By ron ·
After 4 yrs and 5 Hard Drives my girlfriend once again tries to do what "she" wants with my home office computer and wipes out my last HD containing my complete database of clients.
I'm using an HP Pavillion a1118x. I've upgraded the qty of ram to 2 gigs other wise all original hardware 160gb hd by west digital caviar line. she downloaded ie7 and when it loaded and rebooted it seems tohave lost I'm thinking some profile info or something. the computer boots up and windows loads up to the point of user accts showing on thescreen awaiting for one of three to be picked. either way same thing happens no matter which is chosen. it drops of the other two and claims to be loading your preferences. the screen does a slight milisecond blink and now it says saving your settings as it logs off right back to the user acct choices. it won't start up in safe mode either unless I choose to load domain controllers recovery option and once there it has nothing mre than a black safe mode desktop with no task bar, start buttons zip. any suggestions. I really need the info outa this last hd.


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Try this

by Jacky Howe In reply to IE 7 CAUSES DEGRADATION O ...

It can also be caused by a corrupt User Profile. Try logging on as the Administrator and if that works OK create another User account.

Enter the Recovery Console

Boot the system using the Windows XP CD-ROM. In the first screen when the Setup begins, read the instructions press "R" (in the first screen) enter the Recovery Console.


Which Windows Installation would you like to log on to
(To cancel, press ENTER)?
After you enter the number for the appropriate Windows installation, Windows will then prompt you to enter the Administrator account password.

Note If you use an incorrect password three times, the Windows Recovery Console closes. Also, if the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) database is missing or damaged, you cannot use the Windows Recovery Console because you cannot have correct authentication. After you enter your password and the Windows Recovery Console starts, type exit to restart the computer.

Type the following command and press Enter.

(If that does not work, try CHDIR SYSTEM32)
At the prompt type in

Quit Recovery Console by typing EXIT and restart Windows.

You'll be able to login successfully as you've created the wsaupdater.exe file (now, a copy of userinit.exe)

Backup the Key before making changes.

Now, change the USERINIT value in the registry
Click Start, Run and type <b>Regedt32</b> and press Enter.

Navigate to:


In the right pane you will see that the value of the Userinit key is incorrectly set to <b>"wsaupdater.exe,"</b>

In the right-pane, change the value of Userinit to C:\WINDOWS\system32\<b>userinit.exe,</b>

Type the above value exactly as given, including the comma. Also, change the path to userinit.exe appropriately if Windows is installed in a different drive.

Close Registry Editor and restart Windows.

<b>If you haven't access to an XP CD, here is an alternative.</b>

The Windows Vista Recovery CD can be used to Boot to a Command Prompt where you can run these Commands.

Boot from the CD and on the first screen click Next, click Repair your computer, click Next and select Command Prompt.

<i>It does'nt matter if the Default OS is XP it can still be used on XP PRO or Home.</i>

<b>Creating a Windows Vista Recovery CD</b>

<b>Download from here:</b>

Burn it with Nero or equivelent

Type-in the built-in Administrator password to enter the Console. You'll see the prompt reading C:\Windows (Or any other drive-letter where you've installed XP)

Edit to add:

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I jumped the gun before seeing your post

by ron In reply to Try this

unfortunetly I had been concentrating a little to hard i guess. the need for the info on the hd creating stress. for some reason i came to a conclusion that i needed to start with the boot.ini file. which I copied from my recovery console to my c: drive. i probably should have mentioned the presence of 3 partitions. 2 are d: drive. one is named 1394, the other in MININT. both \. the other naturally is c:. upon waking this morning I realized I have possibly? sentenced it to forever attmept to boot from the recovery partition. the only difffernces between the 2 files was the choice of partition 1 being the boot.ini from the recovery partition and 2 being the one I replaced with it. i remember the old windows dos. there was an edit program built in where we could modify problems of this nature. i haven't seen anything like it lately. is there a way to correct this locally? This hp has no floppy.

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An alternative

by Jacky Howe In reply to Check this link

You could add the Drive as a Slave to your PC or a USB enclosure and then copy off the Data. Another alternative is to use a Linux CD to burn it or to copy it elsewhere.

Edit: to add

You will have to determine the Hard Drives physical size and data connectors before purchasing a USB Enclosure. If it is from a Notebook then it will be 2.5" and if it's from a Desktop it would normally be 3.5".
The Data connectors can be either IDE 40 pin or Sata. IDE is a wide/flat ribbon cable with either 40 or 80 wires where Sata is a thin plastic cable with thin connectors.

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