Solved Corrupt winlogon.exe causing infinite CHKDSK loop

September 24, 2012 at 04:58:29
Specs: Windows 7 Professional, AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
I am stuck in an infinite CHKDSK loop because of a corrupt winlogon.exe file and I'm not sure how to get out. When I start the computer, it will start loading Windows and then will go to the CHKDSK screen instead. It starts to check, but then about 10% into the process when it says it finished the first step (of 3), it will reboot and start the process all over again from 0. I let it sit for an hour and it never got any further than that. If I hit a key during the CHKDSK process, it stops and sends me to log in, but as soon as I do log in I get a message that says, "The file or directory C:\Users\Administrator.88M61N1\AppData\Local is corrupt and unreadable, please run the check disk utility." But then it will BSOD and restart, which sends me right back into the neverending CHKDSK loop! I am running Windows 7 Professional and all I've been able to find are the Dell Reinstallation DVDs that came with the computers, no actual Windows 7 disk. Thanks in advance for your advice!

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September 25, 2012 at 08:31:03
From Safe Mode, type cmd in Search. In the little black box that pops up type sfc /scannow then hit the Enter key and let it run through. This will check system files and replace if necessary. Note the single space after sfc.

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#1
September 24, 2012 at 06:25:05
Didn't you make a System repair CD while Windows 7 was working okay?
If no, ask a friend with Windows 7 to make one for you (the utility to make one is in Control Panel > Backup & Restore).

Then boot your PC from that CD and select either Startup Repair or System Restore.


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#2
September 24, 2012 at 06:53:00
Startup Repair failed to run, and System Restore can't find any backup points to restore to. Any other ideas? I really don't want to have to pull the hard drive to back up the data and reformat when I'm pretty sure there's nothing wrong with the hardware itself and when I can successfully log in to Windows (for a second, before the BSOD).

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#3
September 24, 2012 at 16:32:13
Have you tried chkdsk in Safe Mode?

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#4
September 24, 2012 at 22:57:05
It will run successfully in safe mode, but it doesn't seem to find any errors. I ran it with the /x /f switches and it completed without finding anything to repair.

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September 25, 2012 at 08:31:03
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From Safe Mode, type cmd in Search. In the little black box that pops up type sfc /scannow then hit the Enter key and let it run through. This will check system files and replace if necessary. Note the single space after sfc.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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