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#1 GasFlagPolice



  • Joined: 19-April 13

Posted 19 April 2013 - 14:27

Yesterday I was setting up a fresh install of Windows 8 during which I downloaded some files into the default (File Explorer > Favorites) "Downloads" folder, setup Google Chrome with extensions like Xmarks & Adblock and set new browsing options, and tweaked the taskbar and system tray notification area. However, when I booted up today the files in the "Downloads" folder are missing, Chrome loaded to a fresh install state, the taskbar reverted back to large icons, and the notification area icons are back to their default settings.

I used the search bar to find a file I downloaded and it located this folder:


which houses all the files I downloaded yesterday while setting up the fresh OS. The default (File Explorer > Favorites) "Downloads" folder points to:


which is empty.

Action Center settings also reverted back partially; User Account Control kept the settings I applied as well as Windows Update settings, however, the "Turn off messages about Windows SmartScreen/Update/etc" link is present whereas yesterday I had turned the messages off.

Yesterday I never restarted the system and only relied upon sleep mode for times I wasn't using it. I shutdown the system the once before going to bed so this morning is the only time it has rebooted since applying all those settings mentioned above.

Any clue as to what happened and way I might be able to retain all the tweaks from the day previous?

#2 OP GasFlagPolice



  • Joined: 19-April 13

Posted 19 April 2013 - 18:03

I should add: I'm on a Local Account as Administrator.

#3 OP GasFlagPolice



  • Joined: 19-April 13

Posted 20 April 2013 - 17:10

Resolved: Apparently it's a bug known to the community and yet unrecognized by MS. Restarting my computer has solved the issue and all settings returned to the state previous to the issue.

#4 stumper66



  • Joined: 08-January 09
  • Location: Dallas, TX, USA

Posted 20 April 2013 - 17:13

Sounds like it logged you in with a temporary profile. I've run into this occasionally with Windows 7 but not yet in Win8. Check event viewer and it should say something like there was a problem loading your profile and a temporary profile was used.