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I have uninstalled an older version of ICQ. I triple checked that I did NOT, in the uninstall process, set it to delete the historical conversations (and anything else related to ICQ history). Then I downloaded and installed latest version of ICQ.

All my past logs of history conversations are gone. I checked 10 times through the entire Documents and Settings folder (yes entire one), also clicked every single contact with right mouse button, chose ''History'' option. Everything is gone and there were some extremely important details in the saved conversations within older version of ICQ.

I tried R-Undelete, Glary Utilities, Restoration, Avira Unerase, Recuva recovery softwares and nothing works. I must get my logs of history chats back. Please help.

Same question for PIDGIN messenger.

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What 5 different recovery softwares have you tried? please add this to the question –  MalwareManiac Dec 21 '12 at 20:31
    
done. Hopefully someone could please help. I need the data urgently :-( –  MyName Dec 21 '12 at 20:37
    
See my answer :) hopefully that works for you. Let me know –  MalwareManiac Dec 21 '12 at 20:43

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Try using system restore to roll back your computer to before you updated ICQ.

Keep in mind this will restore all data to the date that you select including any instant messaging you have done since.

The link above tells you how to access system restore. This link gives you step-by-step instructions.

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MalwareManiac I have 3 questions about your answer. First is if you could please tell me how can I restore it back then to the current time? I have been doing many work and need it to be restored back to the current time after saving logs to the cd/usb key. Second is: are you sure this will restore ICQ history chats logs? I am asking because I already uninstalled older version on purpose to install latest one. Third is there any way to then test/check that restore back to the current time was successful? Any good method to check this? I know I could just update icq it but its too late :-( –  MyName Dec 21 '12 at 20:50
    
MalwareManiac hello? –  MyName Dec 21 '12 at 21:28
    
@MyName unfortunately you cant restore it back to current time after you run the system restore. Your best bet would be to make an image of your drive using Macrium Reflect and save to an external drive or some other storage device, then you can restore your computer using system restore, save whatever you need off to a usb drive, then restore the image back to the hard drive –  MalwareManiac Dec 21 '12 at 21:29
    
does that make sense? (sorry about the delay) –  MalwareManiac Dec 21 '12 at 21:30
    
Is restoring then available on some virtual computer where I could simply deleted the restored file (virtual hard drive from the past)? not sure if you know what i mean.. something like restoring on virtual place but without effecting ''real'' hard drive. I don't have experiences with vmware or similar applications. Is this what you meant with Macrium Reflect software? –  MyName Dec 21 '12 at 22:02

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