When I powered down my PC last night, everything seemed to be fine. Switching it on this morning I was faced with a message telling me it could'nt start normally and was attempting to do repairs - and that I wouldn't lose data. Famous last words!
Some minutes (many minutes) later another message informed me that Vista would need to be backed up and I would lose data on the machine. As you can see I am back online, after a fashion. However, I have lost a lot of very recent data (not backed-up in the past few days), but more importantly, many items of software for which the back-up discs are back in Scotland. I've been able to download a few pieces of software from the web, but have not got them all configured correctly yet. However, there are a certain items of software that will have to wait until I get back home to Scotland in early May. Vista is an absolute pest!