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Microsoft Office Word has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

I have been typing for hours in Windows 2000 and I got the above message. It is set to save autorecover info every 5 minutes, but when I tried to re-open the document absolutely NONE of my changes are there! I recall from long ago that my updated document is somewhere in a temporary format and I can recover from that with some manipulation.

Does anyone know what I can do without starting all over from scratch?
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What version of Word?  You should be able to do an Office Repair, but given the age of your operating system, consider doing a full uninstall, restart, and reinstall of your Office Suite. ... Thinkpads_User
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Word is version 2000. I am running XP. What is Office Repair? I don't see how a full uninstall, restart and reinstall of Office would possible help me find a copy of my lost document. If anything, I would think that procedure should wipe out any trace rather permanently.
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btw - sorry, I meant to say "Word 2000" not "Windows 2000" in my original post.
This all depends on what version of Office you are using.  Temp files are written on Office 2003 and 2007 that may have the version you didnt save.

try this:

In Windows 2000, ensure you can see hidden files and folders, then search for *.doc.

Please let us know what version of Office to help you further.

Thanks
Sorry, I believe there is nothing much you can do.
I don't think Office 2000 came with the Repair function - I think it started with Office XP.

My comment about uninstall/reinstall was aimed at stopping the problem from occuring, not finding your document.  ... Thinkpads_User
In the folder that housed the original document on which you were working, look for any files with timestamps that match the time when Word crashed. The files will start with a tilde character and have a name like ~*.tmp or ~*.doc or ~(file name minus the first letter).doc. You can try to open that file in Word and see if it has your content.
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Guys,  we are talking about retrieving data?  You can not in Office 2000.

As for repairing, reinstall it.
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souseran: I did check the folder where I opened the file. I tried that before even posting my question. Nothing!

thinkpads_user: first, thanks for the idea on future prevention, I'm not sure I can even find the installation CD at this point. Another post I read on Word 2003 for the same error mentioned problems with OLE and a service pak 1 to fix it. That's probably what happened here because I was copy/pasting several images between Word, paint and Ifran-view. After about half a dozen pastes, I got the error. I think my future prevention solution will be to manually save after every image page.

Second, EUREKA! I did find a ~WRD0450.tmp file exactly where you said it would be (I did check tools > options > File Locations > Auto Recover Files, as well). I examined it with a file-dump tool and 'strings' (on linux) and it did contain my document. I then copied it to a safe place and opened it with Word and, voila!, it worked! The whole document is there!

So, Iekos, to usurp a recent political slogan: "YES WE CAN!"

Thanks a million!
Thank you. I was pleased to assist and glad you found the file. ... Thinkpads_User