User reported that all of her desktop icons had "disappeared" over the weekend. As it turned out, the only desktop icons gone were .doc and .xls files that she had saved directly to the desktop (versus saving them in some other folder, such as My Documents).
She stated that she had logged out her PC at close of business Friday, but had left it powered up all weekend. When she logged in yesterday morning (Monday) is when she discovered the missing files.
Here's where it gets really interesting. We fired up Windows Explorer and searched the hard disk for the file names she supplied us, and Explorer reported that the files are now located in My Computer. In addition, all of the file associations for the missing files had been switched over to IE! These file associations were not changed for all .doc and .xls files on her hard disk, just those that had been saved to her desktop.
When we attempted to retrieve the files, Word, Excel and IE all said that the files could not be found. If you right click on the files and view the properties, you get, for example, this for the location:
Also, in the Explorer display, there is nothing shown in the columns for size, type, and date modified.
Any insight or other ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks - Ralph