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Everything on the desktop disappeared except recycle bin

By JoyceA
Nov 6, 2007
  1. Over the weekend my son was working on a dell 800 laptop using ms word and an onscreen keyboard called discover by madentec and all of a sudden the computer shut down. When we rebooted...all of the files and shortcuts on his desktop were gone. The only thing left was the recyle bin...and that was empty. We've run a virus scan and nothing comes up. Any idea what could have happened?
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Hello, JoyceA, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

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    With regards to your problem, that sounds pretty weird :suspiciou try doing a system restore to a day or two before it happened and see if it works properly again :)
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Is everything else the same ? What could've happened is that the Windows user got corrupted & so Windows created a new one. If you're running Windows XP go to the system drive & then "Documents and settings", see if there aren't two user folders with the same name (the second might have a name like name.old or something).

    If you're running Vista I believe you have to look in C:\Users if I'm not mistaken.
  4. Nidox

    Nidox TS Rookie

    Or the start menu could have switched modes, One mode 'My Computer' and all that appear on the start menu, the other they all appear on the desktop.

    The two modes are called.

    Start Menu
    Classic Start Menu

    And can be accessed by right clicking the start bar.

    A simple idea, probably wrong. :)
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