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WIndows XP logs off as soon as i login

By k4k ·
am using Win Xp Professional on my laptop, i logon using my local account.but as soon as i logon it logs me off. it repeats in "safemode" as well. am not able to get the hold of it.

whatz causing this behaviour ?

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WinXP: Auto log off on log on sometimes due to missing userinit.exe

by jsun.hy In reply to Problems are much worse.. ...

I had a similar problem of an automatic log off on log on Windows XP Home Edition SP3 desktop. In my case the file userinit.exe was missing form the folder "%systemroot%\system32\". %systemroot% for me was C:\WINDOWS\.
I copied the file userinit.exe from my Windows XP Professional SP3 on my laptop and it solved the problem. However, in my case a virus had infected userinit.exe and it was deleted in the cleaning process.

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Missing userinit.exe file causing log on/off cycle?

by jsun.hy In reply to WIndows XP logs off as so ...

This may be a case of the file userinit.exe missing from %systemroot%\system32\, where %systemroot% is often, but not always C:\WINDOWS (i.e. the folder housing your Windows installation files).

The first step is of course to check for the presence of the file before following any of the other suggestions. Only if the file is absent should you continue to follow the other suggestions.

You should also see: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892893 to determine if this is your specific problem. It describes an issue where the of a Registry key was modified to point to a different file other than "userinit.exe".

To correct the missing file problem you need:
1) A copy of userinit.exe from a similar Windows XP installation. I am not sure how to obtain this from the Windows CD directly.

2) A Windows Live CD such as Active Boot Disk (Windows Edition) for WIndows Explorer styled copy and paste and the flexibility of USB flash drive recognition OR ALTERNATIVELY a Linux Live CD with NTFS write access.

If the file is absent try placing it in its intended location and restart the PC.

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