missing icons,folders & programs in xp
Posted on 2011-05-02
I have a machine here running windows xp sp3.
All the icons have gone from the desktop.
Start-All programss says empty. My computer shows C: drive, but there is nothing in it . Not even the windows folder. Running the DIR command for C: says file not found.
Control panel works but admin tools folder is empty
All user's documents have disappeared
User has AVG installed, this seems to work & will scan computer showing the path of the files it is scanning,
System restore starts from the C/prompt and but just hangs,
SFC /scannow works but doesn't change anything, likewise Chkdsk. Starting in Safe mode makes no difference
I attached the HDD from this computer to another as the D: drive
This shows the drive as having used space but when I open the drive it is empty, however Right clicking the drive allows me to scan it with Malwarebytes, which runs through properly, again showing the path of the files it is scanning.
I hope someone can shed some light on this, I have never seen it before