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  • I've been searching around for a way to get a new %appdata% folder for my C:// drive. I cannot restore it through System Restore, and I cannot find a proper tutorial on how to recover my %appdata% folder. Any help would be appreciated.
    Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:41 PM

Answers

  • Hi GlitchHunter5000,

    It's best to see System Restore as an imperfect system whose main advantage is that it's there and creates its backups automatically. When it works, it does a pretty good job protecting Windows, a mediocre one on your applications, and leaves your data alone. That sounds like what you’re attempting to do.

    Unlike “Documents” or “My Documents”, AppData folders are special folders that are created by Windows and the applications that you run.

    Here is what you could do

    Make sure AppData folder is included in your backup content. Check if there is a skiped file error during restore process. You could refer to skip error log which is located in %temp%\restorefiles if any skip file error occurred during restore process. If system restore skips all your files in AppData folder, please refer to

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/win7-restore-skipped-all-files-under-my-appdata/1bd01ea6-97d2-466b-9610-4d37d6792a65

    You may take the ownership of the AppData folder and then use the steps to grant permission to everyone and then check.

    If you haven’t used your machine for too long in this configuration and have created a system image, you also could still restore the entire image and return everything to exactly the way it was.

    For more information about restore your computer from a system image backup

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/restore-computer-from-system-image-backup#1TC=windows-7

    If you don’t have any AppData backup as arnavsharma mentioned, I am afraid that you might not get it back.

    Appdata folder is created with new account, so when you delete and recreate your user account or reinstall system, it will be reset.

    Fix corrupted user profile:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/fix-corrupted-user-profile#1TC=windows-7

    Warm reminder: We don't recommend moving, deleting, or making any changes to files or folders in the AppData folder. Doing so could make your apps run poorly or stop working entirely.

    Regards

    Thursday, January 8, 2015 1:16 AM

All replies

  • If you dont have a backup, you cant get it back. 

    Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    • Proposed as answer by T. Kujala Wednesday, January 7, 2015 5:51 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by GlitchHunter5000 Friday, January 9, 2015 6:16 AM
    Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:45 PM
  • ... Ouch. So, what should I do then? Should I re-install Windows 7? Or do I have to get a new computer?
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 5:29 PM
  • Hi GlitchHunter5000,

    It's best to see System Restore as an imperfect system whose main advantage is that it's there and creates its backups automatically. When it works, it does a pretty good job protecting Windows, a mediocre one on your applications, and leaves your data alone. That sounds like what you’re attempting to do.

    Unlike “Documents” or “My Documents”, AppData folders are special folders that are created by Windows and the applications that you run.

    Here is what you could do

    Make sure AppData folder is included in your backup content. Check if there is a skiped file error during restore process. You could refer to skip error log which is located in %temp%\restorefiles if any skip file error occurred during restore process. If system restore skips all your files in AppData folder, please refer to

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/win7-restore-skipped-all-files-under-my-appdata/1bd01ea6-97d2-466b-9610-4d37d6792a65

    You may take the ownership of the AppData folder and then use the steps to grant permission to everyone and then check.

    If you haven’t used your machine for too long in this configuration and have created a system image, you also could still restore the entire image and return everything to exactly the way it was.

    For more information about restore your computer from a system image backup

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/restore-computer-from-system-image-backup#1TC=windows-7

    If you don’t have any AppData backup as arnavsharma mentioned, I am afraid that you might not get it back.

    Appdata folder is created with new account, so when you delete and recreate your user account or reinstall system, it will be reset.

    Fix corrupted user profile:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/fix-corrupted-user-profile#1TC=windows-7

    Warm reminder: We don't recommend moving, deleting, or making any changes to files or folders in the AppData folder. Doing so could make your apps run poorly or stop working entirely.

    Regards

    Thursday, January 8, 2015 1:16 AM
  • Yeah, I don't remember when my AppData folder was removed, but it wasn't in the back-up data files. I'll just have to reinstall. Thanks for the help!
    • Edited by GlitchHunter5000 Friday, January 9, 2015 6:19 AM Small bit of detail re-added.
    Friday, January 9, 2015 6:18 AM