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#1 T3rry

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 04:33 PM

XP home with log in and password required at start. Password is entered, desktop background becomes visible for a moment and then returns asking for password again. Will not start in safe mode, and last best configuration has been tried without success as well. I do not have XP installation CD, and recovery console is not installed (discovered when working through a malware issue).

Two questions:
1) Can I ever get back in?
2) Would a Vista upgrade be possible or logical at this time?

Thank you for your help.

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 07:32 PM

OK the issue is usually caused by malware removal, and without being able to use the console and no cd really doesnt leave you many options, you could try borrowing a cd from a friend, or getting a friend to make a recovery console disk you are pretty much oput of options as you cant get to the places required to fix the issue, what brand pc is it (HP, dell, homebrew) because the hp pc's have a recovery pertition you can boot to.

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 09:32 PM

You may want to research the Ultimate Boot Disk or some other bootable disk. A boot disk would open an OS right from a CD or DVD and allow you to at least recover the data from the drive before having to reinstall Windows.

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 12:35 AM

This method has worked for me in the past:

http://thinkinginpixels.com/quick-fixes/fi...onlog-off-loop/

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 04:00 AM

If this computer is retail model you should be able to purchase the CD/s from the manufacturer, they usually aren't very expensive. I've known Dell to send the CDs for free.

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 07:42 AM

It's a cheapee Emachine and I did find the system recovery CD/DVD. It is labeled to be used to re-install the operating system. Thanks for the feedback.

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 08:13 AM

Try using the CD to access the Recovery Console and run chkdsk /r.

Note: You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD-ROM is the first device in the boot order to be able to boot from the Windows installation disk.

To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps:

1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the]Recovery Console.

4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

5. At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER.


6. To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

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