Recovery from login loop

March 12, 2009 at 14:47:41
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a Dell E521 desktop with Vista Home Premium.

I booted it, got to the sign on screen, typed screen name, PW, and when I hit the return key, Windows proceeded to go into "Windows is Shutting Down" and rebooted back to the sign in screen, as though I had selected the “restart” that option. It, again reached the sign in screen and repeats the restarting cycle.

I was able to reach my desktop for a brief moment after a restore option (and in safe mode) but seconds later got "Windows is Shutting Down"

I tried selecting several "safe mode" options but it would consistently go into "Shutting Down"

On selecting a restore point It would give the error message that there was were errors on the drive . After selecting the prompt to scan/repair , I would get the message it could not be repaired (with no more options) and I would get the error message, to repair start up that resulted in "start up cannot be repaired."

I found an article, that describes a virus, Reloadmedude.exe. that would seem to somewhat explain the symptoms I have.

I would like to repair it but it may be easier in the long run to pull the drive and slave? it on another Vista desktop and get the my data off it before I reformat and reinstall Vista, which I would probably do regardless.

my question is:
What is the procedure and workarounds to read and copy my files over to another drive? Also, what permissions problems can I expect to run into.

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March 12, 2009 at 15:39:10
I'd user a linux live cd such as Knoppix to recover files.

The use restore DVD to return to OEM state.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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