Windows 10 Reinstallation - Kept Files Disappeared


  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       #1

    Windows 10 Reinstallation - Kept Files Disappeared


    I recently reinstalled Windows 10 on my only desktop since I was told it (may) help things run a bit smoother, it went along fine and I had my brother help me through it. Nothing was lost and it seemed to have gone through as it should.
    I grabbed specific programs I wanted to keep from Windows.old folder that Windows created to put a good amount of programs and other files.
    Everything was fine in that folder, I sifted through it and grabbed things I wanted to keep and had no plan of wiping the folder anytime soon for I assumed far later in the future I'll still want to grab certain files and programs from it.

    Shortly before I created an account to post on here, I noticed that the Windows.old folder was completely empty except a few empty folders (Perflogs, Users, WINDOWS, Recovery) but all the folders are also empty through themselves and other contained folders.

    Why did all of my files randomly get deleted? Everything was there and working after I had reinstalled Windows and I had even grabbed specific programs and other select files from it to bring back to work in Windows.

    I had not deleted a single file in that folder, nor have I had any plans to.
    Does anyone have a clue what Windows could have done that wiped all my data without notifying me?

    I have lost all my programs (some irreplaceable) All files I had saved on my Desktop where I had many folders containing most of my data, majority of it can't be replaced.
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  2. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
       #2

    Could you give some details of your computer system?
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    It'll take me a bit to get everything.
    Would have Defragmenting my drive wipe all the data in those folders? It got re-enabled since all Windows stuff got reset with the re-installation.
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  4. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
       #4

    no it wouldn't, but there could be other reasons.
    Check your recycle bin sand see if anything is there first.
    one step at a time.
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  5. NMI
    Posts : 1,092
    Windows 11 Pro, Version 22H2
       #5

    MerlenR said:
    Why did all of my files randomly get deleted? Everything was there and working after I had reinstalled Windows and I had even grabbed specific programs and other select files from it to bring back to work in Windows.
    I had not deleted a single file in that folder, nor have I had any plans to. Does anyone have a clue what Windows could have done that wiped all my data without notifying me?
    I have lost all my programs (some irreplaceable) All files I had saved on my Desktop where I had many folders containing most of my data, majority of it can't be replaced.
    You only have 10 days to retrieve stuff from Windows.old: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ion-of-windows
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