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Microsoft Streets and Trips: An unnamed file has a bad format
chefron
I have been using Microsoft Streets and Trips 2004 for a long time. I uninstalled it, and then later reinstalled it. Now, I get "an unnamed file has a bad format" when I try to open an existing map. However, anything made since the reinstall will open. What is going on?
Marvin Hlavac
Hi chefron,

Welcome to Laptop GPS World.

I think this 'An unnamed file has a bad format' may be an error a user gets when s/he attempts to open in an older version of the program a Streets & Trips file saved in a newer S&T version. Is this what you are trying to do?
chefron
Actually, it is the same version of Streets and Trips that created the map originally. I just re-installed the same program I had been using. S&T just does not work on the previously made maps. Odd.
Ken in Regina
Have you changed the operating system in the mean time? Say, from XP to Vista?

...ken...
chefron
i have not. still using the same xp home version that has been there for 2 years.
tcassidy
If you want to attach an est file, I have 2004 on another computer and can try it. I'll probably get the same result as you if the file is damaged but who knows.

Terry
mrlong
I have both 2004 and 2007 on my laptop because I have some older maps. I'm running Vista, and only recently have been getting the same error when clicking on a map that I've made. The map will load, with the version that created it, if you right click on the map and choose 'open with'. The same error comes up if you 'open with' with a different version though. I think it's the system not Streets & Trips though.
umanemo
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I installed my new Autoroute 2010 today and then realized it was a German version! So I went to Uninstall Programs, uninstalled it.

Now when I click on shortcuts that are on my desktop made in my previous version, Autoroute 2007, the splash for Autoroute 2010 pops up and then a moment later I get a warning "An unamed file has a bad format" which hangs-up the file access process. I can no longer access these files from the desktop.

This only happens with shortcuts on the desktop, even if I open the old files and then re-write them on my desktop; but If I go directly to files in my directory I can open them by double click with out any hang-ups.

How do I clean up and remove(uninstall) all traces of the Autoroute 2010 install to remove this glitch?

PS. I have tried an advanced uninstaller "Revo" but to no avail! Still hanging up my old AR2007 desktop shortcuts.
tcassidy
Oper AR 2007 and open one of your shortcuts. If that doesn't reset it go to Folder Options and the File Types tab. find the shortcut type (AXE I think) which will be pointing to AR 2010 and select the 'Change' button. Select your preferred program (AR 2007) from the list, make sure the 'Always use this program...' is checked and select OK.

Terry
tcassidy
If they open properly from the folder, maybe that is not the problem. Right click on each shortcut and select Properties. I think you will find the 'Target' and'Start in' fields will be pointing to the wrong place.

Terry
Ken in Regina
When you had the newer version of AR installed it changed the shortcuts to look in the new Program Files folder.

Delete the desktop shortcut for launching AR and create a new one by using My Computer to go to the AR2007 folder in Program Files, right-click on the .EXE file and select "Send To...", then select "Desktop (create shortcut)".

The file associations are just fine if you can double-click the map files and AR launches properly.

...ken...
umanemo
Oh I really feel like an idiot now! I have dealt with the "Opens With..." protocols before and it never dawned on me to apply it here. I was so darned upset with the software being in German and all that it clouded my ability to recall that trick. THANKS FOR THE RENEWED BRAIN CELLS YOU'ALL wouldn't have gotten there with out your help! Once Again!
tcassidy
Glad to hear you knew what we were talking about. That is always the hard part!!

Terry
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