Posted 29 November 2007 - 11:45 AM
Here is my story (sort of long...sorry):
I have an issue with my home PC (Sony desktop, Win XP, about 8 years old). I installed some software that I now believe to be a virus. My computer started running slow right after I did it, and instead of running Spybot, AdAware, etc. right away, I rebooted. Well, right after that I received the following error:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
I then used the Win XP CD and recovery console to restore the "ntoskrnl" file. I also ran checkdisk, and no errors came up. I then rebooted, got to the logon screen (which by the way never used to come up) with my name listed. I don't have a password, so I clicked yes, my background picture pops up (but no icons). Now, as soon as that happens, it immediately says logging off, savings personal settings, etc. and goes back to the logon screen. (Note: I get this logon-logoff loop even if I try to logon in safe mode.)
My next step was to use the Win XP CD and repair windows. I reloaded Win XP on top of the original load and rebooted, but the same logon-logoff issue is there.
Also, a side issue is that I don't have a complete backup of my files, pictures, etc. so reformatting is out.