Hi there, FguerraG
, welcome to BC!
To address your last question, that is how to get your files back before starting afresh, you're in luck (assuming you have access to another computer in order to get the tools you'll need.)
The easiest way to save your files would be to boot from a LiveCD or LiveUSB drive. There are several versions of Linux that can do this, as well as an unofficial retooling of the Windows PE (preinstallation environment).
My recommendation would be to download SystemRescueCD,
a Linux-based system recovery disc, and use it to copy all your data to a USB drive, a networked drive, or some other external storage place. While it is Linux, it has built-in support for NTFS file systems (as most Linux distros do nowadays) so you shouldn't have any trouble there.
Another possibility is called "the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows" and is available for download from here
. While it's an excellent recovery environment that's based on Windows rather than Linux, you have to build it yourself which can be daunting for some, but it does offer a slightly more friendly (in my opinion) interface than SystemRescueCD (though both offer a GUI).
Still another option, if you're not keen on downloading a 600+ MB iso file is DamnSmallLinux,
or DSL. DSL is not designed to be a rescue CD, but rather a full fledged operating system. It will still enable you to transfer your files, though, and for only a 50MB download!
Further choices may be found by Googling for "rescue CD
Edited by Amazing Andrew, 21 April 2008 - 08:14 PM.