Restoring Lost Data Files

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I just uninstalled a program by running its uninstall file (unwise.exe). But I first had to cut and paste the "install.log" file to my desktop. I had previously tried a regular uninstall through add/remove but I got an error message: "couldn't open the install.log file". So I cut and pasted it to my desktop and pointed unwise.exe there.

The uninstall proceeded but REMOVED ALL the files and shortcuts from my desktop and they are NOT NOW IN MY RECYCLE BIN.

Is there ANYTHING I can do to get them back? I had important files on my desktop that I created in the past 24 hours. Note: I tried a system restore but it was too far back. They weren't on my external hard drive, either, which is automated to backup every 24 hours.

I'm running Windows XP.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
 
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I just uninstalled a program by running its uninstall file (unwise.exe). But I first had to cut and paste the "install.log" file to my desktop. I had previously tried a regular uninstall through add/remove but I got an error message: "couldn't open the install.log file". So I cut and pasted it to my desktop and pointed unwise.exe there.

The uninstall proceeded but REMOVED ALL the files and shortcuts from my desktop and they are NOT NOW IN MY RECYCLE BIN.

Is there ANYTHING I can do to get them back? I had important files on my desktop that I created in the past 24 hours. Note: I tried a system restore but it was too far back. They weren't on my external hard drive, either, which is automated to backup every 24 hours.

I'm running Windows XP.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
Start off with a couple of free utilities which I've found to be quite effective. Rest2514 from http://www.win-freeware.com/REST2514.htm and Recuva from http://www.piriform.com might get them back. If they don't there are other possibilities but which have to be paid for.
 
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Is there ANYTHING I can do to get them back?
Also, try not to use the machine if possible or at least try not to write anything to the drive till the files are recovered. This will lessen the possibility of the files getting overwritten and make recovery easier if they are recoverable.
 
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