Windows boots, no dekstop, no login, no CTRL ALT Delete, No programs, Nothing

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astralcomp

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I have had this on 5 computers now. All running server 2003 or Windows XP. It appears to be from a Windows update.

The systems boot fine, but whether I boot in Safe mode, Safe mode command prompt only, or normal I get no Login, no CTL ALT Delete is possible, there are no programs running, and no way to interact with the operating system.

Most people do not have their Windows disks, so I am trying to find out what causes the problem. I also manage over 400 computers, so this has me really freaked out about running Windows updates.

The only way to "recover" the operating system is to boot into PE (I use BartPE) and "expand" all exe's and dll's in the i386 folder and move them into the system32 folder.

This, however, overwrites everything and makes me have a bad day. :mad:

Windows 2003 does not have any "System Restore".
Safe mode will not work (same symptom) (n)
Safe mode command prompt only will not work (same symptom) (n)
Last known good config does not work. (n)

Most times, I have had to wipe and load the system. :(

Has anyone else had this problem? Any idea what exe's or dll's control the login. NOTE: Winlogon.exe and explorer.exe did not repair the problem, I tried those already.
 
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