This is exactly what I use KNOPPIX for. I'll supply a link in a moment. Since you may have a network, a KNOPPIX CD could be booted and you could copy your files out to the other machine. Here's a discussion about such.
I'd love to not a non-destructive XP repair, but saving your files is the first step.
Need advice, please. My Compaq Presario 700 with XP crashed yesterday. I have Roxio GoBack 3, but it fails to recover---just sits there and runs for hours and hours. I have now disabled GoBack 3 and inserted Norton Systemworks CD (which says it can be used as a recovery CD)--it gave me a WinXP screen at first (with no other words or symbols on the monitor) but now has nothing but a blank blue monitor.
(I'm using another computer in the same household to do this message). Any advice would be appreciated.
(p.s. I have 3 CDs for Compaq QuickRestore, but I a note that comes with those CDs says they will erase all data on my hard drive.)