<<So I rebooted the computer because I figured it would do whatever it would do before windows loaded - which it did. PAGE after PAGE of stuff appeared on the screen. Fixed index this and that, all sorts of stuff, and then windows started, and it generated a NEW USER PROFILE!>>
I've not found one other instance where anyone claimed that running chkdsk...resulted in a new user profile. Your conclusion about what created the new profile...may be wrong.
<<There's "All users", "default user", "user" and "user.SANDOR".>>
There are five sets of folders that are created as default Docs & Settings folders: All Users, Default User, Owner or some other username representing the person who installed XP (typically the owner), Local Service, and Network Service. If the person listed their actual name during the install, that name will appear in lieu of Owner.
Personally, I would not call these "profiles". To see the profiles on your system, I suggest going to Control Panel and clicking on User Accounts.
<<I had it set to have a default user called "user".>>
I'm curious as to how you did this, see comment above re default folders in Docs & Settings.
<<Another problem I'd like to fix if possible is that whenever I move directories, I'd like it to keep its original date information.>>
The date reflected as "created" for any file reflects the date on which that file/folder was introduced or moved or copied into the directory/folder it resides in. There are various utilities which allow manual editing of this date...but I don't believe it's capable of being changed to remain constant...as an inherent Windows function.http://www.vistax64.com/vista-file-managem...te-created.html
I would suggest running chkdsk /r (space between k and /) on your system, in an effort to eliminate/minimize what you view as problems with the file structure. Start/Run...type chkdsk /r and hit Enter.
Edited by hamluis, 20 January 2009 - 12:45 PM.