Desktop Cleanup wizard went wrong

  oo7juk 23:14 14 Jan 2010


My desktop was getting a bit busy so I decided to run the desktop wizard.

It only found about 5 items to clean up so I ran the wizard and it moved them to the "Unused" folder it created.

Now the problem - I decided to copy all the other folders/programs I didn't use much and then deleted the folders/programs from which I just copied from the desktop. I also emptied the recycle bin to fully clean my system

When I opened the "unused" folder and tried to run a file it didn't work due to not locating exe file. The same happened when I opened a folder and the contents were missing.

I tried a system restore, but it never worked.

Many thanks.

  michaelw 08:37 15 Jan 2010

Did you try the restore in safemode?

  Sea Urchin 10:09 15 Jan 2010

To be fair the Desktop Cleanup Wizard didn't "go wrong" - it left those files on the desktop. You need to know which icons are shortcuts and which are actual executable programs before deleting them.

  oo7juk 10:50 15 Jan 2010

michaelw - No I didn't try in safe mode.

Sea Urchin - Yes my fault I'm afraid, just need to get the files back now.


  john bunyan 10:58 15 Jan 2010

Worth downloading and trying Recuva (I think) asap. It should find files if not already overwritten.
click here

  oo7juk 12:44 15 Jan 2010

Hi John - tried that program, unfortunately my folders containing mp3 etc are nonrecoverable.

I'm not sure what else to do.

  Woolwell 14:53 15 Jan 2010

I'm a bit puzzled - where were your MP3 folders? On the desktop or just desktop links to folders?
Which OS?

  oo7juk 15:25 15 Jan 2010

Woolwell - They were on the desktop.

  Woolwell 15:33 15 Jan 2010

Too late now but that is not the best place to keep them. My Music folder is better. Don't suppose you had a back-up? Good idea to have an external drive with this sort of thing backed up on.

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