Win XP login failure: empty alert box (red circle with white cross) displayed + 2 buttons: 'yes' and 'no'

- either one I press the system says: login off... saving your settings.
- happens on all my accounts, even administrator
- when I run in safe mode without networking I can login
- when I run in safe mode with networking I cannot login
- this happend all of a sudden, no big changes were made to software, OS or hardware in the days prior to this failure.
- computer has been running fine for a month.
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- Are you login onto a domain?
- Login safe mode no network, check Event Log, any suspicious entries?

Two more things to check although very unlikely to be the reason:
- Network hardware OK?
- Activation OK? (since you sed it worked fine for a month....and all of a sudden...)
scontreras2Author Commented:
- not login onto a domain
- In the eventlog I find an error that repeats:
The application specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server Application with CLSID......
to the user PC-RECEPTIE\receptie SID .....
This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.
For more information see Help and SUpport center at:

- network hardware seems to be allright
- Activation was fine as far as I remember.
See if this article solves it:
Event 10016 may be logged in the System log on a computer that is running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
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Or perhaps this one:;en-us;895200
Availability of Windows XP COM+ Hotfix Rollup Package 9
Well, I am not sure below can fix your problem. If I were you, I would backup all important data and perform the following steps:

- Control panel -> Admin Tools -> Components Services, find out which component is causing problem by CLSID number, open the property window and select the security tab -> Try to change to other option and see if the problem can be fixed.

- If the component is from a recently added 3rd party application, maybe uninstall it will be even easier.

You may want to search the CLSID in the Registry table (Regedit.exe) to find out the name of the component.
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Did you fix this as I have the exact same problem and need an answer asap.
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