Here's the deal:
I'm a college student, and today my windows would not start. It said i was missing a setup file, and told me which one, and I didn't write it down. I put in the disk my computer had me make, which after not working for a while eventually restored my computer to almost exactly the same way it was the day i brought it home from Frys. Riddled with ads, trial software, and almost nothing. I tried to run a system restore from here to get my old data back, but Windows basically chooses not to see that data.
Now the great thing is I still have access to all my old important files. Essays, other word documents, etc. But, Nothing seems to be installed. I know there should be restore points from yesterday (when my computer was working fine) but I can't get to them.
So, basically my question is: Is there a faster way to make my data as easily acessible as it once was (for instance, my "My Documents" folder had all my school documents, now I have to look under Documents And settings/Nick (the old user name)/ Nick's Documents to get to the old my documents) That to cut and paste the whole thing? I want to system restore if possible, but it won't let me.