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Typed one wrong command, registry got DESTROYED!

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So I was trying to access the Appdata folder, when I accidently typed &appdata& instead of %appdata% in the start menu search on Windows 8 (I am using Start8).

Now, idk what the &appdata& command does, but it absolutely wrecked my registry. I got tons of errors, my mouse and keyboard stopped working, and I manually restarted my PC. When I rebooted, no services loaded so I had to manually start explorer.exe. I couldn't open anything on my computer, including system restore. However, I was able to system restore using a Windows 8 CD I had.

What exactly does the &appdata& command do and why did my system get wrecked because of it?
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i suspect you did something else wrong. Nothing happens in my 8.1 VM.

unless it's some weird thing with Start8.
 
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i suspect you did something else wrong. Nothing happens in my 8.1 VM.

unless it's some weird thing with Start8.

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&appdata& does absolutely nothing. Will just tell you it isn't recognized. You're having other problems unrelated to that. Probably a good idea to run a disk check and make sure there's no corruption going on.
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It happened literally right after I typed that command. First thing it said was backup.reg is not found, or something along those lines.

I'll run the diskcheck right now. I am very surprised as to what happened!

Edit: Ran diskcheck, no errors found!
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You could try "Last Known Good Configuration" but since you've already restarted the machine and booted into windows there's a good chance it wont do anything. However, it doesn't take long and couldn't hurt to try.
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