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Started to type in something else, but this will be easier...
Go here, and build a PE disk...it sounds complicated but it really isn't
All you need to do is copy your i386 directory to yyour harddrive on the laptop and burn a CD.
Then test the PE Disk on your broken computer by putting it in the CD-ROM drive and rebooting.
Your computer will boot from the CD into a Windows like environment. the boot will take longer than normal, since you are booting from the CD. When it asks, say you don't want to install networking (you won't need it).
For the moment, let's just see if this part works...there is no reason that it shouldn't.
After that, BUT DON"T START THIS YET, we will rename three folders with the PE disk, then reboot with a Windows XP installation disk, reinstall windows, reinstall programs, then restore your data from the three renamed folders.
Don't worry...sounds more complicated then it is. In the meantime, I want to do a little more looking at how this Local Security Authority Service works...(that's what LSASS).
Its possible we may be able to fix the problem with the PE disk without the reinstallation, if I can figure out where the password store is...I've never felt satisfied with the "can't fix this" answer.
Problem is I figured that I was happy with where it was at and that I would just reinstall everything, but it's erroring out of the install process too. So I am stuck. The disc is fine because I used the same one to install everything on this laptop so that I could use it while the computer was down.
If all else fails, I have backed up all the files to the second drive in the machine, so I could wipe everything and start from scratch ... honestly the only reason that I am not doing this is because I am having alot of fun learning all this new stuff.
Edited by KiAnKo, 22 September 2006 - 07:41 AM.
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