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I have removed/deleted the Public Folder in Windows 7

Posted on 2011-10-23
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In dealing with another problem and trying to stabalize my Windows 7 machine, I thought I'd delete some unneeded folders.  In the process, I noticed my Windows 7 "Public Folders" contained some obsolete stuff.  In trying to just remove some of the sub-folders there, I seem to have deleted the whole thing.  I don't know if I actually deleted any files or folders, but I at least seem to have eliminated the "Public Folders" folder.

I would like to have some "Public Folders."

How do I do that?  Have I caused any permanent damage to anything beyond my self-esteem?
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Does this folder still exist?


If so, you should be able to restore any sub-folders that may be missing utilizing the Restore Previous Versions function.  It's a terrific built-in capability within Windows 7 itself.  If not, you can navigate to C:\Users and restore the entire Public folder hierarchy:

Restore Previous Versions of Files in Every Edition of Windows 7

Windows 7 Restore Previous Versions FAQ

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