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Missing desktop files and icons

by velerossy / November 23, 2009 6:15 AM PST

Greetings ans SOS
During a disk cleanup of temporary Internet files (which I regularly perform) on XP pro the PC slowed down and I had to restart. Once the new session started I saw almost all my files on the desktop (pdf, doc , rtf,) missing as well as some shortcuts and links. Strange that in some folders on the desktop some files are missing and some are intact. Other folders are missing entirely. Same with files directly on desktop. PLEASE HELP
I have tried this so far
1. Recycle bin empty
2. System restore - tells me that it could not be done since there are no changes following my last restore point
3 I installed EasyRecovery pro but the files are not there - I get all sorts of old doc rtf and pdf files but not the ones missing from my desktop
4. I ve tried show hidden files but doesnt work as well
Thank you in advance

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Re: Missing desktop files and icons
by Tufenuf / November 23, 2009 7:01 AM PST
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by velerossy / November 23, 2009 8:40 AM PST

Thanks for the info but no unused desktop folder. I performed one now but still no sigh of missing files. PLEASE HELP ME FIND MY FILES

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folders disappeared from desktop
by kdmehra / April 19, 2010 8:36 PM PDT
In reply to: STILL MISSING

just wanted to know whether you managed to find the solution to recover lost file or not..
Coz i am facing the same problem and still looking for solution..

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As the mods here say
by Kees Bakker / April 19, 2010 8:49 PM PDT

You only lose what you don't backup. Did you?


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Google explorer.exe
by anya_seaton / April 21, 2010 5:44 AM PDT
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Missing Icons etc,. Fix?
by hodge413 / April 23, 2010 11:03 AM PDT

Go to and get A-Squared Free or you can bye it,but try the Free version First. I myself had the same Problem. Only I was missing everything Icons Task-bar I had only Wallpaper and the only thing that would work was the Task-bar manager (Ctrl-alt-del)Where you can still run programs from there by clicking ne task You can get on the web from there(task bar mgr)Anyways from there(the web) go to above A-squared get it run it and that should solve your problem. It did mine and a few others. You can also run Fix-it from Microsoft which might also fix your problem. Really Try them. John

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