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Saturday, February 12, 2011

WinXP logs off as soon as login (Solved)

Hey all,

I want to share the solution on this issue. I had the exact problem after uninstalling the annoying Search Assistant update (Windows SA) because I found it a pain. The network and everything runs in the background, but logging in makes it log off again! Anyway, I found the fix & share with u.
Cause:
Windows SA replaces userinit.exe used in logon with its own wsaupdater.exe. But uninstalling doesn't revert it back.
Some adware programs may also remove or quarantine wsaupdater.exe thinking that it's harmful.

Fix:
1. Boot using your winxp cd.
2. Enter recovery console.
3. at the command prompt go to
c:/windows/system32
4. next type:

copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe
5. exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon. But you're not done yet!
6. run regedit
7. find the Userinit key in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
8. modify the entry:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wsaupdater.exe
so that it reads:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\userinit.exe

That should do the trick! no reinstalling windows required!

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