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Solved: Windows XP won't boot past welcome screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by eisjeff, Feb 9, 2013.

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  1. eisjeff

    eisjeff Thread Starter

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    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?
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    What was the registry change that you made?

    Have you tried booting to Last Known Good Configuration?
     
  3. SUEOHIO

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    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.
     
  4. eisjeff

    eisjeff Thread Starter

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    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.
     
  5. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    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.
     
  6. eisjeff

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    I went into the bios and set up a password and it let me then boot after reinstalling XP the drivers and the updates.
     
  7. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    So then you've reformatted and no longer need assistance?
     
  8. eisjeff

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    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.
     
  9. Cookiegal

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    Why did you set a password in the BIOS?

    Are you being prompted for a password on boot up?
     
  10. eisjeff

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    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.
     
  11. eisjeff

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    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.
     
  12. Cookiegal

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    Glad to hear you're back up and running. :)
     
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