One alternative is use the hard disk in another computer.
Get all the family pictures off that way before re-installing windows.
What was the last thing you did before it started this problem?
Help! I can't log into my computer. It logs me off immediately after log in. I can't log in through safe mode either. I tried several suggestions from other forums, but nothing is working, including editing the registry key from my recovery CD. Any suggestions before I give up and reinstall the operating system and lose all my family pictures?!? I'm using Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 3000. I'm pretty handy with my computer, but I'm far from a "computer wiz" and don't uderstand some of the lingo, so step by step instructions would be appreciated! Thanks!