Saturday, May 17, 2008

WinXP Logs Off As Soon As I Log In

WinXP Logs Off As Soon As I Log In
When I click on my logon name in the welcome screen, it starts to load my settings and log on. Then it starts to save my settings and log off, remaining in the welcome screen. The only thing I can do is turn off my computer.

Here is the Answer...
Generally speaking, I read somewhere that says Windows automatically log out if ANY of the conditions are true:
1) The System Time has changed.
2) The activation period has expired
3) The wpa.dbl file is corrupt
4)This is a problem lies with userinit. it may possible that u del this file from taskmanager or this file is corrupted.
5)However, this thread is about why you cannot start Windows both in normal mode or safe mode. This happens when you are using illegal copy of Windows XP.
1. Boot using your winxp cd.
2. Enter recovery console.
3. at the command prompt go to


4. next type:

copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe

5. exit and reboot normally. You should now be able to logon. But you're not done yet!

6. run regedit

7. find the Userinit key in:

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

8. modify the entry:


so that it reads:


That should do the trick! no reinstalling windows required!

"userinit.exe" is the original file anyway, what my step 3 does is to make a copy of "userinit.exe" and rename this copy to "wsaupdater.exe" temporarily to get logon working again. Then the following steps change the registry so it uses the original "userinit.exe" to logon instead of using the temporary copy.

in your case, when it asks you whether you want to overwrite "userinit.exe" when you make the copy, try renaming the copy to "wsaupdater.exe" instead. Or just run (in full as one line):

"copy c:\windows\system32\userinit.exe c:\windows\system32\wsaupdater.exe"

the "wsaupdater.exe" in "c:\windows" may be something else so just leave that alone for now.


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