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windows xp wont start

By hubbellhappyfeet ·
Okay, I am trying to repair a computer with a windows xp home edition installed on it. When i hit the start button it starts and gets the screen where you can choose which account to log on to. You click on the account and it looks like its going to start but then its says saving your settings and goes back to the previous screen. I tried to start in safe mode and I get the same result. I tried last known working configuration and doesn't work. I tried booting from the xp installation disk and tried to repair. And still no luck. I thank you in advance for any assistance you can give.

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Have you tried a different account?

by seanferd In reply to windows xp wont start

Try logging in as Administrator and see if that works. You should be able to fix any other account from the Admin account.

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yes

by hubbellhappyfeet In reply to Have you tried a differen ...

I did try another account and as the administrator and still no go. As soon as it starts to load it immediately goes thru the logging off procedure: it says (saving your personal settings etc.)

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Well in that case it sounds like some kind of infection

by OH Smeg In reply to yes

A Rescue Disc may clean the system but just as likely you may be stuck with a Wipe and Reload as well.

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/security/?p=3803&tag=content;leftCol

If you need to wipe the HDD either Boot & Nuke from DBan

http://www.dban.org/download

Or Killdisc will do the job quite nicely

http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

While Boot & Nuke does a better job Kill Disc may be easier to use with your system particularly if a SATA HDD is involved. Both are Free so it wouldn't hurt to get them.

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wipe

by hubbellhappyfeet In reply to Well in that case it soun ...

wiping it i think that is going to be my best option.

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It is the registry key for Winlogon

by IC-IT In reply to wipe

You will need to use a boot CD or slave it to another system and load the hive.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Should read;
C:\Windows\System32\Userinit.exe,.

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