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Can't Access My Computer

by Jradamsinc / January 4, 2005 10:11 PM PST

I was in email the other night and the power went off unexpectedly for an hour or so. When it came back on, the computer allows me to get to the sign on screen, normally and in safe mode, but when I type my password, it locks up and freezes the mouse. I've tried booting with my XP disk but it is not reading it and when the scan disk comes up it says everything is ok. I saw the cable installer do something that got him into the guest desktop without me signing on for him. Does anyone know how to do this and bypass the sign on screen? Otherwise how else can I get into the system to run the XP repair without signing on. Any help appreciatted.
Thanks

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Re: Can't Access My Computer
by Cetin Denislam / January 4, 2005 11:58 PM PST

Restart PC and before windows splash screen, press repeatdly F8 and select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" option. After that, try the following procedure:

Q304449 -" HOW TO: Start the System Restore Tool from a Command Prompt in Windows XP"

If you're still unable to logon, restart again, press F8 and use "Last Known Good Configuration option".

Otherwise, it could be a long procedure such as: How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install. Before trying it, make sure that carefully read all the article, including the warnings.


Good Luck,

Cetin

Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Can't Access
by Jradamsinc / January 5, 2005 11:41 PM PST

I reset DOS Boot prompts to read my CD first and it still will not respond as I'm trying to load off my XP disk. It's wierd. It gets to log on screen just fine, I can move my mouse around, all is ok until I type in my password. I know there is a way to get past the log in screen but I don't know what it is. This is driving me nuts. Still can't gain access to my computer.

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Re: Can't Access
by Cetin Denislam / January 6, 2005 12:30 AM PST
In reply to: Can't Access

OK, here are some more possible solutions.

1. If, by chance, you're using multiple input languages, you can use the Alt Shift combo as a toogle between English and the another language. After that, type your password.

2. In the previous message I provided an article for in-place repair. There is another method that's based to using Restore Points (in the case that your Restore Points was enabled and has some pevious ones).

The method implies that you have windows XP CD and you're able to access Recovery Console. It's a somehow long procedure, but it works.


Here's the MSKB article:

Q307545 - "How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents Windows XP from Starting"


Good Luck,

Cetin

Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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In Thru The Home Door WAB Save
by Jradamsinc / January 15, 2005 2:09 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Can't Access

Well nothing worked. When the power dropped in our neighborhood exactly at the time of clicking OK after inputting password, there was no getting in as something in that part of the registry got corrupted. It wouldn't recognize my XP disk even after going into set up and reconfiguring boot from CD. So I installed a neighbors XP Home (Which I hate after using Pro) and I was able to get in and back up all my files. I am going to have the whole system wipped clean and do a new install from scratch. One question though. I found my Outlook express address book and messages and was able to import to a fresh OE for the time being. I made a copy of the WAB but when I tested it on another computer, the error says it's locked and being used by another application so I can't import from my burned CD. Does anyone have any tricks I'm missing on exporting and saving my WAB so when I do a new clean install I can bring it all back?
Sorry for the length and thank you for your time in advance.

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