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Windows 7: Computer has changed overnight, Desktop not found.

19 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Computer has changed overnight, Desktop not found.

When I started up my computer this morning, I discovered my windows theme had reverted to a Windows Classic-style theme and my desktop background was a solid black. There are now no icons on my desktop except a recycle bin. Looking in the C: drive shows the files are all there but I cannot access them.

I get a popup saying
"C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connnected to the internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location."

The only thing that has changed recently since I last used the computer is that there was a windows update.

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19 Aug 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Try doing a system restore to a point before you ran windows update..
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19 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Try doing a system restore to a point before you ran windows update..
How would I do this? I've never done a system restore before and I cannot access the majority of the computer right now
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19 Aug 2013   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Any time a system changes all by it's self the first thing that comes to mind is a infection. Some infection can be designed to activate after a fresh boot.
I would start a New Thread here.

System Security - Windows 7 Help Forums

You must know your system is clean before doing other searches for the problem.
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19 Aug 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


Work through the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
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20 Aug 2013   #6


Any moment a program changes all by it's self the vital factor that comes to thoughts is a disease. Some disease can be developed to stimulate after a clean start.

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