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ZildjianAVC

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I usually try to fix these things myself but I don't even know where to begin searching on Google...

I was playing Mass Effect 2 (game) last night and the nvidia4 driver crashed (second time it's happened overall from this game...). I closed as many apps as I could, then told Windows to reboot. On rebooting, disk check ran and decided to delete about 12 files (it might have done other things, not sure). When I got back into Windows, all my preferences were gone and I realized that a new set of "Documents and Settings" files were created (called "Owner.MASTRPC", mastrpc is the name of the computer on my network) and even though Windows automatically logs in as "Owner" as usual, it points to that new folder instead of the usual "Owner" folder.

So basically all my preferences, shortcuts and passwords are gone, everything looks like a fresh install, and there are a ton of other inconveniences. Thankfully, the files from my Owner account are still on my hard drive. I think I need to point Windows to the correct Documents and Settings folder (Owner instead of Owner.MASTRPC).

Also, a second new account (ASP.NET) was created, which I've since deleted. But now I think that might have been from Windows Update awhile back. Not exactly sure what that's for.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
 
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Strange story, I'd make a big backup before trying to solve this.

According to http://windowsxp.mvps.org/userpath.htm you need to log on as a different user (with admin privileges, so perhaps the Administrator) and then open the Registry editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList and look for the sub-folder that corresponds to your normal account (usually S-1-5-21-xxxxxxx, some very long code) and open that. There should be a key called ProfileImagePath that points to the (wrong) profile directory. After you have changed that and logged in as yourself again, everything should work.

Needless to say, changing things in the registry can lead to an unusable system -- particularly if you change it in places like this. So begin by making those backups.
 

ZildjianAVC

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thank you, Jim. My preferences are back now. HOWEVER almost all of my software is deactivated! This is a big problem because I have many, many licenses. ideas?
 

ZildjianAVC

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also, the same licenses are deactivated on the automatically-created user account as well. I've figured out it's actually about a third of my licenses... still a big hassle though. Any ideas are appreciated!

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Which type of licenses are you talking about?
Generally,
Does Mass Effect run on NVIDIA 4 Series?
What are its min specs?
 

ZildjianAVC

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Licenses for music software. I'm reinstalling them as problems appear, I think everything is working okay now....

Yes Mass Effect 2 runs on my card that uses nvidia4 drivers. I was running at 800x600 but was getting 50-60fps. I just beat the game tonight so hopefully I won't want to boot it up again and put my computer at risk =)

THANK YOU for all the help!!!
 
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My preferences are back now. HOWEVER almost all of my software is deactivated!
It seems the SOFTWARE part of your registry has been completely reset to its default configuration: the profile name was a new one, and the licences for your software have been deactivated.

Have you tried using System Restore? If you return your system to its state of a few days before the crash, the SOFTWARE registry part is also put back. It might solve the problem with your licences.
 

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Maybe the licenses have been remained in the folder of the old user account name
 
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