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Re: Log in
« Reply #30 on: November 02, 2008, 03:41:10 AM »
Hello Aaron - thanks for taking time out of your vacation.

XP was purchased from a reliable supplier here (2 years ago) - who also installed it for me.  I reinstalled  because I kept getting screen freeze, and this was the action recommended to me.  What seems to have happened is that the reinstal went into D instead of simply overwriting C - why, I really don't know - maybe I hit a wrong key.

In good XP my Excel files worked ok until last week.

This whole thread was because I wanted to boot straight into good XP without the hassle of clicking OK on Log on.  Now, after using Tweak and/or http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/image38.png - it boots into bad XP and I get into good XP by logging off Administrater and on to John Henderson.

End result required - Excel to work + boot straight into good XL, by deleting old XP.

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« Reply #31 on: November 03, 2008, 08:36:26 AM »
OK guys- this is taking an awfully long time and I desperately need my Excel files.  I have created a floppy MS DOS Start Up - if I now format C and D will I be able to reinstal XP Pro (hopefully to the right drive)?  Do I shut the computer down after formatting C and D?  If so presumably I then insert the floppy, press start up, and then (assuming the computer starts up) the XP Pro CD. :sos:

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Re: Log in
« Reply #32 on: November 03, 2008, 12:35:43 PM »
Reinstall Microsoft Office if you have the disk still, if not go download Open Office:

http://www.openoffice.org/

The 'Calc' program of the suite is very similiar to Microsoft Excel, whilst being open source and free. It is fully compatible with all Excel files. Even if just for now, it would be worth looking into it. Excel couldn't have been installed properly in the first place on your computer, given it suddenly says "Cannot find source".

Also, leaving the computer logged into "Administrator", that is NOT "John Henderson", please do this:

Click Start > Run, and type in this bold word and hit OK: regedit

It will bring up the Windows Registry Editor. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

To do this, you simply click on the + sign next to each key (effectively a folder), so following it right through:

Click the + sign next to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key
Click the + sign next to the SOFTWARE key
Click the + sign next to the Microsoft key
Click the + sign next to the Windows NT key
Click the + sign next to the CurrentVersion key
Click the + sign next to the Winlogon key

In the right-side pane, look for something that has a name of "DefaultUserName". Double-click on it, and it will bring up a small box, a part of which has a "Value Data" box inside it. Tell us what is in that "Value Data" box, this will be the value stored in the "DefaultUserName" value. This is the value Windows will look for, when deciding what username to login to automatically.
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« Reply #33 on: November 03, 2008, 01:12:18 PM »
Thanks for jumping in so fast - I really need this.  The name in the box is Administrator - which is what always appears when I click Shut Down on bad XP - then I delete it and enter John Henderson and it restarts automatically in good XP.

On Open Office - at this time of day it says it will take 1 hour 45 minutes - so will try to download later when speed is a little higher.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2008, 03:40:24 PM »
Right, ok, if you haven't already, do this whilst logged into Administrator, NOT John Henderson:

First, make a backup of a certain part of the registry. Go back to the very same key I had you look at before. So follow the instructions I gave before on how to get there. Once there, right-click on the Winlogon key, and click 'Export'. This will export (save) a copy of this registry key if needed, this is to prevent any major loss if anything went wrong for whatever reason, by doing what I am about to ask. Give the file a name, something suitable such as WinlogonExport or something and save it to somewhere easy to get to in case you need to. Editing the registry can easily cause Windows to melt under itself quite quickly, if done incorrectly.

Once it's exported, go and edit that "DefaultUserName" value. So, double-click it to bring up that little window again, and edit it's "Value Data" to John Henderson (assuming that it is the right username you want XP to login to automatically, remember that what you put in this "Value Data" box, has to be exactly the right username, otherwise I have no idea what will happen - it could go into a strange loop of logging in/out, or the whole automatic logon might fail and just ask you to login normally).

Confirm the change by hitting 'OK' in the window. Now, In the right-side pane, look for a value named "AutoAdminLogon". It will have one of two values (simply not exist at all), that is 1 or 0. 1  = enabled,  0 = disabled. If it's value data is 1, leave it alone, if it is 0, edit it and change it to simply 1.

Reboot and see what happens.

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« Reply #35 on: November 03, 2008, 03:54:42 PM »
Ok am about to try it - if you don't here from me, presumably went up in smoke.  By the way after a 2 hour download and reaching 98% of openoffice - it stopped downloading - aagh!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #36 on: November 03, 2008, 04:03:15 PM »
You should have used the Star Downloader program I linked to before.  It would pick up where it left off.


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« Reply #37 on: November 03, 2008, 04:29:05 PM »
Sorry Corrine - my reply was to Spydie - "I'm about to try it" - will try Star shortly - thanks for the reminder.  How do I get to earlier pages to find the entry?

Spydie - as you can see I'm still alive.  Did all you said then Restarted.  Came up with THREE versions of XP! This is because I tried to use the XP CD to repair, before I got your first message - but when asked which drive to repair it would not accept Drive C (or D), I could not exit or cancel or ESc so I had to close down completely. 

Ok - entered the middle one - got the message about the missing driver.  Restarted and it booted into good XP immediately.  Will now again reboot and see what happens.

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« Reply #38 on: November 03, 2008, 04:37:15 PM »
OK but not OK - booted straight into today's XP and started instal again (no disc inside).  Pressed reboot and it came up with the 3 choices - entered the top one (previously bad XP) and it booted into good XP.  If I can stop the "instal XP" then presumably it will boot into good XP first time - any suggestions?

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« Reply #39 on: November 03, 2008, 04:59:09 PM »
Do you have a CD inside the PC? Get the boot.ini file back up, and post the contents of it. If you have forgot how to do this: Click Start > Control Panel > Click the System applet in Control Panel > click the Advanced Tab, then click the Settings button under 'Startup and Recovery'. Finally, click the Edit you see, it will bring up a Notepad window with text inside it. Post the contents of it.
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« Reply #40 on: November 03, 2008, 05:24:59 PM »
Definitely no CD.

[Boot Loader]
Timeout=5
Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup"

If it wasn't for the Excel problem this would be fun.  Download time for openoffice is now 2 hours even with Star (it didn't pick up partial download) - will try first thing in the morning when speed is higher.

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Re: Log in
« Reply #41 on: November 03, 2008, 05:49:16 PM »
OK, I believe I know the problem with the XP Setup thing. However before I advise on the next step, please confirm which choice you use?

That is, when the computer boots up, and you presented with the black screen, you have 3 choices of which Operating System (XP Pro) to launch. Which one out of the three are you choosing, which is the good, working version of Windows XP?
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« Reply #42 on: November 03, 2008, 06:17:53 PM »
Have done boot up twice to be sure - if I wait only 3 seconds it automatically goes into instal (bottom one) - but if I'm very fast top one goes into good XP.

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« Reply #43 on: November 03, 2008, 06:27:42 PM »
Sorry Corrine - my reply was to Spydie - "I'm about to try it" - will try Star shortly - thanks for the reminder.  How do I get to earlier pages to find the entry?
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« Reply #44 on: November 03, 2008, 07:00:18 PM »
Many thanks Corrine - have downloaded it but it doesn't continue openoffice.  Maybe there s a conflict with the half-installed XP.