If Windows XP cannot show any files previously hidden, there's a way to get them to re-appear. Simply open Notepad and copy and paste the code below, and save it with double quotation mark as "name.reg," (using your own name in the name.reg). Double clicking the *.reg file should unhide your files.
Last-minute XP migration advice
Keep these five things in mind as
Windows XP end of life approaches.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
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This was first published in June 2007