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Windows 7: Temp user profile, previous files gone - regedit didn't work

13 Jul 2012   #1

windows 7 64 bit ultimate
Temp user profile, previous files gone - regedit didn't work

Hey I woke up today to my computer logging me into a temp profile. Searched and read about the regedit stuff where you delete the .bak and rename the same one with .bak. Tried making a new admin profile to access the stuff on my old profile but it's not there. Made sure nothing was hidden through the control panel, appearance and settings, folder options, tools etc.

Basically I just want to know how to look for all of my stuff so I can back it up. When I installed windows I tried to point as much stuff as I could to my secondary drive so if windows crapped out as it usually does at some point, I could just re-format and just point to the correct directories. Point is there were still a lot of files that got stored on my C drive which I've had no luck finding. For example I have a friend named Gary who had a folder on my desktop for his few files; search can't find it on the drive. I've done similar searches for the folders and files I could think of and none came up.

Am I screwed on getting these files back? The sad thing is a lot of them were things that I had invested a lot of time in at one point but then saved and haven't touched in a while so I don't have a good memory of every file. Some of them are more important than others such as CAD drawings I had done for school and other projects.

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13 Jul 2012   #2

windows 7 64 bit ultimate

I've been able to get into more file locations even though I made sure nothing was hidden at the C drive level. I have full permissions yet there are still files that I can't access without going into the advanced tab on the security page and deleting the rule that denies everyone the ability to open and list the directory. Even still I cannot find any of my missing files. My internet connection still doesn't work on any profile even though my brothers computer is working just fine 4 feet away using the same modem, router and connection.

One of the more important things for me to find is all of the bookmarks in Firefox that I've added since the last reformat but I've had no luck. Firefox doesn't show any bookmarks in the browser and I can't find where they are stored as they are not in the appdata/roaming/mozilla etc because there is no Mozilla folder in any local or roaming folder for any user profile.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm tired of MS and this crap, their mobile device center deleted all of my contacts on my phone just a few weeks ago.

Also any recommendations on how to automatically back up these things to a secondary drive would be helpful. I'm tired of windows taking certain files of mine and storing them in places I didn't specify.
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13 Jul 2012   #3

windows 7 64 bit ultimate

Can someone point me to the right direction since there's been over 120 views and no response?
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