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locating removed programs


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obin_gam

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my sister removed a program's file and everything BEFORE uninstalling it :whistling: , and now I need to locate the file to uninstall it.
I have heard that files removed from the computer with the recycle bin, can be found somewhere on the computer... but i dont know where?

(if it helps; we're running an ordinary xp)

thanks in advance!

Edited by obin_gam, 25 December 2006 - 08:02 AM.

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Optomistically, whatever goes on a disk is always there, the reference is just removed from the registy on a controlled delete... also, you should be able to retrieve this file reference and reintroduce it to the registry if you access a file undelete program... On an uncontrolled delete, as in your case, all is as it was, save for the registry entry...

All that being said, and facing realities...file retrieval is a matter of:

1. first...has any installation of any new prog been done since the uninstall...as the new install may write over the old location on the disk, eliminating retrieval with the low level of access progs that you and I can get to...
2. second...has a defrag been done since the uninstall...same reason as above...only the culprit is Windows itself...
3. the files are not magically hidden in a cave somewhere, they are still where you left them...it just takes a bit of looking for them...with the file retrieval software....
4. retrieval is only as good as the prog used to do the work... I find BadCopy pro the best for ME... there are lots of them out there...

If the issue is to just do a controlled uninstall, following an uncontrolled uninstall...then don't worry about it, the next time you do a registry cleanup, or defrag, or install another prog, it will get written over on the disk...and no one will be the wiser :whistling:
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If you could, please post how you solved your problem so that other people who see this topic can learn from your success. :whistling:

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solved it now, by downloading the removed program again and then uninstalling it from the 'add/remove programs'.

thanks for the help anyways :whistling:
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That's what I was going to suggest you do to fix the problem. Glad you trouble-shooted it yourself and figured out how to fix it. :whistling:

And thank you for sharing with us how you solved your problem.

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