Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
When I clicked on My Documents all of the files and folders such as My Pictures , My Videos ect were turned into 1kb shortcuts. I clicked on each one and they said unable to locate. I had all my stories and pictures there and now they are gone. I tried the show hidden files and folders and tried recent documents and system restore to no avail. How did this happen and how do I get them back? The last time the pc was used was in Aug of 2013. I tried to use it again 4 days ago. Any help at all will be greatly appreciated.
Hi, assuming you use WIn XP, I suggest the following: Log in as Administrator, browse to this folder : c:\documents and settings\ , you will find folders, one of them is made according to your user name -- now open that, there you will find a "My documents" folder -- now dig that folder and you will get you files. If not that folder!! then , right click on the "c:\documents and settings\" folder - then properties and see the size, from the folder size you can guess your files are where. And the size is very low and your my documents folder was not mapped to any other external storage then manually search you files.
This problem happenz when user profile get corrupted.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Based on your description, the OS is infected with a virus. The virus controls this so as to prevent you from seeing "unknown", "unfamiliar" files/folders and thus itself. Th easiest is to run your antivirus and an online scanner, clean/delete said viruses from your system and their support files. Some other indicators are, Task Manager will not show, "msconfig" will run but auto close as well as what you posted, Folder Options will not engage.
Additionally, you could try to:
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Posted on Oct 01, 2008
go to system registry.......click start then run and type regedit then find this key HKEY_ LOCAL_MACHINE software microsoft windows current version explorer advanced folder hidden showall
in your right pane show it DWORD key of CheckedValue delete it.....and create new DWORD key and give the name CheckedValue and enter 1 into value data.......
restart your pc..........
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Posted on Dec 20, 2008
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