I have recently been playing Guild Wars 2 and really enjoying the game. Tonight I’ve been updating my security system and cleaning up my computer. In the process I cleaned up my desktop which tends to get cluttered at times.
Guild Wars 2
Finally, after a night of updating my computer and cleaning it up a bit I decided to play Guild Wars 2. I double click the Guild Wars 2 icon on my desktop, only to get the following dreaded error:
My heart sunk. This stinking game took over 10 hours to download the first time and I didn’t want to have to do it again. I purchased the digital download version of the game that apparently unbeknownst to me automatically installs itself to a folder onto your desktop. This folder, which I assumed was leftover junk from the install, was recently put into my recycle bin and emptied!
Frantically, I fired up an old friend of mine named UndeletePlus and did a scan for recently deleted files on my harddrive. I crossed my fingers and hoped that it would fine my guildwars2 folder. However, it failed and was unable to locate any Guild Wars 2 information.
Now I’m seriously crushed. But in the back of my mind I was hoping that Windows would have a solution for this. Ah-ha! I remembered enabling the “previous versions” setting in my Windows 7 install.
Windows 7 Previous Versions
I simply navigated to my desktop folder via windows explorer. After locating my desktop folder (C:\Users\David\Desktop), I simply right clicked and went to properties.
Once inside the properties window, I located the previous versions tab. This tab lists old versions of your folders that Windows 7 saves at restore points and other important times. Luckily, I was able to browse a version of my desktop folder that was saved at 5:15PM today!
Windows 7 Recovery
Inside the desktop folder saved from 5:15PM today, I was able to locate the Guild Wars 2 directory and copy it to my root C:\ drive where it should’ve been installed in the first place.
Oddly enough, I deleted this folder initially because I thought it was leftover junk from the Guild Wars 2 install. Apparently, however, the Guild Wars 2 install only consists of a few files:
- Gw2.exe (21 megabytes)
- Gw2.dat (~14 gigabytes)
- Gw2.tmp (very small)
The moral of the story: Windows 7 saved the day. I’m by no means a windows fan boy, but the previous versions feature is extremely nice.