I've just been given a new machine at work with Windows 7 Professional installed on it.
I login to our domain and proceed to setup things up the way I like them --- setup my desktop, visual studio, outlook etc.
A few days pass and I come in one morning and my computer appears to be "locked up". To resolve the issue I turned the computer off and back on again, and then I realize I just had a loose monitor cable. Anyway, after I logged in, it appeared as if I had never logged in before. I had to re-setup everything I'd setup a few days before.
I was a little frustrated but I just proceeded on and kept working. During the weekend I came in to install windows 7 (64-bit) because someone thought it wasn't necessary. After some protesting they finally caved.
While installing (I didn't get very far) I realized I needed to re-burn the ISO I had. I logged back into the machine to retrieve the ISO but it was gone. It didn't take me very long to realize though that I was operating under the previously setup profile. (Files I'd downloaded before the shift we're there, a few scratch files I'd saved.)
After doing some searching on the computer I can not find any references of the other profiles but permissions seem to be locked down pretty tight and I wonder if I just can't see the other profile.
This is why I say I have a "quantum rift" in my profile. It's as if my profile has split into two but neither of them are aware of each other's existence. I was able to see files that I'd copied to other locations of the harddrive, one such file/folder I'd created was in a c:\Users\\archive folder. However, files that appear to have been lost were in my c:\Users\
If anyone could provide some insight as to why this happened it would be appreciated. I am getting ready to zap this computer though so I will not be doing any further investigation on it. If it does happen again though, I'd like to know how to resolve it.