so, i had a reinstall. i set up for the next week or 2 under "owner", which i changed to "james", then a WEEK LATER, realized it was still saving everything to c:\owner instead of c:\james. annoyed by this, i copied everything to c:\james then changed some registry values: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList where i set them all to point to c:\james instead of c:\owner. now..... nothing. all i get EVERY TIME i log in is a default desktop and "you've logged into a temporary account" bubble. PLEASE TELL ME SOME IDEAS! THIS IS DRIVING ME INSANE! ***EDIT*** got it.