How do I... Recover a damaged Windows XP user profile?
Source: Greg Shultz
A user profile on a Windows XP system contains all the files and settings needed to configure your work environment. If the user profile becomes damaged, The operating system will then automatically create a new user profile and log you into this new profile complete with default settings. Greg Shultz explains how you can recover your Microsoft Windows XP user profile and your preferred operating system environment.
This download is also available as an entry in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows blog.