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roadkingroadking Senior MemberPosts: 3,056 Senior Member
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.
Thoughts?
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Your box may have automatically updated to Windows 10. I think the default setting was to do that unles you set it otherwise.

    Just a guess.
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,187 Senior Member
    roadking wrote: »
    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.
    Thoughts?

    Absolutely it is the kids, don't ask me how I know. Check your browsers history, see where they have been.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Still windows 8.1. Been a long time since I did a restore, and never with 8.1...method please?
    Also, went to hard drive...sub folders I made are there, but docs and pictures folders are empty...major suckage.
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  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Browser history is no existant...to get here, I had to go to the main page and click on forums...auto suggest wouldn't even kick in, favorites are gone, and all my Remember me websites and passwords are gone...had to log in...usually only have to do that every 2 weeks or so.
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,187 Senior Member
    roadking wrote: »
    Browser history is no existant...to get here, I had to go to the main page and click on forums...auto suggest wouldn't even kick in, favorites are gone, and all my Remember me websites and passwords are gone...had to log in...usually only have to do that every 2 weeks or so.

    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.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Okay...found my stuff...under my roadking user, but comp won't make that the default...always used to be. The stuff, folders, files are all right where they should be on the hard drive, but windows doesn't think that it should be the default user I guess...any knowledge?
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  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Okay, restarted it, re-logged into windows...everything is back to normal...maybe I messed up the password and it created a different user...all is proper now. That was messed up. Thanks all.
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Glad you fixed it. I had the same thought later about it coming up under a different user, so I'm happy it was an easy fix.

    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.
    “A gun is a tool, no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,981 Senior Member
    roadking wrote: »
    Okay, restarted it, re-logged into windows...everything is back to normal...maybe I messed up the password and it created a different user...all is proper now. That was messed up. Thanks all.

    Windows will do this if it doesn't like your profile for some reason. I don't know why though.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,187 Senior Member
    Virus and Malware scans are in order.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Always hav AVG and malewarebytes...nothing. Think I just goofed on the password this morning.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,041 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Virus and Malware scans are in order.



    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
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,125 Senior Member
    Good job fixing it
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,981 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    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

    ALWAYS.

    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!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • roadkingroadking Senior Member Posts: 3,056 Senior Member
    Oh, I have thumb drives and backups, thanks. It was just the mental confusion this morning had me ticked off.

    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:
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