New member ...first post. Hope someone can help me .
Ive recently copied/pasted my desktop items to an external drive (as a psuedo backup), and it appears the registry has now mapped itself at start-up (the desktop icons) to that external drive - hence if i dont have it connected, it says "location is not available" ...and i only see the control panel icon on a black desktop.
An error message pops up - its looking for a folder on the "J:/..." drive
So, as a remedy i tried - taking a look at the registry using regedit for entries with that location, and I found a few - especially in the ...\explorer\shell folders . I haven't changed them as i'm not sure what i should put there now - the files are on the J drive so ide obviously have to copy them to the 'correct' location and then point to this 'correct' folder...
Now - obviously i dont know how i managed to change the registry to point to the this location, rather than the usual folder [...\system 32\desktop] (right??) ] location ; so i don't know how to set it back to the correct location without making things worse by editing the reg .
Any advice ? Ive looked online and most recommend a system restore - WTF why ???
I don't want to do that. Surely its simply matter of changing a property of some file .
System: Vista Home
ps - when i look at the desktop file within my user profile and right click it to access its 'properties' ; in order to change the 'Location' as per some other advice ive seen online - BUT there is no such tab in the properties window .
kind regards in advance.
Have you fix this problem? I'm having the very same problem. I also went to best buy and bought an external hard drive and I did the same thing you did, I moved all my Documents folders, desktop files, music pic etc... then I transfered everything back to the C drive and disconnected the External Hard drive. Next time I rebooted my PC. I got the following message
Location Not Available
J:\ Desktop refers to a location that is not available. It could be on a hard drive on this computer or on a network.
Check to make sure the disk is properly Inserted.
Anyone out there, Please help!!
Edited by hamluis, 18 October 2012 - 11:02 AM.
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