Windows does not show all files and folders by default. Some are hidden. However, if you want to transfer program settings or e-mail to another PC, make a backup, or perform certain administrative tasks, you may need to be able to access these files and folders. We show how you do that. We also show how you can display hidden file extensions (.exe, .zip, etc.).

Show hidden files and folders

In Windows 10
  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Click on File | Change folder and search options (or: File | Options or View | Options)
  3. Remove the check mark from Hide protected operating system files
  4. Click Yes on the next warning
  5. Don’t forget to click Apply afterwards!

You should not delete or edit hidden files and system files without knowing what you are doing! Only for advanced users!

Show hidden file extensions

If you are busy, in the same folder options window you can also uncheck Hide extensions for known file types

And click Apply. Now file extensions such as .exe, .zip and so on are displayed. Very clear.

Windows 10 is no longer available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 since July 30, 2016. Yet you can still get Windows 10 for free, as many websites report. And also via Microsoft itself – more or less – legally.

You just get Windows 10 through Microsoft, but then you have to indicate that you ‘use accessibility technologies’. Microsoft offers the free upgrade for people who need accessibility options longer than for the general public. It is unclear how long this free upgrade route will remain open in this way.

Update 31 October 2017:

Microsoft indicates that this specific upgrade route is only valid until 31 December 2017 (tip Merel).

Update December 20, 2017

The upgrade route has been extended for two weeks to January 16, 2018. This option has also been closed.

Download the free Windows 10 Upgrade for customers who use accessibility technologies

If you have already done the free upgrade before (before July 29, 2016), but have returned to Windows 7 or 8.1, you should still be able to make the upgrade later. Windows 10 on your PC must have been activated by Microsoft! After registration / activation, your computer will be recognized as a Windows 10 machine and you can use the free upgrade option later.

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