Ive been on this problem for 5 hours now, and have gotten no where with it. I did follow every suggestion in this thread without success:
Using msconfig, I did determine that stopping all services corrects the problem, but then of course ... all services are stopped. I could not narrow this down to any single service. It seems that stopping enough services to keep the machine from communicating with the server does the trick. When I set all boot options back to default then boot the PC with the LAN cable disconnected, then log in, it tells me that it cant find the roaming profile, then loads explorer.exe without any problem.
However, with the LAN cable connected, here is what happens ...
The PC boots ... I Ctrl+Alt+Del, I put in the password, I hit enter, I see the background, I hear the music as though I logged in, I then hear the hard drive go for a bit, then I get crickets for about 5 to 10 minutes, then BAM explorer.exe finishes loading and everything is happy until I log out or reboot.
When I log in as Administrator or any other user, I have no problems.
When I use this account on another workstation on the LAN, I have no problems.
It appears to be only this account on this computer.
The username Im logging in as is bk
I'm ready to call a priest to have the darn thing exercised!
I really dont want to reinstall XP. This is a fairly new Dell Optiplex (about 2 months old now). Even though the config is fairly straight forward, a complete reinstall could take several more hours ... although ... maybe I need to realize I have been defeated for once.