Win 7 machine giving session3_initialization_failed error


I have a machine giving the about mentioned error and blue screening. I have run digs on it and all the hardware checks out. I have run chkdsk on it and that finished and there were no problems. I am trying to run sfc /scannow and it is telling me that it requires a reboot.

Also, when I try to run and offline sfc, I get "windows resource protection could not start the repair service."

I connected this drive to another pc and ran SFC and it finished with no violations. However, I am still getting the session3 error.

Of course this pc is for an exec and he needs it back up and going yesterday.....
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Can you start it up in Safe Mode?

I found a previous case where replacing "Windows\System32\smss.exe " fixed the issue.
mikesmithccsOwner/OperatorAuthor Commented:
No it will not boot into safe mode, but maybe I can replace using windows disk.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
I just re-read the part about connecting the drive to another machine.  Replace the file that way.

And you could always try running a non-destructive repair.

Failing that, back up his data, wipe and re-image the machine.  I've found that can take less time than trying to actually "fix" it.

Do you have a loaner for him to use in the meantime?
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mikesmithccsOwner/OperatorAuthor Commented:
I dont. I am to the point that I am about to wipe it though if this doesnt work. Just moved that file over, well see what that does.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Cool.  Let me know if that worked for you.

That's what I'd do if I were in your place.
mikesmithccsOwner/OperatorAuthor Commented:
Well now it tried to boot, gets to a black screen with a mouse pointer in the middle and then the boot process stops.
mikesmithccsOwner/OperatorAuthor Commented:
Its still hosed. IM going to just wipe it. Thanks for the help.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Sure thing.  Be sure to back up any local data the exec might have on his machine.

They like it when they get their favorites back.  

My Documents, Pictures, Desktop, etc....

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