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#1 MickieJ

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 10:51 AM

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Yesterday, in an effort to speed up my start up on my computer, I ran CCleaner. I got a long list of possible things that could be "unchecked" so they didn't run during start up. I used the start up database here at bleepingcomputer.com to help me understand what each file was for. For those that I chose to uncheck, I listed each (in case I had problems, like I do now).

My computer is a Dell PC, Windows XP SP2 (Home Edition, I think). I unchecked the Userinit Login App file (C:\Windows\system32\usuerinit.exe). After going through the list, I decided best to re-boot and see if I had problems. Now I can't login (obviously) and previously there were two users, neither of which work now. It starts to load personal settings, flashes into the desktop and then back out with Logging off and back to the login window.

So, being savy enough to get around my computer, but too wary to just start poking, I am not sure how to get back into the registry and RE-check the userinit.ext file.

Anybody have any suggestions??

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 11:11 AM

One of the fixes on these threads should help
http://www.winhelponline.com/blogs/42/Rest...serinitexe-file

http://forum.sysinternals.com
I'm not sure but you might want to double-check the spelling:
(C:\Windows\system32\usuerinit.exe) If you didn't misspell "usuerinit" that might be an indication of some problems
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Edited by garmanma, 30 September 2007 - 11:15 AM.

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#3 MickieJ

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 11:22 AM

Thanks for the advice, I will check that out. Yes, I did mispell it...should have been ...\userinit.exe Thanks again :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 03:31 PM

:thumbsup: :flowers: :trumpet:

I hope someone can give me a bit more instruction, furthering garmanma advice. Trying to use the forums/sysinternal.com, since it sounded the closest to my problem. But for the life of me, I can't figure out how to get to a dos prompt on my computer that only powers up the windows and doesn't let me go any further. I tried using F2, F8 and F12, but nothing there sounded like anything I wanted to mess with...unless I had further instruction.

So....I have the NFTS4DOS files on a CD, along with the other two "fix" files, but don't know how to use them for my computer.

Anyone??

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 03:54 PM

(Note: this just occurred to me, I've not had a chance to test it)

Using a boot CD that allows access to the registry, navigate to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
(Note: I know of two CD's that will allow access to the registry: I would recommend the UBCD4Win over the OPaRE simply because UBCD4Win offers a friendlier GUI than the rather confusing command line only OPaRE. However, UBCD4Win is a much larger download and requires a bit of work to burn to a CD.)

After booting one of the CD's and accessing the above registry key, create (or edit, as the case may be) the Userinit string value to: C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\userinit.exe (note, if your Windows folder is not on the C:\ drive, then substitute the appropriate dive letter).

Reboot and see if everything is a-ok

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 09:16 PM

Several days later, and I am still trying to figure something out that will work. I was able to download and load onto a flash drive the NTFS4DOS from Avira. I can change the boot sequence to start from the flash, but all that comes up is FREEDOS. At that point I am lost. I have read lots from many different forums, and it seems if I had a recovery console CD, that might help me. Since I have two laptops in the house, along with the disabled desktop, is it possible to create a recovery CD from either of those laptops (both are newer than the desktop, but all were kept updated with windows, virus protection etc.) and that CD could be used on the desktop.

For certain, when I can get back into my computer, I will be creating a recovery CD!!

Anyone have any experience with using a recovery CD from another computer, but same OS and updates?




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