Hidden Files in Windows® Vista®
What are hidden files in Windows Vista?
Windows Vista is released in six different editions out of which only Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate are widely available at retail. The other editions are available in other markets which include developing world or enterprise use. Each edition of Windows Vista includes all the capabilities and features of the edition. All editions support a 32-bit processor architecture and all editions except the Starter support the 64-bit processor architecture. Hidden files are files which a user cannot see by default. The special hidden attribute is the property behind this file's hiding property. For example, you cannot see these hidden files with the 'Search' option in Windows. File hiding is one of the important features in Windows Vista. To hide a file, you can use various methods. There are also various methods to access these hidden files.
Following are some more details on the hidden files in Windows Vista:
- Ways to hide files
- Uses of hiding files
- Consequences of hiding files
Ways to hide files
There are various ways to hide files in Windows Vista. The simplest way to hide files and folders is by using 'Hidden property' in Windows. You just need to simply right-click a file and after this, you can select the 'Hidden property'. The second way to hide files in the system is to change the file name and extension. But this is not a secure way to hide files in the system. Even if the Hidden property is simple to use, this offers less security. Any other user can view these hidden files by using the 'Show hidden files and folder' option and un-checking 'Hide protected Operating System files' from the Windows Explorer's 'Folder' Options.
Uses of hiding files
One of the important uses of file hiding is file security. You can hide secret files from another user. No one can see the hidden files. If the file is protected by password, you can provide more security to the user and thus the data can be protected from unauthorized access. You can access the password-protected files only after entering the correct password.
Even if file hiding offers better security to every such file, this has some consequences. The difficulty in access the files is the most major one. If the files are protected by password, accessing the files would be a hectic task. You cannot see the hard disk space if you make the file hidden. So, you may try to install some of the advanced software for hiding files in the system. These kind of software might create various issues like conflict with other software.