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Windows 7: Desktop folder deleted

13 Apr 2011   #1
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Desktop folder deleted

I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I went into my user folder named whatever your computer is named and I was trying to deleted some files when I accidently clicked the Desktop folder and deleted it ALL my Desktop icons and folders went with it and it's not in the Bin so I tried a system restore to no luck and I also downloaded Recuva to find out it didn't find the Desktop folder nor any of the folders or files in it...... I had some importent files on my Desktop and I would seriously LOVE to get them back


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13 Apr 2011   #2
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

BUMP please help!
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13 Apr 2011   #3
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi larlar75, welcome to SevenForums

Just a thought, but I have often had success recovering files using Ubuntu: Ubuntu homepage | Ubuntu

Basically, what you do, is you burn the ISO to a disk, boot from your new Live CD.
Then go to Computer and look for (however big your Windows Drive is)GB Filesystem.
Double click it, then find $Recycle Bin
Look through those folders, you may be able to find what your looking for.
If that doesn't work, look at Users\<Username> the folder may still be there, with a $ in front of it.

Couple of things to keep in mind:
1) Windows assumes all files with $ at the beginning of the name have been deleted, rename them to something without $ to get them back. Also if in the recycle bin, move them somewhere else.
2) Deleted files viewed from Ubuntu, on my machine at least, have stupid names. something like 1-2-34-1-23-4 obviously that's just an example, but make sure you check what each one actually is. (You'll probably know if you find your Desktop, because it will have loads of .lnk files in it)

Hope it helps
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13 Apr 2011   #4
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Hi larlar75, welcome to SevenForums

Just a thought, but I have often had success recovering files using Ubuntu: Ubuntu homepage | Ubuntu

Basically, what you do, is you burn the ISO to a disk, boot from your new Live CD.
Then go to Computer and look for (however big your Windows Drive is)GB Filesystem.
Double click it, then find $Recycle Bin
Look through those folders, you may be able to find what your looking for.
If that doesn't work, look at Users\<Username> the folder may still be there, with a $ in front of it.

Couple of things to keep in mind:
1) Windows assumes all files with $ at the beginning of the name have been deleted, rename them to something without $ to get them back. Also if in the recycle bin, move them somewhere else.
2) Deleted files viewed from Ubuntu, on my machine at least, have stupid names. something like 1-2-34-1-23-4 obviously that's just an example, but make sure you check what each one actually is. (You'll probably know if you find your Desktop, because it will have loads of .lnk files in it)

Hope it helps
Thanks but no it didn't work... I guess I'll just reinstall Windows 7... Thanks for the help though!
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13 Apr 2011   #5
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

No need at all to reinstall Windows

Worst case, just create a New User Account (Control Panel>Add or Remove User Accounts) and set it to be an Administrator. Then Delete Old account. Just one thing to bear in mind, name it something different to the account you currently have.

Even if you rename your current account first, the user path would still be the same.

Example: My current User account is Martin. Even if I renamed this account to Martin2 then the user profile would be C:\Users\Martin creating a new account called Martin would NOT just join old and new together, in fact the new accounts path would probably be something like C:\Users\Martin2 confusing as you see

That will at least recreate the Desktop Links, although it won't get back any actual files that were stored on the Desktop, but then again, neither will reinstalling Windows
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13 Apr 2011   #6
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hmm I guess I could.. Thanks I like this forum already.
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13 Apr 2011   #7
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

No problem Just seems silly to reinstall Windows just for that, ya know?

On another note:
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I had some importent files on my Desktop and I would seriously LOVE to get them back
Were these files just Shortcuts? or were they actual important files? Say spreadsheets/documents or something? If the former, dw about them, they will come back with the new account. If the latter, we may still be able to get them back for you
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13 Apr 2011   #8
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

They were mostly my exe files
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13 Apr 2011   #9
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Ok, gonna have to be a bit more specific there I'm afraid

Were they, the usual program shortcuts that get put on the desktop? With the big old arrow underneath them? (Like on my screenshot)

Or were they actual EXE's that had been saved to desktop (for whatever reason) like stuff you'd got from the internet?


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13 Apr 2011   #10
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Yea they were saved to the desktop they're full on exe files no shortcuts
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