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I have a windows application whose data is stored in xml file. Due to insufficient knowledge of the program, my employee deleted the entire data/records in the xml file by running clear command in the application.

Is there a way, I can restore the file to it's earlier state, say 1 day or two days ago ? The operating system in use is windows xp and the application was developed uses foxpro.

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Unfortunately, no. Windows XP has no built in version control, nor does FoxPro. Without proper backups, you are out of luck.

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Don't have any backup. May be that was a big mistake – Pankaj Upadhyay Aug 24 '11 at 7:32
BTW when you mentioned XP has no built in version control, does this mean that Windows 7 support this facility ?? – Pankaj Upadhyay Aug 24 '11 at 12:03
Win 7 does have have a version control system tied to the system restore functionality. Its not the most convenient thing to use. You are better off using a real backup program. – Keltari Aug 24 '11 at 16:53

You can recommend recovery software to your customers. Just google recover deleted files. Most of this tools are shareware.

But it is not warranty about 100% recovery.

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Recovery software works better when a file's been deleted - I think he deleted the data, and left the file intact. You might also want to improve your answer by suggesting specific file recovery software you know works , rather than suggesting google – Journeyman Geek Aug 24 '11 at 6:52
@gavekoa, The file has not been deleted. It exists with no records. – Pankaj Upadhyay Aug 24 '11 at 7:31

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