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XP Accounts Log on, Immediately Log off

By Susu ·
On Windows XP, trying to log on to any account (including Administrator, even in Safe Mode) results in the following sequence:
Message says "Loading personal settings"
Within 3 seconds, message says "Logging Off".
Screen goes back to logon screen (user menu).
I have searched the Internet and seen several similar postings to newsgroups but no answers.

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by Starbury In reply to XP Accounts Log on, Immed ...

I experienced this problem also. I had made a mistake in one of the regisry settings. I wanted Xp to auto logon a user. I soon found out of the control userpasswords2 feature. Anyways i had to reimage the machine. You can try to repair it but i dont think that will help. just putting my experience with it out there, maybe someone actually has a solution

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by Susu In reply to

Thank you for the benefit of your experience.

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by Teamadmin In reply to XP Accounts Log on, Immed ...

Try this...if u have XP CD..where i found this in other form

1. Boot using your winxp cd.
2. Enter recovery console.
3. at the command prompt go to
4. next type:
copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe
5. exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon. But you're not done yet!
6. run regedit
7. find the Userinit key in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
8. modify the entry:
so that it reads:


That should do the trick! no reinstalling windows required!

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by Susu In reply to

We actually ended up reimaging before you posted your answer, but since it seems to work, you deserve the points.

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by cwilkins In reply to XP Accounts Log on, Immed ...

Ok, this is not an "answer." It's a comment, but
alas, there's no comment option for Joe Passerby and no way to contact other members.

I've been pulling my hair out over this "instant log off" problem for two days and finally stumbled over Teamadmin's answer this evening. It worked!!! I was (and still am) absolutely thrilled at not having to reinstall. Teamadmin, you are my hero!!!

And "MICROS~1"... What can I say... XP is a *vast* improvement over your previous OSes, but is it REALLY too much to ask to print a stupid "Failed loading xxxxxx" message to the screen?? What a bunch of amateurs...

-- One majorly relieved troubleshooter

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