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Restore Public folder and Default folder

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit

    Restore Public folder and Default folder


    Hello,
    Running Windows 8.1 Pro. I accidentally deleted c:\users\public and c:\users\default and I cannot share documents with my family and cannot create new user account. How to restore windows 8.1 public and default folder?

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Windows8use, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Double check to see if they may still be in the Recycle Bin to restore.

    If not, then see if you may be able to do a system restore using a restore point dated before you deleted these folders to hopefully fix this.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Try creating new ones in users, right click> choose new> pick folder> and rename it Public, of course you'll have to refill everything in it.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit


    Thank Brink and Cliff S for reply.

    However, my PC doesn't have any restore point.

    How to fix this?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, you may need to refresh Windows 8.1.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,288
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Hey Shawn, would this: Windows 7: Public Folders - Restore work for him?
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    Hey Cliff,

    It should, but with the Default folder issue and the issue he has with libraries in his other thread, it may be best to just refresh.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,288
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Cliff,

    It should, but with the Default folder issue and the issue he has with libraries in his other thread, it may be best to just refresh.
    Oh I didn't know there were other issues. A system image would've come in handy he huh?
    windows8use after you get everything set up, get something like Macrium Reflect and start making monthly system images, I always have one no older than a month, and usually make one before making changes or experimenting(like when installing a theme or before Patch Tuesday(especially then).
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  9. #9


    Posts : 156
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit


    Thank everyone,
    I will follow what you say.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 156
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit


    Hello,
    After I refresh my PC, I noticed my default folder has lot of system files with name "ntuser".
    Does this is usual?
    Last edited by windows8use; 11 May 2015 at 22:04.
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