Recreate the exact account you had before. Do so as the administrator. Make sure the username and password are identical. Then, copy the entire contents of the new "richard" into the one you just created. You may get some resistance from a few files. Then, try logging in to the re-created account. With a little luck, your profiles and data will be as before. Once done, delete the other richard using the control panels user accounts function. Make sure you ask for all files to be deleted with it. This should make you as good as old again. Good luck.
Windows XP Tablet Edition (SP2) on a Fujitsu T4215.
System Restore ended with a message saying that it could not complete. Now, in addition to the usual entries, Documents and Settings has a new one - "Richard.RCR-T4215". My regular account is "Richard". My computer name is "RCR-T4215". The tree of folders under "Richard" in Documents and Settings is apparently still intact. The new entry contains only the files and folders that one would see in a newly created account.
At the Welcome screen only one name is displayed - "Richard". However when I enter my password I am taken to the "Richard.RCR-T4215" desktop in Documents and Settings. During Safe Mode there are two names displayed - "Administrator" and "Richard". Logging on to the "Richard" account in Safe Mode also gets me to the wrong account.
Since I had a Complete Backup on an external hard drive, Fujitsu tech support had me run their Recovery and Utility CD to recreate Windows XP on my C: drive. They do not have a Windows repair function. Instead of formatting my C: drive their program formatted my external hard drive and wiped out my only Complete Backup plus numerous other backup files. Somehow all of the System Restore points have been deleted except for the one that could not complete normally.
I have run CHKDSK /F and fixed several errors.
I can see all of my data folders and program folders. When I try to execute a program it thinks I am a new user. None of the settings in my Registry are available since I am actually logged on to the new (erroneous) account. There is an NTUSER.DAT file under the "Richard" folder in Documents and Settings and another one under the "Richard.RCR-T4215" folder. The one under the "Richard" folder is 4 times as large as the other one. The Program Files folder contains all of the programs that I created prior to this problem.
I think that my entire user account (desktop, registry, programs, favorites, etc.) is still intact. If I could trick Windows into letting me get into my own account I think everything would be back to normal.
I am sending my external hard drive to a lab to see if anything can be recovered from it. It can take up to four weeks before it is returned to me. There is no guarantee that they will be able to recover the Complete Backup.
I have copied both the Program Files tree and the entire file structure under the folder "Richard" in Documents and Settings to a separate external hard drive. I am willing to take ANY actions on the C: drive to try to recover my account. As a last resort I can reinstall Windows and start over again.
Anybody have any ideas?