so one of your users "garry" i think, posted about useing the xp cd to boot, i get as far as getting in to the recovery console, i cant seem to get in to the system32 when i type it, the recovery console doesnt reconize the command, what command should i use if any that would get me to the point of C:/windows/system32
Had a chance to read up on this issue and I suspect I know why this is happening, but fixing it is a bit of a problem because we need to know what the bad file it.
The most common cause of this right now, is running a malware detection progam that deletes a file, but the registry still points at it. This, wsaupdater.exe, seems to be the most widely seen culprit, but it could potentially be other things, too.
Let's test it out.
Boot using your winxp cd.
Enter recovery console.
at the command prompt go to
If you find, it, type
copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe
Exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon.
In the right pane, you should see
Change it so that it reads:
That should solve the problem, if the malware was the one that caused the issue.
The scary thing is since more malware programs are inserting themselves into the winlogon key, this is going to be a moving target.
thank you for your help, i hope i wasnt confusing. Mrs. Gilmore
Edited by Mrsgilmore, 05 February 2009 - 10:00 AM.