Performed a System Recovery on WinXP, can't find any previous files?

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Performed a System Recovery on WinXP, can't find any previous files?

Post by dlg2114 on 22nd August 2013, 9:01 pm

Hello,

Today my computer froze. I manually restarted the computer and continued to restart. I eventually used the f10 key and was able to run test on my hardware, CPU, etc. everything came back okay. I was then prompted to do a System Recovery and was informed that my files WOULDN'T be deleted... maybe moved. That's the only reason I continued with the recovery. The computer backed up for about 40 mins. I'm unable to locate any of the files on my computer. I don't understand because I still have all the previous applications on my computer after the restore.. ITunes (although I'm unable to open), Malawarebytes, Hijack This... everything. I just can't locate any of my pictures and music. Is it possible to get everything back?

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Re: Performed a System Recovery on WinXP, can't find any previous files?

Post by Jan2011 on 24th August 2013, 1:05 pm

When it restarted, did it log you into your account? Or did you have to go thru any setup procedures?

There is malware out there that hides your files. It marks them as hidden and may put them in some kind of temp folder.

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Re: Performed a System Recovery on WinXP, can't find any previous files?

Post by dlg2114 on 25th August 2013, 5:21 am

I had to go through a setup and it created a new Administrator account. It restored my computer back to original settings without deleting my files. I found the solution on another forum. When you perform a System Recovery your files are kept. A destructive restore alters your hard drive and deletes everything. Here's the solution incase this happens to anyone else.

Hello, I have seen this all over and am working on offering my help as it seems lots of us do it and want to die after we do. This works well on compaq computers xp/vista however im sure it can be efficitive with most computers running windows os

How to restore after pc recovery

I recomend printing this before moving your computer into safe mode.

--""Before you complete the process""

Click START

Click MY Computer

Double click the main hard drive (C

Click DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS

--mouse over all the user in this folder, the one that shows empty, and once clicked on does not give you premission to open is the folder you want to use when completing the process. This should be the user (user name) you had before the restore, is may have a .PC(with numbers behind it)

--write down and remember this folder name


1. Shut down the computer.

2. Turn the power on, and when the blue HP or Compaq screen appears, press F8 to display the Windows Advanced Options Menu .

3.Use the arrow keys to move up to Safe Mode and press Enter .

4.Press Enter on Microsoft Windows Whistler Personal or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition .

5.Click Administrator and, enter your password (if necessary) or press Enter .

6.A window will appear to prompt for confirmation to keep operating in Safe Mode .

7.Click Yes .

8.Click Start and My Computer . Then, double-click the main hard drive ( C: ) and Documents and Settings .

9.Right-click the folder name of the user account and click Properties . (This is the folder you found and wrote down before starting this process)

10.Click Security .

11.Click Advanced . On the Owner tab,(third tab over) click the checkbox to select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects option.

12. Click Apply .

13.Click Yes to the security message.

14.Click OK .

15.Click OK again.(you should start to see the files being transferred that your trying to access)

--Restart your computer in normal operation.

--Login to your user name

--make a new folder on your desktop and name it "BINGO", open that folder and create a folder named "FOUND IT"

click START

click MY COMPUTER

Double click the main hard drive (C

click DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS

--from here go to any user that does not contain adminstrator, or all users in the file name

(if you don't find the folder your looking for exit out of that user and choose another until you find the Folder)

--once you open each user

click DESKTOP

--look through the desktop folder, your looking for the folder BINGO open that and you should see the folder FOUND IT, this is the user that you want to copy all your lost files from the old user to.

--Wirte down this user name

Exit back to the DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS folder

--- at this point you should see all the users folders again, however when you click on the user folder you used the process on (the first folder you have written down) that folder will now open.

--From here you need to move your files back from (the first folder you have written down) to your currently operating user name (the second folder you have wirtten down)

--you should see all of your desktop, my music, my pics, my movies, (in the first folder you have written down) however until you move these files from the old user to your current user the computer will not always find them in your basic progams(ie.--windows movie maker, media player, ext.)

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