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Thank you so much for your help. I figure the computer will work eventually. I'm just trying to not get to frustrated.

I tried getting into safe mode when I first discovered it was logging in and immediately logging out. I was able to get to the screen to choose safe mode and it started loading but then did the same exact thing - started loading then automatically logged off. At this point I cannot get onto my computer in safe mode or regular mode?

Is there a way to fix things through DOS until it loads correctly?
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Hi cher1234,

If you know how to use DOS it's easy.
There are copies of Userinit.exe in
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DLLCACHE
and in
C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386

Once you are in the Command Prompt or Recovery Console use this command:

COPY C:\WINDOWS\System32\DLLCACHE\userinit.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\userinit.exe

Let us know if that helps.

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I have used DOS before but I would need step by step instructions, becuase it's been awhile.
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When you reboot tap F8 to get into the screen where you can choose Safe mode

But now choose Command Prompt only

In the command prompt type the line I posted behind the C:> prompt

COPY C:\WINDOWS\System32\DLLCACHE\userinit.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\userinit.exe

Then hit ENTER to execute.
I think you will get confirmation saying 1 file copied or something similar.

Doing that will copy the Userinit.exe from the DLLCACHE folder to the System32 directory.
That should get you past the Logon screen when you boot again..

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Ok, I officially hate Windows XP!!

When I press F8 there is NO option to go to "command prompt"!!!

The only option with command prompt is "Safe Mode with Command Prompt"...
BUT, since my computer won't log onto normal or safe mode I can't access the command prompt at all.

Is there another trick in Win XP to get to the DOS screen???

Is there another way to get the file "userinit.exe" back on my computer???

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If you have the XP CD you can boot from that into the Recovery Console

http://support.micro...b/314058/EN-US/?

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Ok, I finally found my XP recovery disk.
I've read the link you sent as well.
I tried following the directions but booting from the disk I get the message saying it will re-configure my entire hard drive.
I've choose to not do that so I don't loose everything and it automatically went to the C:\ prompt.
I entered the line you gave me earlier but it cannot find the file "userinit.exe".

There's got to be a way to get the file "userinit.exe" without having to configure my entire system.

I'm at a loss of what to do. I just need my computer to work. Not sure what to do next.
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I'm sure Pieter will check in real soon, but you need an XP disc, not the recovery disc.

Oops. I stand corrected. :tazz: I've only needed a disc once or twice. Sorry about that.

Edited by coachwife6, 19 May 2005 - 01:05 PM.

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That command prompt should be adequate;

If you had SP 1 or 2 installed you can also try this copy-command:

COPY C:\Windows\ServicePackFiles\i386\userinit.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\userinit.exe

There should be a userinit.exe in that folder as well if you updated.
And looking back at page one I saw you have SP1.

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ok, I tried the new command and that gave me "0 files Found" as well.

What next?
Is there any way I can download that file somewhere then add it to my computer?
I'm up for any suggestions, any tricks you have up your sleeve. I'd love to get my computer working.

Can you give me a few different things to try - instead of just one command, maybe a few different ones? I have limited amount of time to use the computer during my work hours. I only have at night to try it at home on my computer. So everyday i've only been able to go home and try that one thing.

thanks a bunch

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It is hard enough to find a solution. It's not like I can dream them up by the dozens.

Can I mail you a copy of my userinit.exe somewhere?
PM me an address if that is an option.

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It's all good. I just wasn't sure if you had more than one solution for this stuff.
How do I PM you?
I do have an email addres you can send it to.
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Click the PM button at the bottom of one of my posts and you'll be taken to a screen where you can make a post. Only this one will only be visible to me.

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You've got mail. :tazz:
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Got the file.
When I am at the C:\ prompt do I need to do something special to make it copy from the A drive.
I tried it and it did not work.
Is there a way to get the cursor blank or will it always be the C:\ or A:\ drive???

It automatically starts at the C:\ prompt. I was able to change from C to A but that doesn't matter cuz I need to copy from the A to the C.

I entered the command you gave me after the C:\...
Am I doing it wrong?
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