I remove the drive with the files that can't be lost. I install a new blank drive, install Vista to the new drive then place my "save me!" drive as slave or on another channel, boot up and copy the files out to backup DVDs etc.
If you find a customer that refuses to do this they really don't want to save the files...
Two days ago, I tried to logout of Vista to go home and Vista kept giving me a error message. So I restarted my computer. From that moment on, it will open Vista.
With my Vista CD in hand, I have tried
1) a System Restore to a week ago and it didn't work.
2) allowing Vista to try and repair the problem (it actually admits it can't repair it)
3) Running through a complete diagnostic off of the drivers CD (it all passed).
4) It also won't let me update instead of doing a reinstall because it says that the update is disabled (why disabled? I don't know!)
Dell won't help b/c it is past the warranty.
What should I try at this point? Complete lose of all data by reinstalling Vista as a last option is freaking me out.
Should I try to do some sort of Bootrec.exe option? If so, what exactly will that do/help?
Thanks for any and all help!