Quick Access folders missing  

  1. Posts : 48
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    Quick Access folders missing

    I don't know what I did while tweaking, but somehow I found that my Quick Access' folders (pinned and recent) have become missing! I can't do a system restore, so can anyone provide the default registry settings for Quick Access?

    Quick Access folders missing-untitled.png

    I only know they were there as they appeared back (even the newly pinned folders) when I used Ultimate Windows Tweaker's 'Restore Defaults', but this option undid too many of my tweaks and I couldn't remember what they were.
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  2. Posts : 40,585
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, have you tried pinning any new folders to Quick Access? They are just a convenience- losing them is not earth-shatteringly vital, so you choose what you want there.
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  3. Posts : 48
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter

    Yes I did. There were no errors to doing so, but the Quick Access did not display any pinned folders.
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  4. Posts : 40,585
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    You could try

    Found by searching for
    repair quick access
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  5. Posts : 48
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter

    Nope, still doesn't work..
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  6. Posts : 40,585
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Somehow thought it wouldn't, but start with the smaller steps and go on.

    Since we don't know what else you have tweaked that might be a problem, and you don't have a registry backup, system restore points, and presumably don't yet have system or disk images (very very strongly recommended by all here) I would suggest an in-place upgrade repair install, unless you can search for and find an appropriate specific repair.

    Precede it with this in case sthg has happened to your file system:

    From an admin command prompt
    [Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
    chkdsk C: /F
    Your PC will need to restart.
    Make sure the result is clear or fixed.
    Post back the result, which will be on the screen briefly.
    Otherwise you can get the result as follows:
    How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!

    An In-place upgrade repair install will fix many things, but not those where the settings are not changed by the procedure.

    For this you need an installation medium with the same base build as you have installed.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

    This will refresh Windows, after the manner of a Windows installation.
    - all/most associations will be unchanged
    - all your programs will be left installed
    - you will lose any custom fonts
    - you will lose any customised system icons
    - you may need to re-establish your Wi-Fi connection
    - you will need to redo Windows updates subsequent to the build you have used for the repair install
    - Windows.old will be created
    - system restore will be turned off- you should turn it on again and I recommend you manually schedule a daily restore point.
    - you will need to redo any language downloads including the display language if you changed that)
    - inactive title bar colouring (if used) will be reset to default
    - if Qttabbar is installed, you need to re-enable it in explorer (Options, check Qttabbar)
    This is one of the better features of Win10: as each major build comes out, that's your updated reference build, and as updates are mostly cumulative, there will be few to do.

    Before you perform this major repair procedure, do create a disk image.

    Please consider using disk imaging regularly. It's a brilliant way to
    - preserve your system (and your sanity)
    - back up your data
    - restore your system to a previously working state in a relatively short time

    Recommended: Macrium Reflect (free/commercial) + boot disk/device + large enough external storage medium.
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  7. Posts : 17,838
    Windows 10

    Check to see, if by some remote possibility, they might still be pinned to Jump Lists:

    Quick Access folders missing-000253.png
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  8. Posts : 48
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter

    Can't remember if they were on jump lists, but I usually prefer to access them through the explorer navigation. Anyway, I decided to go for the nuclear option of going to a further System Restore point, which undid many of my tweaks, but not as many if I had used Ultimate Windows Tweaker's 'Restore Defaults' option. I think they'd be easier than doing a repair install lol.

    Reason why I couldn't use System Restore initially was because that time I was using a Microsoft login, whereas now I'm using a local login. Had to revert back to MS login before the restore for there to be no login problems..

    Thanks anyway for your help!
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  9. Posts : 40,585
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Good.. it's often less painful and quicker restoring some kind of backup than finding a specific fix, which may or may not exist.
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