OK. I was pretty certain that it wasn't there but thought I would mention it. You said that C:\Users still has your "Nick" profile folder in it...... correct?? I think we might have to just treat this as a corrupt profile and proceed from there Basically you just create a new user and copy the contents of the old "Nick" profile folder over to the new "Nick2" profile folder. What ever you decide to name the new user make sure he / she / it, is a member of the local administrators group and log on once as the new user to create a profile. Don't worry about what the desktop looks like or anything at that point. Then log off and log on as the local Administrator (the account you've been using up to this point). The trick is .... you can't do a proper job of copying one profile to another when you are logged on as either old Nick or new Nick, so you use the administrator's account to accomplish this. After you're done then log on as new Nick and your desktop, docs, shortcuts and such should be as you remember. There's an article about the process here http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/fix-corrupted-user-profile#1TC=windows-7 But basically it's as simple as I've described above.