1.    30 Jul 2015 #1
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    Windows 10 removed ALL my programs (x86)


    Hello everyone,

    I hope this is the right subtopic.

    I let Windows 10 download and install overnight.
    Everything fine and well.
    I log in, and see that some programs have been deleted from my taskbar, I thought Windows 10 simply removed some shortcuts for whatever reason.
    So I go to my program files (x86) and see that ALL my programs have been removed.
    I am a music producer and my software was installed in that folder (it always recommended that folder, so I thought it was safe). All my projects and plugins have been removed... Everything. Years of work and resources. All gone.
    So I googled and saw that it's actually a 32-bit folder. I am running a 64-bit OS.

    I had no clue, Windows could've warned me.
    Be warned people! Do not make the same mistake as I did.

    Kind regards,

    Len

    Well played Microsoft.
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  2.    30 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    CA, Upland
    Posts : 64
    Win 7 PRO x64, Win 10 Pro x64

    That sucks, but for reference the x86 folder is for 32 bit applications on a 64 bit OS. Many apps are really 32 bit. This is why it's a good practice to make a disk image of your hdd before attempting an upgrade of any OS. For the future you should look into the program Macrium Reflect. Macrium Reflect Free
    You could try installing Recuva and pointing it at the folder and do a deep scan and see if can find anything, you would have to reinstall your programs but it might find your plugin files and work you have created. Make sure you recover anything it finds to another HDD or Portable HDD and not the same drive. Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download The free version should be fine.

    Good luck

    EDIT: also it is odd it removed that stuff at all. Have you checked in the windows.old folder in C:\ if you have it?
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  3.    30 Jul 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
    That sucks, but for reference the x86 folder is for 32 bit applications on a 64 bit OS. Many apps are really 32 bit. This is why it's a good practice to make a disk image of your hdd before attempting an upgrade of any OS. For the future you should look into the program Macrium Reflect. Macrium Reflect Free
    You could try installing Recuva and pointing it at the folder and do a deep scan and see if can find anything, you would have to reinstall your programs but it might find your plugin files and work you have created. Make sure you recover anything it finds to another HDD or Portable HDD and not the same drive. Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download The free version should be fine.

    Good luck

    EDIT: also it is odd it removed that stuff at all. Have you checked in the windows.old folder in C:\ if you have it?
    Thank you! You're a life saver.
    I would not have found that folder if you didn't tell me.
    Everything is still there

    I hope someone else that has the same problem will find this thread.
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  4.    30 Jul 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    CA, Upland
    Posts : 64
    Win 7 PRO x64, Win 10 Pro x64

    Oh it's all in the windows.old folder? I had removed mine real quick as I had no issues after the upgrade so I never even looked inside and normally it just has the older windows folder but I guess if it finds incompatible software it throws it in there too.

    Glad I could be of help.

    EDIT: Don't forget to mark your thread as solved.
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
    Oh it's all in the windows.old folder? I had removed mine real quick as I had no issues after the upgrade so I never even looked inside and normally it just has the older windows folder but I guess if it finds incompatible software it throws it in there too.

    Glad I could be of help.

    EDIT: Don't forget to mark your thread as solved.
    Gotcha! Thanks again
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  6.    30 Jul 2015 #6
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    CA, Upland
    Posts : 64
    Win 7 PRO x64, Win 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by len View Post
    Gotcha! Thanks again
    NP and welcome to the forums BTW.
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