I helped folk do this years ago. Here's the link -> http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm
SEVEN years later the newer Live CDs from Ubuntu are even easier. Go get your files.
2. RESETTING THE PASSWORD.
I do that with NTPASSWD. Free. It's on google.
3. OTHER LIVE ANTIVIRUS CDs.
I have recently gotten a virus on my computer and I am unable to access my original account. Somehow another password protected admin account has been created and mine has been disabled. Obviously I don't have the password for this account that was created and I am stuck. I have tried starting in safe mode, with and without, command prompt to possibly try to do a system restore or at least access some important files (not sure what else to do). I don't want to reinstall Vista, if at all possible, because I really need some of the files that I have stored on the hard drive. I was wondering if there is a way to gain access to the system by getting around this account which I didn't create. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
From now on I will definitely be backing up my important or actually my whole drive, on a regular basis!