I was recently forced to reinstall Windows XP. However, after doing so, I noticed all my user settings, including programs and favorite internet websites I had saved were deleted. I noticed that my programs are still listed on my harddrive (c directory), but they are no longer on my desktop nor in the program menu that lists on the pull down menu. Is there any way I can retrieve my settings and my programs without resorting to installing them all again. I also wish to retrieve my favorites.
I have made several attempts to retrieve/restore prior user settings using a special feature in WindXP with no success. Frustrated, please help.