I've been searching the web for a solution to my problems and geeks to go has given the best advice so far. Let me give a description of what has been happening. Please let me know if you need more details about my situation
* I have a dell laptop that has 1 cd drive and no floppy drive, running XP
Yesterday, I decide to update my anit-virus and spyware softwares. I downloaded both Symanted and Spybot Search and destroy version 4.0 from my university (free of charge) Somwhere along the way, I got click happy, and when I tried to log in I ended up getting trapped in a loop where it would log me in, my wallpaper would display, and then a "saving settings" and "logging off" box would appear. This loop has been fairly common apparently as many threads have been posted about it.
I eventually got into my recovery console and found out that I had no userinit.exe in my windows\system32 folder. I did however have userini.exe there. Based on websites, I think this was some sort of virus/trojan. Also, I did not have a wsaupdater.exe file in that folder (this has been proposed to be the problem on many threads). It is possible that the wsaupdater.exe file had been deleted by my antivirus software, but I cannot make any guarantees on that.
I have done a few things based on other solutions I have found online.
1) I deleted userini.exe from my system32 folder
2) I copied userinit.exe from c:\windows\system32\dllcache to c:\windows\system32. This did work
3) I copied userinit.exe from e:\userinit.exe to c:\windows\system32. I believe E is the drive that is running my service pack 2 disc. This also did not work.
4) I then followed the instructions on this website: http://support.micro...kb;en-us;892893
and copied userinit.exe to wsaupdater.exe just in case something was still going on there. I still was trapped in the logon/logoff loop.
I do not know if I need to get a new copy of userinit.exe
I am now asking for help from the geeks. If anyone could help me, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance. Again, please let me know if I can clarify anything.
BTW, I am not really computer saavy; Ive learned most about this system recovery stuff in the past few hours while searching for a solution. However, I am quick to learn, and I dont think im completely dense about the comp.
Edited by peeroe, 03 November 2008 - 05:38 PM.