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Thread: Issue with userinit.exe

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2009

    Issue with userinit.exe


    Following a Trojan problem on the file userinit.exe I tried to clean Ad-aware by now I have a problem to open my sessions. My session seems to open and then closes immediately. I saw on forums that this is because of file userinit.exe , So I rebooted with the XP CD to recover the missing file by doing:

    expand userinit.ex_ -F:userinit.exe C:\Windows\System32
    But that does not change the problem. I count on you to help me. Thank you in advance

  2. #2
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    Dec 2008

    Re: Issue with userinit.exe

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2005

    Re: Issue with userinit.exe

    You need to do following to solve this issue:

    • Boot using your winxp cd. Enter recovery console.
    • At the command prompt go to C:/windows/system32
    • next type: copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe
    • exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon. But you're not done yet!
    • Run regedit
    • Locate the Userinit key in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
    • Modify the entry: C:\WINDOWS\System32\wsaupdater.exe
    • so that it reads:


      expand d:\i386\userinit.ex_ c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe

      D: = cdrom

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008

    Re: Issue with userinit.exe

    This is due to some virus.when you reach the welcome screen of XP press "Alt+Ctrl+Delete" or "Ctrl+Shift+Esc". The popup logon window open and prompt you for Username and Password. In that type "administrator" in the name field and leave blank password field press "OK". Now you logon into the administrator account which is defaultly present in the XP. Try following:

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