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challengerMechTech

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Hi all, First time poster here.....nubi extreme...so please bear with me.

I have not been able to get past the windows log on screen since yesterday. Ileft the computer on over night, and when I shut it down in the morning and later turned it on in the evening I coulds not get past log on screen. I did not add any programs nor remove any, no updates were performed to my knowledge and I do have the latest updates/install service packs from microsoft.

Things I have tried so far include:


1. starting in Safe mode = no good
2. boot from original recovery disk and followed instructions from another post here at geeks to go,
( from recovery screen i went to c;/windows/system32 copy userinit.exe to wasupdater.exe) = no good
still get past log on screen. However the copy instruction did work....
3. Created bootable Bartpe disk, and when I ran this software I was able to see in the registry the userinit.exe (under
hksy/software....ect. and was surprised to see that it(wsaupdater) was already changed to userinit.exe? this was
supposed to be step 2 after doing the copy userinit.exe to wasupdater.exe....but yet it was already done??

I would like to try and copy the contents of C:/windows/system32 to a post here to see if someone else can spot something out of the ordinary? OR if anyone has another solution to this log on/log off problem that does not include erasing the hard drive. I would rather search and destroy, then repair....because after all....it's more fun :)
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challengerMechTech

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Another intresting note,
When I use the Bartpe software two things happen then what is expected.
1. I get a message "network support is not started yet" do I want to start now?
If i say yes, it fails with "unable to install" if I say no it just say was "unable to install"
Anyways, after that I can hit the "go" button and then goto the Command prompt, The second odd thing is when I navigate to the registry editor and load a hive ....
(Hkey_USER...C:/windows/system32/config/software) it loads, but when I try to name the loaded hive ie "myxphive" it says access denied.

Edited by challengerMechTech, 23 September 2008 - 01:47 PM.

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OK I have made a little progress here using Bartpe tool, When I boot up bartpe software and looked into HKEY_USERS and loaded this hive, i saved it as "myhive" and then proceeded to explore it. Looking for Userinit.exe.

This file I assume should be located at
HKEY_USERS/MY_HIVE_/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS NT/CURRENTVERSION/WINLOGON

But it is not there? i assume it should be?
Can I somehow use/copy the file (userinit.exe) from bartpe to C: drive here? if so what would be correct proceedure? OR should I try to copy it from the original recovery disk, and how would I do that?
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ok I have made some errors, The above post, I was trying to load the hive located at X: instead of C:
Now I can load hive,save hive.

I am following a set of instructions on how to edit the register using bartpe software, specificly how to fix the "USERINIT.EXE" file as I can not logon to windows xp, it logs me out right away.

So.....If I use my original recovery disk and goto command prompt C:/windows/system32 i can see that userinit.exe does exsist with a value of 26112 of used space.

If I use the Bartpe software and goto regedit, I can load hive C:\Windows\System32\Config\
and open software (without extension) and then save it as "myhive"
I then navigate to..
HKEY_USERS \ MyHive \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon

I should see "userinit" in right hand panel but there is nothing with that name there?
The next step according to the Bartpe software is to change the path to.....

C:\Windows\System32\Userinit.exe,

But like I say it is not even an option in the right hand panel?

ANY thoughts anyone?
it's strange that i can see it when using the recovery disk on C: drive
but nothing is there when using bartpe software looking at c: drive

I am lost
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Chad Smith

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I am having the same issue - try to click to log on and it logs off. When I tried to follow the method of using BartPE, I had a message stating that access to the file was denied when I tried to load the Hive. I have also been unable to find the userinit.exe file. Suggestions?

Edited by Chad Smith, 24 February 2009 - 02:27 PM.

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Boot from a Windows XP CD
Select "R" for Repair
Select "1" for you Windows operating system
At the C:\WINDOWS prompt, type CD SYSTEM32 and press Enter
Then type COPY USERINIT.EXE WINLOGON32.EXE and press Enter
If you get the 1 FILE COPIED, then type EXIT and reboot your system.
You should now be able to log in.

If you got a message stating that the file is not recognised or missing, do the following:

Type D: and press Enter - assuming D: is the letter for your CDROM drive. If not, put in the drive letter for you CDROM.
Type CD I386 and press Enter (that is the letter I and 386)
Then type EXPAND USERINIT.EX_ C: and press Enter
Type C: and press enter

You should now be back at C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32
Type COPY USERINIT.EXE WINLOGON32.EXE and press Enter
You should get 1 FILE COPIED.
Type EXIT and reboot system.

Now you should be able to log back into Windows XP.

Edited by Kansas Tech, 25 March 2010 - 02:37 PM.

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This topic is over a year old and I hope the issue has been resolved.
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