Safe Start and Restore have messed up my computer

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kingsqueen

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I have worked with computers for a few years but obviously I don't know enough about them. I was adding another user and when I tried to go back to my administrator user, I couldn't. I tried to run the computer in Safe Mode and apparently that is where I messed up. I tried a system restore to go back to an earlier date but that didn't help. The computer wouldn't even let me restore to Monday. (Today is Wednesday!) My step daughter was able to get online after I had several failed attempts. I am not sure what I did wrong, but I have lost all my pictures I had saved from the last 3 years!! That is major to me!! I love to take pictures and I love sharing them with family and friends. Now pictures I took this past weekend are gone!!! I have also lost my kids work projects and resumes for everyone in our family. I need to somehow retrieve these files.

Now for what you really need to know. I have an HP Pavilion Intel (R), Pentium (R) D CPU 2.80 GHz. Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 2. Obviously I have had this computer for a really loooooong time. I have only had trouble with it once and a friend of mine helped me with it. He has since moved and is unable to help me now.

I apparently posted this in the wrong thread earlier so I was told to post this here.
 
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Click start, I believe there you will have search. In search, somewhere in there, there should be advanced search. Open that up, and do a search for *.jpg in the entire drive. See what you get.
 

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Thank you. I did that and I was able to retrieve many of my pics. Can you please, let me know any other domains that could be used for pictures. My mind is totally blank and I feel totally drained. I know I have many many more pictures in there but I have no idea what else I could search for to find them. I had labeled some of them with my children's names and did searches using their names earlier but didn't have any luck searching that way. Thank you for all your advice. I feel sooooo stupid for messing up like this!
 
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Don't put them on the desktop again, put them on a usb flash, or a folder directly under C:\
 

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I had them in my pictures. Before I could access it from start>my documents>my pictures... and I had an icon on the desktop with my pictures. It's just really irritating.
 
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A new account keeps getting created I think. Because it can't open the old one.
 

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I forgot how many icons, logos, backgrounds, etc... etc... were stored on a computer. The ones I found were when I did the first search. If you can think of any other way I can dig the rest out, please, let me know. Thanks again for your help.
 
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I'm looking for another way as we speak, but until then try this...

Open up my computer, your main drive (C:), documents and settings, [user profile].

You'll find multiple user profiles probably. Look through each one, find the documents, pictures etc etc...
 

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I did. It showed me the pictures I just found when I did the first *.jpg search. I went through all the users. I was hoping, still, that it would show several Admin users but it didn't. The pics I found when I did the *.jpg search, I have copied to the present Admin user.
 
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Do not copy them inside the profile. Copy them to a folder directly under C: until you are certain the profiles are safe for storage.
 

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Done. That didn't take long. I have them in a couple folders directly on the C drive. I wasn't even thinking! Thanks again.
 
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After that, create an empy text file of sorts, nothing fancy, just to log off and log back on to see if its still there to see if the profile is safe for storage.
 
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