I built my own PC. I have 4 harddrives:
1.) Main drive, which I boot my windows XP off of
2.) Data drive that only has data movies/games etc.
3.) Linux drive that has ubuntu installed on it for dual booting
4.) Backup drive which is an exact clone of my main win xp drive from a few months ago
I do have a backup of my system, however, I'd like to avoid the hassle of using a really old backup if possible.
What happened is this, I took apart my PC to clean it and then I put it all back together again. I unplugged the linux drive forgetting that I needed it plugged in so that grubloader could come up and I could select the OS I wanted to boot from (grubloader = OS boot selection menu). So when I booted up initially I got a grubloader error. No problem, plugged the linux drive back in.
Then my system booted to my backup clone drive! Its never done this! I didn't understand why it would do that. So I unplugged both the linux drive and the backup drive and I used "fixmbr" in recovery console to get rid of grubloader all together.
Now I am able to boot into my win xp partition, however when I try to log on, it just logs me off right in the middle of "loading your personal preferences".
Anyone have any non-malware related solutions?
I tried copying userinit.exe and wsaupdater.exe through recovery console, but I only found userinit.exe and this did not work.
Also, I am considering just wiping my log in accounts using a boot disk that I've got. Might this solve the problem? Or would it just complicate things to wipe the accounts?