I have a serious problem. Windows (xp pro) is seriously corrupted. I tried a repair installation but after XP is downlowding the installation files and saves the computer configuration it goes into an endless loop of restarts. The reason I don't reformat is that I have inportant data that I want to recover. The user whose data i need to recover has an administrator password protected account. The password is known but whatever I do I get a message of access denied.
I installed the HD as a slave on another computer and tried to access it with the other computer's operating system but that didn't work. I did what I never do and installed a fresh XP on the same partition (there is only one partition on this HD. I tried to create another one with partition magic but it encountered errors which could not be overcome). Nothing worked. It seems that the password protected account is locked within the corrupted XP and I can't find a way to access it. By the way, other, non administrator user accounts are easily accesible and data from thee was recovered.
Any good advice?