OS: Windows XP
I am unable to open all Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access files. Get error message like "Word experienced an error trying to open the file". I can open Word files with WordPad but most of is garbage. Where I can find a chunk of legible text I recognize this keeps popping up ~dulla^@204~ . I tried taking the document to another computer and opening but with same result. I am at a loss. I have tried a few recovery software (demo versions) but they keep giving me the data I see in Wordpad.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.