XP startup stuck at greeting pageLocked
I’m working on a system that was recently infected with that “fake” AV virus. It is a Dell running Win XP multimedia edition (whatever that is…) with mirrored SATA hard drives. For some reason Dell thought it necessary to use their own driver for the drive array. The problem – computer owner ran a real AV program to clean it up and when the real AV program finished and wanted to reboot to complete the cleanup the reboot hung at the greeting page where you choose the user to log in as – we had only one user here so we had not been using the greeting page. You click on user name and it appears to be logging in, then promptly logs user right back out again, it does this even in safe mode. I have tried to boot using an XP CD and going into repair mode but because of the proprietary driver for the HD I don’t have access to the HD. Have downloaded the driver and am putting it on a floppy, hopefully the XP setup program will recognize the USB floppy drive.
I have connected one of the drives to another system and had no problems accessing it then did an integrity check on it. Also did a very thorough virus scan of it and removed 27 more virus files. What I am trying to figure out is there a way to access the system registry on one of these drives with it slaved on another computer? I used to do that in Win2K and Win 98′ but the one time I tried it on an XP system several years ago I hosed the registry of the system I was using to cleanup the other hard drive and really don’t want to do that again.