I probably can't be as detailed as this guy however. Here is as much background as I can provide.
I pretty much use my home computer (Dell Inspiron 2350, Windows XP Home SP2) occasionally, maybe a couple of times a week...downloading concerts, loading family photos, iTunes, occasional internet surfing. Dont really need it since I have nice work laptop. When I made the transition to my work laptop, I stopped staying on top of running virus scans as often as I used to (every couple of month now a days). 2 weeks ago, I ran an updated Ad Aware scan and removed a few infections (can't recall what they were) as well as running AVG's Free Virus Scan software. The AVG came up with a plethora of Virut infections...thousands. I clicked the Heal button and it did what it does...no major issues. However, now when I reboot the computer, the usual User Login screen does not appear. It doesn't give the option of multiple users, nor does it have the pictures that are typically associated with them. Instead it has an older looking login type screen with just my user name. I type in my password and it starts to log in, but logs out immediately out without loading windows.
Through various searches, I've tried to resolve the problem without luck. I tried booting from an old XP disc (borrowed from father in law) to get into the recovery console. Upon doing so, it asks me for Administrator password. I only use 3 different passwords in all, tried them all as well as no password, but it wont let me login (google search tells me this is common when XP was pre loaded on desktop at purchase). I spoke with some IT people at work, and they loaned me Winternals ERD Commander 2003. I can boot up with that, however am really unsure how to use it. My initial goal was to take a look fix the userinit string, however it appears to be fine (C:\WINDOWS\system32|userinit.exe,). Now I'm stuck about what to do. I can't use any of the F8 log in options, they just give me the same fits as a normal boot. I'd really like to avoid
Any help on using ERD to help resolve this problem is greatly appreciated.
Windows XP, Service Pack 2
2 hard drives (C: and F:...this one is a separate internal drive I put in to store .flac and .shn files)
I have an XP disc ....the inserts in the disc holder say Version 2002, so I assume thats SP1
I have an ERD Commander 2003 disc
I have an IBM T43 Laptop...although priviledges are quite limited since its my work machine (using this one right now).
I have a USB flash drive
I am not extremely computer savy, however with help I think I am better than an average joe
thanks in advance for the help you provide.
Edited by JohnBell, 06 February 2008 - 10:40 PM.