I am fixing a computer for a friend and I don't have much experience with Vista. I am quite adept with XP however so don't hold back on the technical mumbo-jumbo.
Basicaly, I was having a problem installing SP1. I tried numerous things to fix it and nothing worked. I finally had to resort to a repair install.
Now, I know how stupid this is, but I didn't back up any of the user files. But the repair install is (purportedly) supposed to retain all of your user settings and files. Well, no. EVERYTHING IS GONE!!
All of the Documents and Desktop files from before are gone. I can still use the Start Search to find the files, but in their properties they show the file size as 0KB.
XP always made a backup up of the documents and settings/user folder, but I guess Vista does not.
I am currently running a data recovery program, so hopefully that will help, but why on Earth has this happened?? Does anyone know where my files might be secretly backed up?