Solved: Documents and Settings path has been renamed?

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olliea95

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Hi, have an issue running Windows XP SP3 on a friend's computer.

In C:\Documents and Settings\ the user's path has been renamed to User.RAVI.001. However the original User directory is still there. Any ideas what this RAVI has come from?

E.g. when %appdata% is typed into address bar it goes to the path: C:\Documents and Settings\User.RAVI.001\....... instead of just C:\Documents and Settings\User.......

Any idea why Windows has decided to create this new folder?

If I can change the User's associated docs and settings folder I can correct this, anyone know where this is stored in the reg?

Other side effects of this issue is that no desktop settings are saved on reboot, cannot access documents through the standard My Docs shortcuts (because it's looking in the wrong folder!), quick launch doesn't function etc....

Just need to change the associated user directory to get rid of the RAVI.001 bit. Worth noting that in the docs and settings folder there is also a User.RAVI.000 folder as well.

Hopefully it is clear what I want. Tried Googling but not entirely sure how to phrase it.

Thanks for any help.

Ollie.

EDIT: Sorry, was in a bit of a rush to get this message posted so quick update with what I've tried:
* Standard virus/malware/spyware removal - this was probably what caused the issue but hasn't reverted it.
* CCleaner to fix registry

tl;dr: I need a way to tell Windows to 'look' in the C:\Documents and Settings\User\ folder for all settings etc. instead of C:\Documents and Settings\User.RAVI.001\.

Unfortunately the owner of the computer is rather tech-illiterate so cannot tell what may have been done to previous to this issue occurring.
 
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