Against better judgement I let M$ online scanner scan my system:
no viruses or spyware
454 registry items to clean
two drives need defrag
I'm always real chicken to let anything mess with the registry, but I googled and read of several people who used let it "fix" hundreds of items, the only complaint being it tended to fix all but one (for some reason or another?).
D/L'd and ran erunt and did a backup, I think--never used before so don't know how it should act--backed up system reg and current user reg, and it took only about 3 seconds.
So, I let the scanner rip, and it said it cleaned 453 items with 1 error and 0 skipped by user, and cleaned out some temp files.
logged on with admin pw
"loading your personal settings"
"saving your personal settings"
back pops the welcome screen
Several attempts, same result. Reboot > safe mode = same result (several tries)
booted to safe mode
last known good...
Used a somewhat flawed BartPE and got to Explorer and located what appears to be the erunt backups. And the boot disk has the Windows check disk utility, if that could help. Before I do anything else, I'd really appreciate if some expert here has a trick to getting me back into Windows--hoping for something simple before resorting to more drastic measures.
Thanks for your help.
XP Pro SP2 almost fully updated
Note: I don't have a MS Windows CD, just the OEM disk was provided and I haven't located it yet. If that is the only solution, it will depend on me finding the disk. I hope it's not!
Edited by bumstead, 19 February 2008 - 11:25 PM.