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Unable to login WinXP - seems to immediately logout

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by HOBOcs, Feb 10, 2005.

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  1. HOBOcs

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    I'm unable to login to a computer.
    1) WinXp splash screen is presented and a user login shown.
    2) Click on user name.. and message "loading settings".... then almost immediately.. a message "saving Settings"... then back to login selection.
    3) There is from time to time a brief flash at the desktop background .. then it appears to log out.

    Tried so far:
    1) booted from winxp disk and selected recovery console
    2) ran chkdsk /r
    3) rebooted and got the same result.
    Note: I have tried to access via safe mode.. and I get the same result.
    I've tried all safe mode modes...

    Looks like the recovery console is my only hope.
    I'm looking for directions or any help.

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    Anybody know how to access the registry entires from the recovery console in command mode.
    I suspect the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    Value: Userinit
    Data: %system32%\xxxxxxxxxx
    where xxx should be userinit.exe and may have been changed by something bad.
     
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    Thanks, tried that... didn't find a file called wsaupdater.exe ... but copied userinit.exe to it anyway.

    I think this is where the problem is. (userinit.exe has been wriiten over)
    I'd really like to be able to review the registry but I can't get to it from the Recovery COnsole.
    I've tried to run reg.exe but it won't allow me to run it.
     
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    This is probably silly, but will the machine, let you in in safe mode, if you login as admin?
     
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    I also found this:

    Which is someone who had an identical problem and resolved it with the above steps
     
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    Interesting read. might be the answer I'm looking for.
    Thanks Mike

    For the Kid: - see post #3 above.
    I don't appear to have that particular problem.. although I suspect it is similar. I don;t see the wsaudater file on my system, regardless, I copied userinit to it and rebooted .. no joy, same problem. (FYI, I found that thread as well). Also, logon loop occurs in both normal and safe mode even with administrator account.
     
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    I used the link (logon loop) and replaced my logon.scr with cmd.exe.. I'm in..
    ...now I'm not sure what to do next.
     
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    Hope it works out for ya, let us know how it turns out. :)


    Just read your results, not good I'm guessing. I'll check around, see what I can find.
     
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    Try accessing Ad-aware, recover the quarantined files and reboot.
     
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    This is really COOOL!!
    I'm in via command mode... entering c:\windows\explorer.exe gets me to a desktop with icons. (I was impatient and you must wait for it to come up)

    SO. cool... now to work my way around and find the problems.... thanks for the super link!. As the article says this could be a good for a variety of issues.\

    I'll follow-up with my results.
     
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    Stopping this thread - starting a new one in "Security" as I've been able to get where I need too. Haven't solved it .but I'm closer and suspect viruses is playing a major role.
    I've been able to load hijack this and get a log file that has plenty.
    Mike big help with that link.
     
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    Good luck ucurl :)
     
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    Final follow-up here:
    Since I been able to get an HJT log I found a line:

    F2 - REG:system.ini: UserInit=C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit32.exe,
    userinit32.exe is the culprit.

    I've gone in and copied userinit.exe to userinit32.exe --- I'm back.
    Now to proceed with the virus clean-up.
     
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