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Windows 7: My desktop is not being saved on power off

04 Jun 2011   #1
Dowser

Windows 7
 
 
My desktop is not being saved on power off

Hello,
I had a power failure while my desktop computer was in sleep mode. When I turned my computer back on after the power failure it looks like many files were lost.

All my icons were reset to the left on the screen, all my Firefox bookmarks are gone,
my screen resolution changed, etc.

After I restore my desktop settings and Firefox, I turn off my computer using the start menu, start it back up and find that none of my changes on the desktop or
Firefox were changed. It's like I didn't make any changes.

Anyone have an idea whats wrong.

Thanks,
Keith


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04 Jun 2011   #2
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dowser View Post
Hello,
I had a power failure while my desktop computer was in sleep mode. When I turned my computer back on after the power failure it looks like many files were lost.

All my icons were reset to the left on the screen, all my Firefox bookmarks are gone,
my screen resolution changed, etc.

After I restore my desktop settings and Firefox, I turn off my computer using the start menu, start it back up and find that none of my changes on the desktop or
Firefox were changed. It's like I didn't make any changes.

Anyone have an idea whats wrong.

Thanks,
Keith
Do a system restore. Pick the date BEFORE the power failure as your restore point.
System Restore
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05 Jun 2011   #3
Dowser

Windows 7
 
 

I tried doing a system restore but there are no restore dates earlier than the crash date so nothing was accomplished.

I will rebuild but I'm having the same problem, no matter what I do, no matter what changes I make when I turn
my computer off and then back on all the all the changes are lost. It's like it reverts to original windows.
It's like a different person is logging in that made the changes and turned the computer off.

As far as I can tell all my data is still on my disk but the computer doesn't save and start up with the same person.

Please help,
Thanks, Keith
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05 Jun 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven forums Dowser. Are you using the same account that was logged in at the time of the power outage?
You can try creating another admin account and see if that helps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jun 2011   #5
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dowser View Post
I tried doing a system restore but there are no restore dates earlier than the crash date so nothing was accomplished.

I will rebuild but I'm having the same problem, no matter what I do, no matter what changes I make when I turn
my computer off and then back on all the all the changes are lost. It's like it reverts to original windows.
It's like a different person is logging in that made the changes and turned the computer off.

As far as I can tell all my data is still on my disk but the computer doesn't save and start up with the same person.

Please help,
Thanks, Keith
Suggestions :

1. Run a full virus scan. Do it in safe mode if you have to.
If you need extra help looking for viruses, intall free malwarebytes. It is one of the best in the business.
Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (free)

2. Do a system file check which will look for corrupted files, and if any found, it will try to repair them.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

3. Do a disk check looking for disk errors and bad sectors etc.
Disk Check
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05 Jun 2011   #6
James Colbert

 
 

In addition to the good advice already posted, I would recommend running checkdisk (<--link), as a power outage can corrupt indexes and occasionally result in this type of issue.

James
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06 Jun 2011   #7
Dowser

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks everyone. I did the disk checks and all was ok. I created a new admin and copied over all the files from the my original admin and all seems to work properly now except the firefox bookmarks. After reading in this forum how to locate the bookmarks I did a search on "bookmarks" and the result was:

"C:\Users\Dowser\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\rhe6bfoh.default\bookmarkbackups

The trouble now is after going to "C:\Users\Dowser" there is no folder called "AppData"

any ideas why "AppData" doesn't show up? I looked for hidden files but found none.

Thanks,
Keith
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06 Jun 2011   #8
James Colbert

 
 

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06 Jun 2011   #9
Dowser

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you all very much.
Unhiding files allowed me to import my old bookmarks. Now all is back to normal.
I was really worried there for a while that all was lost.

Keith
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06 Jun 2011   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Glad you have it fixed.
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