Windows 10: Desktop files disappeared and cannot be searched or unhidden, help
I suggest you try 3rd party search software like Everything Search by VoidTools which is totally free, fast and efficient.
It's a long shot but Everything will show hidden files and folders in the results and you can right click > open to go to the folder
Everything has a portable version so you can test it without installing it. I always use the portable version
You might also want to try a 3rd party file explorer like Free Commander or Explorer++
Both are free and Portable
a. You could leave Sysinternals Procmon running, leave your PC e.g. overnight or until an item is deleted from your desktop, then inspect the (extremely long) log to see what's deleted your file.
The program has very good filters, so you should be able to find actions related to your desktop relatively easily, then inspect the full log around that time.
Does this happen
a. in Safe Mode
b. after a clean boot?
Thanks dalchina, I left that running and now some of my files disappeared. I just put my computer to sleep overnight. But I don't really know how to go from here. How would I be able to find the related parts of the log and then what to do? I'm new to this so I'd appreciate your advice!
In the program inspect the log and search for a reference to your desktop, or the filename that has disappeared. (Edit, Find).
Hopefully your filename was quite distinctive.
How to use Procmon to Troubleshoot a Problem by Britec - YouTube
SysInternals Pro: Using Process Monitor to Troubleshoot and Find Registry Hacks
Adding to those excellent suggestions, FileSeek will not write anything to the drive during its search or its display of found material. Free Commander and Explorer++ -- I like using them!
Sounds like you may be signed on using a temporary profile. That deletes everything saved to the desktop when you sign out.
Try saving something to the desktop and then browse to it in Explorer and see if it in C:\Users\<your name\Desktop
if not you could look at this tutorial to fix it.
You've been signed in with a temporary profile - Fix - Windows 10 Forums
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