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MY WINDOWS folder suddenly is empty.

Windows XP - Dell laptop. Can I restore the contents? Is it due to a virus?

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  • ipobbora Jan 03, 2009

    Hi:
    Whoops, I goofed, I meant MY DOCUMENTS (not MY WINDOWS) I am referring to the information (files, folders) held in MY DOCUMENTS, For example, MY PICTURES was also empty. Thanks for alerting me to my error.
    Irv


  • cableguys May 11, 2010

    What windows folder became empty ?

    the one in C:\Windows ?


    or is your dcouments ?


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Go to windows explorer and go down the tree. You will find more than one my documents folder. I made a "saved files" folder on my C drive. That's where I put stuff. That way, I actually know where it went.

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My inspiron 1018 won't boot. i need to reinstall or repair my software. it does not have a cd drive. please advice action.


The Dell Inspiron Mini 10 series of netbooks come with recovery software that can restore your netbook's original factory settings. Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbooks with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 can be recovered to the factory settings using a recovery partition on the hard drive.
Windows Vista or 7
Turn on or restart your Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook. Press the "F8" key repeatedly when the "Dell" logo appears on the screen to be redirected to the "Advanced Boot Options" menu.
Highlight "Repair Your Computer," and then press "Enter."
Highlight the language layout you want to use for your keyboard and click "Next." Enter your username and password if prompted. Click "OK."
Click "Dell Factory Image Restore," and then click "Next." The recovery software on some Dell Mini systems may require you to click "Dell Factory Tools" followed by "Dell Factory Image Restore" and "Next."
Click "Next" if you understand the netbook will be restored to its original factory settings. The recovery process will begin.
Click "Finish" when a message appears saying the recovery is complete. The netbook will restart and boot up to the Windows Vista or Windows 7 set-up screen, where you can begin personalizing your netbook.

Windows XP Recovery
Turn on the computer. Press the "Ctrl" and "F11" keys at the same time while the computer is booting up to access the recovery software.
Click "Restore."
Click "Confirm" to begin the recovery process, which shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes.
Click "Finish" to restart the computer and finalize the installation. Click "Yes" to restart the netbook again. The computer will boot up to the Windows XP setup screen


Here is a link which will take you to the site which will allow you to download a ZIP file with a WEB PAGE type service manual for your 1018, after a 45 second wait. (They want you to sign up for premium service but NOT NEEDED) Click again after wait?
After download, open the ZIP file and copy all contents to a new folder. Double click the Contents.html file to open in a web browser, then use the built in shortcuts to navigate the manual.

http://www.laptopmanual.net/manual/Download_Dell_Inspiron_Mini10_1018_Service_Manual/2846/1

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Accidently deleted Catalog Files for the Content Indexer


If you had already run the system restore, please download this software and run data recovery, you'll get back all the lost data. Good luck.. http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecovery.html

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We have a LINUX Suse server. We have this nhatquanglan virus on our XP machines. I can do a system restore on the XP's and all functions (task manager, device manager, etc) that were disabled by the virus...


System restore on XP is restoring individual PC stations but because you have probably shared folders on linux server you have same problem on server. Solution:
  • Remove network cable from linux server
  • Install some antivirus solution for linux server (in case you don't have one) and scan and clean server from viruses.
  • Also after you remove network cables from workstations scan and remove viruses from XP stations
  • When you finish those steps atach network cables and probably you will not have that problem
Reason for that is becausesome viruses and trojans are spreading through shared folders

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My computer was infected by new folder .exe virus. it was created by folders it"s real name. how to remove those folders created by virus.Iam using win xp sp3.


Download and run the free version of malwarebytes from here.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

Kepp your AV programme up to date and do a full scan on a regular basis

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My computer infected by viruses


well i think the virus has badly infected your system so u have no other option then to format it.

Apr 08, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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I have a problem with my computer. whenever i open any folder in any drive, the search window opens. what should i do in order to solve this?


This type of problem normally occurs because some virus called ‘PET32.exe’ , or it can also occur due some other virus which disrupt the windows registry.

. Open Start >> Run or press Window Key + r , this will open the run prompt.

2. Type “regedit” ( without quotes )and press Enter.
3. Navigate to key
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell

4. Double the registry key named Default and set the value to none.

This will restore the normal windows explorer behavior of opening a folder when you double click a folder rather than opening windows search.

If search opens when you double click on any windows drive, then try this

1. Open Start >> Run or press Window key + r
2. Type “regsvr32 /i shell32.dll” ( without quotes )and press Enter

After the command run successfully, you will see a message saying DllRegisterServer and DllInstall in Shell32.dll succeeded.

I hope this will help to fix the trouble.

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I have a virus that went in all my program directory folder


you can try the system restore, or restore the quarantine files from your virus scanner program, then you have to use smarter virus scanner to repair your PC or exclude these .exe files from anti virus scan.

Dec 09, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Taskmanager


use virus online scanner. you have viruses

May 05, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Not able to restore my registry settings...


Hi,
try re-installing windows over the top of your existing operating system.
If you get a prompt during setup, stating that you already have files. tick leave intact. or similar.
this can sometimes remedy faults, as windows will only replace missing-deleted or corrupt files on the hard drive.
Your other option, is to obtain disk partioning software and setup a seperate partion on the drive, install the operating system here, so that you can access the first partion.
just out of curiosity, did you go to Tools/folder options/View and tick the show hidden files And Folders checkbox ?
Mike @ Compurepair.

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I am getting an error " registry editor disabled by administrator"


your win XP 2 infected with virus. Maybe rontokbro@mm. to restore back the regedit. download this file

save to your desktop then

Right-click the UnHookExec.inf file and click install. (This is a small file. It does not display any notice or boxes when you run it).

Hope it's work for you.

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