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How to restore userinit.exe file with no CD rom drive?


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#1 marco2112

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 10:31 AM

Hi all. I can't log into my laptop anymore. There's something wrong/missing with the userinit.exe file.

All instructions on the net tell me to run the recovery console from the windows CD. The trouble is my CD player hasn't been able to read a CDrom in ages. I don't think its working correctly.

I copied my XP CD to a 2 gig sd card and set the bios to boot from a usb device (my usb, sd card reader) but it din't do anything, and still resorted to opening windows from the hdd.

I have a windows98 desktop networked to the laptop is there some way I can edit the registery or restore the userinit.exe file this way? I tried going in from regedit on the desktop pc, but it doesn't work.

Is there any way in?

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#2 OldPhil

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 12:43 PM

I searched and found this not sure if it will work in your case but worth a try.

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The DllCache folder (c:\windows\system32\dllcache\) maintains a copy of userinit.exe. Simply copy it to the system32 folder. If not, you may have to expand a copy from the source. (either from the Windows XP CD, or from the ServicePackFiles source path)

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 01:04 PM

I think that I would either buy or borrow (probably buy) an optical drive.

Hard for me to imagine being totally without one and having a computer (which is why I won't buy a netbook ever).

There must be tons of CD-ROMs that are unused (I have about four), sitting in the homes of computer users who have moved on to DVD optical drives. Windows XP only requires CD-ROM read capability.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 03:24 PM

Ya know, I think this going to be my best bet (buying a new optical drive).

Rather than make a complicated fix, even more complex.

I've found ones on epay for $52 and possibly one on my local Craigslist.

And I'll have a better working pc when done.

Now to find out how to remove the drive.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 04:01 PM

Optical drives are available for far less than what you quoted...see http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....425%20-%20%2450.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 11:00 PM

Thank you Louis.

I actually foun my exact model on epay from a top rated seller shipped to my door for $22 Its not new but its supposedy been tested and guaranteed not Doa. This way I'll not have any problems with drivers, which I wont be able to adjust until the registery is fixed.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:04 AM

ok, here's the latest...

I'm able to get into recovery console (hurray!)
- I got crafty an harvested a working cdrom from an old dell latitude I had laying around. It worked!

I found userinit.exe ok.

wsupdater was missing.

so I did ' copy userinit.exe wsupdater.exe' and was sucessful.

I exited an went to restart...still have the log on/log off issue!!

What to try next?

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:13 AM

still have the log on/log off issue!!

Try this: It works every time!

Fix Windows XP LogOn/LogOff Loop ...... thinkinginpixels
http://thinkinginpixels.com/quick-fixes/fi...onlog-off-loop/
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 06:07 PM

Latest Update..

I resorted to using windows xp restore from the disk.

After a few restarts, and about 4 hours, it finally loaded up and I was finally able to log back onto my laptop.

Its been a rocky road, but my pc is slowly getting back to nomal.

I'm lastly dealing with the remains of an "internet security 2010" infection, that seems to be gone, but has left my desktop locked up. I Just got rid of the active esktop warning, but the "your system is infected" window now show's up.

Rkill only removed it for a second... trying to kill that..

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 06:57 PM

For guidance/assistance with malware, BleepingComputer.com - Am I infected What do I do - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/ .

Very nice people and they are here to help :thumbsup:.

Louis




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