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#1 hwkd

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 09:17 AM

Colleagues son's Gateway laptop running XP Media Center Edition logs out immediately after logging in and showing JUST the background wallpaper for split second.

Same behavior in all safe mode options.

Have read up on all the approaches to fixes, and yes there was spy/malware activity prior to this latest trick (i.e., pop-ups saying you are infected and loss of internet connection (not sure if ethernet or wi-fi).

So, looks like I have repair option

Have also seen some options via Recovery Console, including:

copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe

as well as

fixboot and fix
fixmbr

not real big on those two

and then there is the whole think about fixing the registry keys via networking the laptop (sure let me just flip my network on)

and also some bootable spy/mal scanners like Dr. Web Cure it.

Anyone want to hazrd some advice on best practice moving forward

Or, should I move this to the "Am I infected forum"

Thanks

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 09:27 AM

This did not get it done for me:




Boot using your winxp cd.
Enter recovery console.
at the command prompt go to

C:/windows/system32

next type:
Dir *.exe

If you find, it, type

copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe

Exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 09:44 AM

This did not get it done for me.

Could not find file or directory specified.


When you enter Recovery Console you will be sitting at a C prompt.
Type this command exactly as it appears.

expand d:\i386\userinit.ex_ c:\windows\system32
then click enter

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:19 AM

So, what laptop has XP Media Center, I only have Pro, but it gives me the repair option.

Bad idea?

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:24 AM

The windows repair asks you for a key, and if the key doesn't match the version on the disk you are using it won't work.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:32 AM

I have a key for the version of XP Pro, I might use.

It has been used successfully several times.

I realize the best thing is to use the original copy of XP Media, but I was looking for feedback on whether anyone had experience on whether using XP Pro (which is giving me a repair option) is a really terrible idea.

For instance, using XP Pro on an XP Home install, you will not even see the repair option.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:56 AM

Well, I have d:\i386, but if try to make it the active directory in Recovery Console, I get 'Access is denied".

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 12:31 PM

So, I am able to get to the hard drive by using Puppy Linux.

But, I cannot see any data docs.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 02:50 PM

Re: "some advice on best practice moving forward"

Try this ...

Fix Windows XP LogOn/LogOff Loop ...... thinkinginpixels
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 03:01 PM

Thank you.

Am on it.




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