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Solutions: Photos mistakenly erased from memory card might be recovered

I recently gave in and bought a digital camera, a Nikon. I loaded the programs, and then read the book. I took pictures, especially of my first time trip to China. Then I came home, and it must have been jet lag. I put the memory card in the reader and opened what I thought was Photoshop, but which turned out to be Adobe Photoshop Album Starter 3. Mistake No. 1. Then, after downloading all photos, I erased the memory card. Mistake No. 2. Of course, then I learned that this program doesn't exist anymore. So I can't recapture or send my photos elsewhere. I have tried Adobe, but you wait for a call back and then after they call you, you wait on hold. Any hope for recovery, or have I just learned another lesson in life?

Depending on how complete the erase was and assuming that you have not started taking more pictures, you may be able to use a free program such as Recuva ( to see if you can undelete some of your pictures that may still be physically on you memory card, just not in the file index. Connect your camera and just open it to view the files (My Computer, right-click the camera and select Open in new Window or Explorer). I'm not familiar with Adobe Photoshop Album Starter, but I'm sure there is a way to get your pictures back out. You might be able to connect with their support, and don't overlook the Adobe user forums at, which is probably your best support option.

I have an older Windows XP (SP3) Pentium 4 machine that we are planning to replace with a new Windows 7 machine. The primary reason we have kept the XP machine for so long is that we have several XP programs that we use regularly most notably Microsoft Money 2004. We have used this since 2004 to keep our bank statements, checkbook up to date, etc. It is my understanding that Windows 7 Professional is supposed to allow users to run Windows XP programs. However, I have been unable to locate any definitive information on this. I really do not want to lose 7 years worth of Microsoft Money records.

The feature you're looking for is called Program Compatibility. Open the Program Compatibility Wizard by clicking Start, Control Panel, Programs and then click "Run programs made for previous versions of Windows." Follow the instructions. You can find more information about the Windows Compatibility Program at

I have a Dell laptop, and when I am writing an e-mail the curser jumps back within the body of what I have already written. If I am not watching every word, I have to see where the curser has moved to and make corrections. Any cure for this?

Try modifying the laptop's touchpad sensitivity settings by going to Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Devices and Printers, Mouse. Check the available tabs, one should read "Device Settings" and will be specific to the Dell drivers controlling your mouse touchpad. Look for and adjust the Sensitivity settings.

Send questions to [email protected] or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Solutions: Photos mistakenly erased from memory card might be recovered 10/23/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 23, 2011 5:15pm]
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