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Windows 7: Disappearing files\programs

30 Dec 2011   #41
antcj

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
scouse722

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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18 Feb 2017   #45
Silencer

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Crazytekkie - TYVM Sir. You can't let these dips4iT know-it-alls push you around out her on the net. Smack 'em! Semper Fi man!

;o)

)

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ChefHeph - You said:

"My 2c worth on this issue is its a Security/Permissions problem hidden somewhere within windows."

I agree. I mentioned that was my best current guess. But what you said that really stood out to me, was:

(And, is helpful here, in solving our problem, possibly,)

"To take it another notch, we've encountered situations where a user modifies and saves a document, then goes to retireve it later in the same day or the next day and all the changes are gone!"

Ditto.

Ditto. Ditto. Ditto.

Idk if this is one problem, or two, but me also.

Changes NOT saved, and, SEVERAL TIMES.


Yep.


Your contribution, advanced the thread. Thank-you VERY MUCH.

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antcj - Thank-you for your contribution. I will look into it when i have time.


scouse722 - You had/have a failing Hard Drive buddy. WD is the best, get it.


Dr Cluster - Virus Removal:


Move all of your data, onto an external drive and/or disc(s). (BR-DLs hold 50 GB.)

Download the latest version of: MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS. STORE IT ALSO, ON AN EXTERNAL DRIVE, OR DISC.

Get your Windows Installation Disc, and Product Key if you have it.

DISCONNECT EVERY SINGLE EXTERNAL DEVICE, ESPECIALLY ANY THAT CAN STORE DATA.

DISCONNECT FROM THE NETWORK, COMPLETELY.

BIOS Viruses are no longer prevalent. Else, you would need to clear your BIOS, first.

DELETE ALL OF YOUR DRIVES ENTIRELY.

TELL WINDOWS TO INSTALL ON YOUR C DRIVE, "AS IT IS." -> UNFORMATTED, UNPARTIONED; JUST: DELETED.

When you're at the desktop, FORMAT YOUR REMAINING DRIVES.

INSTALL: MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS.

Connect to the network.

UPDATE: MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS.

DO ALL WINDOWS UPDATES.

Feel free to install the latest FireFox, before, during, or after, that.

Connect all of your EXTERNAL DEVICES. SCAN THEM ALL AS COMPLETELY AS POSSIBLE.

FRY *EVERYTHING* IT MENTIONS, *NO MERCY*. (Get it cracked another way.)

Install:

Malwarebytes AntiMalware

SuperAntiSpyware

Update and run both with the deepest scans possible.

Reboot everytime you are prompted, and then resume.

When done, do complete, deep as possible, scans, of your entire system, with those 3 programs, AGAIN.


If you have a Virus after THIS PROCEEDURE (i AM an EXPERT AT THIS,) email me: stevedsummers@email.com , and tell me all of the details.

(Because you don't. Probably another bad HDD.)


;o)

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- Steve
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