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15 March 2015

HOW TO Display & Delete HIDDEN Files using COMMAND PROMPT (CMD) by Raj The Hacker



HOW TO Display & Delete HIDDEN Files using DOS by Raj The Hacker

I would like to let you all know that in Windows, files/folders has a special attribute called hidden attribute. By setting this attribute, we can hide files from being displayed in explorer or command prompt. I will tell you how to display or list these hidden files in windows using command line or DOS and also how to delete those hidden files.

To display list of hidden files from a particular directory you can type.
dir directory_path /A:H /B
for eg:
Get the list of hidden files from C:\Windows\system32 folder.
C:\>dir c:\WINDOWS\system32 /A:H /B
cdplayer.exe.manifest
dllcache
GroupPolicy
logonui.exe.manifest
ncpa.cpl.manifest
nwc.cpl.manifest
sapi.cpl.manifest
WindowsLogon.manifest
wuaucpl.cpl.manifest

Get list of hidden files from all sub directories you just have to add /S switch to the command.
dir directory_path /A:H /S /B
Example:
To get the list of hidden files from the folder c:\windows\system32 and from all its subfolders we need to run the below command.
dir c:\WINDOWS\system32 /A:H /B /S
List all hidden folders:
If you want to get the list of all hidden subfolders in a folder type
dir /s /b /A:DH

To delete hidden files from command prompt For example to delete a hidden file named raj.doc you just type.
del /A:H raj.doc
Note that /A:H is necessary otherwise you will get ‘file not found’ error like below.
C:\>del raj.doc
Could Not Find C:\ raj.doc
To delete all hidden files from a given directory we can run the below command.
del directory_path /A:H
Alternatively you can cd to that directory and then run the below command.
del * /A:H
To delete hidden files from subfolders also you can do that by adding /S switch
del * /A:H /S


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