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Windows 7: System Restore moved my files and changed permissions

18 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
System Restore moved my files and changed permissions


I did a system restore the other day and now my Eclipse workspace, which was in my "Documents" folder, is now gone. When I run eclipse, it opens the workspace still, but i cannot save any changes i make to my projects. It says "Cannot write to file C:\users\robert\workspace\my app\res\layout\file_name_here." When I look in my users folder in c:\users\username\, the username folder has lock on it. In that folder is a workspace folder, but my projects in it have only 2 files when they really should have dozens. I tried giving full permissions to my username for that folder but permission was denied. Does anyone know how I can fix this issue?

Here is an error message when trying to build the project:
"The project was not built due to "Error deleting resource '/My App/bin/classes.dex' from the workspace tree.". Fix the problem, then try refreshing this project and building it since it may be inconsistent"


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21 Mar 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

This all powerful adminsitrator will probably be able to access the files. Then change permissions.
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User Accounts
Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Download and try to find the files with recuva
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21 Mar 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Check in your older restore points with Shadow Explorer ( - About ). From there you can probably recover your files (Right click on the file in Shadow Explorer and Export).

It is unlikely though that system restore messed with your files. It is not supposed to touch user files.
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21 Mar 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

It can mess with your files. I have had it delete .exe's on more than one occasion.
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22 Mar 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP


I would suggest trying SubInACL to fix the permissions: How to workaround errors installing .NET Framework 2.0 that are caused by registry permission problems - Aaron Stebner's WebLog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
It starts after this sentence: "Here are the steps to follow to repair permissions to workaround this issue:"

Then I'd uninstall the Eclipse program and reinstall the latest version to see if that fixes things.
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23 Mar 2011   #6

windows 7 starter

I have an Acer Aspire One netbook with Windows 7 Starter. I also have Avast Internet Security installed on that same computer. For some reason Avast would stop working every couple of days and would need to be re-installed. Finally this last time a pop-up suggested to back-up my files and re-install Window 7s. I did this and now my netbook will not turn on. As it boots up it continues to say Windows 7s cannot complete installing and the computer needs to restart before it can continue. Do I really have to take my computer to a computer service store and pay to have this taken care of? Extremely pissed and dissatisfied with Windows!!!
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23 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro

This is why i avoid system restore.
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23 Mar 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

We need more info.

How did you reinstall?

Did you use install media provided by Acer?

BTW - I just had another load of exe's deleted by system restore - I have copies - but not everyone will have.
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23 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockfella View Post
This is why i avoid system restore.
In return, it does more harm than good.

Sure... It can get your system back into windows but now you got 50 more problems then the 1 you started with.
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23 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
BTW - I just had another load of exe's deleted by system restore - I have copies - but not everyone will have.
Are those random EXE's or just whatever has been installed after the snapshot was taken? (Because I haven't noticed that problem so far)

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