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Help! Things are disappearing!

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology Forum' started by I Am Blessed 24, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24 Active Member

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    In the last week, I have lost "Paint" and also (not as important, but I miss it) "Spider Solitaire".

    Both of these programs come installed on a new computer and I used them both frequently.

    Where did they go and how can I retrieve them? :confused:
     
  2. Don

    Don Well-Known Member
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    A question: Where were you accessing them from?

    In the Windows XP "Start" menu, there are two columns. The column on the left has a top and bottom section. The bottom section, which is the default, is a "recent history" kind of start menu, and reflects programs recently used. If you've been using that to start Spider and Paint, but you've been using some other programs lately, it's possible that they've "moved down" the list until they dropped off.

    Try "Start," "All Programs," then "Games." If Spider Solitaire is there, try starting it from there. It if works, great; try the same thing for Paint (looking at "Start," "All Programs," then "Accessories"; alternatively, "Start," "Run," and type in "mspaint"). If this works for you, the final thing I'd suggest is: Remember the top and bottom sections of the left column of the Start menu? Drag the icon for the programs you always want access to, to the top section of that column. That's the "permanent" section.

    If the programs don't work, then they've been deleted. In which case, I'd surmise that someone accidentally deleted them, or something else deleted them for me. I'd update my antivirus program, and then do a full scan of my computer, followed by an update and full scan of my anti-spyware program. Then I'd attempt a "recovery" using either the roll-back feature of XP if you have it turned on, or using the recovery disk that should have come with the computer.
     
  3. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24 Active Member

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    I've tried all your suggestions and neither program is anywhere to be found.

    Where would I look for the XP roll-back feature?
     
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    The problem with 'rolling back' Windows is you will lose any data you've aded since then.

    If they are indeed not on the machine anymore, you can easily reinstall them by doing the following:

    1. Click "Start/Control Panel"
    2. Double-click "Add or Remove Programs"
    3. Click "Add/Remove Windows Components" on the right.
    4. Locate each of the missing programs and make sure they are checked.
    5. "OK" twice and you're on your way!
     
  5. I Am Blessed 24

    I Am Blessed 24 Active Member

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    Oh! Thank you SO much, DM!!! That worked!

    I thought they were gone forever!!!

    HAGD!
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