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Windows xp logs on then immediately off, I have read the previos threads and nothing works. I cannot even boot from cd! Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
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What is the problem when you try to boot the Windows Xp disk? Try pressing F12 repeatedly on startup and see if it brings you to a boot menu. "C" might also work.

When you get to the recovery console:

At the command prompt go to:


next type:
Dir *.exe

If you find, it, type:

copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe

Exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon.

Run regedit. (Start > Run > (type:) Regedit)

Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\

In the right pane, you should see


Change it(Double click) so that it reads:


-Jason :)
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To change Boot Sequence in your BIOS

Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory) start tapping the DEL button
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos area.
Find the Advanced area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence or Boot Options and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom.
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Put your winxp cd in cd drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y to verify Save and Exit. Click Y and the system will now reboot with the new settings.

When promted to push any key to boot to cdrom then click a key
Click R to enter recovery console

Type the following

expand d:\i386\userinit.ex_ c:\windows\system32
click enter

Once it says 1 file copied
Then type exit and click enter
System will reboot
Make sure to remove winxp cd before it boots up and let it boot fully
Windows should start normally

If not post with result
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Long wait due to time difference and work today but I tried evything you both suggested and still nothing.
Firstly, geek in training suggested F12 or C key, neither work. (I even put fresh batteries in the keyboard just in case). Then I tried Trusted techs suggestion of the DEL key, which worked and I got into BIOS but all the settings were already as you told me to change them. What I cannot do is boot from the CD or get into recovery console. When prompted to press a key to boot from cd, it doesnt matter what key I press or even if I press no keys, the computer still just starts up to my usual user screen.The windows start up bar does flash through twice, dont know if this is relevant??????? :) :)
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