|thanks, trvlr for the quick response,|
my windows logon would not let me type in my password.
i tried to cnt+alt+del+ twice-noluck in getting the other login to popup.
then i tried recovery console--no help
then i tried to repair by installing over the original xp--no help
so i went to install on different partition--dualboot---it worked
the solution i found above was to replace the userinit.exe
with userinitnew.exe and change the registry to point there.
booted with knoppix but i could only get into the 2nd registry.
that brings me back to my original question how to acces the
original os's registry so i can attemp to fix.