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Deleted ProgramData Folder, DHCP Client not working

Last response: in Windows 7
December 31, 2011 2:41:23 PM


I'm using windows7 enterprise edition on my Laptop.
Accidentally I have removed most of the files inside ProgramData folder.

Now issue is that, DHCP Client Service is not working.

(1) Does DHCP Client really Depends upon any file there?
(2) I have seen that some of the folder have been created inside ProgramData. Can I copy any folder/file from other Laptop (Win7 EE) to my laptop to make this work?
(3) Any other workaround?

a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
December 31, 2011 2:53:38 PM

undelte from the recycle bin? assume that if it is in \windows or in \programXXX then its important. Do you have a backup? Did you copy the files somewhere safe before deleting them?
January 1, 2012 7:27:22 AM

Yes. Those were also deleted from recycle bin.
Files were deleted only from /temp, /tmp and c:/ProgramData (Hidden folder) without any backup.

I tried checking DHCP client and verified that some XXX.sys files (of the dependent serives) are available inside /system32/Drivers but still service is not getting up.

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a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 1, 2012 11:55:15 AM

no idea then really. Why did you do it?
January 1, 2012 1:02:21 PM

Well actually was not really knowing that /programData would be so much important.
Actually, I thought while any service/app runs, it saves its config/some sort of settings there (which was wired I think now). Like for some apps, some sub-folders are getting created now.
- I was clean the system from some /temp, unwanted files.

I believe restore/re-installing the Win7 is now the only option.
AnyIdea, how to keep backup for Imp files in C:\. Any best practices for backup?

a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 1, 2012 3:05:21 PM

all programs > accessories > system tools > easy machine transfer, but you need somewhere to put it, big usb stick etc