I am working on a laptop with Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3. Yesterday all of my folders on my desktop disappeared. The shortcuts that I have for programs and shortcuts to other folders, as well as the other standard Desktop icons (Recycle Bin, My Documents, My Computer) still remain. I checked the Recycle Bin and all of the shortcuts for the other folders to see if I had somehow accidentally dragged and dropped my desktop folders into any of them. I did not find my missing Desktop folders in any of these places.
I also ran a Windows Search for one of the folders using the folder name, and the search came up blank. I also did a Windows Search for some of the files that were in the missing folders and the search came up blank.
How and why did my desktop folders disappear? What can I do to retrieve them?
Any guidance, help, or suggestions are appreciated. Thank you for your help!!