XP Accounts Log on, Immediately Log off

By A800 ·
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 am unable to get to my dekstop.

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Have you tried running regedit from just a cmd prompt?

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

Get explorer.exe out of the way for now. Run regedit and compmgmt.msc from the prompt to see what you can find. You can still give it a three-finger-salute (ctrl-alt-del) to see what's running.

This is also one more good case for having a copy of MS Autoruns.exe and procexp.exe stuffed in the Windows directory...

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