Okay, we will use your Windows XP disk to access the Recovery Console and replace that file if that is the issue. The log in loop is usually caused by the userinit.exe windows file due to malware..Booting into the Recovery Console using Windows XP disk
Please insert your Windows XP Disk into the machine and reboot your computer. During the reboot and at boot up you should see Press Any key to Boot from CD/DVD...
. If you see that please press any key to continue and continue to follow the next set of instructions on "Using the XP CD Disk to Access the Recovery Console".
If not, please follow the next set of instructions on "How to Configure the System to Boot from CD/DVD"
and then follow the steps to "Using the XP CD Disk to Access the Recovery Console".How to Configure the system to boot from CD/DVDSome machines will automatically attempt boot from the CD if a CD is inserted, if that is the case, please skip the instructions below...
- Please reboot your machine or turn it on (Without the CD)
- As soon as the BIOS is loaded begin tapping tapping the F2 or F12 or perhaps F9, F10 or F11 (try all of them if unsure, starting with F2)
- Different Machines have different keys.
- This will bring up the configuration options, please use your arrow keys to go to the Boot Tab.
- In the Boot tab, there should be instructions on your right-hand side on how to move your CD/DVD as the top or First Priority
Using the XP CD Disk to Access the Recovery Console
- After you have moved CD/DVD at the top/first priority, please make sure you SAVE AND EXIT <- Important
- It will now exit with Configuration settings saved.
To start the Recovery Console directly from the Windows XP CD make sure your Windows XP Disk is in the CD-Rom drive and then reboot your machine.
- Insert the Windows XP cd in your computer.
- Restart your computer so you are booting off of the CD.
- During the reboot and on bootup you will get a message saying: "Press any key to boot from CD", press Enter.
- Windows Setup will begin to load. Please be patient this may take a while (~ 5-10 minutes)
- When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press the R button on your keyboard to start the Recovery Console.
- At the prompt to select "Which Windows installation would you like to log onto", please press the number of the installation. This is usually 1 if you only have one windows installation on your computer. If you have more than one then type the one you use.
- It will then prompt you for the Administrator's password, if you have one. If there is no password, simply press enter. Otherwise type in the password and then press enter to continue.
- You will now be at the C:\Windows prompt.
- Enter the following code line by line one at a time and pressing enter on your keyboard on each line.
- Wait for each command to be completed before continuing with the next one.
EXPAND USERINIT.EX_ C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32Note:
Your CD-ROM drive may have a different letter assigned to it, rather than the D:
drive. Enter "X:" instead, where X is the appropriate drive letter.
After entering "EXPAND USERINIT.EX_ C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32" you should see the text "1 file(s) copied", in which case all went well.
Windows will reboot the machine and should now begin loading again.
- At the next prompt after it is complete, type the following without the quotes and press Enter: "exit"
Let me know how it goes.