Recover Not Showing Up/Disappeared User Folder and Files in Windows 10

Tracy King updated on Nov 06, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


The User Folder in Windows 10 on your desktop disappeared with no signs and all saved files and folders also disappeared together with the user folder? Can’t even see user’s folder in C:\user\folder? Relax! Right here in this page, you’ll find 3 reliable fixes to help you effectively recover deleted or lost User’s folder and files, restore disappeared or not showing up User folder in Window 10. Follow to get the User folder back on your PC now.

User folder recovery - troubleshoot User Folder not show up in Windows 10 error

"Hi guys, do you know how to get disappeared or not showing up User folder back on Windows 10 desktop? And the lost files and folders in the User's folder? 

The other day, I updated Windows 10 to a new version and everything goes fine. Then I found that the newly updated Windows 10 got my User folder lost on the desktop. I could not find the User Folder on the desktop nor the files and folders in it.

So I want to know how can I get the disappeared User folder back together with the lost files in Windows 10? If you have a way out, please help me."

Losing User folder and containing files issue may occur now and then in Windows 10 due to a false operation or system errors. So how to perform a user folder recovery and get all lost folder and files back becomes a new question. Here below, you'll find 3 reliable fixes and you can follow either one to restore deleted, lost User folder and files, fix User folder disappeared or can't see C:\user\folder in Windows 10 error now.

Fix 1. Recover deleted files and folder in User folder on Windows 10

If you can't find any contained files nor folders in the User folder on the Windows 10 desktop, just relax! Professional file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will effectively bring them back with simple clicks.

Just free download, install and apply it to restore unlimited lost files and folders from your User folder on Windows 10 now:

Once you lose User Folder, please stop using your computer and apply powerful file recovery software to get your lost User Folder back now. Refer to the detailed guide here for User folder recovery:

Step 1. Run EaseUS file recovery software on your PC.

Click "Specify a location" on EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to choose the right location on your PC where you lost the User folder.
Click "Scan" to let this software scan the whole computer and find the lost User folder.

Run data recovery software.

Step 2. Find the User folder.

Check and find the lost User folder in "Deleted Files", "Drive (C: for example)", or " Lost Partition Files".
You can also use "Filter > Desktop" as a quick way to find the lost user folder.

Preview lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover User folder.

Check the files in your user folder, when it's alright, click "Recover" to save this folder back to a safe location on your PC.

Restore lost User folder.

Fix 2. Restore disappeared/not show up User folder on Windows 10 desktop

If the whole User folder on the Windows 10 desktop disappeared, not showing up, just relax. And you can follow below tips to get it back on your Windows 10 desktop now:

Method 1. Show hidden files and folders in Windows 10

1. Right-click Start > Control Panel;
2. Go to Appearance and Personalization > File Explorer Options.
3. Click View > Scroll down and change Hidden files and folders settings to Show hidden files, folders and drives.
Or you can uncheck Hide protected operating system files box as well.

Method 2. Create a shortcut of disappeared User folder on Windows 10 desktop

If you can see the user folder in C:/user/folder on your PC, you can directly follow below tips to create a new shortcut for disappeared User folder on Windows 10 desktop:

1. Right-click on empty location on Desktop and select New.
2. Click Shortcut;

Restore disappeared user folder in Windows 10 desktop.

3. Click Browse to enter the path of User folder path: C:\user\folder that you want to create a shortcut for and click OK to continue.
4. Click Next to open a new window and keep the same name of the shortcut, click Finish to create a desktop shortcut by then.
5. Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties.
6. Click Change Icon shortcut tab.

Create new shortcut of disappeared user folder in Windows 10.

7. Select the right icon of your user folder and click OK > Apply to keep the changes.

Fix 3. Resolve 'unable to see C:\user\folder in Windows 10' error

If you can't see user folder in C:\user\folder in Windows 10, relax and you can follow below tips to get lost User folder back now:

Method 1. Show hidden folders

1. Open Windows Explorer and right-click on C:\Users.
2. Select Properties and remove the tick mark from Hidden box.

Method 2. Check with another user profile

1. Sign out and sign in with another new User Profile to see whether the User folder shows up or not;
2. If it doesn't show up, try this tutorial to restore deleted or lost user profile in Windows 10.

Method 3. Perform the system restore to get lost user folder back on Windows 10

If all above methods don't work, you have the last option which is to perform a system restore and revert Windows 10 back to the previous version. And then you shall be able to get User folder back on your Windows 10 desktop and C:\Users\folder now:

1. Click on Start Menu and click on Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.
2. Click Get Started under Go back to an earlier build.

You can also restore Windows 10 to the previous state with previously created Windows 10 restore point.


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