It is all files on the computer, when I realized I hadthe problem I decided to try and copy all my pictures onto disc to preserve them before I decided to used the dreaded restore. When I open a picture file it opens fine,but when i try to copy it to my disc drive nothing happens, even if I try and drag it the file doesnt move
Do you have another hard drive, or space for a new partition on the old drive? Temporarily install a new copy of windows into it, no need to activate it.... and see if that can access those files. This is safer than slaving the drive in case it is infected.
You could also use the Recovery Console from your XP installation disk to see if you can copy them, but if the files are in My Documents or on another drive [ie, not the OS or bootdrive] then you need to do a couple of things toa llow the RC to access them [it has limitations which need to be bypassed]:
Save this as a .reg file on your desktop and run it:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Start RC from your disk, then make these commands at the prompt:
set allowallpaths = true
set AllowRemovableMedia = true
set AllowWildCards = true
[set NoCopyPrompt = true]
And see what you can do.