I don't see how a document, already saved on the hard disk, can be "reset" to an earlier time.
Where on the hard disk was this document saved?
For this to have happened, a backup of the original doc (ie, before any changes were made), must have been taken and then, somehow, that backup must have replaced the newer version. But Microsoft Word, (if that is what you were using), doesn't create backups like that. Word will only create a backup, (.wbk extension), if it is set in Tools > Save > "Always create a backup" option. But even then, it creates a backup in the same folder where the original is stored, and only does so when the current doc is saved within Word. For the current document to be over-written, something must have searched your hard drive for .wbk and .doc files, deleted the .doc files, and then renamed the .wbk as .doc.
That just doesn't sound right to me.
System Restore creates backups, but not of personal documents. The only way System Restore could have changed a doc like that is if it had been stored in a folder where everything was backed up when creating a System Restore point, then replaced during a System Restore restoration. My Documents isn't backed up when an SR point is created. However, if you were saving files to your Desktop, then the files on your Desktop would have been backed up. It's dangerous to use the Desktop as anything other than a temporary work space for saving files. These two sites give more information on how System restore works;
Microsoft article, and
If that is what has happened, then you can try and "Undo" the last System Restore.
I have a question. What is the current date and time on your computer? If it is before now, change it, and reboot.
I had a word document and just today it reset itself to an earlier time. I have tryed recovery software but it hasn't helped because the file is still there but it is reset to an earlier date causing me to lose tons of work.
Heres the background, windows has problems loading my saved settings each time i log in, i use XP with office 2003.
I has reset my file to about a month back, causing all work on it in the past month to dissapear how do i find the text i had typed since then?
I noticed this today after i logged into another user besides the one i had been using.
How do I find the most recent file?