It now appears that my problem is likely related to the User Profile.
I was able to use System Restore but then started getting a new message "WINDOWS CANNOT LOAD THE USER'S PROFILE BUT HAS LOGGED ON WITH THE DEFAULT PROFILE FOR THE SYSTEM DETAIL- THE SYSTEM CANNOT FIND THE PATH SPECIFIED.
DETAIL - The system has attempted to load or restore a file into the registry but the specified file is not a registry file format." There is a 30 second countdown and then opens into the normal profile and settings.
I created a new Administrator account and logging on with that account doesn't produce the warning.
Apparently the old Administrator's User Profile is corrupt.
Is it easiest to just transfer the corrupted user's profile to the new administrator's account or is there a way of correcting the defect?
I am a novice at this and am grateful for explicit directions.
Edited by brus brother, 21 June 2008 - 09:15 PM.