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Immediate log off as soon as I log in!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Anakrino, Jan 21, 2007.

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  1. Anakrino

    Anakrino Thread Starter

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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
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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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.
     
  3. Anakrino

    Anakrino Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the idea, John. Unfortunately there's no change. :(
     
  4. JohnWill

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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.
     
  5. Anakrino

    Anakrino Thread Starter

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    Yep, same thing.
     
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    Anakrino Thread Starter

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    Already did that (see my first post). I'm just hoping to avoid having to do a full wipe. :)
     
  8. JohnWill

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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,"
     
  9. Anakrino

    Anakrino Thread Starter

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    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
     
  10. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Sorry we couldn't get this one. :)
     
  11. Feelsogreat

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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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