For various reasons, it sometimes happens that a user account becomes damaged. Often the experience you had is a sign that the account is in trouble. BUT. It is only that account, not the whole system. It is not really hard to switch over to a new account.
1. Start up in Safe Mode and log into the overall System ADMINISTRATOR
account. Most of us have an account with Admin rights, but there is also an account named
Administrator. In XP Home that may only be found in Safe Mode. As the very first screen starts up after pushing the power button, begin pressing F8
twice a second until you get a black screen with white writing. One of the lines will be highlighted. Use the arrow keys to move the highlighting to Safe Mode
and then press Enter.
2. Once the desktop is loaded (It will look primitive-all normal) open the User Accounts
applet of the Control Panel
and create a new account with Admin rights.
3. While still in the ADMINISTRATOR
account, open Documents and Settings.
There you will find both your 'old' user account and the new one. Double click the 'old' named account, go to Edit
up at the top, and Select All.
Then hold down the Ctrl
key and left click:
This will clear them of highlighting. Then right click a portion that is still highlighted, and choose copy.
4. Close the 'old' name and open the new account folder. Right click and choose Paste.
Windows will say that there are already files and folders with those names in there. Do you want to replace them? This time--Yes to all...
5. When done copying, reboot your computer and log into the new account. It will be just like your old one, but won't give you trouble. Later, after you are sure that everything is OK, you can delete the 'old' account from User Accounts
in the Control Panel.
Here is the official Microsoft explanation: http://support.micro...om/?kbid=811151
Edited by 1101doc, 24 November 2007 - 11:17 PM.