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Jeff

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I have tried that search, and I have tried searching for the file extensions one by one.  always get the same error message "bad or missing system file"

Super irritating
Mark

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Yikes, that sounds like a failing hard drive to me.  There are some things you can try to hopefully recover some of your old stuff but I don't think I'd be much help, even if I was sitting right there, and even the things you can try can be a bit of a long shot.  I had a failing hard drive years ago.  Was able to boot into dos with an external hard drive and run dos commands on the old internal drive that allowed me to retrieve almost all of what was there before the whole thing died.  But that was years ago and I've forgotten exactly what and how I did it.  But I would try googling along those the lines of failing hard drive and "bad or missing system file".

Another thing, the bad or missing system file might be just a windows thing that windows can correct via one of its recovery options.

Good luck.
Jeff

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I really appreciate all of your help in this nonsense.  I really do.  I just wish the good people at microsoft had been more helpful.  They convinced me to uninstall and reinstall promash (I think because they didn't understand the problem) and now all of the recipe files are gone as well.  The ones I had saved are in other formats.  It looks like I'll be spending the next several days re-doing all of my work for the last 10-15 years.

Lesson learned...don't trust microsoft support assholes.
Mark

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Oh man.  Sorry to hear that.  Yeah, it's an old program.  Wouldn't surprise me if the default file location was in it's own system folder.  Most programs don't work that way now... uninstall and reinstall wouldn't effect your files that way.  I set the default location for my files in the settings so that my files are located in a folder in "my documents", all of which gets backed up regularly.  If I reinstall, all I have to do is repoint the program to look there.  Prob goes without saying at this point but I suggest you do something similar when you get caught back up with your files.

By the way, you might try 'system restore' and restore to a point before where you uninstalled for the first time.  A shot in the dark, but give it a try.
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