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#1 KBT42


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Posted 25 November 2007 - 02:44 PM

A friend of mine bought an external hard drive because he needed more space. He moved a lot of folders over to it. (doesn't remember what, but I've seen My Documents, Program Files, and Windows folders in there amongst others) Now the computer has some programs missing or just inaccessible maybe. Some are missing from the start menu which has been completely rearranged. I tried to do a System restore, but that's gone from the Start Menu and I don't know how else to access it. Can someone please help? Thanks in advance!

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 04:36 PM

This is a peculiar situation.

You are asking for a way to run system restore to restore files/folders back to their original position on a different drive/partition.

I cannot say for sure, but I think that would be impossible.

Have you tried clicking the files and doing a undo move. If possible.
Top windows explorer. Edit -> undo move.

Besides that I think you need to undo that yourself, sorry. Try do a repair install of windows. This should restore windows functionality, but the apps that have gone, needs to be reinstalled from scratch.

Hope I understand you right and see what else folks here have to say. :thumbsup:

EDIT - Please RE-READ I'm writing complete rubbish. Sorry.

Edited by nightspydk, 25 November 2007 - 04:40 PM.

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 06:01 PM

I can only say that...moving program folders or the Windows folder...has probably broken needed links. Some system folders can be moved safely to an external drive. The Windows folder needs to be on the C: partition. Programs can be installed (not moved) to other than the C: partition, but I believe (for no particular reason) that Windows works best when programs are where it expects them to be.


The only suggestion that I can offer is to move all folders back and then do a repair install of XP.

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964

Data files (e.g. graphics, movies, documents, and such) should remain on the external drive with no problem.

Others may have different ideas :thumbsup:.


Edited by hamluis, 25 November 2007 - 06:02 PM.

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 06:58 PM

Move all the files back to where they came from. Then cross your fingers and hope that nothing essential was changed while trying to fix it.
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