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XP PRO: Lost user shortcuts

Posted on 2011-09-02
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A user on our network lost his shortcuts to files on networked drives on his desktop. It is not in recycle bin or anywhere on hard drive that I can find. I thought maybe it was a corrupt profile but see nothing on any user profiles . . It is owner of company so he doesnt want to spend the time to recreate them. It all started when his machine froze up and he hit power button to restart machine. Any clues....
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did ya try a restore to an earlier date?
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Restore do anything regarding shortcuts?
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Most of the time not but its worth a try.
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Exactly what was lost?  Mapped Drive shortcuts? UNC Shortcuts? What about favorites/docs etc?

Any chance he is in a NEW profile, indicated by Docs and Settings\USERID.COMPUTERNAME (a second profile folder appended with the computername/domain name?)
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Have him search the entire hard drive (C) for the name of some (any) shortcut he used to have on the desktop.  If they are out there, this will find them.
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go system properties, advanced, user profiles,

you may find the old profile backed up in there..copy it out to another location and open the desktop folder
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