Favorites in Windows Explorer suddenly missing and cannot create new ones

Hello,

What might cause all of my Favorites in (Windows 7) Windows Explorer to suddenly be gone and also prevent me or not allow me to create any new Favorites?

A couple of days ago I had 10-12 folders marked as Favorites. Now suddenly I have none:Fig. 1Furthermore, following the same steps I have in the past to create new favorites does nothing:Fig. 2
Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks
Steve_BradyAsked:
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David L. HansenCEOCommented:
I suspect they are still there.  

So when you hover over the star you don't see the small black triangle appear (I know you've likely tested this, but just to be thorough I'm asking anyway)?
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the thoroughness. No, the black triangle is gone, ie there is nothing to expand.
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David L. HansenCEOCommented:
If you click on favorites, what is shown to the right in the file list?  Also, are there any filter searches in place (upper-right-hand corner)?
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jcimarronCommented:
Steve_Brady--

Run a System Restore to a date before the Favorites went missing.
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David L. HansenCEOCommented:
Did any of our suggestions work Steve?
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses.

Due in part to this issue along with other long-standing frustrations I've had with Windows Explorer (WE); and after considerable research, I solved this problem by opting to abandon WE altogether. I have replaced it with an application which has garnered rave reviews just about everywhere I've looked. It's called Directory Opus Pro (10.5) and although it does have an initial learning curve (but what doesn't?), I believe in the long-term I will be far better off.

Thanks again.
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jcimarronCommented:
Steve_Brady--You are welcome.
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nobusCommented:
and tx for feedback
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