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No usr names show in XP welcome screen?

By markhou ·
I have an HP Pavilion 6746C with XP Professional Installed, only upgrade is 192 MB RAM. I cannot get a user name to display in the login screen. All that shows up is the "Windows XP" logo, the blue background, and the 2 lines on top and bottom, nothing else, no other text at all!

I've tried:

safe mode,
last known good configuration,
debugging mode,
safe mode with command prompt..

all give the same result. I read about a way to hit ctrl-alt-delete twice at the welcome screen to get a command line method of logging in, but I could not get that to work either.

Is there a file or files I can copy from another XP machine to the problem machine to get this thing to log in? Is this a known virus, or what?

I had a similar case on XP Home Ed. where I got users listed in login screen, but clicking any of them and entering password never got you in. I even did an OS repair on that one, thinking some system files were corrupt, but that didn't even work, I ended up with the same problem. I had to reinstall that OS from scratch (format HD, then install XP) ... is it possible this case is as bad as that?

Thanks,
Mark

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by willcomp In reply to No usr names show in XP w ...

Is the problem that you can't log into XP or that there are no pretty little icons on the screen?

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Both, the lack of "pretty icons" prevents me from logging in. Hitting ctrl-alt-delete twice will not bring up the old style login prompt, recreating the login exe by typing 'copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe' from within the recovery console does not help. I am thinking this requires a reinstall, unless someone has some magic in their hat I haven't seen yet...

Mark

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by willcomp In reply to No usr names show in XP w ...

Try doing a repair installation first. It's far less painful.

Yep, suspect a reinstall is in order.

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