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Windows 7: Is it possible to reorganize documents with a restore?

28 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Is it possible to reorganize documents with a restore?

Windows makes it clear that a restore will undo system changes and not change documents and folders. Too bad because this is exactly what I need. I don't know how but for some reason, I got about 300GB of data that was disorganized. Now my documents are all over the place and I'd like to restore them to the order they were yesterday.

I got backups from yesterday but I don't think they will reorganize my documents. I also got this error when I attempted a restore. 0xc0000022.

Is it possible to get my documents back to the way they were before they all scrambled?

Thanks a lot.


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29 Apr 2012   #2

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A System restore will not touch your data. An image restore of an image taken before the problem will return your drive to the state it was when the image was taken.

I don't think there is anything you can do if you don't have an image. BTW what was the cause of the scrambling and what do you mean by scrambling? It may be a sign of a more serious problem.
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29 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

By scrambling I mean, I had about 300 different folders with subfolders and files in My Documents.

On the left hand side of Windows, there are quicklinks icons to your other directory, my brother seen another directory called ''Documents'' not ''My Documents''(the directory in which all our folders are located) which essentially contained the same files and subfolders but instead, everything was located outside the folders and subfolders. He thought he had made a copy of all the files from ''My Documents'' to ''Documents'' by accident, therefore he deleted all files in thought were duplicated in ''Documents''. After deleting them, the folders were all still there in ''My Documents'' except there was nothing in them. He then tried to recover them from the Recycle Bin. Everything came back, except everything was disorganized. Now I have files all over the place.
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29 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Have a look at this comprehensive answer: System Restore Error Code 0xc0000022 - Microsoft Answers
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29 Apr 2012   #5

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If you are running system protection, and I guess you are since you have tried system restore, you may be able to get back your organized files using the previous versions tab in My Documents.
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29 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Have a look at this comprehensive answer: System Restore Error Code 0xc0000022 - Microsoft Answers
Yeah, I do think disabling the antivirus will help, problem is, I don't think my problem will be fixed. I won't be able to rearrange my files.



Right at where the arrow points. Before all of the crap happened, there used to be ''My Documents''(where all my folders were located) and out of the blue appeared ''Documents''. Now I don't see ''My Documents'' and ''Documents'' essentially contain what there was in it, except everything is misplaced.
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29 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

It looks as though your junction points may be corrupted.

That being the case, I'd certainly try a system restore to a point before the problem occurred.
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29 Apr 2012   #8

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Your image is pointing to the Documents Library not the My Documents Folder. Post an image of your c:\Users\your Name folder.
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29 Apr 2012   #9

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Edit: Update now. It's even worse than I thought. I used to click ''documents'' on the left-hand side and I would find all my files outside of their respective folders. Now they're all gone. Even when I search them, nothing. I don't know what happened but some files are now simply gone from the computer.
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29 Apr 2012   #10

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OK so you have a My Documents folder. So try right clicking on that (not in the library preferably) and selecting Properties. Then select the Previous versions tab and see if you have a version dated just before the problem. If so you can recover to that date by highlighting the entry and pressing the restore button. Be aware that anything added to My Documents since will be lost so if you need to copy it to somewhere else first.
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