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10-24-2009 07:51 PM - edited 10-24-2009 10:06 PM
The issue that I am currently experiencing evokes an instability after a recent BIOS upgrade which upon much research I have concluded that I was inserted into a temporary account 'TEMP'. I had 'successfully' updated the BIOS upon this pc expecting it to restart alas to my dismay it hadn't functioned as I'd expected; upon a manual restart I had encountered the Windows start screen with two accounts (Administrative/restricted user), as I began to log myself into the Administrative account the following message was displayed upon the screen 'Preparing Desktop', after this process had completed I had received a completely new 'factory settings' desktop in addition to certain software remaining which is allocated to all users. I was unaware at present that I had been granted access to a TEMP account; merely under the impression that an extensive update had been initiated and this was an appropriated outcome.
I began to reconfigure certain settings and folders... at this point I opened my Documents and was astonished at the sordid reflection gazing back towards me...all my files were missing; I subsequently began a 'search' and found all of the files within their rightful directories, ever so unfortunately I began to transfer across the intact, original files and folders towards this 'TEMP' account, hence what was presently located in C:\Users\'AccountName'\Documents I had now unknowingly transferred into C:\Users\'TEMP'\Documents, I continued this process until I had 'restored' the account to its state prior to the commencement of the BIOS upgrade utilizing the search functionality (The TEMP account had administrative privileges) it appeared that I was directing the folders to the same location as TEMP wasn't present within the address bar.
(I also noticed that certain programs required registration of serial numbers and subsequent activation)
Once I had completed the entire agenda I had restarted the pc to ensure that it was functioning optimally... It came to my attention that my 'ORIGINAL' administrative account had been returned to me less all of the business critical documents upon the desktop and within my documents; the desktop background had reverted towards a black contrast as in comparison to its original depiction now believed to be located within the TEMP directory
I am able to find all of my missing documentation which includes assorted images, music and video files equating towards at least 100 GB, the capacity of the Volume (C) hasn't been altered hence it is my great optimistic perception that the data hasn't been deleted rather just misplaced into a directory which I am unable to access at present. (GREAT INCENTIVE TO ASCERTAIN WINDOWS 7 - NO ESOTERIC TENDENCIES PREVALENT WITHIN THAT OS)
I am Able to locate ALL Missing folders utilizing the search functionality albeit when I endeavour to open the prescribed location I receive the following prompt:
"C:\Users\TEMP\Desktop\Filename refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location."
This is a local installation hence the reference towards networking or any form of domain integration can be excluded.
As a precaution I instigated a System Restore to a prior scheduled point of restoration it took an exceedingly vast amount of time for the process to complete alas I wasn't optimistic as I am quite well aware of the operational logistics infused amongst Microsoft's System Restore.
I now have all my software applications in functioning order, even my internet favourites have been successfully restored; nevertheless I am receiving the above for mentioned prompt.
Is it possible to revert these folders to their original location as I have many priceless family photographs upon there. I also have many important Word documents which I can actually see for a moment when the desktop is booting upon login for a split second then they just vanish as if they were hidden behind the account.
Or otherwise is it possible to access this TEMP account and restore the data to its original destination once again?
OPTIMISTIC ANSWERS ONLY PLEASE
I have encountered this issue in a generic form upon many other forums usually occurring after a Windows update, nevertheless I thought that this would be a suitable intervention in order to resolve this issue without having to consult a recovery specialist or even my extended warranty upon this occasion.
- Hp Pavilion dv7 Entertainment Notebook
- Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9000 @ 2.0 GHz 2.0 GHz
- Memory(RAM) 4.00 GB
- System type 32 - Bit
- HD capacity - Partitions: OS (C) and DATA (D) equivalent to 1 TB also contains a HP Recovery console partition (E)
* DATA (D) is subsequently partitioned with a Linux installation which I am able to access upon initial boot and mount the OS partition which could possibly assist me within the resolution of this matter.
* I also have a Hp Touchsmart PC and this issue has never occurred upon that machine.
If any supplementary information is required please don't hesitate to ask.
12-02-2009 09:12 PM
Asking for positive feedback is asking too much dude. I tried installing it on a dv5 but it froze and I get nothing when i turn it on.
Suggestions: pull your hard disk out and back it up somewhere safe