Help, I updated my xp and didn't back up my information first and lost everything. All i want are my photo's it there away to retrive the infromation on my hard drive?
You can use system restore to set the drive back to before the update was loaded, if the computer boots up.
click all programs
click system tools
click system restore
check the box that says restore my system to an earlier date
choose a bold date on the calendar before you did your update
follow the directions
after restore, restart the computer
If the system does not restore, choose an earlier date and try again.
Reminds me, backup all your stuff onto an on line backup such as Mozy (the first 2GB is free), or CDs or DVDs
Once again, I recommend you shut off automatic updates permanently, use a high quality anti virus.
There have been a lot of reports of OS updates corrupting systems. That's why I keep mine off. I recommend to all XP users, shut off the automatic updates.