If your computer crashes or is shut down unexpectedly at the exact time that WatchMe is saving the configuration file, it can sometimes become corrupted (this is relatively rare, but it can happen). When this happens, the next time you launch WatchMe you will see the following error:

It appears that your timer configuration file has been corrupted and cannot be loaded.

The warning message explains what you should do to fix it, but if you missed it, here’s what you need to do.

  1. Find where your current WatchMeConfig.xml file is located. See this page for more information on where WatchMe stores its files.
  2. Once you have located the file, delete it.
  3. If you have .bak files in the same directory (you should as long as you had WatchMe configured to do automatic backups), find the most recent .bak file and rename it to WatchMeConfig.xml.
  4. Restart WatchMe. If you renamed a .bak file you will have your timers back as of the last time a backup was made. If you didn’t have any .bak files available, when you restart WatchMe a brand new configuration file with default timers will be created.

We highly recommend that you have the backup system in WatchMe turned on AND you also frequently backup your configuration files to a secondary location (storing/running them in Dropbox is a good way of maintaining a backup and versions). This way if corruption happens again in the future, you can easily restore an up-to-date configuration file and avoid losing work.

It’s also a good idea to carefully review all of the information on this page so that you understand exactly how WatchMe uses its files.