No login screen for XP Pro


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justabill

Man do I have a problem! When I try booting into XP it will get up to the
point where the logon screen should apper, and it doesn't. I just get to the
blue screen (not to be confused w/the BSOD) but it never gets to the point
where it says 'Welcome" and I can log in. There is a mouse cursor there that
I can move around but nothing else, not even disk activity. Nada, zip, zilch.

I've tried safe mode, safe mode w/networking. safe mode w/command prompt,
last known good configuration, debug, etc. all but the one for Domain
Controllers. Done the 3 fingered salute (Ctrl+Alt+Del) to bring up the other
login screen. I've booted from cd's that allow access to NTFS and run chkdsk.
Used linux to reset my password. (All partitions report normal and healthy in
linux BTW) I'm totally out of ideas on this one.

Any ideas folks?
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

justabill said:
Man do I have a problem! When I try booting into XP it will get up to the
point where the logon screen should apper, and it doesn't. I just get to
the
blue screen (not to be confused w/the BSOD) but it never gets to the point
where it says 'Welcome" and I can log in. There is a mouse cursor there
that
I can move around but nothing else, not even disk activity. Nada, zip,
zilch.

I've tried safe mode, safe mode w/networking. safe mode w/command prompt,
last known good configuration, debug, etc. all but the one for Domain
Controllers. Done the 3 fingered salute (Ctrl+Alt+Del) to bring up the
other
login screen. I've booted from cd's that allow access to NTFS and run
chkdsk.
Used linux to reset my password. (All partitions report normal and healthy
in
linux BTW) I'm totally out of ideas on this one.

Any ideas folks?

Presumably this happened all of a sudden, so a manual System Restore should
fix it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545.
 
P

Patrick Keenan

justabill said:
Great idea, but this is an OEM install. Who knows where the hives are
scattered to. Thanks though, excellent answer.


Bill

They are almost certainly in the same place as all the other installs of XP;
there's no reason to move them, and a lot of reasons not to.

If not, a search using the appropriate tools will find them.

HTH
-pk
 
J

justabill

:

They are almost certainly in the same place as all the other installs of XP;
there's no reason to move them, and a lot of reasons not to.

The article above specifically states not to use this procedure on an OEM
install, and I misstated, not where they have the hives, but what are in
them. My fault.

Besides, I think I'm just going to trash the recovery and NTFS partitions
and use the space for /srv in linux. I can use the space and all I used XP
for was games anyways. Way too much hassle to play Sam & Max. :)


Bill
 
P

Pegasus \(MVP\)

justabill said:
:




The article above specifically states not to use this procedure on an OEM
install, and I misstated, not where they have the hives, but what are in
them. My fault.

Besides, I think I'm just going to trash the recovery and NTFS partitions
and use the space for /srv in linux. I can use the space and all I used XP
for was games anyways. Way too much hassle to play Sam & Max. :)


Bill

If your WinXP installation means so little to you, I wonder why you posted
here in the first place and asked people to spend time in assisting you.
 
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John John (MVP)

justabill said:
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The article above specifically states not to use this procedure on an OEM
install, and I misstated, not where they have the hives, but what are in
them. My fault.

That was fixed with SP1, its a password issue only when you try to logon
to the Recovery Console and only when the installation was syspreped.
See here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308402

John
 
P

Patrick Keenan

justabill said:
:




The article above specifically states not to use this procedure on an OEM
install, and I misstated, not where they have the hives, but what are in
them. My fault.

I've used that procedure myself on OEM installs, DELL, HP and IBM with no
ill effects.

The OEM issue has to do with custom user accounts and passwords and the
Recovery Console, but you don't actually need to use the Recovery Console at
all.

You can adapt the procedure to use of a Linux boot CD. It's basically a
matter of shuffling files around.

HTH
-pk
 
J

justabill

:

If your WinXP installation means so little to you, I wonder why you posted
here in the first place and asked people to spend time in assisting you.

I imagine because I wanted it to work. My sincere apologies for taking so
much time out of your day to cut and paste a link to a not quite accurate
article from the knowledge base. Have a nice day galah.
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

justabill said:
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I imagine because I wanted it to work. My sincere apologies for taking so
much time out of your day to cut and paste a link to a not quite accurate
article from the knowledge base. Have a nice day galah.

Although you write "My sincere apologies", the barbs you added at the end
make me wonder about your sincerity. And yes, the link I quoted would have
fixed your problem if you had taken the time to implement its
recommendations.
 

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