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Lost files I did a reinstall of windows xp and did not do a back up, lost all of my files. can htese files be found?

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  • lgoepfrich Dec 30, 2008

    Okay, Idid as you suggest and found my lost documents and files,now how do I get them in to my documents so I can use them.

    Also is windows live onecare a good program to run, Ihave been using trend micro and there is a conflict. whitch do you prefer.

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It depends if you formatted the hard drive you would probably... if you didn't you are lucky because you can probably find most of your old files under C:\documents and settings

if you did indeed format your hard drive, you may have to spend hundreds if not thousands on data recovery, im sorry that as far as that goes im not sure what company or service can guarantee your files back, i don't know which to refer you to.

Good luck!

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

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    stejeda777 Dec 30, 2008

    i wouldn't personally recoomend either of those programs, i would use Kaspersky, or AVG Internet Security. To use the files/folder you find in document and settings simply (and very carefully) copy and paste it to wherever suits you best, preferably best onto a backup dvd. The folder might have security restrictions so if thats the case you may want to watch this video to clear up any File Permissions. You will have to take ownership of the foler.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nithzd6wB...



    here's how its done

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    stejeda777 Dec 31, 2008

    keep trend micro rather that windows livecare one, and also, move your old user account to your new one by cutting and pasting to your new documents folder

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Computer off, Photosmart C4580 OFF, and unplugged from power. Disconnect the USB cable from it to the computer.

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Remove all associated HP software for the Photosmart.

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When the list populates remove all HP software for the Photosmart.
When finished close all windows, go back to your desktop screen.

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HP Support > HP Photosmart C4580 > Main support page,

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I'm going to use Win XP as an example, because the O/S you are using wasn't mentioned.

After you click on your O/S, go to the right, and click on Next in the blue rectangle.

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Using Windows XP for an example I would click on the + sign,
to the left of, Driver - Product Installation Software (2)

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A) HP Photosmart Basic Drivers
56.03 MegaBytes in size. (56.03MB)

B) HP Photosmart Full Feature Software and Drivers
149.41MB in size.

I recommend downloading B)
Get the full package.

Click right on the blue heading -
HP Photosmart Full Feature Software and Drivers

Scrolling down to the heading - Details and Specifications, and further down to the sub-heading - Compatibility, we see this software is compatible with XP and Vista.

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Only shows it to be compatible with Windows XP in a 32-bit version.

If it is good for a Vista 64-bit O/S, I'm going to go out on a limb, and state it will work with Windows XP Pro 64-bit.

To download the file click on the blue file name -

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( [1/1, 149.41m]
This means Page 1 of 1, and the size is 149.41 MegaBytes )

After you click a small window will come up.
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Desktop: The file will be on your desktop screen.

My Documents: Click on Start, then on My Documents.

[ Windows logo button, then Documents, for Vista and Win 7 ]

Downloads:
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[ Windows logo button, then on Documents. DOUBLE-click on Downloads, for Vista and Win 7 ]


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,and perhaps another one,
"Found HP Photosmart C4580"

Post additional questions, or to have me clarify anything I have stated, in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

[ Why remove the software, then reinstall?

1) I don't think going to Add or Remove Programs, and clicking on - Repair, for the HP Photosmart software, will do any good.

I think there are too many files corrupted, and the software needs to be reinstalled in full.

2) You may get a driver conflict, with having part of the old HP software still there, and then reinstalling new software.

(Probability is pretty low, but why take chances, or have to do it all over again? )

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