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  • See if my answer here helps.
    – Karan
    Feb 23 '13 at 19:44
  • Your answer there did not help. I could not get the favorites to re-appear after trying both options.
    – eichoa3I
    Feb 23 '13 at 20:22
  • So you copied the Links folder from another profile and recreated Desktop.ini and tried the Restore favorite links option afterwards and still no change? Are you sure you didn't do anything else besides deleting the Links folder?
    – Karan
    Feb 23 '13 at 23:07
  • That did in fact fix the issue - after restart.
    – eichoa3I
    Feb 23 '13 at 23:24

Make a right click on the favorit Icon and select "restore favorite links"

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  • This didn't restore the links for me.
    – eichoa3I
    Feb 23 '13 at 14:59
  • have you moved the userprofile or delete the folder C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Links? Feb 23 '13 at 20:32
  • Yes I deleted \Links
    – eichoa3I
    Feb 23 '13 at 21:33
  • Restoring the \Links folder put three shortcuts back inside the favorites folder, but on the side bar, there still are no links.
    – eichoa3I
    Feb 23 '13 at 21:35
  • create the desktop.ini /this is mine in the folder): [.ShellClassInfo] LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21810 IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-185 DefaultDropEffect=4 [LocalizedFileNames] RecentPlaces.lnk=@shell32.dll,-37217 Desktop.lnk=@shell32.dll,-21769 Downloads.lnk=@shell32.dll,-21798 And try the command to restore again. Feb 24 '13 at 5:57

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