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Windows 7: What happened to my user folder and documents? Changed to Public?

07 Aug 2011   #1

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What happened to my user folder and documents? Changed to Public?

I installed Avast AV when Norton expired. In order to activate the internet security stuff, I had to install the upgraded library file, blah, blah, blah. To do this, I had to show hidden folders. Having only recently begun my foray into Windows 7 (coming from XP), I was flying a bit blind. I must have hit the wrong thing. After I was able to see hidden folders, install the library file to Avast and continue on with the reboot, the desktop came up wiped clean of my documents/pics, etc and my C:\Users\Susan folder has disappeared and is now called Public. Next, I thought I may have switched my user from Susan to Public, but I have not.

I can find it in [shell:UsersFilesFolder] under Custom, but I cannot open the location. It would appear to have all my stuff (libraries are listed, but can't see past that). I can see it in "Choose Search Location" but cannot open it.

What did I do? I am so confused and feeling like a complete novice at this point....


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08 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7

Found the solution. I must have checked the box to hide the folder. I found the option to show hidden files/folders (in the control panel? that's dumb) and everything reappeared.... I knew it was something simple and stupid....

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