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Does System "Refresh" delete bookmarks etc..?

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    Does System "Refresh" delete bookmarks etc..?


    I did a system refresh earlier because windows media player wasn't working properly.Now all my google bookmarks are gone, but before i did system refresh it said it wouldn't delete any of my personal files? All my music/other media is still there but the only thing that's missing is my bookmarks. help?

    Is there anyway i can undo a system refresh?

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    Hello Art, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    This would be because Google Chrome is an installed program (app) that it and all settings would have been removed during a refresh.

    IE favorites would not have been removed though.

    Luckily, refreshing Windows 8 creates a C:\Windows.old folder that hopefully will still contain your Chrome bookmarks as a bookmarks file in the hidden path below in the C:\Windows.old folder. You should be able to import them back from this location.

    C:\Users\{User Account}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

    Chrome Browser - Import and Export Bookmarks - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    I see the windows.old folder but i do not see anything called appdata.
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    Did you already set to have hidden system files to show using step 2 in Option One below?

    Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    google bookmarks are not considered personal files ,thats

    mydocuments ,mypictures,mymusic ,myvideo ,you could even loose personal data that is stored elsewhere on the harddrive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Did you already set to have hidden system files to show using step 2 in Option One below?

    Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Help Forums
    I don't see my old bookmarks Click image for larger version
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    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    google bookmarks are not considered personal files ,thats

    mydocuments ,mypictures,mymusic ,myvideo ,you could even loose personal data that is stored elsewhere on the harddrive
    Refresh keeps any folders you've added to the root folder of the system drive, and everything in \Users folders, except the \AppData subfolders, which get wiped.

    See
    What exactly does refreshing my PC keep?

    or

    Push-Button Reset/ Refresh Overview

    Quote Originally Posted by technet
    These folders are copied [in a Refresh] from the old Windows installation to the new Windows installation:
    • \Users\profile: All files and folders except for \Users\profile\AppData.
    • All folders at the root of the Windows partition added by the user. For example, C:\MyData\.
    • All file-history versioning data.
    • All folders on non-operating system partitions.

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    Are my windows media player playlists gone too? most likely?
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    Quote Originally Posted by art96 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Did you already set to have hidden system files to show using step 2 in Option One below?

    Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Help Forums
    I don't see my old bookmarks Click image for larger version
    It's listed in your screenshot as the Bookmarks file. That is the file that you need to either copy back into the same location in Windows, to select to import in Chrome using the tutorial below.

    Chrome Browser - Import and Export Bookmarks - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by art96 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Did you already set to have hidden system files to show using step 2 in Option One below?

    Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Help Forums
    I don't see my old bookmarks Click image for larger version
    It's listed in your screenshot as the Bookmarks file. That is the file that you need to either copy back into the same location in Windows, to select to import in Chrome using the tutorial below.

    Chrome Browser - Import and Export Bookmarks - Windows 7 Help Forums
    what do you mean copy back into same location?
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