On Wed, Sep 2, 2015, at 14:34, Terry Reedy wrote:
I do not know of any way to enable showing hidden files with Explorer. (If you know of one, tell me.)
Didn't notice this on my first reply. Go into the Folder Options window, go to the "View" tab, and you will see an option labeled "Show hidden files, folders, and drives". This option is specific to a folder, there is a button to apply it to all folders.
The Folder Options dialog box is available from the "Tools" menu in the classic UI (until Windows XP or maybe Vista), and [still hidden there, but more visible in] the "Organize" dropdown as "Folder and search options".
My point stands that putting a dot in front of a filename shows _intent_ to have it hidden from ordinary users, since it has that effect on Unix, and makes it no easier to find it on Unix than finding the AppData folder is on Windows.