I recently had a major problem that was cured by XP's Recovery Console. During the process, before I figured out how to do a "System Restore" from the console, I did a few things I maybe should not have. I did not have internet access at the time and was desperate, tired, frustrated, and upset. A great combo when a serious problem occurs threatening you to do a complete re-install of Windows. So anyway here is what I did.....
1. First I pulled and swapped the RAM to clear it.
(Before that I only got a BSOD no matter what boot option I chose. This atleast got rid of the BSOD and let me chose safe-mode.) Unfortunately my PS2 mouse and keyboard would not work. No legacy setting in bios, so now what??......
2. In the recovery console I executed the "fixmbr" command.
3. In the recovery console I executed the "fixboot" command.
(keep in mind I am about to say *!@# it and re-install at this point, but I am so close to entering safe-mode I try one more thing to get in)....
4. In the recovery console I move the following files to another drive thinking maybe this would somehow by-pass the logon screen all together and atleast let me into safe-mode to backup some files before I re-install the OS:
You guessed it.... my login screen is gone. I copied the 4 files back to the System32 directory, but this did not help.
All I get is the small logon window like this:
Not the welcome screen I normally had like this:
So anyway, after all that was said and done, I want my welcome screen back. I also normally use LogonStudio which will no longer run. Instead it now gives me the following error: "Run-time error '53' File not found". What file can't be found it does not say. So anyway.... PLEASE HELP if you can. I would really like everything back to normal.