You may have created normal hidden folders in windows Xp and vista to store your private files , but these normal type of hidden folders in vista and windows Xp is quite old technique. As even if you create a hidden folder using this old technique almost every one or a normal windows user would know how to get access to that folder.

By simply going to Windows Explorer>>File Menu>>tools>>Folder Options>>view tab and check the radio option which says – “Show Hidden Files and Folders“.

But what if you can create a ultra hidden system folder which is not shown even if the above setting of Show Hidden Files and Folders is turned on or clicked.

How To Create a Ultra Hidden Folder In Windows Xp and Vista.

1. Open My Computer and go to File Menu>>Tools>>Folder Options>>View Tab(Press alt button to show file menu bar in windows vista).

2. Scroll down and check the option which says – “Show Hidden Files and Folders” and uncheck the option which says – “Hide Protected Operating System Files(Recommended)” and click ok.

3. Now Open any drive from my computer you will find a folder named RECYCLER( this is a hidden as well as system folder).

4. Copy this folder any where and rename it according to your choice and paste your private files into this folder.

5. Repeat the step 1 and check the option which says – “Hide Protected Operating System Files(Recommended)” and click ok.

6. That’s it! Done.

Now go to the location where you pasted and renamed that folder called RECYCLER ,you will notice that folder is invisible even if the setting called “Show Hidden Files and Folders” is checked, so you have finally created a ultra hidden folder in windows.

Logic Behind This – All the system folders in a windows system are automatically hidden so when we check the option “Show Hidden Files and Folders” all the hidden folders are shown but as due to the setting called “Hide Protected Operating System Files(Recommended)” is checked due to which all the system folders which are automatically hidden are not shown so they become the ultra hidden folders which are not shown due the overriding settings.

As a normally no one uncheck this setting “Hide Protected Operating System Files(Recommended)” because it is recommended not every one will easily find this ultra hidden folder in windows xp or vista.


  1. Jalal says:

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  2. soRRow says:

    jes, but i wanna hide only one file not folder.

    Plz help

  3. tom kent says:

    Simply place the file you want to hide in the folder and make it a hidden file (right click properties, check “hidden”). The ultra hidden folder will make the file difficult to find when searching through folders and hiding the file makes the file not appear (unless specifically designated to find hidden files) in the search interface in windows. :)

  4. squall.018 says:

    I think this is also the folder where some components of the conficker virus hide.

  5. Ryan says:

    Its easier to use the DOS command “ATTRIB”, eg. ATTRIB +H +S Myfolder /S /D

    this does the same thing but it’s much quicker.

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