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Windows 7: Deleted my Favorites by accident

07 Oct 2014   #1
feelg777

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Deleted my Favorites by accident

I was having trouble with Internet Explorer using Comcast e-mail, the Comcast rep instructed me to go to tools and delete browsing history, cookies and temp files, then go to advance tab and reset, I lost all my favorites is there anyway to recover them?


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07 Oct 2014   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

The only way I know is to download and try this software and then just hope
Recuva or ShadowExplorer to try and recover them from the file's original folder.
You do not need the paid version
https://www.piriform.com/recuva
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07 Oct 2014   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
You could try system restore to an earlier time ?
Or try this first
Click Start button and click on your user name near the top where your user folders are,
Right click the Favorites folder and use the tutorial here,
Previous Versions - Restore Files and Folders
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07 Oct 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would also suggest Shadow Explorer. Here is a little tutorial.

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
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07 Oct 2014   #5
feelg777

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks rich, I tried recuva but it didn't find it, And thank you for the welcome Thrashzone, I did two system restores and I did the start procedure deal but no go, that was a stupid mistake on my part not to have backed up, but I thank you again gentlemen for the quick response.
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07 Oct 2014   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I cannot speak for others, but you have tried just about everything that I can suggest. In the future download the free Macrium Reflect and back up the entire hard drive every few weeks. In that way everything is backed up, even the OS.
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07 Oct 2014   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Backups are important for sure,
I would also change the Favorites folders structure so reset will not effect them at all,

Go back to your user name folders location,
Open the favorites folder,
On mine there are only 2 folder,
Favorites Bar and the one I made Bookmarks,
I pretty much deleted everything else I never liked the way ms had so much junk in there so I made my own without all of the ms clutter,
I've reset hundreds of times throughout the years without loosing 1 single website because of a reset and I do delete personal setting every single time
So think about making your own folder structure,
Cheers.
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07 Oct 2014   #8
feelg777

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Success Gentlemen, I finally found it through shadow explorer, again thank you Rich and thrash and whs, you guy's saved me from a lot of grief, you guy's know your stuff.
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07 Oct 2014   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

We are all glad that we could help. Come back any time.
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08 Oct 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's good to hear. Shadow Explorer is a jewel.
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