Can't log into Windows XP URGENT

February 21, 2009 at 20:51:04
Specs: Windows XP
I can't log into my computer running XP Home; I've tried booting in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Command Prompt (which interestingly doesn't give me a command prompt), Last Known Good Config. When I get to the Welcome screen, I try to log in with any number of accounts, and it either stays on my desktop for a second (while I can't access anything, no toolbar, no icons, and unresponsive mouse/keyboard) and then logs out, or logs out immediately.

I have no recovery CD, and no floppy drive. I am unable to access the command prompt.

Just before this, I was running antivirus/antispyware software; this seems to have been a common denominator with others, but I haven't found a thread that's been very helpful yet.

I have no problems booting, but without being able to log in my computer is pretty useless. Plus I have a big essay due soon and I really don't want to rewrite it :(.

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February 22, 2009 at 00:22:05
quincy0191, no CD AND no floppy presents a dilemma. Can you download something ON ANOTHER MACHINE to a USB thumb? If you can, I suspect you have a Trojan and it's modified your registry and loused things up.
Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean , other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so it doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
You may have to do other things FIRST to regain use of your machine.
Ed in Texas.

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February 22, 2009 at 01:01:34
I managed to *ahem* obtain a copy of XP Home SP3. Unfortunately, I'm running SP2 (for reasons I don't understand; I thought I was updated, but I guess not). When I try to enter setup to do a repair install, it says it can't find any hard drives. I question this, because I'm pretty sure that if there weren't any hard drive I'd have noticed by now.

In any case, I now have an installation CD, but that doesn't seem to matter.

If anyone could suggest how to get into the command prompt (booting Safe Mode with Command Prompt just boots in Safe Mode without loading any sort of Command Prompt before the login screen, which is what I can't get past) before the login screen I might be able to copy the userinit.exe from a flash drive.

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February 22, 2009 at 05:04:19
Logs off before fully logged on-
Response Number 2 looks like a fix.

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