I took ownership of my profile map, and when I booted into XP to do some work to find that my profile wouldn't load.
So then I went into safe mode and regained my ownership. I could boot again, but I had some driver issues and not to mention the error message I got every time I logged in.
"Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system"
So I googled around a bit, and I saw a lot of people saying that I should delete the ntuser.dat file and it will be regenerated.
Now, I'm not stupid. I backed up that file and I renamed the original instead of deleting it.
So I did that. No change. Still same background, same configuration. Nothing had changed. Also, I still got the error message every time I logged in.
So I went into safe mode again and put the backups back. After finishing that I rebooted, and...
... My XP got totally nuked somehow. My profile is called "Joshua" and XP decided to make a new user called "Joshua.ULTRANERD" and load that one instead. It also decided to rename my "My Documents" folder in my normal Joshua profile to "Documents of Joshua".
I tried renaming the folder to "My Documents", but then XP renames it back to "Documents of Joshua".
I also tried deleting the Joshua.ULTRANERD folder in the "Documents and Settings" folder with Killbox, but it's stubborn. It won't be deleted.
Joshua.ULTRANERD doesn't show up in the User Accounts setup thing in the configuration screen. I think XP thinks Joshua.ULTRANERD is the Joshua profile.
Now, I really need to get some work done and this whole ownership issue screwed up all my XP profiles, it seems.
I really don't have the time to do a complete reinstall, in fact, I need to get some work done today (deadline) and I can't do that when Windows is acting up like this.
So my questions to you are...
1. How do I get rid of that garbage user Joshua.ULTRANERD?
2. How can I fix XP so that I can use my regular Joshua profile? I mean... It's right there.
3. How do I get rid of that "Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system" error message? It's definitely not ntuser.dat.........
Thanks in advance... I hope you can help me. I wouldn't have expected that this issue could arise from the need to use a certain wallpaper....