FWIW - a search through my Vista registry for "windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop" didn't find anything.
The folder itself does exist on my system - and contains a lot of OS specific stuff.
Since you can't boot into Normal mode you can't do a repair install of Vista ( http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88236-re...tall-vista.html
Since you're able to boot into Safe Mode, but not Normal mode, we'll have to figure out what is different between the two (that's a lot) - then try some research to see if we can figure out what's causing it.
Since we're not sure about the status of your hard drive, let's check that first. Here's a link to a topic with links to the most common hard drive manufacturer's tools: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/
Use a bootable diagnostic to avoid having to work in Windows (as the installer most likely won't work in Safe Mode).
Edited by usasma, 19 March 2009 - 07:40 AM.
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