bleachbit windows won't load anymore question

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What settings must I have chosen to basically delete all my windows files so that it won't load anymore?

And BEFORE shutting the computer down and finding that out is there any way to check my system to see that I have not hosed it?

Is there a way to reverse or undelete files that have been purged this way?

ROCKNROLLKID's picture

Did you use the BleachBit overwrite feature? If not, then you should be able to restore everything with system restore. You can also try Undelete, which is a program used to restore deleted files. Try loading in safe mode if you can't get onto your normal system.

What entries did you have checked when you were performing the task? Also, what version of BleachBit are you running? There shouldn't be any type of entry in BleachBit that would have resulted in getting all your files deleted.

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Also known as Alex.

Moderator for BleachBit and a maintainer for Winapp2.

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Windows 10 x64 (switching to ReactOS in the future).

I thought that I was freeing diskspace and I thought that I should wipe it so that future writes in those sectors would be cleaner or better organized (I did defrag once a long time ago and lost everything when the power went out). I think that as it was completing everything was checked (bad right?). Not sure what version because windows no longer works, I have to use a friend's to try and fix mine.

When it completed I only had 6 or 7 of my desktop icons remaining from about a hundred (unused desktop icons purged maybe checked) I thought that maybe restarting it would be ok. When it restarted and tried to load windows it said ntldr not found or something like that. I did recovery off the xp disk and copied ntldr and ntdetect.com back to c:\ but then it said missing \system32\hal.dll (which is VERY bad).

So I am wondering if there is a way to get things back. Administrator must still exist because I had to enter the password to get into recovery, also there is no repair option. and the BootCfg /Rebuild didn't work either.

Maybe did I pick shred instead of wipe disk space?

There is a setting under the File menu called Shred Folders. If you were to use this to shred something like C:\ or C:\Windows, it would seriously damage the operating system. If you do this, most of the files (except those that are locked) would be gone, so this seems unlikely.

The System - Free Disk Space option and related File - Wipe Free Space do not damage the operating system.

Around the same time did you run any other applications that clean, optimize, or change the system?

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Andrew, lead developer

that makes sense it definately WAS shred then. Because the operating system was still functioning after the shred but most of my icons were missing and I had to use taskmanager (which was also running at the time of shred) to shut it down because start->shutdown did absolutely nothing. So that computer is trash then?
Or is it possible that after reinstalling windows the other data can be recovered?
Unless a data recovery software can also bring back windows?

Oh nothing else was running except taskmanager winamp and slashem/slashemextended. So no other cleaning or regcleaners or virus software or anything else.

ROCKNROLLKID's picture

If it was shredded, it is most likely unrecoverable by now. If you want to give it a try, you can use Recuva or Undelete. The links are at the bottom. The only difference between the 2 is that Undelete is open-source.

Recuva: http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Undelete: http://kickassundelete.sourceforge.net/

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Also known as Alex.

Moderator for BleachBit and a maintainer for Winapp2.

Check out my open-source group on Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/opencommunity

Windows 10 x64 (switching to ReactOS in the future).

You can try booting from a system recovery CD to browse the file system to check whether your documents and operating file system files are missing. You can use this to also save your documents to portable media, like a USB disk. This would be the safest first step before attempting any changes to the system.

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Andrew, lead developer

Thanks for all your help but it is shredded, I even did phoenix and puran as well as recuva and undelete. Oh well, I guess that's why I still have my xp disk so I can reinstall.