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    How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    I recently came to this issue where I am not able to see some of the System related files in my System, how to find these missing files in my Windows PC? Is there any way to do it? Can you tell me the steps to search a file which is there in my system but not visible?



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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    Some files do gets vanished in Windows PC and especially System files it is very common to get vanished, dont be scared that the particular file or folder is eaten up by a virus or so, its just hidden in the same place which in sense not visible at first sight but only if you change the version of the system. You just have to follow few steps to make it visible which are as follows,

    STEP 1: Open Control Panel -> Folder Options.
    STEP 2: Go to the view tab from the Folder Options window and check for two radio buttons stating that Dont show hidden files and show hidden files -> In those radio buttons select the option Show hidden files, folders and drives
    STEP 3: Click Ok and now go and check in the folder where you were probably expecting the folder to be shown, sure the folder should be able to view now.

    Note that some of the System folders are made hidden for security reasons as like not to be deleted and so on. So be careful and double-check when working with the System folders. You can also make the folder to be hidden one by following the simple steps given below,

    STEP 1: Right Click on the folder which you want to make it hidden -> Properties.
    STEP 2: A new folder properties window will open which as three major Attributes which are Read-Only, Hidden, Archive.
    STEP 3: Select the option hidden -> Select Ok.

    Now you can see the folder which you changed the attribute to hidden and can be reverted back to normal or so whenever needed.
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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    ello my friend,

    Windows by default hide certain system files and folders so that naive users cannot access them.

    you can use third party software search everything
    if you know the name of the file.This software is extremely useful and it is also free.
    it will give you the complete path of the file.

    however you can also use windows built in featureif you want to see those files which are hidden just follow these steps.

    open windows explorer(win+E)
    now press Alt to see the menu bar(if you can't see)
    now click on tools menu->folder options

    now a box will pop up
    under view tab of this box check the option show hidden files and folder.

    now window will show you all hidden files and folder.


    ALL THE BEST.

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    Hello,

    Friend to locate a missing file from your system you can do

    1. Go to the windows search option and type the file name.

    2. Make sure that in the settings you do a search for the hidden files too.

    And in the 2nd method just open the file or folder where that file was stored.

    Than in the address bar above type the folder name with the drive name.

    It will automatically open that folder for you.

    -regards

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    The reason may be that the files your looking for may be hidden.

    To enable the hidden files in your system follow these steps
    :-
    • Open the documents folder.
    • After opening the Documents folder you can find a option such as Organize on the top.
    • When you click on Organize option you can find some sub options such as cut,copy,past etcc and you can also find option at the middle as Folder and Search Options.
    • Select the Folder and Search Options .
    • When you select the Folder and Search Options a new window gets opened.
    • The that new window you can find Tab`s as General,View,Search.
    • Select the View option.
    • You can find the option such as Show Hidden Files and Folders below the Hidden Files and Folders Folder.
    • Save the changes by clicking Apply or else OK .
    By doing so you can enable the hidden folders and files in your Computer.The another option is :-
    • If you cant find the Files or Folders then make use of the Search option .
    • You can find the Search option from the Start Menu .
    • Enter the file name or the Folder name in that search space and search the file .
    • By doing so the search engine searches the total system and shows you the location of the file/folder you want.

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    Post Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    @@@ Hi dude @@@



    Take the steps below to solve your problem,


    • Go to START->search.
    • Select All files and folders at the left pane on search results wizard.
    • Type the name of the file that you want or if you don't know the name of the file,hit on search.
    • It will show you the list of files avail in your PC.
    • Now you can select that you want.
    • If it doesn't appear,then goto control panel->folder options.
    • Tap view on folder options.
    • Select show hidden files or folders option.
    • Hit on Apply and then OK button.
    Hope it helps U!!!







    @@@ Thank you @@@



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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    Hello . . .

    Any missing File Can Be Found By entering The File Name In The "Search Box"

    In case the file is deleted or corrupted it cannot be found . .

    else

    if it is present in any of the drives then it will be found surely . .!!

    just go to all the drives .

    see if any of the files are hidden ...

    un-hide all the files . .

    now type in the search box . .

    you may find the missing file . .!!

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    Yes here you have very easy way to find the invisible files, just go through the steps shown below
    ==> Open My computer
    ==> Go to Tools menu Folder options
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    ==> Under View tab select Show Hidden files, folders and drives
    ==> Click Apply> OK
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    ==> Now all hidden files and folders came to visible
    ==> And you can search and find required file.

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    hi ,there are some options given below :STEP - 1 :- click the my computer and go to top select the tools option STEP - 2 :- click the tools options and go to folder options STEP - 3 :- In folder options there on the top four buttons such as * general * view * file type * office file STEP - 4 :- select the view options and go to the down level STEP - 5 :- After that you can select the options (show the hidden files) I hope the above information are useful to you .......

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    Yeah, it is easily possible to watch all the hidden files though command prompt (cmd). Which I tell you in steps, follow it:-
    1) click start->run->cmd (enter)
    2) write in any drive following line to watch it's containing file-:
    dir /ah
    3) press enter. You just able to watch a hidden folder(s) there.
    4) Then to open it you write cd name (name is the folder name) or if it is file then directly write the name of the file and press enter...

    Here is the video link, you can understand the procedure with the help of this video link :-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYtp3OGcv48

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    hii you can find it...........

    follow my steps......

    1.just open any folder and at the top of that window an search option will be appear.......

    2.in that you can search the forgotten file with multiple options.........

    3.like size of that file and name of the file........etc,

    4.as it takes 30 t0 1 min to search.......

    thats it the file will be discovered after the search is completed..........

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    Red face Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?



    Hello friend,

    To see ur missing file in window u can do the stapes:
    • First open my computer.
    • Then click on organized options(in windows 7),an d in xp click on tools,
    • Now in view options choose folder options check "show hidden folder"






    DONE!!!!
    Now u can see ur hidden system file in OS drive.....
    or if u r know the name of the file u can search it,.....




    BEST OF LUCK......

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    Dear,

    You have Only one option and that is find for that file in your device with the Search option.
    If you are remembered file name you can easily find it from Search result.
    You can also take help of most advanced Search Option.

    Pleasure to help you...!!!

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    Hi there,

    You can not move any SYSTEM FILE in Windows Operating Systems. System files are directly required by OS itself..!!

    You can only see them. They can be seen by selecting SHOW HIDDEN FILES ANS FOLDERS in the VIEW tab of FOLDER AND SEARCH OPTIONS

    i.e. ORGANIZE>FOLDER AND SEARCH OPTIONS>VIEW tab>SHOW HIDDEN FILES ANS FOLDERS



    Thank You..!!

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    Hello friend,

    How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    I recently came to this issue where I am not able to see some of the System related files in my System, how to find these missing files in my Windows PC? Is there any way to do it? Can you tell me the steps to search a file which is there in my system but not visible?
    You files may be deleted by someone or Files may be hidden .

    How to find the missing file in Windows PC

    Go to Start menu and go to my computer.
    Click on search option to search.
    Choose All files and folders option and other options for searching.
    Now you need to enter file name and search .
    A list of files will be shown by Operating system.
    You can select your files from their.


    Other Methods for Finding Files

    Go to control panel and choose folder options from thier.
    Select folder options from that menu.
    Now select Show hidden files or folders from that window.
    Click on Apply and then OK .
    Now you are Done.


    Troubleshooter

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    dear friend

    When you say the file is not visible, it occurs to me that you must have hide it
    Well there are ways by which you can locate your files and folders through the search program, i'll tell you the most popular one-
    click start and the search. make sure you fill almost every data required to give the precise information of your file which will make the computer easier to find.
    give details of the file's modification,its update in the respective area and then click search. you will get some results on your file.

    Hope this little piece of information helps

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    yes, there is always a way to solve a problem.

    follow these steps:

    go to RUN from start menu and type attrib -s -h D:/filename (d: is the external hard drive, maybe different in your case)
    or from cmd type: ATTRIB -S -H *.* /S /D
    if Show hidden files and folders in windows explorer is infected then
    open regedit
    Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and then open Software.Under this navigate to: Microsoft -> Windows -> Current Version -> Explorer Then go to Advanced -> Folder -> Hidden -> SHOWALL
    Delete the value CheckedValue.
    Create a new DWORD value called CheckedValue (same as above, except that the type is REG_DWORD).
    Modify the value data to 1 (000000001).This should enable you to select the Show hidden files and folders option without much problem..

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    By default some important files are kept hidden in windows operating system so that the user cannot replace or overwrite them .

    So , if you really want to see those files then follow my instructions :

    1) Open command box by typing " CMD " in the search box .
    2) A black colour new windows opens up .
    3) In that type the following things : note: after writing each step press enter to move to the next line .
    " cd..
    cd..
    cd <disk_name>:
    dir /ah
    "

    Then you will see the all those files hidden in the specified disk plus the files hidden that are hidden in ' C: ' .

    After that you open control panel; and tick the selection " Show hidden files and folders " . Then you open the disk where the things were hidden and and now you would be able to see them .

    A example of the above coding is given below .
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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?

    HI,
    The problem you are facing is not the big problem ...
    To get ride of this problem follow the following steps:
    1) Go to your Control Panel
    2) There will be a option " Folder Option", Open it
    3) Click on the 2nd tab on the top " View"
    4) After clicking on that new option will open, in those there will be a option " Show Hidden Files"
    Mark the box front of it.
    5) Apply your settings
    Now you can see all the Invisible files in you PC ...
    If you are getting problem by doing this you can do this with some software also...
    Like..
    1) Portable Unhide 1.0
    2) Unhide Folder Tool

    Hope you have got your answer...

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    Re: How to find the missing file in my Windows PC which is there in my system but not visible? Is there any way to do it?



    Hello Friend...

    Follow this step to find the miss and hidden file in you computer.


    Open the search then click the "All the file and folder".

    In the All the file and folder, type the name of the file in the "all the file name" text box..

    Select the drive in Look in option.

    To search the hidden file to click the arrow button in the front of "More advance option".

    Check the check box "Search in hidden file and folder."

    then click the Search button..

    It show all the hidden and miss file in your computer..

    you also download the file finder software. it search the hidden file and folder in your computer...

    Thanks..

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