cannot logon with username & password windows 2000

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Password management
Windows 2000
windows 2000 logon returns to logon after entering a valid username and password. stays in this loop

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I have seen this on XP and 2000 it usually happens after removing certain malware. Have you done that recently? If so lets see if this works out for you:

Boot using your Windows 2000 boot CD then you will want to Enter the recovery console..
at the command prompt go to

C:/windows/system32

then type in :
Dir *.exe

If you find, wsaupdater.exe, type

copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe

Exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon.

Run regedit

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

In the right pane, you should see

C:\WINDOWS\System32\wsaupdater.exe,

Change it so that it reads:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\userinit.exe

That should solve the problem, if the malware was the one that caused the issue.

The scary thing is since more malware programs are inserting themselves into the winlogon key, this is going to be a moving target.

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  • carlosdl
    Is this a domain account ? Just in case: remember that passwords are case-sensitive.
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  • Chippy088
    @Rekcarcdwp, and @Edelic nice to know you can do those things, but the question clearly stated that they were a VALID user name and password. Nice answer JennyMacK,
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