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Lost all the icons and shortcuts from my XP

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Out of the Blue my Windows XP lost all the programs links. When I go to all programs It says that It's empty, then I checked on the programs files to see If the programs were there and They were all there. I've checked for virus and It's free of virus so I tought that the shortcuts got deleted somehow I went to the user manager and created a new user to see If windows would create new shortcuts as accessories folder, games, startup, and all others shortcust, but It did not the only thing It did was the Internet explorer and Windows media player. I'm runing Windows XP professional SP1, I ran sfc/ scannow and It did not find anything. I've check on recycle bin also and none....

Any ideas?
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

Commented:
Here are some scripts for rebuilding the File Associations..

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

Commented:
Restore XP Desktop Icons and Taskbar
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/nodesktop.reg

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Do you think that will bring back the common shortcuts again?

jdff
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

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I have never actually tried that specific kelly korners fix, but we use them a lot here and they are well written scripts...  Give it a shot and see..  :)  Shivsa's suggestions are good ones..  :)

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I did not work... I tried and still the same.

thanks
jdff

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hi:
Or,

HOW TO: Restore the Operating System to a Previous State in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;306084

http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm
Click on How To Run a Repair Install

How to Perform an In-Place Upgrade (Reinstallation) of Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;315341


mc

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Go to start->Run and type gpedit.msc and hit "ok". You will be brought to the "Group Policy Editor" for your machine.

Double-click on "User Configuration"->Administrative Templates->Desktop and you will see a list of different controls. All of these should say "Not configured". (If anything says "enabled", PARTICULARLY "Hide and disable all items on desktop", right-click it, choose "Properties", and re-set it to "not configured" or "disabled".

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Nope I don't know what happened to this computer but none of the above is working. What impresses me is the fact when you create a new user and it does not create the common folders from windows XP which is accessories folder, games, startup. I'm creating a administrator user. I can’t believe on it! Can anyone help me to think on any torubleshoot procedure in order to findout what really is?

jdff
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
Top Expert 2005

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Beginning to sound like your profiles are corrupted.  Including the Default Profile...  I believe you can delete the default profile, and when Windows reboots, it recreates it...  Any other thoughts here..?  I will ck around for some verification...

FE
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
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Go here and read the fix for the user profile...  I would just be repeating what they are saying..   Let me know if any of it helps....!!

https://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_20596415.html?query=corrupted+default+profile&searchType=topic

FE

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Fatal Exception looks like it makes sence, the thing is they don't talk about the default profile, I think the defaul profile got corrupedt so thats why every new user gets screwup. The question now is how can I repair the deafult profile? Maybe copying from another xp machine?

Thanks for you effort
jdff
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
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If we were connected to a Domain, this would be easy...  We could grab a profile off a server, but in this case, I will have to think about it some more..  I don't want to misguide you here...  

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Ok, thanks

I'll brainstorming here also...

jdff
Wild guess as usual, is the Distributed Link Tracking Service in Services disabled.  I vaguely remember having shortcut problems when I turned this off awhile back.  Just a thought.
Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & Implementation
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If I remember rightly in a previous post you were asking about moving a user profile!
Is that what you have done. If you have made changes in the registry then that could be the probelm!!!
Restore resgisty

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;322756
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
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Well...  after a good night sleep I still cannot think of a way t fix a corrupted default profile..  But if it gets to the point that we go extreme and start rebuilding the registry, get the best backup you can...  We can start with System Restore, and if that does not work, restoring the registry itself...  (as 1stIT mentioned above...  I have directions specifically for XP, if you need them...)

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No, I did not made changes on the user profile... It was a diferent computer.

Regards
jdff
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Ok, I'll do so. Thanks to every one...

jdff
Fatal_ExceptionSystems Engineer
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Good luck..  and thanks..

FE
Thank you very much for the points. Good luck.
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Thank you!!

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