not be tampered with.

Step 1

Click "Start" and then click "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click "Appearance and Personalization." Then click "Folder Options."

Step 3

Click the tab marked "View."

Step 4

Click the tab marked "Advanced Settings" and then click "Show hidden files and folders." Click "OK."

Step 5

Click "Start" and then click "Computer." Double-click the icon that represents your hard drive and navigate to the newly revealed ghost file like you would any other.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not delete hidden files unless you are absolutely sure of what they do. Many hidden files and folders are system files. Deleting them could damage your computer.