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Heres what happened to my computer and where im at now: I had a virus (one that ran "paycheck.exe" I believe) and started it in safe mode, ran norton, adaware, spybot and hijackthis , restarted my computer in normal mode, the virus was still active so I manually turned my computer off and on to get to the "the following files are missing or corrupt: /windows/system32/config" I searched and found my vendor(emachine)'s restore cd and when i put it in only had 2 options: To reformat and lose all of my data or just run a comand prompt from the cd. So I cant get into the recovery console because I dont have a windows XP cd. I was thinking I could either: -wait and try to get ahold of a windows XP cd and try through the recovery console -Install Linux and backup my files (although I dont know if id lose my data or not, and if so then this option is pointless) Other than this I dont know what to do, the big delima is that I dont want to lose any of my data. Can anyone help?

Also I tried to start the recovery process just to see if it happened to give me more options and now the original error isnt even there anymore, just a blank blinking cursor for dos but i can still get to the options on the cd when i boot up with it
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My guess is that everything on your harddrive is either corrupt or wiped out anyway, so if there isnt anything too, too important on that harddrive then just formatt. If there is very important stuff then you could always pay 360+ dollers to get data recovery.
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well I highly doubt everything is corrupt. Its more likely that during a virus scan you deleted something that Windows needs to run, I know thats what happened to me. Unfortunately I think the only thing to do is get the Windows XP cd and try to repair the OS.
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I got access to a recovery console cd but when i try to follow the steps at http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545 it says access denied when i try to type md tmp

it says to enter the admin password when prompted to do so but i was never prompted to do so so i dont know what to do, anyone?

also when i tried chkdsk it said "the volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems." so that doesnt look good
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Try to burn a knoppix live cd. Then see if you can backup your files from there...could work.
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Did you disable Auto Recovery in Windows before going to scan in Safe Mode?
Those pesty virus/Trojans/etc... can get into the recovery files
    
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