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I recently had a problem with my computer after my antivirus program AntiVir deleted a bunch of files from my computer, and then on reboot, when I would log in, Windows would flash my desktop for half a second and then log me off immediately afterwards.

I followed the suggestions of others, and used the Console Recovery from the install disk to copy userinit.exe to wsaupdater.exe, but I didn't get any results with that. I finally did a repair install from the Windows XP disk and that allowed me to log in.

I didn't see wsaupdater.exe in my system32 folder before, but it is there now. I'm wondering what I should do at this point to avoid the problem that I had before. The description for wsaupdater.exe is "Userinit logon application", so I think if I just delete it, it won't let me log on again.

I opened the registry editor and went to "My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon". The Data for Userinit is "C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,userin". I'm not really sure what I'm looking for, though...

I just want to resolve any potential problems that Wsaupdater.exe could cause in the future.

Any help would be appreciated! :whistling:
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hi BD.. have you looked @ this? http://support.micro...kb;en-us;892893
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I did see that, Jmoney. Thanks. As far as I know, there may not even be a problem now, but I had the problem yesterday and don't want to shut down my computer until I'm sure. When I couldn't log in yesterday, copying userinit to wsaupdater didn't do anything for me. I had to do a repair installation with the Windows disk. Also, when I was in the recovery console, I couldn't find any trace of wsaupdater. But now that everything seems to be working fine, I found wsaupdater in system32 and am trying to find out how I can tell whether or not it is taking the place of userinit.exe in the registry. Everything I've read seem to say that wsaupdater should be in the data part for userinit in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon, but I'm getting "C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,userin". Does that mean that everything is fine and I can delete wsaupdater without any trouble?
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in registry, it should read

C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,

(please note comma)

then delete wsaupdater
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