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Posted Sunday, November 10, 2019 - Post #40164
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Help!

For the last couple of years, I have been working on GenoPro just by clicking on the program exe file. This has always allowed me to work on a genogram/file that was already present when the program started. At the end of a session, I would save, and then close the program.

I thought this was saving the last used gno file.

But when I did a Windows search of the hard disk in September, I saw that the last *.gno file it came up with was dated 1 January 2018. While (now) the last time I worked in GenoPro was 2 October 2019. A lot of work was done on the genogram in this period.

So a big problem surfaced today, as I have replaced my hard disk. For some reason, when I first launched the GenoPro.exe file (from backup of old hard disk), rather than startup already with the genogram I was working on when I last closed the program, the program required me to re-register the application with GenoPro. And as one might imagine, the newly registered app when launched no longer opens with that same genogram file, nor does it have any file history of recently opened gno files. So all work in the last two years seems lost!

Are there some hidden and/or temporary files that GenoPro uses (I have 2011 version) that it calls up when the program launches that would contain the October 2019 genogram? I saw in one post that while open, GenoPro works on an xml file that becomes a gno when saved? Is there something in the Windows Registry that can help me here - I possibly can still use the old hard disk if worst come to worse.

Edited: Monday, November 11, 2019 by 104208
Posted Sunday, November 10, 2019 - Post #40165
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I am thinking I might have to put the old SSD back into the laptop and launch GenoPro there so as to access the genogram/file that was in "memory" the last time the program was running.

But if I do so, will the executable file there have the same problem, so that I lose permanently any temporary file the GenoPro was using on the old SSD???

In other words, is the registration number of GenoPro linked to the Windows or SSD serial number, to keep license to one user. Or is it just a question of there being no GenoPro registration number found in the Registry of the new SSD when I first ran the program?

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Edited: Monday, November 11, 2019 by 104208
Posted Monday, November 11, 2019 - Post #40166
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There is no temporary file that I am aware of. My only suggestion is that GenoPro maintains a list of recent files in the registry under key Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DanMorin.com\GenoPro\Recent File List which should tell you where GenoPro was saving your .gno.

So if you can find a copy or backup of your user's registry file from your old disc (NTUSER.DAT file under your user profile directory) you could load that using Registry Editor (select HKEY_USERS then File/Load Hive and select the NTUSER.DAT file and choose and temporary key name for it) . Examine the list of files and see if any still remain in your backup. Remember to unload the hive (File / Unload Hive ) before closing Registry Editor.


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Edited: Monday, November 11, 2019 by genome
Posted Monday, November 11, 2019 - Post #40167
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Thanks Legendary Master,

I will try your suggestion (but will have to do so using the old disk, as my ntuser.dat was not backed up from it for some reason).

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I recall a similar case of a "missing file" that occurred about a year ago. 

It seems to have something to do with the way GenoPro.exe (version 11) handles (or was handling) files being worked on using a previously saved gno file (as if the same name prevented saving over the previous file upon exiting). In this particular case, I had saved a file named "genealogy.3.gno", and then continued working on it many times after the save. Every time I would exit GenoPro.exe and then relaunch it, it always gave me the new, updated genogram file I had been working on at the time of the last exit, calling it (in the header) "genealogy.3.gno". So something was being saved somewhere, and I assumed I was saving new versions of the same file. But one time, when I opened another gno file and then tried opening "genealogy.3.gno" again, perhaps clicking on the gno file in the GenoPro directory, I found that I was opening the version saved several weeks earlier, and there was no record anywhere in the disk of the newer "genealogy.3.gno" file I (thought I) had been working on up until that same day.

Which makes me think that the solution proposed by you might give me in the registry "genealogy.3.gno" as the last file worked on, but that the only "genealogy.3.gno" file that can be found on the disk is the last one that was saved with that name (13 August 2017).

Edited: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by 104208
Posted Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - Post #40168
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Legendary Master,

I checked the NTUSER on the old disk, and as suspected, it showed the "genealogy.3.gno" as the last file used (both in the Last File key and File1 of the Recent Files key).

As mentioned in message yesterday, the date shown in file explorer for that "genealogy.3.gno" file is 13 August 2017 (!), even though I have been constantly working on that genogram up to mid October 2019. Just cannot figure out where all that work has gone. This work is even "confirmed" by the search data key found in the old ntuser.dat, which shows recent searches, done long after 2017.

I am going to try and boot up the laptop directly from the old disk, and see if then launching GenoPro.exe will bring up the new genogram. Cannot think of anything else to do.

Edited: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by 104208
Posted Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - Post #40169
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Found it! 

Was in the directory C:\Users\[my user name]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\GenoPro on the old disk.

Did not even know such a directory existed (AppData is a hidden folder), although I had seen "VirtualStore" mentioned in the registry.
Posted Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - Post #40170
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That must be a relief!

Windows protects the Program Files folder and a user attempt to write to it gets diverted to the VitualStore in the users profile. Maybe GenoPro defaults to its current directory for saving files I.e. Program Files\GenoPro when ‘My Documents’ would be a better choice.

In hindsight perhaps time to start using GenoPro’s Online Backup? Personally I prefer DropBox as it can be set to save multiple versions of the same file.


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