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Multiple unreadable Microsoft Word and Excel files in one folder & subfolders

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Last Modified: 2013-12-26
My hard drive died on my PC, so I restored files from a CD backup. When I tried to open either Word or Excel files in one folder or sub-folder. All the files are unreadable. When opening the Word files, it brings up the "File Conversion"  window. In Excel, it just opens with unreadable characters.

I also have Open Office on the PC and those files in this folder are also unreadable.  When opening a .sxw file it opens an "ASCII Filter Option" window.

Opening the files on the CD results in the same results.

All the Word and Open Office files in other folders are fine. So it doesn't appear to be a problem with the install of MS Office or Open Office.

I ran a Norton Virus Scan on this folder and it shows no errors.

I looked researched on the MS support page and tried their solutions of linking to the files etc and none of that worked. I also can't imagine going through a process with every file, since there are hundreds of them. It would seem that there might be a solution which would solve the problem for all.

Thanks in advance for any assistance offered.
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