Windows 7 and above. Well, that’s the short of it. Check this lifehacker article for the rundown:
Although, I have one small issue with the term “hidden” that I see misused all too often. Just because you didn’t notice it, or there isn’t a GUI, or it’s not pinned to your start menu, doesn’t make it hidden; it just means that it isn’t painfully obvious, and maybe no one bothered to make a GUI version or frontend, for whatever reason.
Although admittedly I haven’t been there with 7, up until Vista I always checked for new EXEs and functionality in existing ones, a habit stretching back to my first DOS based computer. This makes me want to revisit my Win7 install do to just that… if *only* I had the time.
So if you have a few minutes, do yourself a favor, open the “command” box first by typing cmd and try:
You might find some other useful options. Feeling saucy? Try:
dir %systemroot%\system32\*.exe /p
and bask in all that “hidden” stuff. Now slap a /? on the end of something you aren’t familiar with and see what it says. Have fun!
It amazes me we are still at a point where the average or “power” user thinks that doing anything outside of a GUI is “hidden” but it’s better than my personal favorite pseudo-synonym among a dozen other common misconceptions for non-GUI based activity: “programming” 😀