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I was trying to install netflix on ubuntu 12.04. I couldn't get netflix to work, so I was in forums reading and trying fixes that folk had posted.

In the process, something got changed or deleted not sure what. Any way I restarted my computer and every thing had changed. The background pic had reset to default, all the file folders were going off my desk top. Almost all the icons in the menu bar were gone and seemed to have be reset to default.

It was as though I had just installed ubuntu on my computer and every thing was new and wiped clean.

Dose any one have any idea what I might have done and how I can at least get my photos and files back?

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Could you post at least some actions you can remember, please? –  user1867854 Nov 24 '13 at 4:07
    
I got netflix all installed, It didn't work. The icon was there but noting happened I went back to the forums, I found this post with some suggestions for fixes askubuntu.com/questions/334236/… I went to the Ubuntu Software Center, unstalled the package that came up when typeing Netflix then reinstalled it. still nothing I then did the following rm -rf ~/.wine-browser sudo apt-get install --reinstall netflix-desktop –  user218791 Nov 24 '13 at 5:22
    
one more thing i just remember, before i did all of what i said above, i went in to update manager and checked all the boxes for it to update, thinking that some third party sofware might update and netflix might work –  user218791 Nov 24 '13 at 6:00
    
If i log out and look at the user accounts, my admin account still comes up with the desktop photo i had set as my back ground, but as soon as i log in it loads as if i were logging on to one of the guest accounts. :-/ its as if some where in there my old settings and files are still there. but... perhaps thats just my wishful thinking! –  user218791 Nov 24 '13 at 6:33
    
What files do you see if you open a file manager? You can do a basic check on what files are still there by opening a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-t) and typing du -xhd1. However one of the commands suggested in the link you provided says to execute rm -rf ~/.wine-browser - if you made an error in that command (adding a space after the ~/) then unfortunately it would have deleted everything in your home directory. Your background photo might still show in the greeter screen if it was outside your home dir (e.g. in /usr/share, where the default backgrounds live). –  steeldriver Nov 24 '13 at 14:20
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