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Cannot get past User Name Screen in Windows XP

by JohnStowell / April 21, 2007 12:49 PM PDT

I am experiencing an error with Windows XP in that when I click on any user name it will not let me go any further. The user name is highlighted and the hourglass appears but then nothing. Any ideas?

Also is there some way I can by-pass this screen, for example by using DOS or holding down a button?


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Which XP?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2007 1:02 PM PDT

For example in XP Home a boot to safe mode reveals an Administrator login which we use to create a new account and begin moving to that new account.


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XP Home
by JohnStowell / April 21, 2007 1:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Which XP?

How do I login safe mode?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 21, 2007 1:08 PM PDT
In reply to: XP Home

Try asking that at

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ok here is hpw to do it!
by davmcn / April 21, 2007 2:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Hint.

ok well what you have to do while your computer is booting not on the windows xp part but as soon as it turns on press F8 after that it will go on for a bit then it will ask what you to use say : safe mode with networking or without.

that is how to do it
hope that helped

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(NT) Thanks - is this caused by some sort of virus?
by JohnStowell / April 21, 2007 2:33 PM PDT
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No this is not caused by virus
by davmcn / April 21, 2007 2:38 PM PDT

this is not caused by viruses so do not worry

anyways glad to have helped

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 21, 2007 6:56 PM PDT

But you can't tell until you have booted up and accessed Windows.


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I can login in sometimes in Safe Mode, but
by JohnStowell / April 21, 2007 11:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Possibly

the problem keeps recurring

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Once in SAFE MODE you
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2007 12:31 AM PDT

Can do a few things but you may be limiting yourself if you don't ask simple questions and rely solely on this forums. The repair will just take longer as you post and wait for a reply. Your safe mode query could have been over with in seconds.

Once you are in Safe Mode with the Administrator account you can create a new user for testing or moving to as well as resetting existing account passwords.


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