One of my clients had a problem on Tuesday with the Internet on his NTL connection. He has attempted to use System restore to fix but multiple attempts have corrupted a few things (icons, Shortcuts etc) This has all been resolved now with one exception.
There is one account on the PC.
On boot up he gets the following message before XP Home starts loading the settings...
"Windows cannot load the user's profile but has logged you on with the default profile for the system.
DETAIL - The system has attempted to load or restore a file into the registry, but the specified file is not in a registry file format"
The desktop and account then loads normally....
Now i can guess that SR is trying to merge a REG file with the registry but is failing.
I hate it when the links go pear shape , go to MS click here and use the search facility (top left of page) and try these numbers 811151 and 318011 , and it should bring up a list of possible`s , the first being the most relevant