What happened to my desktop?

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kenigma

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I have an IBM Thinkpad that runs Windows 2000. This afternoon, I downloaded Windows Media Player 9. When I tried to installed it, the process failed. I was annoyed, but kept on working at my laptop. An hour later I shut it down.

In the evening when I started Windows up again, 70% of my desktop icons were gone! My wallpaper was gone. My browser settings had entirely disappeared -- no bookmarks. My mappings to remote drives had vanished. I restarted and directed Windows to find the "last good system," but I still got the same vanilla desktop.

I have a hunch that my disappeared system can be recovered by manipulating the registry, but I have no clue how to do it. Can anyone direct me on how to restore the settings that I had?
 

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Desktop shortcuts and Favorites links are files. They cannot be restored by changing values in the registry. First try to use System Restore to go back to a point before you tried installing Windows Media Player. If that doesn't work, search the hard drive for the name of a shortcut or Favorite link you know you had. You may find it in another profile's directory.
 

kenigma

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DoubleHelix said:
Desktop shortcuts and Favorites links are files. They cannot be restored by changing values in the registry. First try to use System Restore to go back to a point before you tried installing Windows Media Player. If that doesn't work, search the hard drive for the name of a shortcut or Favorite link you know you had. You may find it in another profile's directory.
I have seen registry changes that restore shortcuts and Favorites.

I don't know what System Restore is. When I enter the term in a help search, Windows returns help topics that deal with "Last Good System Configuration," an idea that I tried with no succcess.
 

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I missed the operating system in the original post. Windows 2000 does not have System Restore.

I've never heard of changing a registry key and having deleted files restored. If someone else has experience with this procedure, maybe they can help.

I would suggest searching the drive for files you know you had. If they don't show up, the profile may have been corrupted and the files permanently deleted.
 

kenigma

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Something I should have reported before: On startup, when I select "Last Known Good Configuration," I see the highlighted words "Undocked Profile." Is Windows 2000 telling me that all my settings are in a profile that needs to be "docked"? If so, how do I do this?

As for the missing shortcuts, I found them on the path D:/Documents and Settings/username/Desktop. Problem is, the applications that underlie the shortcuts come up uninitialized and with no settings. Again, my hunch is that they are all stored somewhere, in this "profile" thing.
 
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