So, don't ask me why ... I renamed my profile directory on my Thinkpad R40e (it didn't match my logon). Now Windows XP(SP2, nearly up to date) won't boot. I get a message "profile cannot be loaded" [OK]. This machine is set to login automatically in to the main user account. I don't get an option to login as admin instead - that would be far too sensible.
"Right" methinks reboot then use Knoppix to rename dir and that'll fix it. Ctrl-alt-del doesn't work for reboot so I have to hard reset (poweroff).
N-nh. Knoppix refuses to mount (using mount.ntfs, which is part of fuser) as the system reports the NTFS volume as dirty due to hard reset. Hmmm.
So I try the recovery console. Which doesn't allow access outside of a couple of directories. Except you can use "set AllowAllPaths = true". Except that only works if you login and change some obscure security setting first. So I'm stuck again.