When things go wrong with MSWord, knowing what is needed to fix it fast is more than about convenience, it’s also about preventing the cost to your budget for being down. If there is a risk that the documents you have created are lost, replacing and regenerating them could break the project. It is important that you use the right tool right away before time and money are lost. There is a difference between using a recovery or repair program to restore Word functioning. Understanding which you need will speed up the process and get you back to operating at full speed.
Repair the environment
When it is the program itself that has revealed a bug or glitch in its system, you need to repair the environment. Many non-programmers don’t understand how a bug works, thinking it is something that always goes wrong at a certain point. This is because they are visualizing a bug that is sitting still as soon as they say the word, but a bug crawls and sometimes very fast.
In Word repair, a series of scanning programs are launched to identify what sectors of the code are corrupt and causing the problem. From there, the repair program can access a library of patches that will fix the area. The patches are small pieces of code that replace or reroute the directions given by a code with a bug. A bug is not a virus or some external implant, but a problem or weakness with the original code.
No program is perfect when it is released, some programs contain thousands of lines of code and it is unrealistic to think the developer can find ever subtle nuance of weakness in their program, they don’t have the resources. They do have millions of users who will buy and use the program and generate enough instances of use to discover any bugs that were missed in-house. As they are found, repair patches are issued. If you don’t know which bug is specifically causing your problem, using a program for Word is the best way to go.
A document created in Word can become unreadable for many reasons. The primary one is that something has gone wrong in the architecture of the hard drive or storage drive it is on that has corrupted the file. For this, you need a program that can perform Word recovery. When you recover Word documents, the program is recasting the attached code within the data of the documents to allow it to be lifted out of where it is stored by fixing the corruption. This won’t fix what caused the problem in the first place, but you can move your documents over to safer storage while you use a recovery program on the storage system.
Alan Chen is President and Chairman of DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies. For more information on Word recovery or other recovery/repair software, visit DataNumen for our products or take advantage of our Advanced Any File Repair Service.