Hi there. My PC has recently decided not to work, giving me the common message "c:\windows\system32\config\system is missing or corrupt....". I have it under good authority that the way to fix this is to reinstall windows (I've tried fixboot, chkdsk, etc...). However, if I do this I will loose all of my data. The folks at my local PC World said I could back up all my files by starting the computer in safe mode, but when I try to do this it just restarts - the only way I can make any sort of progress with the machine is by booting it via CD. What I want to know is is there any other way of backing up my files? I was half-thinking along the lines of a Linux CD (I read something about this but didn't fully understand it). And if not, could I guarantee that data recovery software would be able to get my files back after having reinstalled windows?
Thanks in advance for any help, I'm in dire straights right now.