Thanks for the welcome.
I guess I'm just....devastated isn't strong enough. I don't get why if it returned to factory condition it would keep the items I mentioned on the desktop. My Music folder is still available. So why would it pick and choose what to destroy? Also why can't I restore to previous updates? It will only let me go back to the day of the recovery an no further. I'm sorry to ask you why so many times I just don't understand. I keep reading about how it's probably in a folder somewhere on my c drive. Is there anyway to access it at all?
I just need my documents back. I've got copies of some things but this is my master computer- in the past even if I have trouble a recovery wouldn't delete my data files. So once again i ask why now? Why would it do what it said it wouldn't do? Does that make sense?
I can link you to the articles I was reading.
EDIT: Audacity, AIM, Photoshop, Avast and a few other programs are still on my start menu and they still work.
Edited by bmoore6, 12 March 2011 - 09:54 AM.