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    Windows XP logs in and gets to wallpaper and logs out


    by lager ·

    I have followed the posts and tried the different ideas online. Even tried the boot to linux and changing the useinit to explorer.exe path but it tells me it is in read only and won’t save the changes.
    this is on a laptop.
    thanks Michael.

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      by lager ·

      In reply to Windows XP logs in and gets to wallpaper and logs out


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      Try it this way

      by rob miners ·

      In reply to Windows XP logs in and gets to wallpaper and logs out

      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:

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