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Unable to login from _any_ account (desktop wont load)


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#1 badghost

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:49 PM

It started with the unability for the OS to load properly from the disk; it would hang halfway through; the disk was then chkdsk'd which resulted in several errors was found and subsequently fixed.

Upon next boot, the OS seemed to load properly, but not long after a system crash was apparent:

"%systemroot%/config/SECURITY is missing or corrupt."

The SECURITY hive then was replaced (via the recovery console) with its counterpart in %windir%/repair which immediately resulted in lsass.exe throwing errors upon startup; the replace process then was repeated for the remaining hives until lsass was satisfied (reported no errors). Then for a moment one could think all was good (no moaning system services, no BSODs), but it was not (as the title also reveals):

You aren't able to come past the login screen; as soon as you enter, a white screen appears and the next second you're back on the login screen again. This behavour is true for all accounts currently on the system (including the hidden system one). Currently all registry hives have been replaced except for SOFTWARE.

Any help or pointers are truly appreciated!

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:49 AM

Hello and Welcome -

First question - Do you have a XP CD available ?? This would be the best / easiest method -
This Method is simple, but an XP CD makes it very simple -

Thank You -

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:15 AM

Hello and Welcome -

First question - Do you have a XP CD available ?? This would be the best / easiest method -
This Method is simple, but an XP CD makes it very simple -

Thank You -


Thanks for the response and the welcome!

To answer your question: Yes, I do have the XP (Pro) CD available (which also was how I accessed the recovery console) and the method in the link you posted is exactly the method which I've already tried (without much success).




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