all files/folders disappeared from desktop after reboot

It is a Vista home Premium system.
Yesterday there was a windows system update, it triggered a auto reboot after that. After reboot, all shortcuts, files and folders on the desktop disappeared, and user setting for other applications e.g. lotus notes also lost.  I reboot again the pc, now the user setting seems be back, as Lotus notes can start as normal. BUT, all files/folders I placed on desktop still missing. I tried search in even hidden folder and system folder but no luck still.

Please help.  Thank you.
mikeincamAsked:
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supportsCommented:
Check if u have same username folder in the users folder in c:
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mikeincamAuthor Commented:
There is still the same username under Users folder.  
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rizla7Commented:
right-click on desktop -> view -> show desktop icons
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mikeincamAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rizla7.   But it is not lost of views of the icons on current desktop.

All the files & folders I saved on Desktop before the reboot now couldn't be found under c:\users\UserName\Desktop.

According to some similar topics found on the web, it could relate to user profile corrupted, then these files should be still stored somewhere. But I just could not find them.
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supportsCommented:
look under all folder in c:\users\desktop
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rizla7Commented:
well i'm not sure what you did. a reboot does not cause that though.

if you are sure you are using the correct user account and cannot find it in c:\users\username\desktop, then its gone. its absolutely gone.

unless youre in a network scenario and your admin is doing some funky stuff and moving your user profile around. doubt it. ask him.
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mikeincamAuthor Commented:
it is a stand alone pc, not joining any domain.
The super admin is the Microsoft ,its auto-update applied some updates and forced the reboot.
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Jackie ManCommented:
1. Go to c:\users\UserName\

2. Right-click "Desktop" and click "Properties"

3. Go to "Previous Version" tab

4. See whether there are any previous version of the "Desktop" folder.
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mikeincamAuthor Commented:
hi jackieman, you are life saver.  it is just the one hit the point.

although Vista home Premium doesn't come with feature of  "previous Version", I download the similar one from http://www.shadowexplorer.com/.

All missing files are there in one restore point, and all are recovered now.

YOU ARE GREAT !
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Jackie ManCommented:
Glad to know that you have fixed the problem. Cheers.

Just a friendly reminder - DO NOT store files / folders on desktop. Desktop is for placing shortcuts only and is a kind of system folder for Vista.

The best practice is to put files and folders in your local drive -> create shortcuts for those folders or files -> put the shortcuts on your desktop.
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