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Re: Log in
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2008, 09:18:03 AM »
Just to update you - using Add/Remove programs then Search - I have uninstalled both Avira and Tweak (they both showed up in C and D).  It still restarted in bad XP.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2008, 10:26:04 AM »
I think everyone is getting wires crossed (terms mixed up).

I think you are virtually just saying it is now you have edited the logon settings, it is automatically logging into Administrator. You want it to login automatically to the account: "John Henderson"

By the fact you can change the username manually, you are usually the Windows Classic Logon. Which looks similiar to this image:

http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/image38.png

Is this correct? Is your login screen similiar to that?

Genglish, if all this is wrong, just ignore me!

Post what your boot.ini file looks like now (whther you have edited this file or not), that is the file Temmu had you find.
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Re: Log in
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2008, 07:46:08 PM »
Or we're looking at two separate questions.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2008, 07:55:53 PM »
Firstly yes - the screen looks like that.

Secondly I can't find the file Temmu recommended - please remind.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2008, 04:53:41 AM »
Sorry - found the Temmu file - see below

[boot loader]
timeout=0
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect



Re your post below - I don't understand exactly what I have to do?  If D is partition 2 and contains the good XP - will deleting partition 1 (C) not mess the whole OS up?  Obviously I do not want to screw up and delete the wrong line.  Plus what happens when I reconnect the external HD which is set to sync with the donor, and which I can't reset until it is connected?


We need to know which one of these two "installations" is the correct one.  Is Windows on partition 1 or 2?  If you're on partition 1, then the default needs to be adjusted to partition(1) along with removing the line entry for partition 2.  If you're on partition 2, then just remove the partition 1 line.

How I usually change this is by editing boot.ini directly by removing the read-only attribute, editing in notepad, and then reapplying the read-only attribute.  I think msconfig can edit this as well, but I don't have Windows XP readily available to me at the moment so can't check.


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Re: Log in
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2008, 08:07:21 AM »
Just for info - Ctl Alt Del doesn't free up the screen freeze.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2008, 05:59:32 PM »
Getting worse - none of my .xls files will open although my text files are OK.  I have the excel files on the external but dare not connect it in case they also become corrupted (if they aren't already).  Seagate tell me I cannot unsync without connecting the external.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2008, 09:00:13 PM »
go back to system properties (r click my computer) startup & recovery, edit button:  system startup
set the TIMEOUT to 60
(don't forget to save...)

then restart your pc
boot into (choose) first the top line on the black screen,
restart the pc again
then boot into the bottom line on the black screen.

each time, note what happens. ---
that is, does one instance have problems and the other not? 
or does nothing happen on one line or the other?

[i'm trying to figure out if you have 2 copies of xp installed, or if this is a typical install artifact that is of no consequence.  :thud: ]

(put your seat belt on, we're gonna have some bootloader fun next... :mitch: )

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Re: Log in
« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2008, 04:26:33 AM »
Good morning Temmu - on original start this morning, it went into bad XL (as usual) - went via shutdown,deleted Admonistrator, entered John Henderson and good Xl loaded automatically.  Then read your post - followed instructions (edit only produces boot log), and restarted (Restart not Shut Down).  Back to bad XP - then same procedure as above and posted this.  Next instalment eagerly awaited as I cannot do my work without the Excel files.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2008, 07:34:42 AM »
Just had a screen freze - same start up procedure as last time.

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« Reply #25 on: October 31, 2008, 09:30:15 AM »
Just for info - had to restart after a SuperAnti scan in good XP.  Restarted automatically in bad XP as usual (with the clock ticking and me hitting enter)and I checked the timing setting in My Comuter -60 secs.  Went through the process of getting into good XP and again checked My Computer - 60 secs.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #26 on: October 31, 2008, 02:30:05 PM »
What happens when you open your Excel files? Does nothing load? Does Excel load at all?
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Re: Log in
« Reply #27 on: October 31, 2008, 03:16:39 PM »
No - message says can't find source.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2008, 04:49:09 AM »
Update - on Start Up this morning -again black screen showing two options.  Moved cursor to lower option and Enter.  Message - File missing or corrupt System 32\Drivers\pci.sys - can try to repair if CD inserted.  When I hit Enter it reverted to black screen and I loaded bad XP then went through the procedure for good XP.  I don't want to mess about without your OK - do you want me to try the CD repair - if so, presumably I put it in only when I start up again, move to lower option and get the same message i.e. not before first boot up.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #29 on: November 02, 2008, 01:16:40 AM »
I'll be honest - I'm confused.  I want to make sure I have this right.  You had an install of Windows XP on your system but it went "bad" somehow and is throwing a missing pci.sys message.  So, you installed Windows XP again (the "good" one) and now there's two side effects.  First, when you start your computer, it keeps wanting to start the "bad" one rather than the "good" one, and second, you can't open your files (which would make sense if this new Windows XP install has no idea what Microsoft Office is given it's probably not been installed on it yet).  And somewhere in here, you're wondering about getting it to automatically log in to your Administrator account or something like that when Windows does start.

Do I have that right?

For now, scrap the ask regarding automatic login to an account - save that for when this other issue is addressed.  Also, please clarify how exactly you got to this "bad" install / "good" install position (what led you to want to do the reinstall -  how did you do the reinstall - was this a store-bought Windows XP CD or one included with your computer or ???).  Last, what is the outcome you're looking to achieve (a.k.a. what do you want the end result to be)?

Aaron

PS - I'm on vacation, no guarantee I'll be around for a few more days yet.