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Computer lost ALL files, don't know what to do

by nadanaga / January 12, 2010 12:47 AM PST

Hey all, I use Windows Vista. This morning I turned on my computer and it was doing some disk scan/windows file check or something and I accidentally hit a button before I had finished reading it and it stopped. It then said my personal log-in could not load properly, so I restarted. Now, when I sign on to my log-in, all my files are gone. Word documents, photos, firefox bookmarks, everything. I'm about to start panicking, esp. since it's actually my fiance's computer and I can't bear to tell him. Does anyone know how to go about fixing this?? Please?

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Don't panic.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2010 12:58 AM PST

Do a little research on this google -> XP CORRUPT PROFILE. That's the article I use to get to the lost files. Some can't handle that so change it to VISTA CORRUPT PROFILE.

What I do next is to create a new user account and using that article maneuver to the old home directories of the failed account to copy out the documents.

If you ever meet a Microsoft rep, ask them why not tools exist to repair a corrupt profile.

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by nadanaga / January 12, 2010 2:38 AM PST
In reply to: Don't panic.

thanks, I'm off to start doing that right now!

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Follow up research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2010 3:13 AM PST
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If you happen to get an ACCESS DENIED browsing around the files, google up.....


If this is like the last decade of this failure, you won't lose much. Maybe your wallpaper settings.

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by jeff_windows_team / January 12, 2010 3:06 AM PST

... a good reason to always back up your computer.

Bob- I don't have an answer to that Wink

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Thanks, all!
by nadanaga / January 12, 2010 4:38 AM PST
In reply to: backup

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