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#1 rkellum

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 03:38 PM

Computer boots up to log on screen. I can choose either my user account or Administrator. It goes through the log on process then immediately goes through the log off process.Similar problem as a Gary posted Mar 4 with the exception that it occurs in safe mode as well.

The problem started at reboot after disabling userinit.exe in the autoruns program. Userinit is listed on the Logon tab as in HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit.

I interpreted the Startup List explanation as that item not being the "keeper" because it wasn't listed as Auserinit ( the "keeper" item in the Startup List).

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Am I SOL? At least can I save my data?

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 04:51 PM

You can save your data my placing the hdd in another computer and taking all your data off of it that way; but first scan the hdd for viruses.

Try repair Windows using your Windows Disc.

Boot up from your disc and follow the instructions on your screen.
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Posted 18 March 2007 - 05:39 PM

Thank you for your input.
With windows pre-installed, I have just a "reinstallation" DVD. It won't boot from it. I did change the setup to first boot from cd/dvd then HHD. Might an actual Windows CD work?

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 06:49 PM

That DVD you mentioned should work too. Check it out and see, just remember to read everything that comes up on your screen.

Edited by ComputerWhizz7, 18 March 2007 - 06:56 PM.

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 07:12 PM

I'd suggest putting the userinit back into the registry key. Unfortunately, it'll take some specialized tools and techniques to do this if you're unable to access Windows.

Regardless, save your data by slaving the drive to a working computer and copying it off the old HD. Then you can start working on trying to recover from this (or just bite the bullet and reinstall).
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