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Windows XP login, logoff loop. ?


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jay521

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I own a Compaq Preasrio SR19302 with windows XP. My problem is, whenever I try to login with the administrator account (and the other account) it will show my wallpaper for about 5 seconds then takes me right back to the login screen. When I tried a second time it says "saving settings" then returns right back to the login screen. I am trying to do a system restore but I can't find my windows XP cd. I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 1525 special edition laptop but it comes with windows vista. Is there any way I can get out of this loop that I have been in for months? All help will be appreciated. Thank you.

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can you boot into safe mode...if so...
Windows XP is set by default to reboot your computer when it hits a critical error.
For most users I suppose this is a good thing, as no one likes to see the BSOD
But in this case, we actually WANT to see the BSOD because it contains some useful
information in diagnosing the problem.
In order to force your computer to show you the BSOD, need to tell it to stop auto restarting
on critical errors.

Right-click...My Computer... and then click ...Properties...
Click the ..Advanced tab... Under Startup and Recovery.. click ..Settings...
to open the Startup and Recovery dialog box....
Clear the ..Automatically restart.. check box, and click OK the necessary number of times...

Restart your computer for the settings to take effect....
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Hey happyrock, thanks for the reply, but there is a small problem...
I would love to follow your steps but I cannot access my computer.
Once I log into windows it just shows the user names. When I enter the user account it will show my desktop for a split second then it will go right back to the login window for the user.
Any other advice.
I really appreciate your help!
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You need to try and boot into safe mode per the first line.

Press the F8 button during bootup and it should bring you to a selection screen that allows you to boot into Safe Mode.

Then follow the steps.
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tried safe mode
when i log in thats when i start going in the loop
it wont let me access anything, just the user window
thanks for your reply jaxisland!
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There was a similar issue in G2G before and a little ways down gerryf seemed to of fixed it. Take a look Here

This may help you get back to logging in.
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Thanks for the reply

Im going to look through this and reply back with what I got so far.
Thank You!
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OK....
It shows the solution but I can't find my windows XP disk. The only one I can find is my windows vista disk. Do you think that would work?
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More than likely it may not. I dont trust Vista and XP to play nice with each other.

Im not sure, other than trying to get your hands on a XP install CD. Just off the wall, but has this copy of Windows been activated? Has it been asking for activation key?
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its been activated before, when i first purchased the computer.
it hasnt asked me for an activation code yet...

im just going to have to find a xp cd
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when you can't even boot into safe mode your next option is to use XP's repair feature...lowdown is here...

Edited by happyrock, 05 January 2009 - 07:56 PM.

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^^^^^^^^^^^
I would love to do that happyrock but I am missing my windows XP cd, all I can find is my windows vista...
Thanks for the reply!
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borrow one from a friend or co-worker...it needs to be the same flavor that you have...
IE: if you have xp pro...the one you borrow needs to be the same
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alright, cool,
lets see if I can find some1 with an XP home edition
Thanks happyrock!

Edited by jay521, 05 January 2009 - 09:00 PM.

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