xp logon issue

May 15, 2009 at 12:08:29
Specs: XP PRO sp1, 2.0ghz 2gb ram
My friends laptop has started asking for a logon passwrd after a severe spyware issue.
Before she didn't have to logon but now she does, she has never set up a password for this laptop.
I googled the issue and it seems that some spyware/viruses may change the registry to 'wsaupdater.exe' from 'userinit.exe' thereby asking to logon.
Various sources suggest simply copying/replacing the offending reg entry for what should be the original.
I can't do this as I've no way of getting past the logon....I logon by hitting the return key and the laptop tells me it's saving settings the logs off/shuts down.
I can't boot up in safe mode as it asks for a logon there...same issue.
I can access command prompt using various bootdisks/cd and when I do get I don't know which of my drives is the C: drive.
One source suggested using the XP cd and then access the recovery console. I'm a bit reluctant to do this as I'm not sure how to access the recovery console.
When I boot from XP CD it goes thru the checks as usual then gets to the point where it asks
'to setup xp',
'to create a partition'
or 'to delete the selected partition'
I don't get the 'welcome to windows XP' page that everybody says I should get or do I need to 'go' thru an install?

Or is there another way of getting the laptop not to ask for a logon?

Thanks in advance!!!!!


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May 15, 2009 at 13:05:33
might not help any, but, in the first boot, are you able to get to the system restore through the recovery option? not sure what model you have, but some puters you can access sys/restore through the recovery.

Hope helps

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