First time poster here. My wife's computer (Windows XP SP3),started up today for about 10 minutes. It was on long enough for her to be on Facebook when it crashed with a BSOD then shut itself off. She claims it wasn't on long enough to even see what the BSOD error messages were. She started it back up and this time when it crashed the screen simply went black and it shut itself off. The third time she started it up it would not boot into Windows. There would be a splash screen followed by three separate Bad Image error messages. All subsequent times I've tried to boot the machine up I've gotten the same three error messages. Incidentally, I can get the computer to boot into any of the Safe Modes, but it simply shows a black screen with no program icons, systray, etc. So, at this point I can't even get to where I could install any kind of software or check logs. On the surface, based on some things I've read there is some malware/viruses that behave this way with the error messages but at least in those cases folks can actually boot into safe mode. Here's what the error messages actually say:
winlogin.exe BAD IMAGE
C:\windows\WinSxS\x86 Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls_6595b64144ccf1df_6.0.2600.6028_x-ww_61e65202\comctl32.dll is not a valid windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette
The other two error messages have the same following text but are:
lsass.exe BAD IMAGE
bcmwltry.exe BAD IMAGE
Is this the effect of a virus or malware, or is this some horrible registry failure that will necessitate a complete reinstall of Windows? Any advice on how to proceed next would be greatly appreciated.