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  • Hi all

    I have rebooted my machine and everything has vanished. I can log in but its no longer my desktop, my programs are not there, even applications like ms office are no longer there!

    The desktop is like it was 4 months ago. This is very strange. I reebooted the machine a number of times and on one occasion after a chkdsk I did get my old system/desktop/apps back after that but just that once on the next reboot it everything was gone again.

    This is frustrating as I know then that the system is there but I just cant get at it.

    Anyone in the know?

    Thanks

    Confuseis

    confuseis

    Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:09 AM

Answers

  • Hi

    I have this sorted this out it was really strange.  Basically it was booting from a different disk that was a hobbled mirror! of the original. 

    The last thing I remember before the incident was plugging in a newly purchased usb key then my data drive dissapeared completely, It was like all the drives got juggled about.

    It was only when I eventually looked at the volume labels that I noticed the the HDD I was on which was then the C partition of the different drive was not the correct one.

    It was had the same username & pass & was pretending to be the origiunal drive!? but with all the errors.

    I booted from hirens cd & deleted this partition/drive.  then reebooted &  ran the windows install + repair option to get back my original drive.

    Really weird, maybe usb inserted at same time as an auto defrag program was running.

    Many Thanks


    confuseis

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Sunday, August 18, 2013 11:57 AM
    Sunday, August 11, 2013 10:39 AM

All replies

  • It seems like your user profile is corrupted, I suggest follow steps on:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

    It is better to check your hard disk and create a regular backup of your data in future.

    • Proposed as answer by ucrajee Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:38 PM
    Thursday, August 8, 2013 11:08 AM
  • I have followed the steps outlined in the link but no joy.  I do see the programs are back in the all programs folder but they will not run.  They all have a .lnk extension e.g.  packet tracer.lnk.13335008591

    When logging on I get the message windows cannot open this file desktop.ini.13338485051

    Why on earth would i be able to boot into my profile once and not now.  all the shortcuts have the little padlock icon on them.

    The backups I had failed.

    thanks


    confuseis

    Thursday, August 8, 2013 7:22 PM
  • Hi,

    I understand that you feel upset in this situation, but we always try our best to help you.

    Firstly, I suggest we try Microsoft Safety Scanner and Microsoft Security Essentials to run a full-system scan with an up-to-date antivirus product:

    Help protect your PC with Microsoft Security Essentials.

    http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx

    Microsoft Safety Scanner.

    http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

    Then, please try these steps and check the result:

    When you run an .exe file on a Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7-based computer, the file may start a different program.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505#LetMeFixItMyselfAlways

    Meanwhile, I would like suggest you try the solution from the link below about a similar case: 

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/c4f605d6-0015-4864-a6f9-7e65b7d8bac1/all-exe-files-associated-with-notepad

    Regards,


    Kelvin_Hsu

    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, August 9, 2013 9:30 AM
  • Hi

    I have this sorted this out it was really strange.  Basically it was booting from a different disk that was a hobbled mirror! of the original. 

    The last thing I remember before the incident was plugging in a newly purchased usb key then my data drive dissapeared completely, It was like all the drives got juggled about.

    It was only when I eventually looked at the volume labels that I noticed the the HDD I was on which was then the C partition of the different drive was not the correct one.

    It was had the same username & pass & was pretending to be the origiunal drive!? but with all the errors.

    I booted from hirens cd & deleted this partition/drive.  then reebooted &  ran the windows install + repair option to get back my original drive.

    Really weird, maybe usb inserted at same time as an auto defrag program was running.

    Many Thanks


    confuseis

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Sunday, August 18, 2013 11:57 AM
    Sunday, August 11, 2013 10:39 AM