No need to feel dumb about not knowing anything...it took me years to learn the little that I now understand
and that takes no account of all that I don't and won't ever understand.
User profiles are collections of personal data associated to each specific system user. A profile refers therefore to the explicit digital representation of a person's identity...as seen when a person first attempts to logon/login to Windows.
Typically...if the profile is damaged, Windows will post a message indicating so and log the on with a temporary profile. My belief is that these warning messages should not be ignored.
But I suspect that some profiles can be damaged beyond repair, thus preventing that user from logging into Windows at all.
User accounts...can also be used as a way of referring to profiles. Example...on my system, my profile (Louis) is reflected in Control Panel/User Accounts.
What specific model HP system do you have?
<<This is actually a problem that I have been having for about two months.>>
What does the F8 key do on your system? I guess that I don't understand how hitting that would resolve any problem.
Edited by hamluis, 02 March 2011 - 05:11 PM.