I have a Compaq laptop with XP installed. The other day it decided not to start up and gave me a message saying that Windows did not start successfully and none of the options would allow me to start it up. I looked on line (via another computer!) and discovered that the best thing to do was install from the start up disk which I did. When I put it in, it told me that none of my data files would be erased. HOWEVER, once it was all started up again, it was like running from scratch - none of my software and none of my files. Please please please tell me there's a way of recovering this stuff.