Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Missing files, very very odd

13 Jan 2013   #1
dearx

Win7 64
 
 
Missing files, very very odd

So there was a windows 7 update a few days ago, i delayed its installation for 4 hours and went to sleep. When I woke up my Windows 7 appeared as if it was just cleanly installed. Im not sure if i I had to turn on the computer or not. Desktop background was set to the default blue one, aero was turned back on, and all of my desktop icons, including some important files were missing!! Even the My computer icon was not there. Also, since I had multiple tab Firefox and Chrome open before the restart/shut down I expected I would be able to restore the the tabs via the restore previous session option, but nope. It also seemed like Firefox, utorrent and some other programs were reverted back to their original appearance.
My restore points option is turned off, so there were no restore points to go back to and hence make all these changes. What happened, how do I at least get my missing desktop files back?
Thanks alot!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

13 Jan 2013   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome Dearx to the windows 7 forum.

Could you have updated your video driver? could be the problem. going into safe mode and reverting to the prior video driver.

Other than that, why would you turn the restore options off?

Utorrent could be your problem. Maybe someone doesn't like you.

Other than that, without restore points, you could be out of luck except to restore your backup.

Rich
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2013   #3
dearx

Win7 64
 
 

Any way to find out what happened to the desktop files? Like use some utility to check whether they have been deleted? Any way to find out if I have been hacked or something if antivirus/spyware software finds nothing? Thanks. Also, forgot to add that even my winamp playlist has been deleted. What could have caused all that?

Hm, is it possible that windows 7 needed during/after the update to revert to some previous system state, but since system restore was off went back to the defauly restore point present after the windows installation?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


13 Jan 2013   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't believe a Windows 7 Update did all this. I also don't understand why restore points would be turned off. I'm thinking a infection because using a Utorrent is one of the best ways to get infected.
What anti virus are you using?
I would run these programs in this order to check for infections.
Malwarebytes
Free ESET Online Antivirus Scanner | Online Virus Scan | Virus Scanner

Windows Defender Offline
Please let us know the results.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2013   #5
dearx

Win7 64
 
 

Up-to-date Avira and Malwarebytes did not find anything, I did full scans. I located my old desktop files they are where they should be c:\users\username but for some reason windows is displaying c:\users\TEMP desktop files. Could it be that Im logged in as a TEMP user although it doesnt exist?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Missing files, very very odd




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Missing files, missing "user" folder, can't access local drive
Hello to all! I'm new to this forum and obviously i'm not sure if this is the right place for starting and posting this thread. Since i'm pritty desperate i'm going to explain the best i can what is really happening and how it all started: since a few days ago i was noticing that a few...
General Discussion
Show hidden files --> Files now missing
Hello friends, I am in a bit of a bind. I simply clicked the "show hidden files" option on my C:/Users folder. Inside of 20 seconds, my libraries are all rearranged and none of my files are where I put them originally. They have seemingly vanished. I downloaded ShadowExplorer and...
Backup and Restore
WMC 'missing files?'
All I -ever- use WMC for, is to play the cable TV signal. It's worked fine since installation 13 mos ago. Now when I start WMC and < over to 'live tv,' sometimes I get the message as you see in the subj line. What is this, and what is the fix? This is the version I am using.
Media Center
PLEASE help! files missing
Ok so out of no where all my files disappeared. The weird thing is all the folders are still there but all files are gone. (pics, docs u name it) Oddly enough it still reports the same data on the HDD so its like they are there but i cant see them. Ive tried doing restore points but nothing is...
System Security
Find missing files in a row of consecutively numbered files
I have like img0000.png img0001.png img0002.png etc up tp 5000
General Discussion
Missing .dll files
Alright, well, I don't know if this is the right forum for this, but here I go. I am missing some .dll files like MFC71.dll, and a few others. I am wondering if installing .NET Framework will replace what is missing. I know that it installs a lot of programming type stuff. I am just wondering...
Software

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:19.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App