Re: Blank Welcome Screen in Windows XP Pro

Thanks for the info. Bart's PE looks promising and I'll give it a
whirl. I'm fairly adept with digging into system problems but I also
know how much time it takes to fix these things.

The only item that looked like it might describe my situation in
Kelly's Korner is the one near the end about "Windows XP stops
responding at the welcome screen". I'll see if there is an option to
delete the restoration data when I boot up into "Safe Mode".

If all else fails I do have a ghost image of the E drive. The image is
a year old though, and although I haven't installed much on that system
in the last year, I don't want to revert back to it just yet.

I will follow your advice on anti-virus protection but it does get
expensive since I also have two other daughters with laptops at
university. I need a group rate!


Malke wrote:

You have a seriously obsolete antivirus installed. Even though your
subscription may be current and the definitions updated, the program
engine is nearly 5 years old. After you get your problems resolved, get
a current version av (not earlier than 2005) and install it after
uninstalling the old one. There is a very good chance that your
computer is infected, particularly since your daughter doesn't practice
safe behavior with instant messaging clients. Unfortunately, since you
can't get into Safe Mode your options are limited.

If the problem is that the winlogon userinit string has been replaced by
malware, you might be able to the Recovery Console to fix it. The
problem is that you can't see if this is the case and if it is, what
the malware name is. Refer to this information by MVP Kelly Theriot for

It might be better to make a Bart's PE and boot the machine with it to
see what is really happening on your system.

All of those fixes take a fair amount of computer skills and you know
yourself best. If this isn't your cup of tea, you can either 1) back up
your data and format/clean install; 2) take the machine to a
professional computer repair shop. - Clean Install How-To - What
you will need on-hand

Afterwards, refer to these sites about practicing "Safe Hex" and have
your daughter read them, too: - So How Did I Get
Infected Anyway? - The Parasite Fight - MVP
Harry Waldron - The Family PC - How to stay safe on the Internet - Eric Howes on
Rogue Antispyware Programs

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