Windows 10 just updated without my permission. It asked earlier today, and I said NO. I came back from a short walk just now and Windows was in the middle of an update.

Microsoft Word came up at boot, but none of my 3 previously opened documents were open. Word automatically started with a blank document. I opened the document I was working on, and a brief message popped up (2 seconds), with no buttons, that said "pick up where you left off 5 minutes ago," and then disappeared. I assumed I was okay, until I looked at the document. This version is from YESTERDAY. I have worked on this for HOURS today.

Latest version of MS Office, Latest version of Windows 10.


To answer your question, look in your Word options under Save settings to see where temporary files are stored. You may be able to get them back from there

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    For other readers, there was a .ASD in the directory set up to auto-save every 3 minutes. Killing Windows with the task manager and restarting didn't open auto-recovery options. When selecting auto-recovery from within Word - it didn't find any files, and it was looking in .../office instead of in .../word , where the file was. Why Word doesn't know where it puts its own files is a mystery. I manually opened the ASD file by browsing to it from Word. – user905474 Aug 10 at 1:15
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    @Jason_93 how did you kill Windows from task manager? – Jungkook Aug 10 at 9:45
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    Jason meant Word, I think. – user253751 Aug 10 at 13:20
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    Correction, killing "Word" with the task manager. This is a technique I read about to get Word to do a recovery check at restart. – user905474 Aug 10 at 16:57
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    @Jungkook I know your question has already been answered (sort of), but I'll answer it, regardless; back in the old days, prior to Windows 7, if I recall correctly, Windows did not block you from killing certain, system-critical tasks via Task Manager. If, on such older systems, you killed, for example, the Windows Logon process, you'd be greeted with a fatal error message and Windows would require a reboot. – Tom Lint Aug 11 at 14:18

Since Word 2013, the program automatically saves the files in a temporary place without asking the user opinion. You mentioned you're using the latest version of Office, so you might be safe.

From Microsoft.com:

When Office app closes unexpectedly before you save your most recent changes, Document Recovery automatically opens the next time you open the Office app to help you get your file back.

How do I decide which files to save?

document recovery

If you see multiple files in the Available Files list on the Document Recovery pane and you're not sure which ones to save, the date and creation time of any automatically saved document appears under the document name, which may give you a clue about which file you want to recover. If you see multiple versions of the same file, you'll probably want to open the one with the most recent time because it will have the most recent changes. You can also click each file to open the document and review it. After opening any file in the list, you can continue working in it, and you can close the Document Recovery pane when you have recovered all documents that you want to save.

You can quickly delete unwanted files by clicking the arrow next to the file name, and then clicking Delete.

If you click Close without reviewing all recovered files, you'll see an option to view them again later. The next time you open the application you'll have the option to save or remove those autorecover files.

Yes, I want to view these files later (safest option) - Select this option if you are not sure whether you need the data in the recovered versions of the files.

No, remove the files. I have saved the files I need - Select this option if you are sure you don't need the data in the recovered versions of the files.

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    oops, read in the other comment that the recovery window didn't appear! But you found the recovery files manually, good job! – Magnetic_dud Aug 11 at 14:01

I have disabled windows update, have to do it every time I do run an update as it sneakily changes my system settings back again. Having had to re=install my machines 4 times after failed updates I want to know before it starts just what has been said about it, usually bad failures, sorry guys but at 68 I can't afford to waste my life correcting MS errors.

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