I just registered on this forum in the hopes of just getting an answer, good or bad!
My problem started with a virus. Don't know what it was called, just recognized and ran a successful virus scan.
After McAfee repaired or quarantined the malware, I did a reboot. This is where the real problem started. I could not log into my system again. I would get to the login screen, and after choosing the user to logon with (didn't matter which including admin), the system would boot and come up to my background screen. But then, instead of completing the load, the system would just log me off again. No matter how many times I tried to log on, it would just log me off againg.
After checking online with my wife's computer (the one I'm on now), I came across several solutions, most of which said that I had to delete and recopy userinit.exe and wsaupdater.exe by using the recovery disk that came with my computer. Pretty simple solution to a difficult problem or so I thought.
After loading the recovery disk and entering R enter recovery mode, the computer was supposed to ask which system I wanted to repair and since I only had one Windows operating system, I was supposed to just press 1 and hit enter. Here's where the problem lies. My recovery console doesn't offer me any options. It just comes up with the dos cursor for C:> and that's it. No C:\Windows or anything else. I can't switch directories, copy, delete or anything. Once again checking forums and help sites has led me to total confusion. Some help sites say that my windows os is corrupt and that I need to go through a ton of stuff to just be able to access windows to start repairs. Some say I need to create a disk such as BartPE or Linux to help repair my system. I'm at a loss at this point, because this is where my very very limited use of computers comes in.
What do I do? Do I attempt to use BartPE, format my harddisk and start over, or take my computer to an expert.
I'll settle for anything at this point and would appreciate any help offered on this forum.
For your info, I can follow step by step instructions on how to repair things so if there's any advice on how to repair it, I can do it.
I really would appreciate any info, even if it is bad!
In advance, I thank you for your time