one of my XP boxes has suddenly come down with this annoyance of not being able to get past Loading your Personal Settings. I have done everything i have found on the net short of reinstalling XP. I found something on DNS, NetBIOS (enable not just default), rebuild the connection, disable all startup programs, anti-virus. It doesnt lock up. Still gets the screen saver and power save mode for the monitor and it comes out of them when moving the mouse. Also the mouse cursor does move. Its as though it doesnt know what to do next. I thought maybe the userinit problem but works fine in safemode both with networking and without. Works fine there, can log in and out as many times as i want. The longest I have let it sit is about 2 hours. while playing around on here. It does it in ALL profiles, including the Administrator account. So i dont think its a per-user setting. Nothing changed, it just started happening. Thanks for your help in this matter.