The plot thickens...
Seems I have NOT lost any of the folders or files that were
on my desktop.
They can be found here, where 'Floating' is the name of one of the folders I had on my desktop:
Everything is there...all the other folders that used to be on my desktop and that disappeared are there too.
I tried to copy a simple doc file from that location to the desktop...no problem. So theoretically I can just copy the lot from that location right back onto the desktop....restart and keep my fingers crossed that they stay there on the restart.
The question is...why and how did they go from
the desktop to
the Windows\System32\config\systemprofile location where they are now???
And that's led me to this site: Solved: c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop - Tech Support Guy Forums
Where the guy seems to be describing my problem...and it happened to him right after an....update...hmmm...
I don't have the energy to read it tonight...so will check it out later.