Ok, so I royally messed up! I had a small virus called info.exe and did a manual removal per instructions on the trendmicro site. evrything went ok except when using regedit. I was instructed to do the following:
In the right panel, locate the entry:
Userinit = "userinit.exe, %Windows%\system\svchost.exe
Right-click on the value name and choose Modify. Change the value data of this entry to:
Heres where evrything went crazy. Like the true noobie I am I wrote exactly %system%\userinit.exe in regedit rather that \windows\system32\userinit.exe. Now when I start windows, I get to the LogOn screen, hit enter, cuz I dont have a password, and it starts to load saying "loading your personal settings", then it imediately says "logging off", and takes me back to the LogOn screen. I tryed logging on as administrator in normal mode and safe mode, tryed last known good config, everything, but nothing works. So my next step is recovery console and regedit in dos right? OK, heres were it gets even more tricky. My computer is a mini laptop and only has a 4gb ssd drive. No dvd drive. So running recovery console isnt so easy. Ive seen instructions on how install windows from a usb thumb drive, but I dont know if recovery console will work from a usb drive. Does anyone know? Is there such thing as a third party dos registry editor? Anyway to force windows to logon, bypassing the logon screen? Anyone, anyone? I really dont wanna reinstall windows, so now Im looking to the experts for any other options. PLease Help!!!!!!