Trying to help a friend pull some photos off an old XP machine which appears to be heavily infected and has several other issues as well (unable to locate / see Start Button and the Taskbar).
Here's the basics and what I'm looking for.
Machine is a Compaq Presario running XP Home Edition SP2 and a whopping 256 MB of RAM.
I've run both MBAM on it (located & removed 17 issues) and also ran the online ESET scan, which found (and cleaned) another 20 infections, mostly Trojans.
Except for the photos, there is nothing else that she wants off of this machine. Mostly likely it will become just another in my on-going collection of old XP boxes I'm collecting in the basement.
Once I've turned the machine on, there are two profiles available, but when I click on either one, it takes me to a desktop with desktop icons but no Start Button or Taskbar. I've tried all the usual tricks (CTRL + ESC) and also killing explorer.exe in the Task Manager and running it again but that didn't work.
I am able to get into Safe Mode with Networking if I need to, and once I'm in there I can see (and log into) the Administrator profile.
I have tried both a USB and also a blank CD (yeah it has a Re-Writable drive) and dragging the photos to either one (both of which I can see under My Computer) but nothing happens. I even tried the Send To option but again, I don't get a bleep, a pop up or anything.
When I'm looking at the pics in My Photos, I can CTRL+A and all of them are selected and then I use COPY from the right-click menu but where ever I go, the PASTE option is not available (greyed-out).
So, at the end of the day, anyone have any ideas how to easily pull these photos off? I am not interested in trying to repair or clean the machine (not worth it, IMHO).
I'm also not opposed to trying some flavor of Linux on a USB if you think that will work but I've never done it before.
I do have several distros parked on my machine and a empty USB big enough for Linux and all the photos that I would like to get to.
Just looking for some advice on how to best go about it.