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Windows XP logs on, logs off, logs on, logs off... I can only take so much fun.

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I received a Dell Inspiron Laptop to work on today. It has one major problem. When one attempts to log on to Windows XP, Windows XP logs one off without so much as a "by your leave." I have attempted to log on with a normal user name account and the administrator account, both in Safe Mode and Normal Mode. No change.  The log on appearsproceedure appears to be normal up until the moment one would expect to see the desktop screen, then the screen flashes and the log off proceedure begins and 10 seconds later you are logged off. On, off. Try again? On, off. And again? On, off.

My research shows this to be a widespread problem, however, there are a number of proposed solutions as well. I can not tell which solution worked. Is there an expert here that has dealt with this before?

Thank you,

Mike
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sramesh2k earned 1000 total points
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Hi Mike,

This is most likely caused by incorrect "Userinit" registry value data, or if the file userinit.exe is missing.

See:

You cannot log on to Windows XP after you remove Wsaupdater.exe:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892893

And to fix the problem, you may use BartPE boot CD.

How to edit the registry offline using BartPE boot CD ?:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/peboot.htm
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by:Timdog
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Do you provide a user account/password or does it autologon? I have seen this issue with a bad profile. Can you get to the ntfs partition and rename the profile folder of the user that you are logging in as?
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