deleted desktop file
Thread poster: Evangelia Mouma

Evangelia Mouma  Identity Verified
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May 7, 2009


Windows XP _Office 2003

I wanted to copy the Desktop folder from D to an external hard disk and by mistake instead of copy-pasting I cut-pasted. Now every time I start the computer, it takes the desktop folders from the external disk. If I disconnect the external disk, I get a message saying that I have no desktop. I manually created a desktop folder in D: and copy-pasted all the folders from the external disk to D: but the system insists on working with the external disk - it doesn't recognize my manually created folder. Is there a way of persuading it to work with D:?

Thank you very, very much in advance



Frederic Lievre
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Get the aspirin ready... May 7, 2009

Go to Start--> Accessories-->System Tools-->Files And Setting Transfer Wizard
Click Next
Select "I don't need the wizard Disk" and click Next
Select Others and choose the location (Where ever on that D drive of yours)
Click Next
Select what you want to migrate (In your case the desktop).

I think that should do it


Boyan Brezinsky  Identity Verified
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Not for the faint of heart May 7, 2009

Open regedit, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
and check the value "Desktop". Edit if necessary.

Or you could use System Restore, but that can't possibly be as cool as editing the registryicon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2009-05-07 13:39 GMT]


Eleni Makantani
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System restore? May 7, 2009

I am not sure if it could solve your problem, but it has saved me on several occasions.
Go to Start--> All Programs--> Accessories--> System tools--> System Restore (έναρξη--> όλα τα προγράμματα--> βοηθήματα--> εργαλεία συστήματος--> επαναφορά συστήματος).
Then, you should pick a time point previous to the time when you cut the folder.
I am not sire if it will work, but you might want to try.

Good luck!


Evangelia Mouma  Identity Verified
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the brave-hearted May 10, 2009

Thank you so much everyone for your suggestions and help in those difficult moments.

The problem was solved by following the most difficult path, unfortunately.
I tried restoring the system - it didn't work.
I got an aspirin and tried the wizard - nope.
Then I braced myself and I tried the regedit - and after a couple of tries I managed to bring back the desktop. Phew!!

Thanks again and enjoy your Sunday!


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