I tried your advice BUT when I type: CD C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG, I get the message "folder not found" or something to that effect & when I type: MD BACKUP-I get the message: Access is Denied.
This is what I am currently doing: I re-installed Windows XP, BUT did it to a different folder which I called "Windowsss" . So now I have 2 windows installation on my PC-I moved the filed that I needed from the "Old Owner's Document folder" to the "New Owner's Document Folder". I installed some programs on the new installation & did a test-backup one of the files-it worked. I had other stuff to do so I didn't get to backup up all the files that I needed. I will back them up tonight & if I am successful I will format the Hard Drive this weekend & do a clean installation, unless I can get rid of the old one & keep the new one, but I am leaning to a complete new installation if I get to backup all my files.
Is this a good idea what I am doing?
PS. When I now boot up the computer I get the option of choosing which installation of windows to use-The new one & the "non working" one. So far the new installation is working fine.
THANKS FOR YOUR ADVISE.