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Windows 7: Recovering deleted desktop shortcuts

02 Jun 2017   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Recovering deleted desktop shortcuts


Got all desktop shortcuts removed (after uninstalling Steam with uninstaller, files and folders on desktop are intact). Tried R.Saver (free software to restore data from various disks, similar to Recuva), desktop folder got almost no deleted files with .lnk file extension (even with per-sector scan). However there are too many if I search R.Saver's scan results with *.lnk on all disk C (with OS).
Where could Windows store backups for desktop shortcuts (including temporary) other than in the dekstop folder?

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02 Jun 2017   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

Hi tuzuwet, welcome to the Forum.

Have you had a look in the Recycle Bin, they might be there.
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04 Jun 2017   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 OEM

Hi, right click desktop/left click Personalize/left click change desktop icons/left click restore defaults or click on and add what you want.
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04 Jun 2017   #4


my advice is simple delete all desktop icons start from scratch and make the icons again by making a shortcut on desktop right click on it then you should find restore previous versions it should work as long you didnt delete the restore points hope it helps
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04 Jun 2017   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Nothing was in the recycle bin.
Restore points turned off.
Since there were few shortcuts on dekstop in the first place, already restored them, but might miss some.
*.lnk search in hdd per sector whole scan results miss several that I remember, so I think they're overwritten.
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