My XP professional system has started hanging at 'Loading your personal settings'
It started after I changed my CD-drives, but reversing the change doesn't solve the problem, so the hardware change may be a co-incidence
I have to reset or power off. I can then start the machine in safe mode, but only after letting the machine run through the resulting disk check, getting to the login in screen and only then restarting it. It will not even start in safe mode (it just hangs at screen full of messages)if I reset it then try safe mode straightaway (without letting it go to the normal login screen and then restarting from there)
From safe mode I have checked the DNS settings and run Spy-bot as suggested in various answers to this problem, but not found a solution. Spy-bot does not seem to be able to get rid of three entries in the registry which it describes as 'data source objects exploits'. I am wondering whether just to delete these keys from the registry. They are in all three sub keys of HKEY_USERS
Even if not in safe mode the machine seems to be running OK prior to login. If I don't try to login from the keyboard I can access its drives through the network quite normally