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Windows XP desk top will not load

by winter20 / January 14, 2009 5:47 AM PST

When I turn the computer on It goes through the motions and I can see the background but not the desktop. It will sit for a while with the background showing then It will go to the log on screen and when I click owner, It will try to log on and then jump back to logging off.

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Maybe Corrupted Profile
by Darton Fury / January 14, 2009 7:46 AM PST

Try logging on with the Admin account. If that succeeds, create a new account for yourself.

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Admin log on do not load
by winter20 / January 14, 2009 10:26 PM PST

Admin log on will not load, only owner shows up to click on.

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Which XP?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2009 11:02 PM PST

Home or Pro, please try SAFE MODE and the "administrator" account.

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I have XP Home
by winter20 / January 14, 2009 11:11 PM PST
In reply to: Which XP?

I tried that but I forgot my password.

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Great NEWS! We can fix that issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2009 11:54 PM PST
In reply to: I have XP Home
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by Slikkster / January 15, 2009 12:10 AM PST

Great minds think alike...

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You can try this to reset the password
by Slikkster / January 14, 2009 11:58 PM PST
In reply to: I have XP Home

If you know how to burn an iso cd, you can burn/create an "Ultimate Book Disk", which contains tons of useful utilities. One of the utilities is in the "NTFS Tools" Section, and it's called the "Offline NT Password and Registry Editor". What it does is take you through a few prompts, and asks you if you want to reset the administrator password. If you choose the default suggestion, the password will be blank after it has been reset. Then, you can exit the program and reboot into Safe mode on the pc, access the Administrator account without entering anything for the password. Follow the instructions given you earlier about setting up another account.

After you're all done with everything, I would definitely go back and give the Administrator account a password.

Here's the link to the Ultimate Boot Disk info, where you can download the iso to burn it:

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