none
How to recover a corrupt MS Project 2000 file? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have been working on a MS Project 2000 file when it crashed. I cannot open the file at all now.

    I get an error message saying: Error Signature: winproj.exe

    I am running Windows XP professional. The file was saved on our network server and I have tried copying it and opening it locally without success.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks…

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:23 PM

Answers

  • If you've literally overwritten the file with the same name, you probably have no hope of recovering it off the USB (see last suggestion though).

    If you were working off the computer, MS Project always saves a .BAK file to the same location where the .MPP file resides, so you might find that. It could be hidden so you need to show hidden files in Windows to check.

    If you were working off the USB, then you may find a .BAK file on there as well.

    Another possibility is temp directories on the computer you were working on. Try typing into the search bar on the computer you were working yourfilename.*

    Lastly, but a bit of a stretch, you could try downloading and running Project Recovery Kit

    http://www.all-recovery-inc.com/#!/mpprecoverytool

    on the USB key to see if by some chance it's got another deleted version named differently or a .BAK file perhaps to at least recover some of it. If you do find other versions of the file, DO NOT recover to your USB, recover to another drive from the USB.

    Non-commercial source:- http://www.filerepairforum.com/forum/microsoft/microsoft-aa/project/403-%E2%80%8Bproject-2003-project-cannot-open-the-file – must help you.
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:32 PM

All replies

  • Hi Gunterkneller,

    What version of Project are you using?  If you can share the file I have 2003 installed that should be able to open it...


    Ben Howard [MVP] | web | blog | book

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:33 PM
    Moderator
  • Did you pull the file from a Windows File Share or was it a third party tool that manages documents.  Some 3rd party tools like Documentum put hooks into the file that prevents you from taking it off site.  The Error signature looks like it has hooks from 3rd party

    Cheers!


    Michael Wharton, MVP, MBA, PMP, MCT, MCTS, MCSD, MCSE+I, MCDBA
    Website http://www.WhartonComputer.com
    Blog http://MyProjectExpert.com contains my field notes and SQL queries

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:33 PM
    Moderator
  • If you've literally overwritten the file with the same name, you probably have no hope of recovering it off the USB (see last suggestion though).

    If you were working off the computer, MS Project always saves a .BAK file to the same location where the .MPP file resides, so you might find that. It could be hidden so you need to show hidden files in Windows to check.

    If you were working off the USB, then you may find a .BAK file on there as well.

    Another possibility is temp directories on the computer you were working on. Try typing into the search bar on the computer you were working yourfilename.*

    Lastly, but a bit of a stretch, you could try downloading and running Project Recovery Kit

    http://www.all-recovery-inc.com/#!/mpprecoverytool

    on the USB key to see if by some chance it's got another deleted version named differently or a .BAK file perhaps to at least recover some of it. If you do find other versions of the file, DO NOT recover to your USB, recover to another drive from the USB.

    Non-commercial source:- http://www.filerepairforum.com/forum/microsoft/microsoft-aa/project/403-%E2%80%8Bproject-2003-project-cannot-open-the-file – must help you.
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:32 PM