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XP will not "run"

By Megtek ·
My XP machine boots up. Asks me to click on the user I want to log in as. I only have one so I click on it. It starts to load the desktop then just logs off again...within seconds. Brings me back to the screen where I choose the user. When I CTRL-ALT-DEL on that screen, and try to log in as Administrator it tells me somthing about a security violation or something. I hae no clue here. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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by 1stladytech In reply to XP will not "run"

Sounds like your profile is corrupt, boot the computer into safe mode (hit F8 at the beginning of the boot process) then you can log in as Administrator and create a new user account. Make sure that you protect (copy to a different location) the user profile documents and settings from the corrupt profile before you delete it.

Vickie

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by Megtek In reply to

Thanks. But a complete re-install (over the existing) was the only thing that would help.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to XP will not "run"

try booting from your XP CD and use the Recovery Console

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by Megtek In reply to

Thanks. But a complete re-install (over the existing) was the only thing that would help.

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to XP will not "run"

The problem is that you have a corrupted Windows driver for a system or critical item. When the start process reaches this it is dying closing down and automatically restarting, nasty little loop. You can try to reboot via F8 during boot up and go to Safe Mode or the option to approve each service as it boots. This allows you to note which one died, it is the one that you said OK to just before it locked up, on the next reboot say NO to it.

Once you do get the system booted go

My Computer >> Control Panel >> System >> Advanced Tab >> click on the Setting Button in Start Up and Recovery (the bottom box in the window)
Then deselect the bottom selection box called 'Automatically Restart'

NB: I deselect this whenever I install XP, to save this trouble later.

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by Megtek In reply to

Thanks. But a complete re-install (over the existing) was the only thing that would help.

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