Posted 14 October 2008 - 09:55 PM
I have one of those problems which gets worse everytime you try to fix it. It began, If I remember correctly, with being unable to install SP3. The automatic update downloaded it and although I don't remember exactly how or why i could not install it. I sort of forgot about it-which may be either a symptom of a problem or the reason the problem occured. Later the little red security icon with the cross appeared in the tray to tell me automatic updates were not on and recommended I switch them on. I tried to, but a little box came up saying "the application failed to initialize propery" and something else as well. Later when I tried to log in a very similar little box came up with the same "the application failed to initialize propery" message along with the term "userinit.exe" I searched for that and found a thread in this site which gave the instruction to use the taskmgr to launch all the icons so I could repair the computer further. I did this and it worked once but as I was running a virus scan the PC froze forcing a restart and after that the taskmgr would no longer open. Please help I have no clue where to begin.