Startup Repair - cannot log in!!!

April 28, 2011 at 16:41:03
Specs: Windows Vista

I'm running Vista Home Premium OEM 32-bit on an Acer Aspire desktop, suffering BSOD when logging in normally, can only log on in safe mode. I believe the problem originated from either an AVG or Windows update. I've run serveral anti-virus and malware programs and cleaned out some nasty stuff (including the nasty "Vista Internet Security 2011" virus). I've uninstalled AVG, and I've tried several differnt system restore points, to no avail. I did not get a Vista disc when I purchased my computer (display model on clearance) so doing a re-install isn't really an option. The only feasible option I have left is Startup Repair. HOWEVER when I go into Advanced Options and choose "Repair Your Computer" I get a login screen that does not display MY user accounts, it only displays "Other User". No matter what passwords/user names I enter, I cannot log in - I get a error that says "the specified domain either does not exist or cannot be contacted".

It is a home computer, networked only to the internet. PLEASE HELP???

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April 28, 2011 at 18:18:23

Could this possibly be a result of having my User Account Control turned off?

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June 30, 2011 at 16:31:49

dude i am having a very similar issue only now my computer can't startup in safe mode.

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August 9, 2011 at 12:07:45

I am having the exact same issue. The machine was loaded with virus' which I remove using combofix, and mbam. then started to run updates, got SP1 for vista installed then some more updates and set to run chkdsk /R after that the machine insisted on logging in through a domain account. The machine was local only then after update and chkdsk its on domain all the sudden. Anyone find a fix yet?

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August 30, 2011 at 08:46:02

To fix problems with windows vista, you can download Windows Vista repair Tool which will remove all problems from your Windows. You can read the instruction to use this tool on this page:
Also, you can manually restore the Windows to the previous stage but that will not fix your problem permanently. You want to fix your problems manually, follow these steps carefully.

1. Boot to the Windows Recovery Environment and select the Command Prompt
2. At the prompt enter the following commands:
cd windows\system32\config
3. At the prompt cd windows\system32\config> enter the following:
· ren default default.old
· ren sam sam.old
· ren system system.old
· ren security security.old
· ren software software.old
· cd regback

4. At the prompt C:\windows\system32\config\regback> enter the following:
· copy default c:\windows\system32\config
· copy sam c:\windows\system32\config
· copy system c:\windows\system32\config
· copy security c:\windows\system32\config
· copy software c:\windows\system32\config

5. Close the command prompt window and reboot the computer.

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