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win2k reinstall trouble with settings

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Pc was upgraded with new motherboard.
Win2kpro installed as upgrade to existing info (trying to keep all settings and programs...).

Machine is working well except all the start menu and programs/icons are missing. I looked around and found all the settings in a different administrator folder in documents and setttings. How do I transfer all the old settings from the old administrator to the new administraor account?  (not sure why there are two admins either but...)
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Create an additional account, make it member of the Administrators group. In the following, AdminOld refers to your original account, AdminNew to your new account, AdminTemp to the additional account (you can delete it afterwards).
Reboot and log on with the AdminTemp account.
Go to your AdminNew profile folder, copy the contents to a backup location (just in case ...).
Go to your AdminOld folder, check if you can open a document in there (close it again); if you get "Access denied", take ownership of the folder.
HOW TO: Take Ownership of Files
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=268019

Open the properties of "My Computer", go to the User Profiles tab, highlight your AdminOld profile (this might be displayed as "Account Unknown"). Click the "Copy to" button; in the next dialog, click the "Change" button in the "User" section, and select your AdminNew account. Browse to the root folder of your AdminNew profile, click OK.
Log off, log back on with your AdminNew account, and you should have your AdminOld settings back.
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What can I say but Woooohooooo I am up and running again. This place is awesome and thank you for a perfect solution.
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