August 18, 2011
Programs not visible, desktop is empty
Problem: Only Documents and settings folder is visible
The rest of folders are hidden.
Control panel - Folder options - View - select Show hidden files and folders,
Uncheck Hide protected operating system files
Then, you can unhide them, right click on folder and remove hidden check box.
But this won't bring back shortcuts inside start - programs, this will:
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Local Settings\Temp - smtmp folder
has all shorcuts for start programs, copy them back:
folder 1 is programs - copy all shortcuts back to where it belongs; C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu
folder 2 is quick launch - C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch.
folder 4 is desktop - C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
However if you log in as another user, desktop is empty. Solution is:
run- cmd - regedit: