This is going to be a very long post, but I wanted to provide complete information...
I was installing a whole bunch of downloaded software on my new computer (standard stuff: ICQ, Winamp, etc.).
Since there was only one outlet near my comp (in my bedroom), I wanted to use my comp as an alarm clock (no where to plug the clock in..).
I downloaded an alarm clock program that can play a wav file when the alarm time comes. I used an MP3-to-wav converter to convert a few of my favourite songs to use for wakeup.
I wanted to concatenate some songs together (ie. so the alarm clock would not only play one song) into a wav file. My first idea was to use sound recorder (which didn't work.. said out of memory.. oh well.. never liked sound recorder anyway :->).
After searching the net, I found a program called Sound Forge 5.0 (available at download.com, etc) that looked like it should do the job.
I installed, and it asked to reboot. I rebooted, and my machine will not work.
Registry error on boot of machine - says to run scanreg.
Caused by download of Sound Forge 5.0 software (possibly something else, or an interaction between different pieces of software.. because other programs I had installed just prior did not require reboot.. and worked fine)
OS: Windows ME
Processor: Intel Celeron 900 MHz
RAM: 128 MB SDRAM
I do not want to have to re-install my operating system from the recovery disc provided.. because I have data on my hard drive that I need.
Ideal solution would be one that fixes the problem,
but if not.. at least some way that I can extract the data from my hard drive before reinstalling my OS
nb: there is a large amount (GB) that I would *like* to recover, so if possible.. if I have to use a boot disc to get to DOS, it would be much preferable to be able to use my CD burner, as opposed to a floppy (I don't know if this is possible..). The software I am using is Adaptec Easy CD Creator (DirectCD also installed.. I have one disc already formatted for use..)