After installing an update (well, after the system auto-updated itself one day upon rebooting), a windows logo followed by a black screen of death (with no cursor) greets me upon bootup.
This BSOD is seen whether the system is booted from BootCamp on its own hard disk (which is, incidentally, factory new), or from Parallels. Exact same situation.
I booted into safe mode with networking, and also with low resolution, and both still yield a black screen.
I started the system with its DVD and ran the problem detection automation that's available on the Win8 Pro DVD ("detect and automatically repair problems") and no problems were found.
I can boot up via that DVD and get myself a "command.com" prompt, where all the directories, etc. appear intact. What recovery procedures could I use in order to avoid losing my files; either through the command.com command line or through a more clever method? Note: 'Refresh Your PC" would not be an answer to this question, since that will cause all my data not part of the App Store world to be deleted.