This is where EXPLORER is ready for the junk pile. Use a COMMAND LINE method and the DIR /A to show what's there.
Also, other file managers do better at this. Gupta's Navigator takes a bit to get used to, but doesn't hide things from us.
If I put some of my "favorites" in a folder then hide them using the control panel, I can't get the folder back when I click on "show hidden folders". All my other hidden folders come back in my documents etc. Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you.