By "bare", I mean it just looks like all of my stuff on a Debian/GNOME install. None of my /home or files are missing.
That's not the exact error message but here's the problem, I can Remote Desktop my Debian PC and login however after that I don't get a GUI but rather an error saying that It can't load up the GUI because it was not found.
I was backing up my home dir when I found many ".jpg.pnj" and ".zip.id3" files. The ".pnj" files seem to be thunbnails for the ".jpg" files I have.