This is a fairly straight-forward computer - Windows XP Pro - used for family email, internet access, digital photos, some music, etc. This machine is set up as a single user box - a single account, automatic logon, etc. After no significant events, the machine is now unable to boot all the way. What follows is the sequence of events:
- Power on
- Normal BIOS messages
- Windows logo
- Wallpaper appears normally
- Now things get interesting with the following messages repeated endlessly
- 'Logging off'
- 'Saving your settings'
- 'Load your personal settings'
- At this point the only option is to power off the machine. CTRL-ALT-DEL has no effect. This box does not have a reset button.
- Safe mode has no effect on either.
My thoughts at this point are that this is a corrupted user profile.
I have a accessible complete backup from a few weeks ago (Powerquest Drive Image). I have created a bootable CD for maintenance duties (Bart PE) wioth access to the hard drive.
I have saved the current NTUSER.DAT and restored the one from the backup with no change.
So where do I go from here?
I could do a complete restore from the backup - this seems like overkill as well a losing a bunch of stuff that has been done in the meantime.
A partial restore is a possibility, but I am at a loss as to what files/directories may be candidates.
System Restore would probably work, but I see no way to get to a point where I can invoke it.
What happens if I simply delete the current NTUSER?