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Windows 7: Desktop folder deleted

13 Apr 2011   #11
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Ok... well we may be able to get them back.

Firstly, I'm going to go ahead and assume that they are NOT free softwares, and can't just be redownloaded or whatever, hence the need for recovery.

The first and most important rule is: Do NOT use the computer. Or use it as little as possible. Specifically, do not save anything to the drive that had the files on. That space has now been earmarked for overwriting, and every write to the drive decreases the chance of a successful recovery.

As Recuva and Ubuntu hasn't worked for you, (which is what I would recommend) I'm going to ask for some help from some other senior members, I'm not giving up on you. It's just I don't really use recovery software much, as I take regular backups, so don't have much knowledge in this area.


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13 Apr 2011   #12
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Wait if I did a system recovery doesn't that mean it has already been overwritten? I've also updated windows quite a bit since this happened... If it's this bad I'm pretty sure I could just find the CDs in storage and call up some of the companies I got the software from.. Also I think my windows 7 got corrupted during install because windows media player gives me an install error and the desktop folder and icon are missing from my computer completely even after making a new account.
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13 Apr 2011   #13
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

IF I do reinstall windows is there any way to make the desktop folder untouchable meaning I can't delete it?
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13 Apr 2011   #14
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote:
Wait if I did a system recovery doesn't that mean it has already been overwritten?
If you did a System Restore then there is a good chance they are still there somewhere. A System Image Recovery (completely different) it's probably gone. Having said that, if your obviously not that bothered about getting them back, and are willing to find CD's etc, so we'll move on.

On the subject of system corruption: Try this
Open an elevated Command Prompt (Right Click>Run as Administrator)
Type the following:
Code:
SFC /scannow
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13 Apr 2011   #15
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Yup I did that already and it said it fixed somethings but I still get the error..
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13 Apr 2011   #16
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Do you have SP1 installed?

If not then I would seriously suggest you try a repair install: Repair Install

If you do have SP1 installed, and don't have a system image to fall back on, then yeah, looks like you'll have to reinstall I'm afraid.
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13 Apr 2011   #17
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Now is there any way to make the desktop folder off limits to my sense less brain so I don't delete it again?
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13 Apr 2011   #18
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Brink suggested a resolution to a somewhat similar problem in this thread: Desktop Icons removed (Post #8)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by larlar75 View Post
I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I went into my user folder named whatever your computer is named and I was trying to deleted some files when I accidently clicked the Desktop folder and deleted it ALL my Desktop icons and folders went with it and it's not in the Bin so I tried a system restore to no luck and I also downloaded Recuva to find out it didn't find the Desktop folder nor any of the folders or files in it...... I had some importent files on my Desktop and I would seriously LOVE to get them back
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13 Apr 2011   #19
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Just change the permission:

Go to C:\Users\Username

Right Click Desktop>Properties
Go to Security Tab and click Advanced
Highlight Your Username then click Change Permissions.
Highlight your Username again and click Edit
Find Delete, and check the "Deny" Box DO NOT Deny "Delete subfolders and files" just the one that says "Delete" by itself.
Repeat for Administrators (necessary because otherwise you can get around it, all be it with a UAC prompt)
Sorted.
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13 Apr 2011   #20
larlar75

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Great! Now I just need you to make a app of yourself so I can call on you whenever I need help with windows 7 since I'm new to it. Vista was my playing field so I kinda feel lost with windows 7.
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