problems with logging in to XP

  andycampbell82 16:06 08 Sep 2004

When I log in to Windows on my desk top, I have it password protected and have to go through an initial screen before it lets me enter Windows.

I was messing around trying to get a Virus of my system and may have deleted a few files that I shouldn't have. Now when I log in, it is on a loop - it logs in, then immediately logs off, so there is no way of me getting into windows.

I was advised to put my original XP disc and reinstall it that way, however when I do this an error comes up and again I can do nothing. Has anyone got any suggestions as to how I could rectify this problem? I would like to keep all my files intact and would be reluctant to format my hard drive and reinstall windows.

Assuming that I can't rescue windows, how would I go about formatting my hard drive and reinstalling Windows?

Many Thanks in advance


  conrail 16:13 08 Sep 2004

the original xp disc gives the option of repair or reinstall on a new partition, it also gives the option of deleting the partition your current xp is on, try repair, if not create a new partition and reinstall, don’t delete your old partition until you are ok, never tried it but you are no worse of than you are now, hopefully the new partition will not overwrite some of your files/programmes, probably not the best advice, hopefully someone will come up with something better,

  Old Shep 16:14 08 Sep 2004

Have you tried pressing f8 at boot up. I think there is an option there which says something like -restore to last good configuration.

  stalion 16:15 08 Sep 2004

try pressing f8 on boot up and see if you can get in to safe mode.If you can choose last known good configuration

  cga 16:17 08 Sep 2004

From your sign on screen try this:-

Press Ctl-Alt-Del twice

You should now be given the old style signon box.

Sign on as "Administrator" no password unless you can remember giving one during install.

If this works you may be able to correct your account or create a new one.

If this does not work then you are on to a repair install.

  cga 16:19 08 Sep 2004

Yes - much better to try that first.

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