Search Hidden Files in Microsoft® Windows® 7
What is the technique to search hidden files in Windows 7 Operating System?
There are a number of reasons for which certain files or folders are hidden in Windows. The Windows 7 Operating System like its predecessors Windows Vista and Windows XP Operating Systems, hides certain files by default. This is largely done to protect your system and its application files from users who may attempt to delete or modify them. There are four different hide options in Window 7 Operating System namely protected operating system files, files and folders with the hidden flag, hidden drives and file extensions. It is generally recommended to display file extensions all the time to avoid problems and make file identification easier for the users. The hidden file feature regularly confuses users looking for a specific file or folder, since so long as it is hidden, the data in it cannot be accessed directly in Windows Explorer. Whatever the reason might be, if you have hidden files or folders, it is not hard at all to display them again in your PC.
More about hidden files and tips to search hidden files within Windows 7 are mentioned below:
- Hidden files and folders
- Hide protected operating system files
- View hidden files and folders
Hidden files and folders
The NTFS file system used by Windows supports several attributes that can be assigned to files such as Read Only, Compressed, Encrypted and Hidden. Hidden files and folders are purely normal files with the Hidden feature. Windows Explorer will not exhibit files with the Hidden attribute to the user if the Folder Options setting is configured as such, yet the Operating System and applications have usual access to such files. By changing the Windows Explorer setting to 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' will help the user to enable and hence see all hidden files and folders with the exception of protected Operating System files.
Hide protected operating system files
Operating system files are files that get installed with Windows 7 Operating System. These files are essential for the operation of the PC. Windows users come usually into contact with these files merely when they pursue a tweaking guide that asks them to control such a file. By removing the checkmark from the selection box, it displays all protected Operating System files in Windows Explorer. This is not highly suggested as it increases the ability that these files may be edited or deleted fortuitously by the user.
In order to view a hidden file or folder in Windows 7 Operating System, just follow the simple steps by opening Windows explorer. For this, initially open any folder on your desktop or in other drive and click on 'Organize'. After this hit the Folder and search options and at once you see the Folder Options, you have to switch to View tab. Under the View tab, you must then locate the option named Show hidden files, folders, or drives and go for it. Then hit the 'Apply' button to view your files or folder.
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