Windows 10: File browse dialog showing limited results compared to Explorer window

  1.    17 Aug 2015 #1

    File browse dialog showing limited results compared to Explorer window

    Hi all, I don't know if this is related to Win10, or an issue that existed with my Win8.1 before. I just noticed it after upgrading yesterday.

    So, my firewall just prompted me about an outbound connection attempt by a file (named C:\Windows\System32\SIHClient.exe) and I didn't recognize it. I found it using explorer, and it's unsigned; so I visited and tried to upload it... but from the file upload browse box in Chrome I can't see the file! Even typing *.* and open doesn't remove the "filter" and reveal the file. (I finally ended up copying it to desktop and uploading from there, but still don't know what the file does.)

    Anyway... I'm puzzled. I thought that Explorer's "File View Options" (show hidden files, do not hide operating system files, etc.) were used throughout Windows once applied. Am I wrong? Should I suspect a virus or is this normal? What gives?

    (P.S. As a side note... I wish MS and other developers would just sign all their files. I don't understand why they don't.)
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  3.    17 Aug 2015 #3

    That link says, "Seems like SIH is for 'Silent Install Helper'."

    Yeah, I found that earlier, but I was hoping for a bit more authoritative comment than "seems like..."

    But thanks anyway.

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    Windows 8.1 pro upgraded to Windows 10 pro
       17 Aug 2015 #4

    I looked it up thru google ... SIHClient.exe is a windows 10 process that possibly deals with updates or store updates so windows can silently look for updates while you're working on whatever
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       24 Sep 2015 #5

    SIH = Server-initiated Healing

    The OS itself gives the answer. Run the Task Scheduler with the command %windir%\system32\taskschd.msc /s
    In the left Tree View navigate to: Task Scheduler (Local) -> Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Update (see Screenshot).

    Click the Task named sih and there's an explanation:
    This daily task launches the SIH client (server-initiated healing) to detect and fix system components that are vital to automatic updating of Windows and Microsoft software installed on the machine. This task can go online, evaluate applicability of healing actions, download necessary payloads to execute the actions, and execute healing actions.

    Regards, Jo

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  6.    24 Sep 2015 #6

    Thanks Jo Mei, that was an excellent explanation.
    Now if I could only get the answer to the primary question in my initial post. Specifically, as outlined in the third paragraph.
    Anyway, thanks again for the info and method to learn about SIHclient.exe. Very useful.
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