I am in restore console now and the directions I've read are to go to C:\windows\system32 and "copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe".
I am currently in C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ but neither of these files exist there. There is no userinit.exe, so I cannot copy it. Is there a workaround for this before I reinstall XP?
UPDATE: I copied userinit.exe from my Mac Parallels installation of XP onto a flash drive. Now I don't know how to copy this file onto the Dell using Restore Console. I tried typing "copy F:\userinit.exe C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\userinit.exe" but it said it could not find the file. I really don't know how to navigate the file system well in the console to be able to change drives to see the flash drive. Do I need to enable that drive or something? I'm not even sure which drive letter it is to be honest.
Okay, I actually fixed my computer!!!
To get the Flash drive to show up I had to restart and boot from CD. This time the Flash drive showed up as drive D. I was able to copy the userinit.exe file to c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe, then i copied that one to c:\windows\system32\wsaupdater.exe. I then had to go back into System Setup to change the disk driver back to "auto", since I had to change it to "combined" to get Restore Console to work. I have a Dell that has no floppy drive and this was the only way to get past loading drivers. Once I did that I was able to reboot into Windows normally. And the issue of it logging off immediately after logging on is solved. For now. )
Edited by pbesong, 22 February 2009 - 11:58 AM.