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Old 01-10-2009, 01:54 PM   #1
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Hey, first let me thank the members of tsf.com, the site has helped me with many problems over a few years; normally I just search the forums for my problem and am able to come to some sort of resolution from there but this time I cannot seem to find anything similar here.

My problem started with a BSOD boot problem on my laptop because of a broken registry hive. I managed to fix the problem by replacing the security and software hive with the copies found in \windows\repair. That allowed me to boot but now I'm experiencing some different problems which I'm sure are a direct result;

Firstly, when windows loads on the laptop I am, as expected, shown the welcome screen with the user selection. Everything appears normal and the users are displayed correctly. The first time I logged on to each account after I "fixed" my BSOD problem the small dialogue box appears that is normally shown on an accounts first run, the one that says things like "Configuring settings for Internet Explorer". and then once the profile is loaded it appears like a new account on the machne with default settings; the My Documents folder is empty, default desktop background etc. Shortcuts in the start menu, which is populated exactly as pre-problem state, do not work and the programs must be run directly from their executables. When I looked at the HDD everything seems to be intact and the only problem I can see is that instead of loading the 'username' profile from Documents & Settings it appears to have instead loaded 'username.computer name' which did not exist previously. the 'username' folder is what i expected with documents, desktop etc. correct for the username and 'username.computer name' appears to be a new account. Any ideas?

On another note when I boot I'm always given the OS choice selection menu which consists of three Windows XP options, each exactly the same, so I'm assuming I need to somehow fix the boot.ini file but dont know exactly what to do

Any help or input would be massively helpful to me as I use my laptop for college work and studying so is quite essential and although I can easily access it I would rather have my machine in its pre-problem state.
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