Can't get past welcome / login scre

Dell / Inspiron 600m
scotty January 26, 2009 at 20:00:38
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, ??
Guys, I think I have a real problem on my hands. Every time I try to log in with my user name and password, it says 'logging in or loading your personal settings" but then immediatly goes to "logging off." I've tried booting directly from our Windows XP Upgrade CD however it will not let me load directly from the CD. I have tried logging in directly from an older Dell Re-Install CD which appeared to work but stlil couldn't log in. When I log in in safe mode, either through my username or the administrator I get the same thing. Has anyone experienced this or can anyone help me out so I don't have to spend a few hundred dollars fixing it or re-format my hard drive? THANK YOU!

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#1
January 27, 2009 at 05:19:43
Logs off before fully logged on-
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
Response Number 2 looks like a fix.

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#2
January 27, 2009 at 05:21:50
A few posts on this very site:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#3
January 27, 2009 at 18:28:03
Thanks for the help thus far on ways to get past this. You guys recommended these steps:
hey try this
1. Boot using your winxp cd.
2. Enter recovery console.
3. at the command prompt go to
C:/windows/system32
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\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
8. modify the entry:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wsaupdater.exe
so that it reads:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\userinit.exe

The problem is, I can't seem to figure out how to do Step 3? When I type in c:/windows/system32, it tell me the command is not recognized and to type HELP for a list of supported commands. HELP PLEASE!! (sorry for posting this twice everyone)


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#4
January 27, 2009 at 18:49:32
I have no idea if the instructions that you have will fix your problem. But ...

Try this correction to #3

3. at the command prompt type
cd C:/windows/system32 <Enter>

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#5
January 27, 2009 at 19:04:07
thanks for that suggestion. I typed it in exactly how you wrote it and I get this:

"The system cannot find the file or directory specified" thoughts? thanks so much


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#6
January 27, 2009 at 19:29:30
Thanks Aegis, I actually got past that step. Now I am having trouble entering step 4. Any suggestions on how exactly this should be typed in??

THANK YOU!!!


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#7
January 27, 2009 at 19:40:00
I think the following 'might' work:

copy userinit.exe "wsaupdater.exe"

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#8
January 28, 2009 at 10:41:20
The correct path is C:\Windows\System32 with back slashes, not forward slashes.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#9
January 28, 2009 at 12:00:46
got that far. thanks. it's the next part that it won;t seem to take. the "copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe" part.

"The system cannot find the file or directory specified" thoughts? thanks so much


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#10
January 28, 2009 at 17:42:32
anyone got any good ideas of why I get the following: 'The System cannot find the file specified' when I try to enter step #4 'enter: copy unserinit.exe wsaupdater.exe'????

Thank you as always.


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