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Recover Open Document Text

How can I recover Open Document text when I don't have the software? It takes a long time to download...I want to recover those files now. Susan Keenan

Are you looking to recover a file that went missing? Or are you simply looking to open a file with the .odt extension? Or perhaps you are simply having trouble downloading the software. Solutions exist and you should be able to complete an open document recovery.

Open Document Text with Microsoft Office

Although Microsoft Office does not open files with the .odt extension, it is possible to obtain a plugin that allows it to do so. If you are using a Windows-based operating system, first make sure that you have installed any updates or Service Packs intended for your version of Microsoft Office.

Next, download and install the Sun ODF Plugin, which you can easily obtain after completing an online search. For best results, close all other applications before completing the download and installation. Then, select "File" and select the document that you wish to open. Either double-click the file or select "Open."

Recover Open Document Text: Zip It

If you have a file containing Open Document text, you can rename the file to a .zip extension. This allows you to open it using WinZip or WinRAR. You can easily obtain either of these applications online. Once you open the zipped files, look for the file labeled "content" and try to open it using any text editor.

Recover Open Document Text: Check Out Your Temporary Directory

If you are lucky, you might have a copy of the file in your Temp Directory. You can usually find your temp files in this folder: C\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Temp. If you locate the file, make a copy of it, place and save it in a different folder, and attempt to open it using either the zip method or using the OpenOffice Software.

Download OpenOffice Software

The best way to download software is to do so after a fresh boot of your computer with all other applications closed. This scenario allows the software to install more quickly. Once you have installed the OpenOffice Software, you can attempt to open the files that you need.

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Open AXP File

I am struggling to open this file type AXP (.axp) that contains music or audio in it. How to open this type of file? Susan Keenan

The file extension (.axp) is your clue that the file needs a special type of software application to open it.

The AXP File Extension

Some files with the AXP extension are audio compilation files that have been created using the CDBurnerXP program, a special application designed to burn CD, DVD, Blu-ray, or HS-DVD discs. This type of file typically includes a list of audio files along with the track number, artist, title, duration, and file path. This type of AXP file also includes the date it was created along with the total length of the playback time. Generally, files of this nature are stored in an XML format.

The AXP file extension is also commonly used with GraphStore eCADLite or AnvilCad as a CAD file.

The AppGini program also uses AXP files. This program is used to develop web database applications.

How to Open AXP Files

In order to open AXP files, you need to have the right application installed on your computer. Four different applications can be used depending on the one that created your file. They include AnvilCad, AppGini MySQL Code Generator Project, CDBurnerXP, and GraphStore eCADLite.

Most likely, your file has been created by the Canneverbe CDBurnerXP audio compilation program so you need to have it installed on your computer. Once you do, you can use it to open the file. This program was created by Stefan and Fredrik Haglund, Florian Schmitz.

The AppGini program is offered through BigProf Software. It can be used to open any of the files that have been created with that application.

If you have a CAD file, then you need to install either AnvilCad or GraphStore eCADLite to open the AXP file. If you have another CAD application, you can attempt to use it to open your AXP file before investing in a different program.

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File Association Problems

I'm having file association problems. When I find a fix, I can't download it. It sends me to Windows file extensions.Susan Keenan

File Extension Associations

Typically, the computer's operating system knows which programs open most files. If these file associations become corrupted or broken, then errors might occur. Sometimes, the fix is as simple as changing the way you open a file or finding a new way to open it.  

Problems with File Extension Associations: Malware

If you are having difficulty downloading programs including ones designed to fix file association problems, then it is possible that your computer is infected with a virus. Run a good anti-virus application to remove any malware that has gotten onto your computer. If you do not have such a program, try Antivirus PLUS.

Fixing Problems with File Extension Associations: Alternate Programs

If you have a specific file that you cannot open, you can right click on the document and choose properties. Select the "General" tab if it is not already selected. Near the top of the box, you will see "Opens with" and a tab labeled "Change." You will also see what program is listed to open the file. If you select "Change," you can select a different program. Sometimes this is beneficial to do for a variety of reasons such as switching to Sumatra to open PDFs instead of Adobe. Sumatra takes up fewer resources.

Manually Repair Broken File Associations

You can also reset file extension associations manually:

1.    Right click on the file

2.    Select Open With

3.    Select Choose Program

4.    Select your program that you want to use to open the file

5.    Select OK

Run chkdsk

The chkdsk, a command-line tool, can be used to repair or fix file system errors. To run this application:

  1. Select Start
  2. Select Run
  3. Type: cmd
  4. Click OK
  5. Type: chkdsk c:
  6. Reboot the computer

Problems Downloading File Extension Software

If you are having difficulty downloading file extension software, double check to make sure that you are downloading the proper application for your operating system. Close all other applications when downloading any new programs.

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EXE Files Don’t Work

I cannot download anything and I cannot delete the problem program. My Internet Explorer is not working correctly. My .exe files cannot load. Try to run spyware, adware, spyware program and nothing. Something is blocking me and also I have cookies that will not delete. Susan Keenan

EXE Files Don't Work

Due to the number of issues that you are having including the fact that your exe files don't work, it sounds as though your computer has been infected by a powerful form of malware. Since that is a serious problem, try the first set of directions first to see if you can fix the problem. If that does not work, you can continue with the other listed options in the order that makes sense to you. Cookies aren't really a serious issue, but once you go through the fixes, you should be able to go back to deleting your cookies.

Safe Mode with Internet 

Turn the computer on. As soon as it begins to boot up, press the "F8" key on the keyboard. Select the option to use Safe Mode with Internet. Once you get into your operating system, try an online virus scanner such as Housecall to get rid of whatever form of malware has infected the computer.

Reset EXE File Extension

In addition, your .exe file association may be broken. You can reset it using the following instructions: 

1.    Open the registry (Go to Start > Run and type regedit into the box. Click OK)

2.    Search for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT|.exe

3.    Change the value listed for "Default" to exefile

4.    Search for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT|.exefile|shell|open|command

5.    Change the value for "Default" to"%1"%*

6.    Reboot

Additional information about restoring the .exe file association is detailed on the Filetonic Restore EXE File Association page.

Repair the Operating System

If you have the disk for your operating system, use it to complete a repair of your system. This should fix any errors due to corrupt files.

Use the Scan Disk Utility

Run the "scan disk utility" to see if it will fix the error. Complete these steps to run it:

  1. Navigate to and select "Start."
  2. Navigate to and select "Programs."
  3. Navigate to and select "Accessories."
  4. Navigate to and select "System Tools."
  5. Navigate to and select "Scan Disk." Make sure you also select the correct drive for scanning. Select the option for a thorough scan as well as automatically fix errors.

Reinstall the Operating System

If need be, you can save any documents and files that you need to keep and reinstall your operating system completely. This should be your last ditch effort though as it is similar to starting out completely from scratch.

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Working with AFW Files

The update for my modem (Billion 7404VGP) has an ‘afw' file extension which Windows does not recognize. I bought RegCure, which did clean up my registry but still cannot update my modem. Please help ... I can only make calls from my modem setup, which is not possible until I update.Susan Keenan

It is important to follow certain steps when updating your Billion 7404VGP modem in order to avoid any problems with the installation. If you follow these steps completely, you should not have a problem with the .afw update not recognized by Windows. In some cases, the .afw file has been renamed as a .tar file and renaming it back to the .afw file and following the directions included here makes it possible to complete the Billion modem update.

Basically, you need to visit the Web interface for the Billion modem to access the firmware. You also need to realize that the .afw file is compressed and needs to be decompressed before it is usable.

AFW Update Not Recognized

If you have forgotten to unzip the .afw file, you will not be able to open it. Unzip the file using WinRAR, WinZip, or similar application before attempting the next set of directions.

Steps for Modem Update

1. Open your web browser.

2. Enter the default IP address for the modem http://192.168.1.1.254/ in the address bar.

3. Type "admin" into the username and password fields.

4. Select "Software Version."

5. Select "Configuration."

6. Select "System."

7. Select "Firmware Upgrade."

8. Select "Browse" and select the .afw file that you have already downloaded to your computer.

9. Select "Upgrade." It can take two minutes or longer for this process to take place.

Tips for Completing a Modem Update

It is best to close all running applications when completing a modem update. This includes anti-virus applications that might be running real-time protection as these can interfere with the process. Avoid touching any buttons on the router or computer during the update. If you lose power during the modem updating process, it is possible that you will have to go through the procedure all over again. Billion has a terrific manual that you can download from the Internet to help guide you through this process.

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Opening EST Files

I have a document with an EST file extension. How can I get it to open? Susan Keenan

Several different types of EST files exist which means that the type of program that you use to open a document using the EST file extension depends on the program that created it. If you are having difficulty opening an EST file, most likely, your computer is missing the application or drivers needed to do so.

What is the EST file extension?

The EST file extension has been associated with certain types of software. The most common forms of file extension EST are travel and map files. Although not as common, certain language files used in earlier Web applications and data files portraying construction data or other types of information contain .est extensions.

Opening EST Files

Files containing the EST file extension should be opened with the original program that created it if at all possible. A number of programs designed to open documents with the EST file extension also exist. If you know which type of EST file you are dealing with, then you should use the appropriate application to open it.

Programs that Open the EST File Extension

Programs that open documents using the EST file extension on a Windows-based operating system include:

  • Microsoft's Streets and Trips (multiple versions starting with the year 2000)
  • Webalizer Language Program (.01)
  • InfoTech's Estimator Application
  • ICE (Interactive Cost Estimating) 2000
  • EasySTONE
  • National Estimator Program

In general, you must use the version of the program that created the file you are trying to open. However, the latest version of Microsoft's Streets and Trips is capable of opening files created using earlier versions of its software.

A number of programs that you can use to open EST file extensions are offered free or for a fee. One such program is the .EST File Open & Repair Tool.

Additionally, EST files created by Microsoft's Streets and Trips can also be opened using GPS software. This might depend on the brand of GPS software that you attempt to use, but popular brands such as Magellan, Garmin, iPhone, and Nokia should work.

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