Re: XP unable to load "personal settings"


Sounds like your user profile was corrupted. If this is the case, there is
little you can do to recover it. Instead, logon as administrator and create
a new profile for yourself. Then copy the old profile's data into it using
the procedure outlined here:

How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile

Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
Windows help -

"Jany Doe" <JanyDoe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Friday night I got "frozen" out of the MSN gaming zone. My desktop was
> completely locked. No access to the task manager, unable to shut down.
> The
> boot literally paralyzed my system. Upon reboot the usual "bad shutdown
> previously" that I expected to so did not happen. The system went through
> the post quite happily. The "Welcome" screen came up. I logged in with my
> password and got the appropriate "please wait... loading personal
> settings"
> and there it sits forevermore. Somehow in that incident it seems the
> personal settings have lost their way. And I am unable to proceed from
> that
> "Please wait...">
> I have gone in in "safe mode" and tried restoring to last good
> configuration
> but that made no difference (probably because the OS boots quite
> happily).
> I then tried "system restore" to two days previously but same response. I
> remain "please wait...".
> Does anyone have any suggestions or understanding of how I can retrieve my
> personal settings and steer XP (Pro) in the right direction?
> I also tried logging in as one of the other users on my computer but same
> thing. It just hangs under "loading personal settings"...
> Interestingly I am not the only one with this type of problem after
> Friday.
> Spoke to one of the +'s. She can't boot up her system at all since being
> booted Friday.
> Thanks in advance for any advice.