Try SAFE MODE. And YES, I read your post so here's how to get SAFE MODE by ediing the BOOT.INI in Windows ME...
Pick the article that makes the most sense to you.
BUT this highlights a discussion I bring up from time to time and that is XP is NOT a single user system. Some try to reduce the number of accounts to one and it is possible, but very unsafe as any loss of password or a "corrupt profile" will lock the owner out without a spare key (account) to get back in and fix it.
In the Safe Mode, you can try the Control-Alt-Delete (twice please) to get the older style name and password logon. IF you didn't rename the Administrator account, then try ... administrator and no password to get in.
I have a laptop with 750hz 192ram 20gigHD I'm running
duel OS system,ME on C:/ and XP on D:/.I let my friends kids use my laptop,and I let them use XP,big
mistake,now I can't log on to XP as there is no loggen
box.XP will boot up to the welcome,but there is no box. I have the XP Pro CD I tried to install it ,but it
won't.I can't get Into safe mode on XP,every time I
try to use the F8 key and boot to safe mode the duel
boot system won;t let me in, It just goes to welcome
screen.I don't know what they did.Is there any way that I can get this log box back,or do I have to re-install XP.The only way I know is to use FDISK from the C:/ drive.( I think) thanks for your time.