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Windows 7: C:\Users is gone!

29 Apr 2010   #1
vaylon

win7 32 ultimate
 
 
C:\Users is gone!

I need some help.

A few days ago I turned on windows update and downloaded and installed all the security updates available for my win7 ultimate 32bit.
Everything was fine up till yesterday when I started crashing playing CODMW2.

So I went to look in my user folder to see what was up and its gone. Not hidden, but gone.
Instead, all of the folders that would have been in the user folder are now in my C:\Documents and settings folder.


Anybody got a clue what is going on.?


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29 Apr 2010   #2
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Welcome vaylon,

Screenshots will help. Fill out your "My System Specs" will help too.
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29 Apr 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Run Shadow Explorer and retrieve it from an earlier restore point. Alternatively you could do a system restore.
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29 Apr 2010   #4
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hello !!

I think it's the Default locations might have messed. It's a good idea to do a System Restore. Or use this Microsoft Fixit You receive an "Error 1606" error message when you try to install or remove a Microsoft program it will help you restore the shell settings in registry to default.

Hope this helps,
Captain
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29 Apr 2010   #5
vaylon

win7 32 ultimate
 
 

I tried to do the system restore, but it just freezes up at the start and theirs nothing in the windows error logs.
and I tried the fixit, no luck. Everything is still the same.

Except for the crash with CODMW2, the system is running fine.

Here's the strange thing.
Most applications are storing their data in the default location (according to their property links) in the C:\Users\tk\appdata folder. But its really being written to C:\Documents and settings\TK\appdata folder.

But after doing the fixit things have changed. The documents and settings folder has now become "Desktop" folder.

The C:\Desktop folder has all the original files that use to be in C:\users folder.

And when I try to make a new file on C: called USERS. It says I already have a file called "desktop".
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29 Apr 2010   #6
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vaylon View Post
Here's the strange thing.
Most applications are storing their data in the default location (according to their property links) in the C:\Users\tk\appdata folder. But its really being written to C:\Documents and settings\TK\appdata folder.
Typically this is the reverse with Windows 7. The C:\Documents and settings\<username> is a junction point to C:\Users\<username>.

If we can see some screenshots that can help, especially me, picture worth a 1000 words.
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29 Apr 2010   #7
vaylon

win7 32 ultimate
 
 

Here you go. Maybe this will help.
This is the files on my C:
Yfrog Image : yfrog.com/e7429201081500pmj

and this is the folders in the C:\documents and settings folder ( which has since changed to C:\desktop)
http://yfrog.com/0o429201081844pmj

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29 Apr 2010   #8
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

What happens if you logon as Administrator? Do you see the same thing?
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30 Apr 2010   #9
vaylon

win7 32 ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
What happens if you logon as Administrator? Do you see the same thing?

Even under administrator, its the same.


I did find the cause of the crash tho. It was a messed up nvidia driver.
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30 Apr 2010   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Vaylon
could you pls report if it was a recent Win 7 MS update nvidia driver. I have a current (optional) driver update sitting in optional updates.
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