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11 Oct 2013   #1

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Folders & documents on desktop missing after windows automatic update

Hello all.

There was an automatic update on Wednesday and after that all the folders on my desktop are missing.

I don't think they were deleted but I don't have access to them.

I did find a clue. I was able to open a notepad document I had on the desktop (missing after the update) by going to the Start menu and hovering over Notepad. A list of recent documents appears to the right and I was able to open the missing document that way. Then I went to do a "save as" to find out where it was and it was in the config.msi file. However that file is locked. I think all the folders are there too.

How do I unlock it?

Or if that cannot be done, does anyone have any suggestions as to how to access the folders?

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11 Oct 2013   #2

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Goto folder c:\users\yourname\desktop

all is there?

C:\Users\Public\Desktop is for "all users" stuff

All stuff you lost is still there?
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11 Oct 2013   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flower108 View Post
Hello all.

There was an automatic update on Wednesday and after that all the folders on my desktop are missing.

I don't think they were deleted but I don't have access to them.

I did find a clue. I was able to open a notepad document I had on the desktop (missing after the update) by going to the Start menu and hovering over Notepad. A list of recent documents appears to the right and I was able to open the missing document that way. Then I went to do a "save as" to find out where it was and it was in the config.msi file. However that file is locked. I think all the folders are there too.

How do I unlock it?

Or if that cannot be done, does anyone have any suggestions as to how to access the folders?
Are only folders missing? Or shotcuts as well?
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11 Oct 2013   #4

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Hello Kaktussoft,

Thank you for your reply.

I checked in the folder c:\users\yourname\desktop but the files are NOT there. There are no shortcuts either.

Another reason I think the files are still there is because after the update I had less space on my harddisk than before. If they had been deleted there would have been less I think.

Any other ideas anyone?

How can I unlock the config.msi folder?

Thanks in advance.
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11 Oct 2013   #5

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copy a file/folder or shortcut to c:\users\yourname\desktop ... does it appear on desktop?
copy a file/folder or shortcut ro C:\Users\Public\Desktop ... does it appear on desktop?

You know a filename of a file/folder you lost? Search where it is and say it
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11 Oct 2013   #6

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Config.msi folder is totally unrelated PC Hell: What is the Config.MSI Folder and Can I Delete It?
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11 Oct 2013   #7

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Thank you for following up.

I don't understand what you mean when you say:

copy a file/folder or shortcut to c:\users\yourname\desktop ... does it appear on desktop?
copy a file/folder or shortcut ro C:\Users\Public\Desktop ... does it appear on desktop?

In the desktop folder you are referring to, c:\users\yourname\desktop, the missing files and folders are not there so I can't copy them from there to the desktop.

If you are speaking of the shortcuts, please tell me where to find them.
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11 Oct 2013   #8

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Normally your desktop shows:
-all stuff from c:\users\yourname\desktop
-all stuff from C:\Users\Public\Desktop

So just put something in both folders and tell me if they really appear on desktop.
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11 Oct 2013   #9

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Be sure to display hidden files and system protected files as well (temporary). After troubleshooting put the settings back as they were
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide
Really nothing in c:\users\yourname\desktop? Not even hidden?
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11 Oct 2013   #10

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You can see what was in both 2 folders before and restore it. Previous Versions - Restore Files and Folders

Still can't believe a patch did delete it
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