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09-Feb-2013, 02:49 PM #1
Solved: Windows XP won't boot past welcome screen
My Dell Dimension 4500S kept opening an empty Microsoft file folder on start up so I made changes to the registry using regdit following the instruction to solve the problem. Now the computer boots fine but won't go past the logon screen. I have tried to boot from the CD and the same thing happens. Tried starting in safe mode and the same thing happens.

I don't have the password for the Administrator so the CD won't allow changes?

AM I seriously screwed?
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09-Feb-2013, 07:14 PM #2
What was the registry change that you made?

Have you tried booting to Last Known Good Configuration?
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10-Feb-2013, 12:53 AM #3
When things get changed in the registry sometimes it gets damaged enough to the point that a complete reinstall might be the only option left to put things right again.
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10-Feb-2013, 12:50 PM #4
Thanks I was able with several references to get the computer to bot and operate properly and then I disabled the passwords for users and now the computer won't boot past the Windows start up screen.
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10-Feb-2013, 12:57 PM #5
You haven't answered my first question and now I'd like to know what you did that made it possible to boot normally before you disabled passwords and encountered a similar problem again.
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10-Feb-2013, 01:25 PM #6
I went into the bios and set up a password and it let me then boot after reinstalling XP the drivers and the updates.
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10-Feb-2013, 01:36 PM #7
So then you've reformatted and no longer need assistance?
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10-Feb-2013, 03:43 PM #8
Now after having the computer run properly for hours, as I said I changed the need for passwords for users and it won't boot past the Windows starting screen.
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10-Feb-2013, 04:43 PM #9
Why did you set a password in the BIOS?

Are you being prompted for a password on boot up?
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10-Feb-2013, 10:34 PM #10
Yes it ket asking for a password. I was able to disable it and the machine booted. I was able to reinstall everything else but when I disabled the user's passwords so others can use the machine without a password the machine rebooted but then wouldn't boot past the windows start up screen after the first two start up windows.
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11-Feb-2013, 01:47 AM #11
I just decided to start over and reinstall Windows XP. After taking a lot of notes the first time this time I have it right. Thanks for the help.
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11-Feb-2013, 11:59 AM #12
Glad to hear you're back up and running.
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