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Windows 7: Disappearing files\programs

30 Dec 2011   #41

win ultimate 32 bit

Think i may have a solution
use the take ownership script
Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Win 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

doing that allowed me to view the files

another solution was to change the folder setting to show hidden system files

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27 Apr 2012   #42
Dr Cluster

Win 7 64
Issue persists

This is an old thread, but on searching the only solutions are drastic: restore from backup. Has anyone found a root cause and/or a way to repair this? It seems a bit extreme (if not totally prudent) to be setting backup points nightly anticipating the inevitable return of this drastic issue.
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30 Apr 2012   #43
Dr Cluster

Win 7 64

Windows defender found a long list of viruses that were the certain cause. I am still working through a solution and may end up re-imaging, but on my system it was not a bug, it was a virus.
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14 May 2015   #44

Win 7 Ultimate 64 and 32 bit

Over the last fw weeks I have re-installed Windows 7 64 bit because of disappearing programs.

I have run Windows 7 on the same machine for the last few years with no problem.

After re-install everything is fine fine a few days and then programs disappear.

As an example I installed Superantispyware and Microsopt Office lone afternoon.

The next day only the icons were left. When I put the disk in to re-install Office, it came up the the screen which asked if I wanted to repair or add/remove programs.

The files where on the computer but I could not see them.

Also I could not access any drive. Windows Explorer when clicked would drop down to the Taskbar. The more I clicked the more it would build ip on top of itself on the Taskbar.

If I click on the icon on the Tasbar, Explorer would race across the screen from left to right and disappear.

Tried SFC/Scannow which reports corrupted files,unable to repair.

So I thought I had a virus or some malware. Reformatted all drives and re-installed Windows 7 for gthe fourth time.

It is a bug in a Windows 7 update. Tomorrow I am installing Windows 8
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