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My user folders and files are all gone from my C drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 33
    Windows 8 professional

    My user folders and files are all gone from my C drive


    I was trying to locate some files in my user folders in Windows 8 I was looking for the app data files to restore my email from an old version to a new clean install of the client. I could not find the folder although I knew it existed as this is where the app is storing my email, so I figured it was hidden. I started to look for the setting I knew in 7 that would allow you to see hidden files when you ran the folder properties. The only thing I saw anywhere about hidden files was on the first page of the properties where it says read only and hidden so I checked the box and told it to apply. (I know, stupid thing to do since I did not understand what it was doing. This is so unlike me) Now I do not have any user folders and not much works. How can I restore my user files?

    Thanks,


    Jane Spaulding




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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jane,

    You can use step 2 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below to have you hidden files (faded) show.
    Afterwards, set the same folders to no longer be hidden or read-only.

    When finished, you can use step 3 in OPTION ONE of the first tutorial to no longer have your hidden files show.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Posts : 33
    Windows 8 professional


    Thanks!!!!!!!!!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Jane.
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