Recovery If You Cannot Open the Document in Works Word Processor
If you are unable to open the damaged document in Microsoft Works word processor application, there are still steps that may allow recovery. Try opening the document in Microsoft WordPad to recover the text of the document. Open the Start menu, point to All Programs, click on Accessories and then select WordPad. When WordPad opens, click the Open button and navigate to the corrupt document or type in the file path and name of the document. Click Open. If WordPad prompts you to convert the file, select No Conversion.
If there is illegible text or characters at the beginning and end of the document, select and delete it all. Go to the File menu and select Save As. Enter a different name for the document and click OK. Close WordPad. Open Microsoft Works word processor application and open the file you saved with a different name. Go to the File menu, click Save As and select a word processor extension in the Files of Type list, such as Works WP. Name the file and click OK.
If none of the previous methods allow you to recover the document, you may be able to recover it using the Windows Command Prompt. This recovery method will cause you to lose all of the Microsoft Works document's formatting and should be used as a last ditch effort to recover the file.
Click the Start button and click Run. Type cmd into the Open box and press Enter. Type copy con+document name.wps document name.txt, replacing document name with the name of the document you are trying to recover. Press Enter. You will see the prompt con appear in the command prompt window. Press the spacebar twelve times. Press the F6 key at the top of the keyboard and then press Enter. Type Exit and press Enter again. The command prompt window will close.
Open Microsoft Works word processing application. Go to the File menu and click Open. Select Text (.txt) in the Files of Type box. Look for a text document with the same name as the damaged file and click Open. Delete any characters or gibberish and save the file in document format.