I hear ya. Ask partners_r_more
--I spent a couple of hours with her on the phone trying to find a pic of KW I wanted to send to her which I had just moved to the correct folder hours before
!! I couldn't find it. Not even System Restore would work (I hear it doesn't work on Windows 8.1--another excellent XP tool that has been done away with). Finally I found the vid I'd used to get the screencap, and took the shot again.
The fact that it was 12 pm and I had never gone to bed last night might have had something to do with it--I was all shaky and my eyesight was too blurry to be of much use. That's what i get for staying up writing.
You are very creative--mess is a given.