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Hung Prior to Logon Screen (Solved)

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#1 mitchd123


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Posted 25 July 2016 - 08:39 PM

I've recently solved two painful XP issues, and I wanted to share my solution to help others.  


Problem #1:   XP Boot Drive Letters changed resulting in it being stuck prior to the login screen.   My XP system would sit there right before / prior to the logon/login prompt.   The login screen would never appear. 


This was a result of the boot drive letters changing.    The solution is as follows:


1) Start up another windows machine on the network and open Regedit


2) From Regedit, select Connect Remote Registry.  

                 -This will require a username password with Admin rights

                 - This will require the registry service be running on the troubled system. (remotely start if necessary via MMC)

                 - This will require the computer name or the IP address of the system.

                  - Wait 5 or 10 minutes for the system to boot up and services start.  

                  -When it's able to return a ping you should be able to connect.

                  - See this article for more details: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/249321


3) Go to  HKLM\System\MountedDevices and look for DosDevices and rename the appropriate letter.   Reboot and see if that solves the problem


4) If the problem persists, repeat steps 2 and 3,  then backup up the MountedDevices key, and delete all of the entries in the right pane after the "(Default)" key.    All the "#", all the "\" and \Dos keys.  Just leave the default key. 


5) If the problem still persists, boot to a XP cd and go into recovery console.   From r-console, rebuild the boot configuration. 

       - additional details are available at this link:


Hope this helps someone. 

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