I have a Dell PC (Inspiron 530 with Intel quad core processor) running Vista Home Basic.
Today I turned on my PC and found that the mouse and keyboard stopped working. I tried another USB mouse and Vista responded by asking for installation disc for unknown devices. Seems like something wiped out Vista's native mouse and keyboard drivers.
In that state I could not do anything on the PC. Booting in safe mode does not help. I tried booting from the Vista DVD provided with the PC, but only got 2 options...restore to an earlier date or re-install windows altogether.
Tried to restore to last week;s configuration but that still did not help.
I guess I would have to re-install Vista, but would really like to be able to back up my documents on teh C drive, which is not possible now unless I tear the drive out and put it in a USB casing. That is too much trouble I am willing to go through for now.