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windows 8.1 updates installed most of desktop items missin

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    windows 8

    windows 8.1 updates installed most of desktop items missin


    This automatic update just happened and when I get back onto my computer most of the docs and others I had saved to my desktop are not there, and I can't seem to find them easily, any suggestions.

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    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Did you notice any 'balloon' windows mention you are logged into a 'temporary' profile? If so, make sure your network cables/card is securely attached, restart, and try again. You might find your profile by typing this into your address bar in file explorer: C:\Users -and then looking through the correct user account for the desktop.
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    Or you might be able to find what you're looking for by browsing in a folder called windows.old if you do in fact have it somewhere in your C: drive.
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    windows 8

    found the windows.old


    all the files that used to be saved to the desktop are there in the windows.old, but are now listed as shortcut and cannot be found, fortunately I had a windows reinstall last week because my hard drive was broken and I had to get new recovery discs from HP, and a back up file was made and they are in there so just difficult to find
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    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    you can do a search for the items. open the C: drive, and type the name of one of your missing files. Right click it, and select open folder location. You might be able to find it all that way.

    Honestly, I have no idea what happened, and perhaps the best way to find them is just to search and a lot of time
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    Posts : 30
    windows 8

    my idea


    thanks for your help, my idea is just to copy the files from the backup to the desktop, but otherwise I will just search, thanks for your quick replies
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windows 8.1 updates installed most of desktop items missin
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