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Okay, fired up my computer this am. Took forever to boot. When it came online, it said "Preparing Windows"...weird. My wallpaper is gone, all my "picture and download" files are gone, all my docs are gone....it's as if I just bought a new machine...what happened? Did my kiddo catch me a virus? All my taskbar stuff, internet short cuts, etc. are gone...this stinks.
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Just a guess.
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Absolutely it is the kids, don't ask me how I know. Check your browsers history, see where they have been.
Also, went to hard drive...sub folders I made are there, but docs and pictures folders are empty...major suckage.
Just shut it off before you lose memory and take it to the IT guy of your choice, if your hard drive is going you need to keep it going until the IT folks can get a look. If you need a new hard drive, go solid state.
There's a way in Control Panel to set it so you have to select which user profile to start in, but I can't recall where it is at the moment. I'd look it up but W10 has a totally different Settings app.
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Windows will do this if it doesn't like your profile for some reason. I don't know why though.
And back up your files. Ain't nothing like thinking they are all gone to make you remember how much stuff there is there that you don't want to lose
I tell my users about when I was doing software development. Making a long story short, I had six copies of my work in disparate places. Once upon a time I had to go all the way to copy #6 to get my world running again. I hadn't lost all of the other five (only two copies were damaged) but the others were unavailable at the time and I had to get things back up quickly. It was over a week before the rest came back online.
You can't have too many backups!
Back when I was a controller (and business owner in addition) I always had weekly backups for at least a month (4 different sets)...for 3 companies...at the time, the media was 3.5" diskettes...14 per company... :yikes::yikes: