Sending a link to my friend to the Chapter 21: Backup data from an unbootable Windows computer section of the documentation was helpful, but there were two things that would be helpful to update that document.
First, as of sysresccd 1.3.5, the syntax for ntfs-3g seems to have changed, and that command needs to be:
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ntfs-3g -o ro /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows
Also, this friend had another Windows XP PC on a home LAN and not a Linux PC so an enhancement to the document would be to add an alternate section discussing how to copy files from the dead windows box via sysresccd to a shared folder on another Windows PC.
The following walk-through via sysresccd worked for my friend (I had to give step by step commands via IM and over the phone). I'll provide the steps below as a template for adding a new section in this how to document for Windows XP:
(Assumes user has followed steps up to Step-3 in the documentation, including configuring an IP address on the PC running sysresccd with dhclient eth0 or something similar)
Share a folder on the destination PC with full access to all users.
Determine the IP address of the destination PC (go to network connetions, find the LAN connection, right click -- status, support tab on Windows XP)
On the system booted to sysresccd, to copy the Windows XP user account folder (which will include Desktop, My Documents, etc.) to the destination windows PC:
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cd /mnt/windows/"Documents and Settings"
Password: (Press enter)
smb: \> prompt (to disable some prompts that may happen during copy)
smb: \> recurse (to allow recursive copy)
smb: \> mput "(username)" (to copy the Documents and Settings/username folder recursively to the remote Windows PC)