Posted 26 June 2009 - 12:12 PM
If the system restore doesn't work and all you really want is to recover your files for backup, you should be able to go to:
c:\documents and settings\user.000\my documents and find what you're looking for. You can then copy them to the current profile's desktop or a folder of your choosing for staging to back them up.
The "user.000" may or may not be there. It will depend if you used the same "username" when you rebooted this morning. If it is not, then look through each user under "documents and settings" and go to each "my documents" folder to find what you're looking for.
I have run into this before and could only come up with the profile being corrupted either in the "user" folder or in the registry. I have not come up with a good solid reason as to why this happens but I have run into this before.
Your files are still on your computer, or they should be, they're just in "limbo".
The only true way I have found to take care of this problem was a wipe and reinstall but it's also possible that someone else has run into this problem and come up with a fix.
Hope this helps,
"Admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail."