Windows 10: What are [[meta]] [[meta-new]] files? Solved

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       08 Jun 2017 #1

    What are [[meta]] [[meta-new]] files?

    New to win 64 home. I use Total Commander with Show Hidden Files. but have [[meta]] and [[meta-new]] set not to show. What are they?
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  2.    08 Jun 2017 #2

    Could you possibly mean metadata?
    - e.g. tags on media files, location/date/exposure..... info on photos?

    Or do you mean playlists?
    Introduction to Windows Media Metafiles

    Or this perhaps?
    META File - What is it and how do I open it?

    Or this?
    Windows Metafile - Wikipedia

    Perhaps you could post a screenshot showing where you see this.
    Please use the Insert Image icon to the left of the video icon above your post.
    Last edited by dalchina; 08 Jun 2017 at 12:27.
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  3. Posts : 347
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       08 Jun 2017 #3


    That's exactly what I saw, at the top of the filename list. Not all directories, just system. Nothing happens when I click on them. Now, after a few updates and reboots, they seem to have gone away. So I can't provide a screen shot. As far as I can tell they have nothing to do with a metafile.
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       16 Jun 2017 #4

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Here's a screen shot. There is no content to the [[Meta]] file.

    Windows 10 Home (X64) Version 1703 (build 150615.332)
    HP HP Pavilion Desktop PC 570-pOXX
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  5.    16 Jun 2017 #5

    Sorry, new to me.. perhaps someone here may have an idea.
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  6. Posts : 347
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       03 Jul 2017 #6

    I want to re-activate this post, in the hope that someone will know about the [[meta]] files. I cannot prevent them from showing in file explorer. Could it be something unique to the HP - Windows OS? Where else but this forum might I find some info?
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  7.    04 Jul 2017 #7

    I'm on my HP desktop running a OEM version of Windows 10 Home and don't have the meta files. My guess is that they are being created by a program you have installed.
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       04 Jul 2017 #8

    Great suggestion! I suspected Ashampoo Backup. Then ran Everything and found hundreds of [[meta]]s. I noticed that the dates and times of the files coincide with the scheduled backup time (Friday at 1:00). So that's the culprit. I will contact Ashampoo.
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  •    04 Jul 2017 #9

    Glad to hear you found the source.
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       05 Jul 2017 #10

    I'll mark solved. Ashampoo told me the files cannot be hidden. I'm off to find another backup.
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