I have fresh a Windows XP install on an HP desktop. (recovery from prior virus infection). The install was working just fine, but suddenly I cant login anymore. The user select screen appears, I can enter the password and it says "applying your settings" and briefly displays the wallpaper, but then goes immediately to "saving your settings" and logs out and goes back to the user login screen. This happens for all 3 user accounts - including the administrator account.
The same thing happens when trying to boot into safe mode, safe mode with networking, and last known good configuration. Booting into Safe Mode with Command line just hangs the system. I tried using the Windows XP install disk to recover, and it copied all the files over my installation, but when i try and login, the problem persists. I booted up with a copy of BartPE and can browse the file system. There is nothing in the startup folder for any of the user accounts, nor in the "all users".
I just restored the data to this drive and I don't have a backup (I had to re-use the USB drive that the data was on to recover another PC). While I probably COULD back the data up from BartPE and wipe the drive AGAIN, I really don't want to have to do that.
Is there a way to fix this? Is the problem in the windows subsystem or in the profiles? Anyone have a quick fix for this?