Recovering Windows Explorer Favorites

Windows OS based computers are likely to have few default folders and locations to the left sidebar in Windows Explorer Navigation Pane to ease the job of finding files. As you open Windows Explorer, you can see Libraries, Documents, Local Disk Drives, etc. along with ‘Favorites’. Windows Explorer Favorites holds shortcuts of folders that you visit frequently usually Desktop, Downloads, Recent Places and any other custom folders. It helps to easily locate items on system hard drive as well on shared network. You can customize Favorites by adding or removing required folders to it.

To add any folder to favorites section, just drag and drop that folder to Favorites in Navigation pane. By doing so, a link gets created with same name as that of folder name under Favorites. You could also follow another method to add any particular folder to favorites section. Open Windows Explorer Navigation Pane and click on particular folder in sidebar. Then right-click on Favorites and select the option ‘Add current location to Favorites’ and the folder gets added in Favorites. This is very handy while accessing folders from network share and if you wish to remove any folder from favorites, just right-click for that folder and click on Remove option.

Favorites section in Windows Explorer Navigation Pane may disappear in many situations, making users to lose all their downloaded data and favorite folders from Windows hard drive. This could occur when Links folder in the location, ‘C:\users\(user-name)\Links’ gets invisible or erased from system hard drive. Links folder can be misplaced due to accidental deletion, intrusion of spyware or other user mistakes. However, this situation can be resolved editing Registry file on Windows. To do this, Click Start and Run command (or press Windows symbol and R keys from keyboard). Now type regedit and click OK. Navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders’ then right click on Favorites, choose modify, in Value Data type ‘%userprofile%\Favorites’, click OK and exit the editor. If this doesn’t make you to recover Windows explorer Favorite links on desktop and if any data is missing, then make use of best file recovery tool to restore your Favorite links.

Windows Explorer Favorites recovery program:

With the utilization of Yodot File Recovery software, it is very simple to get back Windows Explorer Favorites that is not visible on system hard drive. Using this tool, one can extract vivid types of documents, text files, presentation files, archives, Excel sheets, PDFs, Sticky Notes and even basic media files from Windows computer. Along with Favorites, this tool can also bring back My documents, My Pictures, My Videos and other folders from Windows Explorer navigation pane. Its excellent restoration factor can undelete files from Windows Explorer on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP and Server 2003 OS based computers. It can even easily retrieve files from pen drives, portable hard disk drives, memory sticks and other storage drives that are formatted with FAT32, FAT16, ExFAT, ReFS, NTFS or NTFS5 file systems.

Follow these steps to extract Windows Explorer Favorites:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery software on your Windows system hard drive
  • Install and launch the utility, then wait till it shows main screen
  • Now, click on ‘Deleted File Recovery’ or ‘Lost File Recovery’ option accordingly
  • Further, choose the drive or partition from where Favorites folder is lost or erased
  • Proceed with scanning process and when it ends, view recovered files in two view types
  • When you are done with exploring restored files in ‘Data View’ or ‘File Type View’, then save selected files to new target location on system hard drive

Points to Remember:

  • Do not erase or hide any folders in ‘Favorites’ section unnecessarily
  • Keep proper backup of essential files from Windows Explorer to avoid file loss or missing scenarios