Re: Can't logon into Windows XP SP2
From: D.Currie (dmbcurrie.nospam_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2005 16:30:57 -0600
"B-man" <Bemail@example.com> wrote in message
> Hi there,
> I have a serious problem: During my failed attempt to rid-off my laptop pc
> from malware I deleted a bunch of registry sub keys in the
> NT\Current Version\Winlogon reg key (please, don't ask :s). Now, I can't
> logon into Windows. It starts up and then logs-off right away. I've
> to boot up in save mode and all other options when you hit F8 during
> with no luck. My PC did not come with a Windows XP CD so I can't do that
> Anyone know how to fix this without having to re-install the OS?
If you have system restore turned on, it may be possible to get back to a
previous restore point. You'd need to have a bootable CD that can access the
drive, like the Windows CD that you don't have, or you can use something
like a BartPE disk. Or there are disks that can be used to access the
registry from a bootable CD; mostly they're useful for resetting the
password, but you can get to other keys as well, if you know what you
deleted and you can recreate the key. Or you could put the drive into
another computer and manipulate the files that way.
Honestly, though, the fastest, easiest, and most foolproof way to fix your
problem is with a repair install with a Windows CD. Mucking around with the
registry now could cause even more problems. And if you end up paying
someone to fix the computer in the end, the less you do to it now, they
easier it's going to be for them to get it back in working order.
If you search MSs knowledge base, I believe that's where the information you
need is on doing the system restore from a command line. At that point,
you'll be back to having the spyware entries in the registry again, but at
least you'll be up and running.
Was it "nail.exe" you were trying to delete?