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I finally repaired the problem, I think, and am able to login to my computer. I replaced the userinit.exe file. Now apparently my desktop has changed and most of my programs and ICONS are gone. In msconfig my startup used to be "selective". now it's "normal" only and cannot be changed. Tell me I didn't erase most of my programs and this is just a start up problem. robin
I believe when you changed your userinit.exe file you changed your account from administrator to a guest account or an account with no administrator permissions and you do not have permission to access the things you could before.
You should go to user accounts and see if you are still the administrator, if not, then you have to make the necessary changes to change your account.
I checked my user account and it has me listed as administrator. Here is what I originally did on my dell inspiron 6000 with xp home edition:
I took my installation cd, and ran the restoration console, logged in as administrator.
Then used d:\i386\userinit.ex_ c:\windows\system32\.
It was supposed to take the file userinit.ex from the cd to the system 32 folder and make my computer run. I restared my computer and NOW i can log in. with one major setback- many system files, and other installed files are pretty much wiped out. My personal folder, and items in "my documents" (which are pretty important) are gone. i tried system restore, but all those are wiped out except for right now (all old restore dates are gone). Also tried expand d:\i386\userinit.ex_ c:\windows\system32\. Asked to overwrite and I selected yes, same thing. Misc program/files still gone. like the computer is coming out of the factory. I'm stumped.