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File recovery from non-booting PC [Update: Windows keys]
Today I was browsing some webs that I probably should not have been on, and I got hit with a trojan which immediately hijacked my system, and made it so I couldn't launch internet browsers and was generally going to town on my computer and throttling my cpu doing god knows what. I yanked out the ethernet cord and powered the computer down quickly to try to halt its progress until I could figure out what to do, but to my horror I cannot boot into windows anymore and I am guessing I shut it down while it was in the middle of corrupting my windows install. Specifically, booting up gets to the windows xp screen with the blue loading bar and past that about 10 seconds of blank screen, some flickering and a big fat BSOD. I didn't write down the error but it was a fatal error and something about being unable to sign in to windows, same one every time, even booting in safe mode and every other boot variant I could try.
I found a tutorial which was theoretically supposed to let me use the Recovery console when booting off a windows XP disk to copy fresh windows files to my computer and get it to boot up on barebones and then recover back to a previous point. The plan was to copy a few folders that I want to try to save and then nuke my install and start over fresh. After following the first portion of the tutorial though, now I simply get a chain reboot after it goes through the mobo startup stuff with no bsod. For those curious here are the exact lines I put into the recovery console
Is there any obvious reason why this isn't working before I pursue less favorable routes? I know enough about windows that I understand In abstract what I was doing in the console, but I'm at a loss for what else I can try there.
So moving on from this option, I guess my next choice is to use the actual REPAIR tool on the boot CD, which, if I am not mistaken should still preserve the personal data that I want to save, right? Am I running the risk of still losing the data doing it this way or is it relatively safe?
The final wrench in the gears with this whole fiasco is that I just fished up where I had written down my (legitimate)XP cd key.. and 2-3 digits are smudged away because I am a twat and used a marker on the cd sleeve with a glossy finish to write it down. If I can get the first solution to work, I can run rockxp and find out what my key is again, otherwise I have heard that I might be able to get a new key if I call microsoft and give them serial info from my xp disk?