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What free app opens swm file?

by masco1976 / June 18, 2011 12:36 AM PDT
I am trying to open up my back-up file on windows 7 but i need a free please app Thank You
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Clarification Request
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 18, 2011 4:32 AM PDT

1. What is a swm file? doesn't seem to apply?
2. What program did you use to make that file?
3. Needing a free app implies the data has no worth. If the data would be worth, say, $100, a $90 app still would be a good investment. Why care about worthless data?


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Holy Cow
by Mrose520 / June 3, 2016 9:13 PM PDT
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OP: I have a similar situation and I'd like to know how you solved your problem. Windows 7 prompted me to make a back up and I did, with a usb. Now, I have had a system crash and am trying to restore my photos. Please let me know how your situation turned out. Kees seems like a robot without any family photos saved on any of their devices and who also has an endless amount of expendable income and doesn't understand the investment in family photos and their maintenance.

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Re: solved?
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 4, 2016 1:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Holy Cow

In mu post below (June 19, 2011 4:00 AM PDT ) I gave a link that should have solved the problem. If your problem is the same, it should help also. If your problem is different, it might not help.
Since my Windows 7 has never asked me to do a backup, it's not clear (to me) what backup program you used. But I wonder if it's a full (image) backup. You need a really small system and a really large USB stick for it to fit. So there's a chance (alas) that it doesn't even contain your family photo's.

My own family photo's, apart from my normal PC, are stored on a backup disk on another PC, and on an external disk I keep safely stored at work. Other people use some free cloud service (like Dropbox, Google Drive or Onedrive) to keep a backup. Two GB of free storage at Dropbox is good for 5000 high resolution pictures. You can't call that an investment, can you?

Post was last edited on June 4, 2016 1:23 AM PDT

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by masco1976 / June 18, 2011 11:50 AM PDT

I'm sorry I should have explained that I backed up files on DVD and had to completely restore my Acer Windows 7. Now when I try to recover some of my files I cannot open without a swm which says I need and redirects to Windows to find file match...Not much luck there. All I am trying to do is get my photos. Thank you for any help you can suggest.

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Re: backup
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 18, 2011 11:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Clarification

That's half of a clarification. The user manual of the program you used to backup those files should tell how to restore them. Your might need to reinstall that program if it's not present after the complete restore.

I asked for the name of that program (my question #2), but you didn't answer that.


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Windows Back-up
by masco1976 / June 19, 2011 2:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: backup

I used the windows 7 backup and when I try to restore the files that is when I get you need a swm file to open

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Re: backup and restore
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 19, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Windows Back-up
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