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windows xp opens and then

by corcomi / September 27, 2010 3:52 AM PDT

when i start my desktop e machine computer using windows xp i get to the log in page.
I enter my password and and it says: logging personal settings and then it inmediatly logs me off. tried in safe mode and does the same.
tried in administrator and does the same.
I had just turned off a lot of programs that came upon startup and i might have done something STUPID

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Sounds Like 'winlogon.exe' Was Deleted/Corrupted..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 27, 2010 3:58 AM PDT

I've recently had a similar experience after cleaning our a customer's computer. The "winlogon.exe" file was infected and removed by the antivirus program. In such cases, you'll need to use the Windows XP Recovery Console, then extract a "good" winlogon.exe file from your XP CD or from the "i386" folder on your computer.. A good, clean "winlogon.exe" file should be placed in the "C:\Windows\System32" folder.. (In one such case, I was able to use the Recovery Console to search the System32 folder where I found the correct "winlogon.exe" file which had been renamed by the virus.. I fixed the name of the file and it cured the issue.)

Another option is to use the Windows XP disc or the computers Recovery Disc to run a repair install.. It should also replace the missing/corrupted "winlogon.exe" file.

Hope this helps.


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Missing the recovery Cds
by corcomi / September 27, 2010 9:50 AM PDT

Thanks for the info
Unfortunatly i dont havr the recovery cd nor the windows cd.
What would happen if i just installed a new Windows
What would happen to all the files and software already installed

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eMachines Usually Have A Recovery Partition..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 28, 2010 1:40 AM PDT

First, installing a new Windows also requires a legal Windows CD.. If you don't have either, then you'll need to purchase one from the manufacturer (eMachines should be able to provide such recovery discs and minimal cost),,,, OR...many eMachines computers also have a Recovery Partition which allow you to do a "non-destructive" recovery of the system (normally it doesn't damage any of your personal files) or a "destructive" recovery which formats the drive and reinstalls everything back to its factory condition. A "destructive" recovery will wipe all data from the hard drive including your personal information.

Depending on the make an model of your eMachines, the Recovery partition steps may be a little different.. Usually, the best method is to restart the computer and press the appropriate F-key to access the Recovery partition.. Or, sometimes, there is a "System Recovery" icon in the Start Menu.

Hope this helps.


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