Hidden files in Windows® 7
The Operating Systems are equipped with certain functionalities to hide certain system files on the computers for the purpose of accidental modification or deletion of the data. Windows 7 Operating System also hides some system files to protect the data. This is so due to the infections on the system and due to the corruption of the registry values. The infections that affect the Windows 7 can hide some files like the antivirus software or any other security software in order to avoid the programs from functioning against the attacks. The corruption on the registry values can also cause the files to be hidden since every piece of software in the system has its values on the registry. The modification or the accidental deletion of the values may result in changes in the behavior of the files and cause automatic hiding. Some auto hide programs are also available as third party tools on the Internet and their actions can also cause the automatic hiding of the files over the Windows 7.
Discussed below are some possible ways to fix the issue:
- Clean the registry and modify the false values
- Clean the system from infections
- Alternative ways to fix the issues
Clean the registry and modify the false values
The corrupted registry values for the files can sometimes cause the Windows 7 to hide files. The registry contents should be corrected either with the help of technicians or using the registry cleaner tools. The repair installation of Windows 7 is also recommended for troubleshooting the registry issues. The removal of the infections stored on the registry is also necessary.
Clean the system from infections
Various infections that affect Windows 7 can block various options in the system. These malfunctions can even hide the files in the system for the purpose of preventing the user from opening those files. Use efficient antivirus software or other security mechanisms for the purpose of removing the infections. After removing, select the option to show the hidden files.
Check your system for the availability of software that are responsible for the automatic hiding of the files over the system. One such software is Hide Wizard. Remove such program from the system and take care while installing such applications on the system. You can remove the hidden nature of the folders by navigating to 'Control panel' and changing the 'Folder options' in 'Appearance and settings'.
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