Have you looked in C:\Users\<username>\Documents? Have you given yourself
permission to see files in that User folder?
There's always the "brute force" method when all else fails. Open an
Administrator:Command Prompt window: Start, type "cmd", then right-click on
"cmd.exe" at the top of the list and choose Run as Administrator. (You'll
need the Administrator credentials to get past this point, of course.) In
the DOS-like window that opens, use the simple-but-powerful commands that we
used over 20 years ago, before Windows. Type any command followed by /? to
see a mini-Help file showing the parameters and switches available with that
To search ALL of Drive C: for ALL files, even Hidden and System files, type
at the Command Prompt:
dir c:\ /s/a
The "dir" produces the listing; "c:\" says to start at the Root (\) of Drive
C:; "/s" says to search all subfolders; and "/a" says to show all files, no
matter what Attributes may be set.
To narrow your search, use names of files that you've "lost", in a likely
folder, perhaps with wildcards:
dir c:\accounts\data*.* /s/a
If any filenames starting with "data" exists in the "accounts" folder or a
subfolder under "accounts", this command should list them for you.
Please post back and tell us, step by step, what you tried and what results
you saw. "Tried it" doesn't tell us much, and neither does "Didn't work".
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
"jfn25" <u41794@uwe> wrote in message news:809213059baf9@uwe...
> Hi hopefully someone can help me I have just upgraded from vista home
> to vista home premium I did the upgrade not clean install and the drive as
> far as I know was not formatted, all of my programs have remained but i
> lost all of my documents folder although if I do a general search it finds
> them but tells me that they are on a drive or network no longer available
> the file size as zero l have some of the files backed up but not all
> including an accounts data file which i need is there a way that I can
> back to vista home basic to revcover my lost files
> many thanks