Hi, I've tried posting this but had little success in finding an answer.
Typically what i've done is:
1. Copied (right click, select all, copy)entire documents folder on C: to external HDD K: as back up.
The result now is that all of my desktop icons have disappeared, I cannot access any files on C: unless K: it active. Files or folders will be copied in realt Time to K: if placed on C: when K: active.
I receive a constant mesage while trying to access C:
'K: C I backup unacceible or inactive or on another network......'
I know it looks confusing so just ask and i'll do my best to clear it up.
Basically in a nutshell. I copied mt entire C: documents folder and it's all gone wrong from there.
If you removed the "Desktop.ini" from your C drive then it would also remove the icons. It is normally a "hidden" file and it shouldn't have been moved (or copied). Also, if you have Windows Explorer set to "hide extensions of known file types", it might not have been shown with its .INI extension.
The desktop icons (shortcuts) were in the desktop folder. But the desktop folder should not have been in Documents folder. I think that the best thing that you can do is copy them back but a warning you may lose some. Do the desktop folder first. System restore does not change data so it would not work.
I'm sorry but someone else is going to have to help on this. That sort of message would normally come up if you had used some sort of back up program. Did you use one? Also if you desktop file went then I suspect that you used move instead of copy.