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    My Docs messed up

    Had saving file problems, finally formatted hard drive. Apparently, when I backed up My Documents onto CD with Roxio, it
    malfunctioned, and corrupted (?) many of the files. When I re-loaded after format, the .exe files were missing, even the .doc
    files will not respond to a double click. I have to right-click , click OPEN, then hope something usefull can be found. It's a mess.
    QUESTION: If I delete (uninstall) the whole myDocuments file, will the computer run enough for me to go to other backed up'
    files (earlier), to replace them? I know I will lose some information, but the way things are now, most of the files there are useless. I think I need to learn Linux?? Or buy a Mac?? Arrrggghhh!

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    Re: My Docs messed up

    How did you rebuild the system after you formated the hard drive?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: My Docs messed up

    With respect to the .doc files, since you can open them with a right click, but can't by double clicking, it sounds like the default association isn't there.

    If you go to Start/Settings.../Folder Options..., follow the directions in the picture below. Notice how the OPEN action is in bold. On the tab in Step 2, select Open & then click SET DEFAULT (the button is hidden in the picture). I'm not sure what you mean by you're missing *.exe files; few, if any, exe files are normally kept in MyDocuments.
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    Re: My Docs messed up

    How I rebuilt my system after Formatting:
    1-Started with CD Win98SE -
    2-Installed Modem from CD
    3.Installed CDs made with Roxio before the formatting
    4. The ".exe" files I'm t alking about were things like the Programs (including Roxio) that were there before, and backed up on Roxio program CDs. When I tried re-installing them, that's when there was no way to find a "setup" or .exe file to begin the
    installation.
    5. Went through much older backups and got most of the things back, but now, I have about 90 folders in my Documents, and
    can't tell which ones are corrupted and which ones are good. NONE of them to double-click, which I will try to fix with the info I just received (thanks), but others, mostly .doc files show the windows logo on a white icon, and just sit there, not responding to anyhthing I try to do, double click, right-click, nothing. That's why I'm thinking I have to dump all of them, and begin again with the older backups. Apparently, the latest backup before the Format was almost or totally useless. Hope this makes some sense? Thanks for the replies. Can I dump all the My Documents without loss of use in this cursed machine? If I can, I can start to re-install all the backups that worked before.

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    Re: My Docs messed up

    Looks like you have tried to restore your programs from the Roxio backups. You need to reinstall these programs, using the CD's for those programs. The files of the programs that are within the Widows folders have NOT been restored and the registry entries for the different programs are missing.

    To restore from a CD image you need to have the proper software such as Disk Image, which when copied correctly will restore the OS as well OS programs and data.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: My Docs messed up

    Now I'm really confused. I have formatted before and followed the same procedure I listed, and the programs came back -
    and they were done by backing up the info onto CDs, the same as this time. Are you talking about a "Recovery Disk" from Dell,
    or something like that? This was a used machine, and all I got with it was the Win98SE disk. Sounds like I'm in deep doo doo?

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    Re: My Docs messed up

    But when you did it before, you didn't do a reformat, did you? There are two main types of backup programs. One will back up & restore files. That is good for files that get corrupted or deleted. The other images your drive & can restore the entire drive (like Drive Image or Ghost).

    What Dave was explaining was that it sounds like you backed up all the "files", BUT, when you reformatted & reinstalled Windows, you had a different registry. It's not enough to just copy the files & folders. Your DOC files don't have an association, that's why they have the Windows logo for an icon.

    If all you have is a Win 98SE CD & you formatted your disk, you've lost all your programs. Sorry to be a bearer of bad tidings.

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    Re: My Docs messed up

    So, then, what's the point of all this backing up I've been doing? I have about 25 CDs full of what I thought were the files
    I'd need in a case like this. You're right.........it's a hard lesson to learn, but it seems even stranger when things like Windows
    documents and drivers get lost, while the files I produced (graphics) came back from the CD back up. I guess I'll never get the picture - it just doesn't seem logical that the Windows 98SE disk would not install all of windows! Anyway, thanks for the
    replies - now, I have to find a way to get the windows stuff I've apparently lost forever. Ugh!

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    Re: My Docs messed up

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    <hr>it just doesn't seem logical that the Windows 98SE disk would not install all of windows<hr>
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    I think you might be confused about what "all of Windows" is. Windows is an operating system or an OS. It has limited capacity to perform other basic tasks like word processing using WordPad and text creation and editing with NotePad, system maintenance, etc. If the system you had before you reformatted the HD was running other programs, like Word for word processing, then the documents you created using Word have no underlying program to associate to and default to whatever (if any) program the Windows OS uses to run those programs or asks you to select a program to open the file with. Your backups will work correctly only if you have the programs they were created with installed on your machine. Apparently, you do not.

    I'd see if you can take your backups to a friend's machine and see how many of the files can be read on that machine and by what program and then go out and get those programs and install them on your machine. HTH.
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