Thanks for jumping in O-P, when I booted the live re-master dvd, after clicking on the US keyboard box, I was taken to the log in screen where I could choose "ray" or "root" I did log in with user/ray and ray's password. then I was met with a plasma desktop that was completely black using the default "desktop" setting and the "kicker" menu( I always use Folder View) and 2 icons in a "widget"window, they were "home" and "trash". when I clicked on the "home" icon, dolphin opened to /home/ray, but as you said only the default folders were present and all were empty of course, but all of my installed programs were there. I will be first to admit that I don't know enough about the scheme of things to understand what or why it happened, I just know what I am seeing. Thanks for your opinion on this, I really appreciate it.One last bit of info FYI, while in the live dvd, I went to PCC>System>Users, and "ray" is there.