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Unable to boot laptop - lsass.exe

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by gpcove, Jul 13, 2007.

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  1. gpcove

    gpcove Thread Starter

    Jul 8, 2005
    My laptop died this morning and I'd really appreciate any help from any techies out there. It's about 6 years old and running Windows XP (SP2).

    Windows will not boot. I don't know what happened to bring this on as I was out of the room, but I'm hitting an error message of "lsass.exe - Object not found".

    What else can I tell you? I've tried running in Safe Mode, but same thing happens (none of the F8 options help matters at all). My cmos settings are fine. I created an XP boot disk on another machine, but can only access a: not c: (if I could get started I'd use Restore to go back to a good configuration from a few days ago).

    My biggest problem is that I don't have easy access to another machine with a floppy drive (I'll probably buy a USB connectable one for my home PC after this, just in case).

    I've never heard of lsass.exe before, but a quick web search tells me that it's either a Microsoft security program or a Trojan!

    As to what brought this on...I did download a couple of trial game downloads from AOL yesterday, which is very unusual for me, but I'm sure they're Kosher. Also, there were some Microsoft Automatic Updates yesterday, but the machine did boot up first thing this morning so I'm not sure if that's an issue.

    Any help/hints/directions as to how to proceed would be great. I'm fairly technical, but don't deal with this for a living, so there must be a fair bit I don't know.

  2. ozrom1e


    May 15, 2006
    Welcome to TSG....

    Opps I am sorry asking for a HijackThis log is not a good idea here since you can not log into the computer I have removed the info.
  3. Striker840


    May 2, 2007
    Is there any way you can put the disk in another machine and pull off your data and then reformat the pc?
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