I took it to some tech helpers and they're only suggestion was to wipe the hard drive and start over. Fine, but I want the files first! So they couldn't help me obviously.
I hate this!!!! It's a poor excuse for tech support that's way, way overused when it's not even needed.
Your system booted - it got to the Desktop (albeit not all the way). First thing is to see if you can bring up Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and see if you can run SFC.EXE /SCANNOW (by selecting New Task in the lower right corner of Task Manager).
If that didn't work, a repair install could probably fix it, and even if it doesn't fix it all the way - it should fix it well enough to get the files off of it. Here's a link to the instructions for a repair install: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
If that didn't work you could boot with a DOS disk and use a copy of an NTFS reader to get your files - or you could boot with one of the many "Live" Linux distros to recover your files.
Let us know how these steps work and we can move onto the more complicated recovery techniques if necessary
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