7 Common Reasons for Missing or Lost Files on Your Windows Desktop

Many users may have ever encountered such a case that some files on Windows Desktop get lost or missing abruptly. Actually a myriad of reasons can result in it. This article will expose the 7 most common ones.

Nowadays, data loss is an extremely annoying issue. As usual, if there are current backups in hand, recovering data can be blazing easy, such as corrupt PST data recovery from up-to-date PST data backups. But if no backups, it will be knotty. For businesses, data losses occurring to their server can be fatal. For individuals, namely computer users, the most common scenarios must be that files get lost, corrupt or disappear. With no doubts, this kind of issues has plagued many users a lot. Here we will focus on the suddenly missing or lost files on Windows Desktop. You must have experienced it. So read on to get how it happens.Windows Desktop

1. Human Error – Mistaken Deletion

First of all, it is inevitable that you may make some mistakes from time to time in dealing with your computer data, including the desktop files. Therefore, it is very likely that it is you that deleted the desktop files mistakenly and accidentally. So you are the culprit indeed.

2. Not Keep Personal Files When Upgrading Operating System

As we know, reinstalling Windows operating system will format the drive where is installed. Also, the desktop files are usually in the same drive. Hence, in the drive formatting process, your desktop files, of course, will be removed too. But fortunately, when you upgrade the Windows, you can select whether to keep your personal files. If you enable it, the desktop files won’t be removed. Thus, the lost desktop files can occur if you reinstall Windows without keeping personal files.

3. Operating System Installation Gets Interrupted

It is a necessity to keep your computer with abundant power during reinstalling operating system in that any accidents in this process will lead to severe results, including that lost files on Windows Desktop. Hence, you must prevent the operating system installation process from being interrupted and pay attention to avoid any mistakes.

4. Computer Gets Infected by Viruses

Like the files on other locations, desktop files can be corrupt or missing due to virus infection and malware attacks. So if you haven’t made precautions to block virus and malware, hackers can easily intrude your computer. In this situation, your data, including the desktop files, may be corrupt and missing.

5. Antivirus Software May be the Culprit

In order to combat viruses, many have installed the antivirus software on their computer. However, if you haven’t configured them in correct settings, they can become criminals for lost desktop files as well. Some of them are able to delete or hide some files without letting you know, for instance, MacAfee.

6. Boot Computer from Other Operating Systems

Currently, computer allows users to install one or more operating systems. This feature is very popular. But you should know that each operating system has its own and separate data storage space. It means if you boot PC from this operating system, you won’t be able to get access to the desktop files on another operating system. So you may feel that the desktop files disappear. But actually it is not.

7. Log in Windows from Other User Accounts

Similar to Reason 6, one operating system permits users to set up one or more user accounts. When starting Windows, you will need to select an account. If you select to log in from this account, you will be unable to access the desktop files on the other accounts.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair corrupt SQL Server mdf file and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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