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to unhide file extensions to see what you have in XP open my computer (or windows explorer) Tools/Folder Options/View change 'Do not show hidden files and folders' to 'Show hidden files and folders' uncheck 'Hide extensions for known file types' if you wish you can uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files'
to unhide file extensions in win7, vista go to my computer (or windows explorer) Organize/folder and search options/view change 'Do not show hidden files and folders' to 'Show hidden files and folders' uncheck 'Hide extensions for known file types' if you wish you can uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files'
In win8 I'm not sure how to get to it unless you change to show classic view somehow
Did you try showing "hidden folders and files"? In the Explorer, select the Tools menu, and pick Folder Options. Select the View tab and in the list enable "show hidden files and folders". You can also try showing system files (so choose not to hide them).
That should show you all files and folders on the disk.
Do make sure you are logged in as a user with admin rights.
Have you tried showing hidden and system files? In the Windows Explorer, go to the Tools menu and select Options or Folder Options. In the View tab, scroll in the list and make sure show hidden files is selected. You can also unselect the 'hide system files' option.