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I have a question, and I am sorry if I don't perfectly articulate it and have any sort of propriety in doing so--I am frantic, right now! In my "downloads" folder, I had a desktop icon that I didn't find necessary being there. So, I deleted it. Now, I have lost all of my files on my desktop, most notably my transfer letter to RPI. I tried to do a system restore, but it had no effect. What should I do?

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open a command prompt and try running the following line. "start shell:RecycleBinFolder" without the quotes. This should open your recycling bin. See if it is in there and click restore. or hold down the windows key + r to open a run box and insert the above without the leaving "start " portion. –  Phillip R. Dec 30 '12 at 17:19
    
You only deleted '1' icon from the 'downloads folder' and then a 'bunch of icons' from your desktop disappeared? Is this correct? –  Josh Campbell Dec 30 '12 at 17:21
    
I did that, but there wasn't any desktop icon in it to restore. –  Mack Dec 30 '12 at 17:21
    
Yes, I lost icons and files alike. –  Mack Dec 30 '12 at 17:22
    
if you type "cd %userprofile%\desktop" in the command prompt what do you get? –  Phillip R. Dec 30 '12 at 17:25
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