On one of my laptops, the main "user profile" apparently got corrupted. When I click on a folder, instead of using Windows explorer to show the folder, it opens up a program. I know it's the user profile, and not the computer itself, as I created a second user profile for testing, and that one works correctly. This particular laptop is still running Vista Professional, but I think that Vista, 7, and 8 all use the same "user profile" setup. When I did a search, I found the Microsoft way to fix this - create a new account (actually, to do this I need three accounts on the computer), and then while logged into the third account, copy over all the files except two, from the "damaged profile" to the "new profile". Here's the link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile Does anyone know a way to "fix" the problem, rather than do it Microsoft's way? If the two files they are concerned with are corrupted, can I re-create them?