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Windows 7: Vista > Windows 7 Upgrade (file deletion problem)

12 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Vista > Windows 7 Upgrade (file deletion problem)

Hey all, I'm hoping there's a quick answer for this. I'll explain the situation and let me know what you guys think.

My friend recently had her computer upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista. She used the Vista StickyNotes program to keep track of important information. I told her that this program wasn't intended for permanent information storage, but she liked it because it was simple. She upgraded her computer to Windows 7, and now her sticky notes are gone.

My question is this: Is there any way to retrieve those old sticky notes?

I told her in all honesty that I think they are gone unless she wants to pay big bucks to go to a forensic type agency that could pull the information off. I just need another opinion. I hope I'm wrong.

I also hope I gave enough information and explained the situation with enough detail.

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12 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

In short, no. She might me able to recover them by using a tool like Undelete Plus, but unless she had a backup, they are gone. I am not sure about Undelete Plus, I got it when it was free, but now it costs, I think.
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12 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Alright, that's what I thought. I'll google that program and see what I can come up with. Thanks man.
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12 Nov 2009   #4

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kester View Post
Hey all, I'm hoping there's a quick answer for this. I'll explain the situation and let me know what you guys think.

My friend recently had her computer upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista. She used the Vista StickyNotes program to keep track of important information. I told her that this program wasn't intended for permanent information storage, but she liked it because it was simple. She upgraded her computer to Windows 7, and now her sticky notes are gone.

My question is this: Is there any way to retrieve those old sticky notes?

I told her in all honesty that I think they are gone unless she wants to pay big bucks to go to a forensic type agency that could pull the information off. I just need another opinion. I hope I'm wrong.

I also hope I gave enough information and explained the situation with enough detail.
Hi Kester

If she upgraded, you find them in windows.old.

If clean install, may be gone for good.
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12 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kester View Post
Hey all, I'm hoping there's a quick answer for this. I'll explain the situation and let me know what you guys think.

My friend recently had her computer upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista. She used the Vista StickyNotes program to keep track of important information. I told her that this program wasn't intended for permanent information storage, but she liked it because it was simple. She upgraded her computer to Windows 7, and now her sticky notes are gone.

My question is this: Is there any way to retrieve those old sticky notes?

I told her in all honesty that I think they are gone unless she wants to pay big bucks to go to a forensic type agency that could pull the information off. I just need another opinion. I hope I'm wrong.

I also hope I gave enough information and explained the situation with enough detail.
Hi Kester

If she upgraded, you find them in windows.old.

If clean install, may be gone for good.
Other way around, I believe. Doing a clean install on top of an existing installation will create the Windows.old folder. Doing an upgrade won't.
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