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    Unable to log into XP


    by ecguidry55 ·

    I have a Compac Presario 5005SR. It is an old machine and we are about ready to phase it out. It will no longer allow any users to log on. On the last shut down prior to the problem it asked to do and install an update on the shut down button. I selected to do the update. Since that time it will boot to the screen to select a user but when any user logs on it shows the user wallpaper then shows saving user settings and goes back to the user selection screen. When shutting down some time it asks to perform a update on shut down and other times it does not. Any ideas on how I could log in. I really want to salvage my wife pictures at the least. If I can do only that I would be good if i can not salvage the machine for my grand kids.

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    • #2924361


      by ecguidry55 ·

      In reply to Unable to log into XP


    • #2924359

      This should get you back in

      by rob miners ·

      In reply to Unable to log into XP

      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.

      1: C:\WINDOWS

      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.

      CD SYSTEM32
      (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 Regedt32 and press Enter.

      Navigate to:


      In the right pane you will see that the value of the Userinit key is incorrectly set to “wsaupdater.exe,”

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

      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.

      If you haven’t access to an XP CD, here is an alternative.

      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.

      It does’nt matter if the Default OS is XP it can still be used on XP PRO or Home.

      Creating a Windows Vista Recovery CD

      Download from here:

      < Add a bit to make it easier. Bloody format >

    • #2924357

      Remove the hard drive and slave it to another PC …

      by older mycroft ·

      In reply to Unable to log into XP

      That way you can copy your wife’s pictures onto a stable system hard drive.

      If this machine was about to be phased out and you were thinking of giving it to the grandchildren, you might as well then wipe the drive (after accessing the photographs) and doing a fresh install of whatever operating system was sitting on it.

      Best to give the grandchildren a fresh machine. If the current problem is indicative of a hard drive problem you could perhaps chuck it and install to a fresh hard drive too.

    • #2922737

      An alternative

      by nepenthe0 ·

      In reply to Unable to log into XP

      The Coolmax Adapter was recently reviewed in TR:

      You can obtain it for $25 from

      Assuming the hard drive is working, you simply remove the drive from the ailing computer, and plug it into the Coolmax adapter, plug the Coolmax USB cable into a functioning computer. The removed hard drive will be assigned a drive letter in Explorer. Transfer the files you wish to salvage.

      • #2922731

        Another suggestion…

        by senrats ·

        In reply to An alternative

        I have an adapter similar to the Coolmax. It really comes in handy for a tech. They work great.

        You can also try a Pre Windows Boot Disk:

        This will boot from the CD instead of the hard drive and let you view/copy the files (and it’s FREE). 🙂

        • #2922678

          Another excellent post from [i]Senrats[/i]

          by nepenthe0 ·

          In reply to Another suggestion…

          I have a couple of Windows emergency boot CDs, but the one you posted is exactly what one needs to rescue files from an installed hard drive.

          You deserve another thumb. Keep up the excellent posts. You are now officially on my Contacts lists as a much valued IT consultant.

        • #2922667

          Excellent? How do you download it without a computer?

          by older mycroft ·

          In reply to Another excellent post from [i]Senrats[/i]

          Did you even look at what was required?

          If the computer doesn’t boot, how do you use it to download the CD boot files?

          By the way, deleting your RoadRunner pictures from Photobucket was unwise and is causing problems for the ‘illustrated posts’ that you forgot about. They’re now coming up with ‘Image Deleted or Moved’ disclaimer notices now!

      • #2922674

        You mean ‘An alternative’ to holding onto your money!

        by older mycroft ·

        In reply to An alternative


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