Unable to Search for Files in the System32 or SysWow64 Folder on 64-bit Windows XP

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When you search for files in the System32 or SysWow64 folder on 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows XP, you cannot find specific files that you know exist or that you can browse to directly.


To resolve this issue, when you initiate a search, click Search Options, click Advanced Options and then click Search System Folders. You can then search the system folders for all files.


This behavior is the default behavior.


You may be unable to view files in system folders even if you have completed the procedure described in the "Resolution" section of this article. This issue can occur if you have not enabled the Show hidden files and folders option. To enable this option:
  1. Double-click User_name's Computer, and then click Folder Options on the Tools menu.
  2. Click the View tab, and then click Show hidden files and folders.

    NOTE: It is also recommended that you clear the Hide Protected Operating System Files option.
NOTE: When you enable these options, if you have sufficient access to critical files, you are able to modify or delete these files.


Article ID: 282945 - Last Review: December 1, 2007 - Revision: 2.4
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Advanced Server, Limited Edition
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