Desktop file location

  si_gone 15:10 10 Jun 2008

My son, having just bought a new laptop, has donated his old one to me. He transfered all his old files and applications to an external hard drive and then on to his new laptop. On getting the old laptop home, I removed all his old applications, etc, but on trying to install some other software and place a shortcut on the desktop, all I keep getting is "F:\Desktop refers to a location that is unavailable...". Also this message appears regularly when I'm trying to do other things. I assume his external drive was F: and he's managed to send his desktop files to it. It's not a huge problem, as I seem to be able to do everything else, but it is a minor annoyance. Any suggestions?

  Diodorus Siculus 15:18 10 Jun 2008

There is a thread where you can determine where desktop is click here

  Technotiger 15:22 10 Jun 2008

Assuming XP - do you have the XP disc, if so perhaps you could try a Repair.

  si_gone 15:35 10 Jun 2008

Yes - XP. I have the "recovery" disk supplied with the laptop - I assume these come with some sort of repair utility?

  Technotiger 15:49 10 Jun 2008

I have never had to use a recovery disk, but yes I would think it does have a repair option - best wait for someone with more laptop/recovery knowledge to offer you assistance.

I do know any original XP disc does have repair facilities.

  si_gone 20:34 11 Jun 2008

Thanks for your help. I found the problem and sorted it!!

  Technotiger 20:49 11 Jun 2008

Grreat, glad you managed it.

It might help others in future, in possible similar circumstances, if you could give a brief description of your solution.

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