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Unable to log into Windows 2000 machine

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  1. Milissa

    Milissa Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I have a Dell GX1 with Windows 2000 Professional.

    When after I type my user name and password in the proper fields and click on "OK" it take me right back to the log on screen where I enter my user name and password.
    I never get to my desktop and I don't see any of the information boxes that come up like "loading your personal settings".
    I have even tried booting into Safe Mode but I have the same problem.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in Advance
     
  2. Rache

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    Hi and welcome.

    Try the repair option:

    Boot from w2k cd, and you'll be prompted to enter repair console in next screen. Don't enter repair console here but select install. Then you'll be shown the listed os's on pc. Choose repair option. But be careful 'cos at this stage when I did it it installed another w2k os and it didn't repair existing os (could have been my mistake).
     
  3. mobo

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    You will lose all windows updates that way as well but you should be free from the problem..
     
  4. Milissa

    Milissa Thread Starter

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    The NTFS permissions were missing from the file userinit.dll
     
  5. Anton Wan

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    You see, Windows 2000 expects this file to reside in a certain location. If
    you play around with your hard disk then your drive letters may change and
    userinit.exe may no longer be where Windows 2000 is looking for it. You
    can no longer log on.

    Here is the quick fix:
    - Place a copy of userinit.exe on every drive you have, always into
    \nt4\system32.
    If your disk uses NTFS partitions then you probably have to install it
    temporarily
    in some other NT or W2000 machine to create these files.

    And here is the permanent fix: Once you log on, run regedit and do this:
    - Find HKLM\System\MountedDevices
    - Find \DosDevices\C:, and rename it to \DosDevices\Z:
    - Find the new drive letter and rename it to \DosDevices\C:
    - Rename \DosDevices\Z: to the freed up drive letter

    You may need to use RegEdt32.exe to give yourself appropriate permission
    to perform these changes.

    UserInit.exe must reside where the registry expects it to be:
    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon\Userinit:
    Reg_SZ:C:\WinNT\System32\userinit.exe

    You should also run fdisk /mbr to erase the disk signature associated
    with the volume GUID

    The following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles apply: Q69013, Q249321,
    Q234048, Q221799, Q227364, Q227605, Q225025, Q51978

    Good luck!
    TK
     
  6. Milissa

    Milissa Thread Starter

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    That;s userinit.exe not userinit.dll.
     
  7. Anton Wan

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    I would try this anyways because if you just go and copy a new userinit.dll to winnt/system32 directory and the login will work fine. However, the desktop is messed up, and control panel doesn't work very well at all. Any you might as well just reinstall Windows. But if anyone else comes up with anything else that I am not aware of I would try that before this.

    TK
     
  8. Milissa

    Milissa Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the advise.

    Everything is working now after I restored the permissions to the file.
    My profile is loading properly and I am not seeing any errors in the event log.
     
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