Note to self-
When you think you might oughta back up several hundred files representing a couple years work you really should go ahead and do it.
And while you are at it make sure you have all the restore and recovery points set up for that nasty, rotten program you sold your soul to 15 years ago.
That way when W____ XP crashes and burns like you have always known that it will you don't spend a week hoping for any crumb you might dig out; and everyone telling you they do NOT have a clue.
But, happy day! we managed to rescue ourselves!!!
Now to go fix the previous post and continue on in the TECHNICAL EXPLANATION of SALVATION.