Does Windows 10 add hidden properties/metadata to files? If yes, what data is added and can it be deleted?

by mepley   Last Updated October 10, 2019 02:01 AM - source

I understand that if you right-click on a file and navigate to the "Details" tab, you can view a list of properties such as "Date created", "Date modified", "Owner", etc.

My question is whether this encompasses all of the data that exists on the file, or whether Windows neglects showing any hidden metadata in this view.

More specifically, I am wondering:

  • Is there a CLI command or some other way to view all data on any arbitrary file?
  • If there is hidden metadata, is it possible to be removed? How?

FYI, I am asking about all files in general (i.e. not pertaining to a specific file-type).

Also, I know you can "Remove Properties and Personal Information" using the previously referenced interface, but I am wondering if there is data outside of this scope that exists on the file (and wouldn't be deleted even if I did attempt to remove the data in this fashion).

Thank you in advance for any help.

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