I've got a friend, and we went to themexp.org, and I was setting up a new boot screen for him. Well, after replacing the ntoskrnl.exe (obviously i created a back up in another folder), we restarted the computer, and it failed to start correctly. It would go to the screen asking which mode to start it in. We tried mode after mode (ie safe, normal, last known good configuration) and it would hang. so we held f10 at the beginning and did a system recovery. problem is, he lost all his files, programs etc.
His System Restore feature had no dates past the night before, after the recovery.
Is there any way that he can recover his lost programs and files? I'm getting him to download 'restoration' right now, but it would be nice if there was a way to go back and restore it, along with his programs? (his parents programs & files, yes he shared a computer, yes we're fucked)
Any help is appreciated.
edit: and the copied ntoskrnl was also gone along with the folder I had created for it.