Windows logs on and logs off immediately
This article describes an issue where you can't sign in to the system and you're prompted for user name and password repeatedly.
Applies to: Windows Server 2003
Original KB number: 555648
Windows logs on and logs off immediately when you try logging on to Windows. When you type the user name and password, you're again presented with User name and Password dialogue box. You try hard to get in but to no avail.
You can't log on to system using either Normal Mode or Safe Mode. This occurs only when Winlogon service tries to load the Windows default shell (explorer.exe) and user shell (userinit.exe) from registry. This service searches for Explorer.exe and Userinit.exe in the following path of registry:
Edit these values and type the correct path of shell:
Shell = explorer.exe
These files may also be deleted by spywares. You may need to extract them using Windows CD.
Steps for rectifying this problem
Log on to a networked computer.
Point your cursor to
Select File > Connect Remote Registry.
Type the computer name (infected computer).
Navigate to the following location in registry of destination or infected computer:
Edit these two values in right pane:
Change these two values to
Userinit = x:\windows\system32\userinit.exe
Exit from Registry.
Restart the infected computer.
You should be able to log on to the computer.
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