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Userinit.exe:  The application failed to initiate properly

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I keep getting this message after rebooting the XP machine.  After viewing these messages, I get prompted for my username/password; however, it seems as though I'm in an NT environment from what the colors show.  When it finally logs in, all the desktop settings and everything else, my settings, are missing.  

The only way to get back into my previous settings is to reboot the machine and hold down the F12 at startup which prompts me for the bootup utility which I then select the LAST KNOW GOOD CONFIGURATION setting and this allows me to go back into my PC the way I used to be able to do.

I'm presently running a Virus scan on the C:drive and doing a live update on Symantec.

After login into my account and viewing the desktop, I get a Symantec message stating to verify the license, but It seems as though I'm up to date.

Any ideas on how to resolve?
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