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Office Regenerator is a brand new recovery solution for lost Microsoft Office documents.
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Office Regenerator is a brand new recovery solution for lost Microsoft Office documents. Indispensable tool for recovery of damaged, deleted or overwritten Word, Excel or PowerPoint files from an existing partition as well as of lost documents from formatted, corrupted, or deleted partitions.

In contrast to other recovery software, Office Regenerator regenerates Microsoft Office documents not from a single file, but from the entire disk and without any losses of data.

Office Regenerator allows recovering Microsoft Office files even in the most desperate situations. It supports all versions of FAT and NTFS and regenerates documents even from lost, deleted partitions and reformatted disks.

System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7; Additional partition for recovered documents (not required, but highly recommended); Sufficient free space on destination disk to store recovered documents; Under x64 Microsoft Office 2010 SP1 (with latest updates from Microsoft) is required





File Size:

5.35 MB



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Norton doesnt allow me to execute as it contains virus as RAT...Please help before offer expires

Reply   |   Comment by Praneel Shah  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)


Continued fails when analyzing the fragments it found. Runs for about 30 seconds in step 2 and gives a write error. I can't seem to find a way to change parameters. Guess, I'll uninstall. Thanks GOTD, it seemed like a good idea.

Reply   |   Comment by Larrie  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed on Windows XP, SP3. Seemed to find files with problems created by Office 2003, BUT crashed when writing recovered files with a write error.

Also there is a potential problem with the choice of drive to which recovered files will be written. My PC has two physical hard drives - the first is partitioned into C: and D:, C: contains system files and applications, D: is a 10GB partition containing recovery files. The second drive M: is a data file drive. My Documents is actually stored on M: but appears to be on C:. When Office Regeneration starts it wants to write recovered files to M:, possibly overwriting the "fragments" still remaining to be recovered.

I will rerun the program and see if the write error continues and report later. t

Reply   |   Comment by Larrie  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Installed fine but won't run for me on my Windows XP SP2 system. Every time I try to open the program, I get:

Unable to initialize 0x05!"

Reply   |   Comment by Avid Gamer  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

As an addendum to my previous comment that mentioned that my older version of MS office had caused the preview of certain doc files to crash the program and I did not plan on rescanning the 640G drive to do more tests... well when I ran it again after end tasking it with task manger while it was locked up, it offered to resume processing... I accepted and the previous fragments scan results were all still there saved. This time I did not try and preview and risk crashing word again and just saved ALL the re-assembled and recvered documents and most of them were documents deleted about a month ago from a folder that contained the entire user documents heirachy backup from a relations masters degree course work, also there were some documents that are known to still exist on the drive and as supected since the files are genereated from the data clusters and do not use deleted directory entries the file names are not even close to the original file names but apparently generated from document titles within the re-assembled documents. This will be a keeper for me. One minor or major depending on your needs, is once it has saved off the re-assembled files it returns back to the preview/save sheet and does not apear to offer a way to return to the initial drive select sheet to allow us to scan a different drive and search for more documents.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Left it running on my laptops second 640G drive and it found nearly 2000 fragments which were re-assembled into 400+ word documents a number of excel documents and some powerpoint documents. It's apparent this uses the installed MS office executables to preview re-assembled documents and in my case when it crashed the word application the GUI locked up. As suspected it scanned the entire logical drive for so called fragments which could also easily have been valid clusters from existing MS office files scattered all over the place on the drive due to it not refering to folders or directory entries or MFT to find deleted files as conventional undelete tools do. It does apear to work but by relying on end users office instalation for preview does leave it vulnerable to MS bugs in older versions of office. IMHO it should include and use MS Excel and MS Word viewer engines to do the preview so the developers are in control of the functionality and know what bugs exist in the preview engines they supply and work around them or just trap any exceptions to kepp it running. (no I don't plan on doing another scan of the 640G drive it took too long just for curiosities sake)

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

@promytius, #18: What you suggest (auto-save every minute or less) is counter-productive on large documents, spreadsheets, etc. All that will happen is that your machine goes into an orgy of disk thrashing. In the past, I've been called in to get machines out of this situation as it not-so-gradually goes from slow, to unresponsive, to almost completely locked out from any interaction whatever.

Seriously: don't set auto-save in ny Office application to any period of time shorter than twice the length of time it takes Office to save your file normally. This still gives you near-perfect recovery capability, but prevents the lockout scenario I described above. It's also much kinder to your hard disk drive!

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I ran it last night. It took around 1 hour to scan my 104gb data drive, 64 gb freespace. It recovered 691 files going back almost 7 months. They definitely were not all in my recycle bin. All of the files I have looked at are in good shape.

The site mentions that they can do Office 97-2010 files. Good!

Yes, word has the 'backup' feature, LAME! And yes it has Autorecovery. But as soon as you shut down Word normally, the ASD files are deleted. I have resorted to a special macro that create a real "autosave" function creating timestamped SAVE AS copies.

Hey, that is a future enhancement, option to recover .ASD files and .BAK files.

I've got many files that have been recovered as ~~variant#.DOCX files. I have to assume they are timed saves. Unfortunately the reported times are all the same.

Comparisons to recuva and other file recovery tools just don't exist. This one appears to go much farther than any of the other file recovery tools I've tried.

Someone mentioned document corruption. The change from the 2003 binary formats to 2007 XML/ZIP format was supposed to do away with corruption. Too bad MS introduced a new corruption. Many students have learned to their horror that using the equation editor and graphics can lead to Word "forgetting" one of an XML tag pair, corrupting the document. Yes, replacing the missing tag is easy enough to do in a text editor, but only if you can figure out where to put it. Unfortunately MS does NOT do a reasonable job of identifying the problem location. Part of this problem has been fixed in Office 2010 SP1, but not all of it.

Bottom line, I WILL be recommending this tool to friends and customers. Heck, I may even end up buying it myself! Although the price is on the high side for a utility, all you need to do is recover one important file that is on a short deadline and you'll be glad to pay it.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

those who are complaining that it only opens office files, don't understand how it works. It searches the disk for pieces of office files and reconstructs them from the pieces. This wouldn't work for other kinds of files unless it was designed specifically for those files. As for recuva and such, the only can find and restore undamaged whole files.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark j  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Program was installed to 'Program Files' without my permission. It didn't provide option to set installation path. It didn't ask my confirmation to install into 'Program Files'. Fix installer please.

Reply   |   Comment by kotlomoy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Also add an "uninstall" button.

Reply   |   Comment by Lynn  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

This should be made portable and NOT be dependent on having MS Office 2010. All MS Office users have lost files, no matter the version. So I as it is this software is useless to me because I only have MS Office 2007. Ergo, useless to me at this. Sad too cos I have lost MS Office 2007 files I would love to recover.

Reply   |   Comment by Lynn  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This program doesn't look like a final release. 1. Every start it asks to insert floppy disk (!). 2. After first start program asked me to restart it (why?). 3. I see 'Full Version' menu. Is GOTD version limited? 4. Interface looks like underdone. After I select drive I have two options: exit or scan. I cannot select another drive. 5. 'Buy online' and 'Donate' options in one menu) I don't say asking donation for purchased product is wrong. It's just weird.
As about recovering - I didn't try because it doesn't work with my MS Office 2007 (why?).

Reply   |   Comment by kotlomoy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

My Granddaughter lost some MS Office Files on her Memory Stick when a Classmate (Boy) wiped it losing essential Homework that would be needed in 2 days. The School IT Technician tried but gave up, I ran RECUVA and in 2 Minutes she was able to read her Files again.

So simple to Install and keep Up to Date

Reply   |   Comment by Lennard Gill  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Given whoever's law it might be, I know that if I bought this then it would be Outlook, Access, OneNote or Publisher files that were eaten by the ether.

Given the amount of time it can take for the restoration of a file from a badly damaged disc, rather than one where you've merely shift-deleted the wrong folders into nothingness, whilst being able to pattern search for signatures of particular file types may reduce recovery times, we probably aren't going to see any in use appraisals of this sort today.

Whilst it might seem like a money-spinner for a developer to offer different versions of what is pretty much the same software to tackle the recovery of individual or groups of file formats on different devices/filing systems/operating systems (And there are a fair few that do), their offerings seem much less desirable than those (free or otherwise) that will recover anything and which also include recovery for key file types. For example there will be lots of businesses with Office/Works whose main focus is on graphics, dtp, statisics, design and, er, sales. What recovery option would you go for?

Setting up autosave and - on a different disk/cloud - versions ought to be a priority for anybody who thinks today's offering is likely to be of value to them (especially if you have to re-install Windows after the Giveaway expires), but it's always possible to find youself up a certain creek in need of a paddle (or even a canoe). $60 will seem a small price for the miracle of 'instant' file recovery at that point.

As with other recovery software, that focussing on Office files generally offers a trial ('See what you could restore') version - to be used if Recuva and other options let you down. Today's program costs a lot less than the alternatives and the money back offer is welcome too. Regardless of how well it works, there is the (OT) question of whether the developer's sales model is going to work to his best advantage. Many thanks to him, however, for the chance to play with it.

Reply   |   Comment by Simples  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#15: "At times, Word files can become inexplicably corrupt, even if you save often..."

I Am Not an Ofc expert, but I seem to recall that Word files are like the files Sony apps save, recording every step for Undo etc. Eventually all that data, all those steps can lead to the file no longer opening/working. At any rate something you might research [Google/Bing] if you wanted -- I've no idea how much of a problem that is currently, *if* indeed it is a problem with current versions.

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#16: ".. this program says it is able to bring back to life “over-written” files. This would make “eraser” applications rather useless."

If it worked *that* well I think it might also make Office Regenerator magic. :-)

Files are spread across several clusters on the hard drive/partition [see http://goo.gl/LLzYX & http://goo.gl/e07im ]. If one cluster gets overwritten, hopefully you still have the data on the clusters before & after the one you lost. IN that case you can try to fill in the blank, or IOW guess at what's missing. Today's GOTD *may* do a better job at that guessing, where some other recovery apps might refuse to guess at all.

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#18: "... if you set Office up to save your file every minute or less, you’ll never lose much. "

I could be wrong but I think Office Regenerator is more of a Recuva type app that specializes in Ofc files, .doc, xls etc... e.g. you've lost a drive/partition or maybe just a folder & want the files back.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I use word 2010 for writing various stories and finances with excel spreadsheets. This is a great solution to those lost docs that office cannot for one reason or another recover... Temp files are not always 100% reliable and if the power goes out you better have a (1*)U.P.S. or You could lose files, have the drive(s) die (specially if they dont have their own power supplying system) and (2*)S.M.A.R.T. technology helps as well, and it is also good to have a drive monitoring software going as well, such as yesterday's Giveaway. It's Possible to kill whole system if brown-outs-surge strikes etc. occur too. A sufficient U.P.S. with healthy batteries is far better and couples what is minimum (a surge suppressor line) Enjoy Your PC Time Folks!

(1) U.P.S. is: ... http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/u/ups.htm ...

(2) S.M.A.R.T. is: ... http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/s/smart.htm ...

Reply   |   Comment by StanDP  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

For me Office Regenerator is a Fail with Ofc 2007 installed in win7 ult 64 -- Ofc 2010 is nice, but I can't see going from the full-on 2007 pack to the Home/Student version of 2010, which is all I could afford at the moment. I was hoping to still find lost files, but just not preview [IOW like the iCare GOTD]. In XP without Ofc installed you're asked to install the compatibility pack -- in win7 64 I was told I needed Office 2010 SP1. Maybe ironically in XP installing that compatibility pack -- without Ofc installed -- Office Regenerator runs. [BTW adding that "Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system" added 77 files, 6537 registry entries, FWIW] Additionally if I had a choice I'd do without the esellerate installation -- in the past it was associated with malware, though currently I didn't find anything bad doing quick searches with Google/Bing -- & it's habit of phoning home every time it's started bothered me in the sense that it's a GOTD... monitoring with Regshot2, every time it phoned home license keys changed, & having a few GOTD apps un-register themselves over time, that might make me a bit nervous if I could use it & kept it around.

During a scan with Office Regenerator CPU% was very low, & fragments found was shown in the rather minimal program window so you have a hint that its working. Not seeing network drives is a minus for this sort of app -- you do want to save your recovered files elsewhere -- & it loses another point by not running from some sort of boot disc, or portably so you can use your own boot disc. [You Don't want to write to the disk/partition you're recovering from, & if the system only has one system disk/partition it can boot to, you can either yank the drive & scan it with another PC, or use a bootable disc/USB device.] It did find 6 files [.xls & .doc] but only 2 would open & they seemed incomplete -- I don't remember the files so I can't say 100%. Recuva didn't find any *.xls files during quick or deep scans. Testing in a XP Pro VM, Office Regenerator itself would/could not preview the recovered files, which is what I expected without Ofc or the Ofc viewer installed.

Installation uses an msi [Windows] installer, installing 3 files in Windows system folder ["borlndmm.dll" (Borland Memory Mgr), "cc32110mt.dll" (C++ library), & "dsofile.dll" (Microsoft DSO OLE Doc Prop. reader)] plus the "eSellerateControl365.dll" in C:\Windows\. The program's folder holds 4 files, ~5 MB, & setup added 370 new registry entries in XP Pro, while in win7 64 I recorded 121 new keys, 531 new values. Four files, 1 folder were also added to C:\Windows\Installer\. The GOTD download, Office Regenerator.zip, has an md5 = 0b064dcf9a3430be019dcf5d3903ee2a .

All in all while I don't particularly like this app, later on I plan to try it out with my regular XP Pro install where I have just Word 2k + the compatibility pack installed to see what it can do [figure the scans might take several hours so don't want to wait to post this]... recovering files that aren't usable doesn't help me out a whole lot, so I want to see what it does with the drives where I normally store docs. That said, even if Office Regenerator turns out to do a great job, the requirement of Ofc 2010 in win7 64 really limits this app's appeal.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I was unable to install the Office Regeneration program on my system because of the file being removed by Norton 360 blocking and removing the setup.exe file because it was performing "suspicious activity."

Reply   |   Comment by OnlyMy2Cents  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

In most cases with Microsoft Word, if it becomes corrupt, you can simply do a repair of your office installation or you can locate and delete the Normal.dot document and force Word to create a new one which will allow you to open the corrupt document, copy and paste its contents into a brand new, non-corrupt word template and save the document.

Reply   |   Comment by OnlyMy2Cents  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

@Bubby, #1:

Would a general filerecovery tool be able to preview the docx that I've already recovered?

To sort out the usual mess, a preview option is a bless.

=^= Office Regenerator will let you preview certain recovered Office files. That's very nice.

=^= Recovering overwritten files is extraordinary for a non forensic general filerecovery tool. Office Regenerator matches pieces from all the fragments and tries to unpuzzle all of this to one recovered office file. I am not talking about the usual diskfragmenatation fragments (which is something very usual to deal with in general filerecovery), but about all the autosave fragments which cause some redundancy in stored data that is normally not used. In the case of Office Regenerator these fragments are very cleverly used to rebuild files (ipso facto office files) beyond general filerecovery (concurring with Fubar #4).

I do think this approach, though specialized, is very fruitfull compared to general filerecovery.

Reply   |   Comment by ALF  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Installed w/o any gripes from current Norton in Win7 32 using Office 2010 SP1. Fails to 'see' any network drives only seeing my local drive which has no data whatsoever.

Seems to be useful for non-network use (maybe) but for my work where all my data is on various network drives, this program isn't beneficial that I can see. I'm removing it.

Reply   |   Comment by paul  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Installing this program upset Norton, the AV program citing "suspicious activity". After suspending auto monitoring function, it installed fine. I've seen plenty of 'nervous nellies' thinking that GOTD might let a nefarious bug slip by their defenses after they've proverbially dropped their drawers (like I just did). I'm curious about GOTD vetting procedures. How do they determine who to purchase these programs from, and how they're pretty sure they are bug free. Although (perhaps I'm uber naive) I can't envision someone, or even more so a company, attempting to squeak by some malware and not expect to get caught on this type of format with so many Fubars and BuBBys out there.

Reply   |   Comment by shimmer  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I think I would be more interested if this programme recovered not just MS Word but those files of competing word processor "Office" suites, such as Corel and Open Office, maybe even Ashampoo's Office programme.

There are more but my brain is in need of recharge.

Those are supposed to emulate MS Word so surely a recovery programme should likewise have modules to tackle them?

Reply   |   Comment by billy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

As My2Cents points out, it's easy to set Word and others to auto-save every 5 minutes to limit your potential data loss. However, I've had occasions where in a rush to close programs and go, I've accidentally hit "No" when asked to save document before closing Word. I would have sold Rome at times to access the last auto-saved file before I did this, but have never found them on the HDD. Can this program access the auto-saved files even if you accidentally exited without saving?

Reply   |   Comment by GHL  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Autosave option (e.g. every 5 minutes, adjustable) and autobackup (perhaps incorrect translation), an OpenOffice/LibreOffice etc. feature I hope MS Office doesn't lack, will help in some cases. (to #13, too)

Reply   |   Comment by Robert from Germany  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

My initial inclination was that it was just another file recovery rip-off. But I was intrigued by their claims and visited their website to see if they gave any indication of how they accomplish their task. On the first line they offer a 30 day moneyback guarantee, you have a chance to return it if it doesn't work, interesting!
It claims to be able to recover Office files from 97 to 2010, suggesting that file structure is important aspect of the recovery process as they are highly structured files.
Unfortunately, I'm not into position to test this program, but would be most grateful if people who can would publish their results, it really sounds intriguing.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Tough call; if you set Office up to save your file every minute or less, you'll never lose much. In fact I have only ever lost one file in Word, in its ancient days, back in the 90's - of course, it WAS my entire Master's thesis, the week before it was due...yeah, that's a pleasant memory to revisit...
I have had files get messed up in Office, but only Excel files, and they always recover from within the program - now on Office 2007; Outlook will sometimes misunderstand an edit command and reformat or delete parts of an email (Word is the default editor) but ESC out usually at least restores the original before editing, so while I understand the issue with docx files, I cannot see the usefullness or value of this, and based on other comments, will pass. I did not know a Word-specific recover program existed!
My standard warning, as someone mentioned RECUVA: when recovering files, you select the ones you want to recover; if you start by only selecting a few to begin with, BE SURE to UNCHECK them on the next round of recovery, or you will get multiple duplicates every time you recover a set of files. - wish someone told me that, instead of figuring it out the hard way! :(
Thanks, GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by promytius  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

For those who spend a lot of time writing lots of documents - .doc or .xls, or .ppt - there is a need for occasional recovery help when the source of the problem was "user error" - that is, when you are tired and lose track of versions and locations and end up deleting your work in error. Of course, any undelete software would do the job here, but something that focuses on MS documents sounds useful to me. I dont edit other files in the same way so loss from user error is far less likely. This tool is not a substitute for proper backup and recovery capability.

Reply   |   Comment by rj  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Unless I am misunderstanding something, this program says it is able to bring back to life "over-written" files. This would make "eraser" applications rather useless.

Reply   |   Comment by Stoobee  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

At times, Word files can become inexplicably corrupt, even if you save often. I've had several files, over the years, suddenly become corrupt, not able to load completely past a certain page, etc.; it just didn't matter what you did. So, as a rule, I save several versions of each major Word file, creating a new file after each major revision. That keeps me from having to completely re-do my work.

I don't know what causes this corruption; I only know that when your work is very deadline-oriented and the file you have been working so hard on for several days suddenly won't load past a certain page and all that hard work has been for nothing and you have to start over, and the darned thing is due in mere HOURS, a product like this would be a god-send.

Don't know if it will do any good for such a case, but I'm downloading and having this on hand. Just in case ...

No, I'm not changing my save habits. I'll still have several versions saved as I work; but I'm going to try this the next time a Word file goes belly up.

Reply   |   Comment by My2Cents  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Office Regenerator managed to recover 42 doc,41 ppt,7 xls and 1 docx (!) file on a XP machine with office 2003 installed. (only a 30 gig drive)
Neat preview possibility and an optional saving to "#Office Docs Recovered" on a different drive/partition or external.

Makes you wonder if something never ever really is deleted from a drive.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

My brother lost hours of work when his computer crashed and he had been too engrossed to keep clicking 'Ctrl+S' after each paragraph.
My sister lost a Word docx because it had been opened by 'Outlook' while composing an email and she deleted the attachment thinking she could go back to the original document; unlike emails, attachments to drafts are not sent to a 'deleted' folder but into limbo.

Would it have been easy to recover these files using 'Office Regenerator'?

Is it a case of 'Search for [filetype] created between this-and-that time'? Can one specify whether it was a work-in-progress, in which case the required version would be a TEMP file?

Finally, does the program deliver the complete document or a jigsaw puzzle of fragments which have to be manually interpreted?

It would be helpful to read more on how the program works in practice.

Reply   |   Comment by Geoffrey  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

I do not believe that it is just limited to one Office version, so I had a short look at their homepage and the system requirements there:
an those are Windows XP/Vista/7 and Office 97-2010
And only with 64bit-OSs you need to have the latest and updated Office 2010
So I wonder if this program will work with other Offices versions under compatability mode?!?

Reply   |   Comment by crisu  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Installed on 32bit vista no problem.

I am disappointed that it is limited to Office 2010 only. The difference between 2010 and 2007 file structures is not that great. However, I do think they have the right idea to focus on Office only, for now at least

Running my first scan. Run time is going to be over half hour for 100gb. Good thing it is not my drive is partitioned.

When starting the process it suggests not to recover to same drive. That is a good idea since writing back to same drive may overwrite the very file fragments in "unused" disk space you are trying to recover from. They could make that point clearer in the dialog. They should also make the point of where data is going to be recovered to "drive:\#Office Docs Recovered". It is displayed in the next dialog.

They must be doing some sort of file structure validation. As a future enhancement it might be nice it they could try to repair mismatched XML tag error. Office 2010 has a known bug where it loses one of a pair of XML tags. It has been partially fixed in Office SP1, but not completely.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

CorruptOfficeExtractor is a free utility for repairing Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 files. Docx, xlsx and pptx files are really just conventional zip files (with a different file extension). The contents of those zip files are collections of XML files.

The file corruption can happen either when zipping the XML files - or when the XML files are damaged in some way. Office doesn't recover very well from either of these situations.

Corrupt Office Extractor can usually open the Office docx/xlsx/pptx files when Office itself fails. It will allow you to extract the text contents from a corrupt office file, or view the XML contents of the zip container file.


Developers website (and freeware)

Notes & tools on handling "corrupt" files.

Free Service to recover Text/Data from Corrupt Office documents
Privacy Statement - http://saveofficedata.com/privacy-statement.html

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+66)

Installed flawlessly on a 64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate with MS Office 2010 enterprise. Norton Internet Security 2012 (latest beta) did not protest.

If I have time to test the functioning of this tool, I will give more infomation on my experience recovering a document with this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Doddema  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)

I have Office 2010 installed on my system.

Downloaded Regenerator onto W7 64bit without issues. Opened program selected recovery of Word & Excel files to test system. Dialogue box informs me that 64 bit is detected and Microsoft Office 2010 SP1 needs to be installed to continue.

The required SP1 downloaded and installed. only to be informed that I have no components on my computer that would benefit from SP1....!!!

Perhaps others facing this dilemma will suggest a way forward.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob (UK)  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

Got to agree with BuBBy on this one. For $60 I can buy a premier recovery program that will recover all lost files not just Microsoft Office. also it's restricted to Microsoft Office 2010 if you have a 64 bit system.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Downloaded and just when I were to run the setup.exe, Norton IS 2012 blocked it and label it as something of RAT. Use it at your own risk though it could be a false positive but I would be happy to skip this offer.

Reply   |   Comment by Cool  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

@2 possibly Recuva - or even this one from Easeus - http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm

(Free recovery for first 1GB)

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

#1, BuBBy, the developer claims that Office Regenerator can recover MS Office files from fragments, which would be exceptionally difficult to do and would distinguish their product from other recovery products. Excellent freeware is available for general file recovery. Since Office Regenerator requires MS Office 2010 SP1 on 64-bit OSes, I can't test it.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

#1, Bubby. I would postulate they do not rely on using filesystem remenants of deleted files but hard drive surface byte pattern matching since most of the older pre-2007 MS office files have known data structures that can be searched for and found even on reformatted drives or repartitioned drives and at least the first cluster worth of the files data found maybe more, depending how fragmented the original file was. Searching for other file types would require additional pattern matching and assumptions that would complicate the rebuilding/recovery of data-fragment into a recognisable or possibly usable file.

MS office 2007 and above default file types as you know encapsulate the OpenXML document components in a ZIP archive which is also a known structure but because its compnents integrity is checked by CRC-32 checksums it does make it more difficult to come up with usable document contents since one would have to have custom zip decompression engine that basically ignores structre errors in the ZIP format and allows extraction of partial data and let the user or other parts of the program decide if its usable data.

using the vehicle analogy this would be akin to an offroad competition motocross bike, not licensable on the road for general use but designed and built for one task which a general purpose road motorbike would fail utterly at.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+88)

Could this not be accomplished through the Free Recuva tool offered by Piriform?
I really do not see any point other than centralizing something like Recuva on just 1 (type) of files for just office/etc..

Reply   |   Comment by But what use is this  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+79)

While I can appreciate the value in being able to retrieve files that have been deleted or lost - I cannot fathom why developers of such products arbitrarily restrict their product to work with a specific type of file.

Surely any user who loses Office documents also may have image files, archives, music and video files that require recovery - probably as a result of the same event that lost the office files.

Wouldn't removing the restrictions on filetypes that this tool can recover, increase it's usefulness? Would it be better value for money (assuming the price didn't go up for each new file extension)? Should users accept software that only provides one part of the solution - for no good technical reason?

Users might feel they have been given a new car that can only be used to drive to the shops. It works really well for shopping trips. But, if you need to drive to work - you need to purchase a different car, and yet another car for trips to drop the kids at school.

I guess by claiming there is something uniquely special about recovering a Word document as opposed to an mp3 file or a zip archive - convinces the developer that "Microsoft Office" is business related so you can ask for more money - which is why available for sale are separate editions. One that can recover a word file. Another edition that can recover an excel file. And (yes) another edition that can recover a powerpoint file.

I think I'm more likely to support a program that just recognises that files are files - to the computer a word file is no different to any other file. Either the data can be recovered or it cannot. If a program is able to recover one file type there is no technical reason why the same techniques cannot be used with files with other file extensions.

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+188)
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