Login problems on Windows server 2003

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Login error
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 Permissions
I am having problems logging into my Windows Server 2003. I log in and get logged out right away. I think it is my software registry hive. What can I do? I have system back ups but not the system state. We use Arcserve for backup from another computer to LTO2 tapes.

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Via Microsoft due to possible virus infection, try this:

Edit these values and type the correct path of shell :

Shell = explorer.exe

NOTE: 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.
Run Regedit.exe
Point your cursor to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Select File > Connect Remote Registry
Type computer name (infected computer)
Navigate to the following location in registry of destination or infected computer

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Edit these two values in right pane:


Change these two values to
Userinit = x:\windows\system32\userinit.exe

Exit from Registry
Restart Infected computer.
You should be able to log on to computer.


There might be possible problems in you registry files or the system files of your Windows Server 2003 software. If you are seeing this errors frequently, you really need to backup your important files to another storage device this is just a precautionary measure.

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  • Technochic
    What troubleshooting have you done so far? Has the system been rebooted? Tell us what you have tried so we do not repeat those suggestions to you. Thanks.
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  • Voodooclanboy
    Hi all, ITKE, The DllCache folder (c:windowssystem32dllcache) maintains a copy of userinit.exe. Simply copy it to the system32 folder. If not, you may have to expand a copy from the source. (either from the Windows XP CD, or from the ServicePackFiles source path) As you’re unable to login to the system at present, either use Bart’s PE boot CD, or use the parallel Windows XP installation (if available) to carryout the file/registry operations. Update Again. Thank you Anil LEPIDE
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  • Voodooclanboy
    Also refer to the article , probably it could be your answer: http://www.winxptutor.com/wsaremove.htm Thank you Anil LEPIDE
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  • bandrademx

    The Value :  c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe

    was erase of the regsitry for the virus,  i can fixit.

    Thks Aquacer0

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