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Need to retrieve Program Files (x86) after system restore.

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Need to retrieve Program Files (x86) after system restore.


    Hello. I'm in quite a conundrum. After my computer started acting screwy, the OS asked if I'd like to restore my computer to a previous state. It said I would lose my apps but keep my personal files. I went along with it, thus making a huge mistake.

    I had many many project files saved in my Program Files (x86) folder that I didn't think I'd lose, but now I can't find them. I discovered Windows.old but it doesn't contain any Program Files folders.

    Is there any possible way to get those files back? They're very precious.

    Thank you.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Have you checked the users folder instead ? Data files used by applications (mainly settings) shouldn't be saved in program files but in Users/Username/Appdata, you personal files should be in Users/Username/.
    You can also try a search from the windows.old folder (maybe the extension you used like *.xls).

    If that fails, I doubt you'll be able to recover anything any other way, sorry.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I'm sure they were in Program Files (x86). I've manually accessed them through those directories multiple times.
    I also just did an entire system search for those files and they weren't found. -_-

    Thanks anyway.
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  4. #4


    Project files for what application? Also, Search doesn't look in all folders. Perhaps try a different program. Give Everything search a try. I find it invaluable when looking for files (not data in files though).

    You could also try Recuva, see what it finds.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 64
    Windows 8 Pro x64 With Media Center/Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x86 >>Dual Boot<<


    Undo System restore may also help !
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  6. #6


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Use this program and recover them from the restore point.

    ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  7. #7


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I'd like to thank everyone for their replies. Here's an update.

    I've used recuva and a program that searches the entire computer, both have not found the files I'm looking for. For clarification, they are project files for FL Studio 10.

    With ShadowExplorer, I was able to see (some of) the files I was looking for, though when I export them, they seem to be corrupt. I guess now knowing they're corrupt, there's nothing I can do, eh?
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