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lsass.exe-System Error- Cant Get To Desktop To Fix

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Hello, all. I'm new to the forum and not super tech savvy. I only know the basics, but can pretty much follow directions.

My question is this. I am getting the error message listed in the topic title. The problem is, I can'y get to anywhere other than the blue screen to try any fixes. My exact message is...

"lssass.exe-System Error

Security Accounts Manager initialization failed because of the following error. The handle is invalid. Error Status: 0xc0000008. Please click ok to shutdown this system and reboot into Safe Mode. Check the event log for more detailed information."

When I click ok it tries to restart and comes right back to the same message. Same thing even when I restarted in Safe Mode.

Please help. I need to retrieve some data off that machine asap (I'm emailing from my laptop).


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Hi smokymojo...welcome to Geeks To Go... :)
you have 3 options...do a repair on xp...go here for the how to guide...IT WILL NOT HURT YOUR DATA...
you can remove the drive and slave it to a working system to get your data...

or you can try puppy linux...
get puppy linux...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd
if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....

put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all yor data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...
quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..

after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...about half the width of the screen...then drag the window to the right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..about half the width of the screen...drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working

Edited by happyrock, 13 March 2009 - 10:14 AM.

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I am having the same problem with my laptop and have got all the way to the puppy linux desktop. However, I'm not seeing a flash drive icon in the drivers window. I only have a CD (which only lets me mount and unmount the puppy boot disc, when I insert a black CD to copy my files to it says that Failure! and that I didn't insert it or the last inserted media wasn't unmounted, which it was). The other icon is of my hard drive (I'm assuming) because it has all my files located on it, but when I try to drag them into the window nothing happens, the icon just returns to its original window.
I do not have my original Windows XP CD, so I cannot do a repair.
I'm not sure what I am doing wrong, or is it a corruption with my computer?

Please help!
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Did anyone realize that the error says: lssass.exe ? or is that a typo?
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