You're not going to like my answer.
The good news, if there is such a thing in this scenario, is that you're not alone. Many people simply can't resist doing exactly the same as you.
I'll look at what happened, and what you could have done instead to avoid the mess you experienced.What happened is actually very simple: you installed
pre-release software without taking appropriate precautions.
I'll put it as bluntly as I can: whenever you install Beta or pre-release software you should plan on losing everything on your machine.
That sounds extreme, and it is. I'm not saying that every time you install pre-release software you will lose everything, I'm simply saying that you might, and that you should act as if you will.
"... when you install Beta or pre-release software you should always expect the worst."
The problem, of course, is that it doesn't always happen. In fact, it happens infrequently enough that many people think it never happens, or that it won't happen to them.
Until, as in your case, it does.
I'll say it again: when you install Beta or pre-release software you should always expect the worst.
As I've discussed before, the very nature of pre-release software is that it's not done - it's known to have bugs, and is being released only for testing purposes. You, in using pre-release software, have placed yourself in the role of software tester. The software will fail. The failure could be minor, or as you've apparently experienced, it could be disastrous. The idea is that when you use pre-release software you're being a tester and you'll report that failure to the software manufacturer so that it can be evaluated and possibly fixed.
You don't want to be a software tester? No problem.
Don't install pre-release software.WITH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT - A Copy and PasteIf you did install the BETA version this is for your information in future
Edited by Macboatmaster, 12 December 2010 - 08:42 PM.