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Please Help! Lost Internet Explorer, Games & Entertainment Folders, And Calculator

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#1 angelbaby3333


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Posted 10 March 2006 - 12:37 AM

I hope someone can help me fix this issue with my computer. My husband ran a disk clean up on a secondary hard drive and when it cleaned it up, he said not to reboot it yet but it had already deleted internet explorer, the games folder/program, entertainment folder/program, and calculator. That's all I have realized is gone because those are the frequent programs that show up when I open the start menu. I can't find them in the trash can or anywhere when I searched for them. Someone please help me!


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Posted 10 March 2006 - 11:41 AM

When you say. "Disk clean up", what exactly do you mean?

Do you mean wiping and reformatting or just emptying temp files?

Emptying temp files should not have impacted the operation of IE or changed what you had stored in your favorites.

You can repair Internet Explorer, but unless you had your "favorites" backed up, if he deleted them they are gone.

Repair IE

Click to Control Panel, then to Add/Remove Programs, and then to "Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x." (Your copy may call itself Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x (or 6) and Internet Tools," or something similar, but your get the idea.)

The next step is not at all intuitive, but click the "Add/Remove…" button, and instead of triggering an uninstall, you'll find the repair tool.

The tool gives you the option of repairing your current installation (this is usually the correct choice), or reverting to your previous installation, if you elected to make a backup of that installation when you first installed IE 5+.

Edited by Enthusiast, 10 March 2006 - 11:41 AM.

#3 angelbaby3333

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 09:10 PM

Do you know how to get my games (solitaire, spider solitaire, free cell, pinball, etcs) and calculator back? The games folder shows empty and the calculator is completely gone.

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 12:51 AM

Go to Add/Remove Windows Componants. See if the program are there. If not insert your XP disk and select the items you want installed and have them reinstalled.
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 06:58 AM

Not knowing what else may have been deleted or affected, it might be a good idea to also run the System File Checker utility. To use it go to Start > Run and type: sfc /scannow

Make sure that you include a space between the c and /. This command will immediately initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files, verify their integrity, and replace any problem files. You must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc and it may ask you to insert your Windows Installation CD so have it available.
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