Solved Explorer.exe and regedit refuse to open

December 29, 2012 at 10:49:45
Specs: Windows XP
It seems that I've been infected with a virus that doesn't allow explorer.exe to run. I'm on Windows XP. The login screen changed, it's no longer the blue welcome screen, but a little window where you have to type in your username and password. After that, I get stuck at my wallpaper and nothing else happens I've tried two System Restores and they failed. I know a lot of solutions involve going to the registry, but the command prompt tells me that the system cannot execute the specified problem!

This thread greatly explains my problem, but unfortunately it got no replies.

Going into safe mode isn't much help, other than the fact that I can use the command prompt. Safe mode just shows a black screen, with "Safe Mode" written in the four corners, and system information written at the top. If I select Safe Mode with Command Prompt I have a command prompt on the screen.

I'm not sure about my anti-virus, but I think it was enabled. I recently installed EASEUS Partition Master, I tried to resize my main partition but it said operation failed so I aborted. After the restart my computer worked fine, but a day later, I restart my computer again and I have all these problems.

I do not want to lose any of the files stored on this computer. If a reinstall is the only option then fine, but tell me how to get my files first.

Will I be able to access my files if I put this hard drive as a secondary hard drive in a different computer that has it's own Windows that can boot fine?

This problem occurs no matter which user I use.

Please help.

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December 29, 2012 at 11:27:06
Did the logon screen change to this? If it did, that's the network logon which means the Fast User Switching was disabled.

Try running a bootable AV rescue disk to see if it will remove the infection (if there is one).

"I tried to resize my main partition but it said operation failed so I aborted"

I've used EaseUS dozens of times on different computers & have never had a problem. Can you explain what happened?

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December 29, 2012 at 11:35:48
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Never mind. I fixed this myself. I put in chkdsk twice and also used fixboot in the recovery console, while doing a bunch of other stuff like system restores.

BTW rilder, my login screen was pretty much the same except the bar at the top was a deep thin metallic, not thick blue.

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December 29, 2012 at 14:31:58

You came here for help. riider attempted to help. Instead of thanking them, it appears you criticize instead. Posting exactly what steps you took may help someone else in the future.

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December 29, 2012 at 18:28:01
In the future, always make sure that important files are on more than one drive or location. A back up would have made your decisions easier.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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