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Anonymous
July 5, 2005 9:30:02 PM

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My friend installed a new OS (Windows XP PRO) and lost everything on her
computer. I need to know how to go back the old OS or find herold files. This
is a HUGE problem for her. I am working on my home computer to fix this for
her.
Anonymous
July 6, 2005 12:49:28 AM

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If your friend formatted the hard drive prior to the install, and then used
the computer for a few days, there is not much chance of getting her files
back. They have likely already been over written!

If the files are irreplaceable, photos - tax returns - memories etc, you can
try using one of the "expensive" file recovery services, such as
www.ontrack.com. Did I say they are "very" expensive?

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

If you knew as much as you thought you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"HELP!" <HELP!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> My friend installed a new OS (Windows XP PRO) and lost everything on her
> computer. I need to know how to go back the old OS or find herold files.
> This
> is a HUGE problem for her. I am working on my home computer to fix this
> for
> her.
Anonymous
July 6, 2005 12:49:29 AM

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She probably didn't format it. She just did this 2 hours ago. She thought she
was installing MS Office. Is there any hope...?

"Richard Urban" wrote:

> If your friend formatted the hard drive prior to the install, and then used
> the computer for a few days, there is not much chance of getting her files
> back. They have likely already been over written!
>
> If the files are irreplaceable, photos - tax returns - memories etc, you can
> try using one of the "expensive" file recovery services, such as
> www.ontrack.com. Did I say they are "very" expensive?
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Richard Urban
>
> If you knew as much as you thought you know,
> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>
>
> "HELP!" <HELP!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:D 44B2B4D-8CB9-4A26-9C6A-E2B40E160BD6@microsoft.com...
> > My friend installed a new OS (Windows XP PRO) and lost everything on her
> > computer. I need to know how to go back the old OS or find herold files.
> > This
> > is a HUGE problem for her. I am working on my home computer to fix this
> > for
> > her.
>
>
>
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Anonymous
July 6, 2005 12:56:35 AM

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Hi,

Upgrade or clean installation? If an upgrade, what OS was upgraded and what
file system was in use?

Did she not make backups of important data as is recommended virtually
anywhere you read about changing OS's?

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"HELP!" <HELP!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:D 44B2B4D-8CB9-4A26-9C6A-E2B40E160BD6@microsoft.com...
> My friend installed a new OS (Windows XP PRO) and lost everything on her
> computer. I need to know how to go back the old OS or find herold files.
> This
> is a HUGE problem for her. I am working on my home computer to fix this
> for
> her.
Anonymous
July 6, 2005 12:56:36 AM

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I believe she thought she was installing MS Office so I think it would be a
clean install. She didn't back anything up, she didn't know she was
installing a new OS. As you can guess she isn't too keen on computers.

"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Upgrade or clean installation? If an upgrade, what OS was upgraded and what
> file system was in use?
>
> Did she not make backups of important data as is recommended virtually
> anywhere you read about changing OS's?
>
> --
> Best of Luck,
>
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>
> "HELP!" <HELP!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:D 44B2B4D-8CB9-4A26-9C6A-E2B40E160BD6@microsoft.com...
> > My friend installed a new OS (Windows XP PRO) and lost everything on her
> > computer. I need to know how to go back the old OS or find herold files.
> > This
> > is a HUGE problem for her. I am working on my home computer to fix this
> > for
> > her.
>
>
>
July 6, 2005 12:58:08 AM

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HELP! wrote:

> I believe she thought she was installing MS Office so I think it would
> be a clean install. She didn't back anything up, she didn't know she
> was installing a new OS. As you can guess she isn't too keen on
> computers.
>
She should *immediately* stop working on the machine. Have her contact a
professional computer repair shop (not your local equivalent of
BigStoreUSA) and ask if they have data recovery software. If they do,
she should take the machine to them and have them retrieve her data and
install Windows for her.

If there is no one where your friend lives who can do this, then contact
a professional data recovery firm. DriveSavers is very well respected.
Their site is www.drivesavers.com. Seagate has just started offering
data recovery services, and Ontrack also does data recovery. These
firms' services are not inexpensive, but only your friend can determine
the worth of her data.

Malke
--
MS-MVP Windows User/Shell
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic"
Anonymous
July 6, 2005 1:34:22 AM

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Data or Program Settings Are Missing After You Install Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;313362

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
Microsoft Newsgroups

Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/window...

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"HELP!" wrote:

| I believe she thought she was installing MS Office so I think it would be a
| clean install. She didn't back anything up, she didn't know she was
| installing a new OS. As you can guess she isn't too keen on computers.
Anonymous
July 6, 2005 3:04:16 AM

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Whether you install an OS, an application or just are tinkering with the
registry or other configuration files, you should always have some type of
back up on hand. I personally own 2 workstations, a Linux server and
laptop - where I make a point to make a system backup of each weekly.

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"HELP!" <HELP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>I believe she thought she was installing MS Office so I think it would be a
> clean install. She didn't back anything up, she didn't know she was
> installing a new OS. As you can guess she isn't too keen on computers.
>
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Upgrade or clean installation? If an upgrade, what OS was upgraded and
>> what
>> file system was in use?
>>
>> Did she not make backups of important data as is recommended virtually
>> anywhere you read about changing OS's?
>>
>> --
>> Best of Luck,
>>
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>>
>> "HELP!" <HELP!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:D 44B2B4D-8CB9-4A26-9C6A-E2B40E160BD6@microsoft.com...
>> > My friend installed a new OS (Windows XP PRO) and lost everything on
>> > her
>> > computer. I need to know how to go back the old OS or find herold
>> > files.
>> > This
>> > is a HUGE problem for her. I am working on my home computer to fix this
>> > for
>> > her.
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
July 6, 2005 10:52:01 AM

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What Malke said. This sort of data recovery is not for the novice.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"HELP!" <HELP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:7898E42A-5930-48B2-85A5-354A71210B54@microsoft.com...
>I believe she thought she was installing MS Office so I think it would be a
> clean install. She didn't back anything up, she didn't know she was
> installing a new OS. As you can guess she isn't too keen on computers.
>
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Upgrade or clean installation? If an upgrade, what OS was upgraded and
>> what
>> file system was in use?
>>
>> Did she not make backups of important data as is recommended virtually
>> anywhere you read about changing OS's?
>>
>> --
>> Best of Luck,
>>
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>>
>> "HELP!" <HELP!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:D 44B2B4D-8CB9-4A26-9C6A-E2B40E160BD6@microsoft.com...
>> > My friend installed a new OS (Windows XP PRO) and lost everything on
>> > her
>> > computer. I need to know how to go back the old OS or find herold
>> > files.
>> > This
>> > is a HUGE problem for her. I am working on my home computer to fix this
>> > for
>> > her.
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
July 6, 2005 3:02:47 PM

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A clean install means that she formatted the drive. Since neither of you
really know what happened, I suggest you take it to someone who has
appropriate software and knows what they're doing. The more you mess with
it, the worse it's going to get.


"HELP!" <HELP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:7898E42A-5930-48B2-85A5-354A71210B54@microsoft.com...
>I believe she thought she was installing MS Office so I think it would be a
> clean install. She didn't back anything up, she didn't know she was
> installing a new OS. As you can guess she isn't too keen on computers.
>
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Upgrade or clean installation? If an upgrade, what OS was upgraded and
>> what
>> file system was in use?
>>
>> Did she not make backups of important data as is recommended virtually
>> anywhere you read about changing OS's?
>>
>> --
>> Best of Luck,
>>
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>>
>> "HELP!" <HELP!@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:D 44B2B4D-8CB9-4A26-9C6A-E2B40E160BD6@microsoft.com...
>> > My friend installed a new OS (Windows XP PRO) and lost everything on
>> > her
>> > computer. I need to know how to go back the old OS or find herold
>> > files.
>> > This
>> > is a HUGE problem for her. I am working on my home computer to fix this
>> > for
>> > her.
>>
>>
>>
July 6, 2005 6:31:19 PM

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"HELP!" <HELP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> She probably didn't format it. She just did this 2 hours ago. She thought
she
> was installing MS Office.

ROTFLMAO!

Seriously, the splash screen says "WINDOWS" if you are installing Windows
and "OFFICE" if you are installing Office. How can anyome "mistake"
installing Windows for Office?
!