Immediate log off as soon as I log in!

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Anakrino

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Hello everyone,

My wife's computer has started logging her off as soon as she clicks her username to log in. The desktop background flashes briefly then she's kicked out. I am able to log in no problem in safe mode.

So far I have done the following:
  • Run full virus scan (Avast) and spyware scan (Spybot, Adaware).
  • Cleaned registry with CCleaner.
  • Removed any startup items I didn't recognize/weren't necessary with CCleaner.
  • Created a whole new user account and attempted to login with it (same problem).
  • Followed the advice here and replaced the file wsaupdater.exe.
  • Did a repair install of Windows XP.
  • Rebuilt master boot record.
  • Scanned hard disk for errors with Partition Magic (no errors found).
Any help is appreciated!

Thanks,
Jacob
 

JohnWill

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Try this, it'll sound strange, but it cures this exact symptom when you clone drives.

Boot from an MS-DOS floppy (or CD) and type FDISK /MBR at the command prompt.

After that, boot normally into Windows.
 

Anakrino

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JohnWill said:
Boot from an MS-DOS floppy (or CD) and type FDISK /MBR at the command prompt.
Thanks for the idea, John. Unfortunately there's no change. :(
 

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I kinda' figured that. This hack fixes a specific issue of LOGIN thinking the O/S is on another drive letter, just happened to match the symptoms.

Try this.

Create a new user account in Safe Mode, then boot up and logon to that user account. See if you still have the same issue.
 

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JohnWill said:
Create a new user account in Safe Mode, then boot up and logon to that user account. See if you still have the same issue.
Yep, same thing.
 

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JohnWill said:
Hmm... I suspect I might consider a repair installation of Windows at this point.
Already did that (see my first post). I'm just hoping to avoid having to do a full wipe. :)
 

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Sorry, I must have slept through the first post. :D

Something is clearly corrupted.

I did a search, give this a try:

1. Navigate to
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon"

2. If there is a key named "OldUserinit", delete the "Userinit" key and rename the "OldUserinit" key to "Userinit".

3. The "Userinit" key should now say
"WINDOWS_PATH\system32\userinit.exe,"

"WINDOWS_PATH" is relative to where you have your windows installed.
Mine would be "C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,"
 

Anakrino

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JohnWill said:
I did a search, give this a try:

1. Navigate to
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon"

2. If there is a key named "OldUserinit", delete the "Userinit" key and rename the "OldUserinit" key to "Userinit".

3. The "Userinit" key should now say
"WINDOWS_PATH\system32\userinit.exe,"

"WINDOWS_PATH" is relative to where you have your windows installed.
Mine would be "C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,"
There was no "OldUserinit", and "Userinit" is correct. I think I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and do a full reinstall.

Thanks for the help!

Jacob
 
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maybe u could uninstall and reinstall the video
or go into vga mode where safe mode is and see if u can do something there to fix it
 
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