To locate lost files

Check these locations to locate lost files:

The My Documents folder

Click Start, and then click My Documents

The default save location of the program you used to open or create the file

1.

Open the program.

2.

On the File menu, click Save As.

This opens the program's default save location where the file was likely saved.

Perform a search

Click Start, click Search, and then do one of the following:

To search for a document, click Documents (Word, Excel, etc.).

To search for another file type, click Other files or folders.

For more information, click Related Topics.

The Documents and Settings\user name folder

1.

Click Start, and then click My Computer

2.

Double-click the hard disk icon to display the contents of the root directory. For example, C:\ or D:\.

3.

Double-click the Documents and Settings folder, and then double-click the folder that corresponds to your user name.

Depending on how Windows was installed on your computer, the Documents and Settings folder may not be present.

The systemroot\Windows\system32 folder

1.

Click Start, and then click My Computer

2.

Double-click the hard disk icon to display the contents of the root directory. For example, C:\ or D:\.

3.

Double-click the systemroot folder, and then double-click system32.

4.

In the systemroot\system32 folder, double-click the file or folder you want to open.

The root directory

1.

Click Start, and then click My Computer

2.

Double-click the hard disk icon to display the contents of the root directory. For example, C:\ or D:\.

The folders of the program you used to open or create the file

1.

Click Start, and then click My Computer

2.

Double-click the hard disk icon to display the contents of the root directory. For example, C:\ or D:\.

3.

Double-click the Program Files folder, and then double-click the file or folder you want to open.

For example, if you created a document in Microsoft Word, the file may have been saved in one of the folders associated with Microsoft Word.

Show your most recently used documents on the Start menu

Search for a file or folder



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