I restarted my computer after an accidental hard boot (i.e. didn't go through windows to properly shut down) and my user profile was gone, as well as my desktop. I cannot change the desktop image (but the option is not greyed out), only the color, and the All Programs list is now empty. I cannot add icons to my Start Menu. Also, when I attempt to play music, it runs Setup on Windows Media Player 10 each time, and when I click "Finish" it simply restarts the setup program. It's almost like my computer has short term memory loss.
I just this week changed video cards, CPU's, and my 512 stick of RAM. Could either the CPU or RAM be the culprit? I have read on GeekstoGo about a virus that hijacks the desktop, but I've run Ad-Aware, McAffee Virus Scan, Ewido, and searched through HijackThis and found nothing. Interestingly, when I ran Fixreg, it would allow me to run Figreg1, but not Fixreg2.
Any ideas or help would be very much appreciated.