So, after Windows 8 suddenly malfunctioned and wiped out 90% or so of my files, I was able to get some files back using command prompt -- I was unable to use any file recovery applications, however. I installed Ubuntu (accidentally 32 bit, will reinstall with 64 bit).
Photorec doesn't seem to be working, as when I run the command prompt and am prompted for my password, it comes up 'Sorry, try again'. So what are my options for file recovery? Recuva with WINE?