I suspect that this is the remnants of a virus infection that was not fixed completely (viruses are so invasive that they can damage almost any part of your Windows).
The HKEY_USERS key is where all the user profiles are stored for that system. When you logon to a user account, Windows loads the appropriate user profile key into HKEY_CURRENT_USER - and it stays there while you're logged on. Underneath the HKEY_USERS key will be a number of keys depending on your system configuration.
I would suggest a repair install of Windows before doing a clean install. While it's a PITA (you'll have to sit through about 65 Windows Updates) - it can fix this problem more easily than with a full, clean installation.
Here's a link to a how to guide: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
Also, you might want to slipstream SP2 into your current XP SP1 - it'll save you a lot of time with Windows Updates or installing SP2 separately. Here's a link about it: http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windo..._slipstream.asp
Edited by usasma, 20 February 2007 - 08:33 PM.
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