How to fix Xp log on then logging back off 3 sec later

By mr_t_wright ·
Ok, I loaded the drive as a external via usb to sata converter, loaded the drive as a hive and inspected the "winlogon" explore and userinit have the stated values = Explorer.exe C\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe, but the system still logs on after entering the pass word and immediately back off...Can someone help???

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What is it you're trying to accomplish?

by Ron K. In reply to How to fix Xp log on then ...

What's the end result you're looking for?

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If this is the same problem

by bhkolts In reply to How to fix Xp log on then ...

I have run into, not only do you need to edit the registry, but replace userinit.exe in the windows\system32 folder. Use a live CD like UBCD4WIN or boot to the recover console with the XP CD. I don't remember were exactly but some where close to i386\ folder is where you will find the original userinit.exe.
So far after repairing and scanning I find no virus, but at this point I think an antivirus has found a virus in userinit.exe and removed or quarantined it. I think userinit.exe missing is what causes the endless logon-logoff loop.
Hope this helps,

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Thanks Barry will try

by mr_t_wright In reply to If this is the same probl ...

Hey Barry thanks I will try that, I hope that helps as well lol this has been a pain, took me forever to figure out how to access the registry without being able to logon and not being able to use the linux disk...

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Your welcome

by bhkolts In reply to Thanks Barry will try

I had this on two machines, the first one I reloaded Windows on top of itself (repair), the second one I was a little more knowledgeable. I replaced userinit.exe and rebooted OK. When I checked the registry it was OK also. I found userinit.exe in clamwin's quarantine folder, so clamwin had removed userinit.exe. I'm not sure if it was a false positive or not. The first machine was using AVG free, but I didn't think to check if AVG had removed userinit.exe at the time. So I'm still not sure the exact cause, but at least we can fix it.

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No luck

by mr_t_wright In reply to Your welcome

Ok, so as I said I have the drive in question connected to my laptop as an external drive, I deleted the userinit.exe from the bad drive and copied it from my laptop to the drive, still logs off... I think i will have to reinstall the OS, I have tried almost everything, but still open to try a few more I dont want to reload...

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Try this

by jgirizarry In reply to How to fix Xp log on then ...

Boot from an Ultimate Boot CD and open a registry editor, do the following:

This has worked for me in the past.

NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit " AND CHANGE THE USERINIT VALUE FROM

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that is the values

by mr_t_wright In reply to Try this

It was initially "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\USERINIT.EXE " so should i change it to the winlogon32.exe?

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by jgirizarry In reply to that is the values

Winlogon32.exe is not a real Windows file, it could be a trojan. Make sure winlogon.exe is located in c:\windows and userinit.exe is in c:\windows\system32. This problem could be coming from different areas but you might try this first. The registry entries are important for you to check. If you have the files in place but the registry is pointing into the wrong direction then Windows will not boot up.

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You folk are firing blanks in total darkness ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to How to fix Xp log on then ...

In other words, you've got no chance of hitting anything!

As Ron K. has already asked ~ what are you attempting to achieve here??

You cannot construct a technically proficient thread if the intercourse follows the pattern of:

"If you are trying to do what I was trying..."

"Yes, that sounds like what I was thinking..."

Could someone PLEASE stand up and be counted? WTF are you trying to do??!!

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I think I stated

by mr_t_wright In reply to You folk are firing blank ...

I want to be able to fix the none login issue.

Normally when you type in the password and hit enter the machine loads up, however this one says loading personal setting and then says logging off instead of loading up.

I am working of the assumption that a virus was the cause if this issue and I am trying to fix that issue. And many have said that I should start in the registry to make sure { Shell = Explorer.exe and userinit = C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe they do. So I was told that I should try and replace the userinit.exe file and I did so. Yet when i log in it still logs me back off. Its no logging all the way in to my desktop

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