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xp limited users won't boot-svchost & iexplore replicate...

by xpuser777 / November 29, 2009 9:58 AM PST

My admin user will logon and boot normally. All limited users logons and boots will keep loading svchost.exe & iexplore.exe into hundreds of occurences. No applications load at all. No desktop full of icons. Must hard reset each time.

XP SP3 and IE 7.0.5730.11

I have checked for viruses. There are none.

This is maddening. My kids are going to kill me. Any ideas?

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Try this.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 29, 2009 7:48 PM PST

I would first create a new limited user profile, (account), and test. If that loads without problems then you are good to go for the next step. If you get the same problems with a new profile, then the problem is deeper.

Assuming a new profile works, you can then copy the data from the old corrupted profile to the new one, described here;

Then do the same for the other corrupted profiles.


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turn for worse-unmountable boot volume
by xpuser777 / November 30, 2009 12:40 AM PST
In reply to: Try this.

I tried creating a new limited account. no luck. now when I boot I get "Unmountable boot volume" STOP:0x0000ed0x894. None of the recovery options on the PC seem to work.

I dug out my three recovery DVD's and pick "r" for "standard recovery", which saves my data. No luck. It goes through "Starting PC recovery", shows "HP Invent" then goes to the screen that has the mountain and moon and sits there forever. I disconneceted all cables except for keyboard and monitor.

Is there something I am missing, or is now my only chance to salvage this XP PC the "f" option for format the hard drive?

HP Pavilion a1642x with XP SP3.

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Doesn't look good.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 30, 2009 5:07 AM PST

That STOP Error code looks a bit strange to me. Usually a STOP error ode, (on a blue screen), is in the format 0x000000YY, where YY can be anything from 0-9 or A-F, (Hexadecimal), eg 0x000000A1. I've not seen a STOP:0x0000ed0x894 before.

The site below shows the normal STOP errors, but nothing like yours;

Ahh, just seen it. The actual STOP error is 0x000000ED: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. At the site, look down the right hand column for ED for the link.

There are likely causes shown in Microsoft's Knowledge Based artcile;

But I will have to bow out of this now. The possibility is that this is hardware related, and I know little about that. But note the option to use chkdsk /r in that KB.

Good luck.


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