So...I managed to delete an essential .dll file.... wininet.dll I think it was, that prevented Windows XP from loading, so using the installaion CD I repaired my copy of XP from booting from the CD, and replacing the system files. Now XP is alive again, deleted my old log in profile and made a new one. All my software and settings are in place and working. However, all my documents, music, videos, images, etc are gone. Judging by the fact that my software and preferences are still in place and the lack of space on my hard drive I take it that my documents are somehow accessible, but can anyone enlighten me? Date recovery program...or somehow access the old profile I was using on XP? Hmm. Is this just what happens when you do a XP repair and they're gone or am I a fool and my old files are waiting for me in some hidden part of my hard drive.