Sorry for length of this........a few days ago I set my windows xp to do automatic updates. I think I set it to automatically update whenever I shut the computer down. Today, when i shut down, i get a small screen "Installing 1 of 28 updates". That stayed on for several seconds and then again "Installing 1 of 28 updates". It hung on that so I had to alt-ctrl-del to reboot. Upon reboot it takes me to the screen giving me choices for SAFE MODE BOOT, NORMAL, C PROMPT, LAST SUCCESSFUL, ETC. I choose NORMAL. That takes me to the WinXP logo and seems ok so far......but then it takes me right back to the original screen. I try SAFE MODE and all of the rest of the choices and it takes me back to that same screen. When I select the "SAFE MODE WITH COMMAND PROMPT" choice, it will give me the A:/ prompt. When i try to use "cd c:\" command I get "invalid drive specification" and I can't switch to a c:/ prompt. I assume that files are corrupt and I will have to do a RESTORE WINDOWS off my e-machine CD. (My e-machine is several yrs old and the CD does not give any other options except to RESTORE orig emach files without making any backup drive or option to REPAIR) I would loose all my data. grrrrrrrrr QUESTION: 1. Can I do anything to get back the C drive or at least salvage my data, pics etc. before doing the RESTORE? 2. IF i am not able to fix it...... how much would you think geek patrol would charge to do it? grrrrrrrrrrr again. Thanks for any help you can offer. CRASHDUMMY strikes again!