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Old Sep 14, 2010, 6:36 AM   #11
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... oh, and emptying the Temporary Internet Files folder is also a very good idea. A lot of malware make themselves quite comfortable there.
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Old Sep 14, 2010, 8:43 AM   #12
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Use the recovery console either with F8 > safe mode with recovery console (doubt it will work) or from the cd. Then type logon and choose your default installation (usually 1). If it asks for administrator password hit enter and if it requests it again then it means you broke the users database in the registry.

To fix that do what is described in steps 2 and onwards in this excellent guide:

http://www.aitechsolutions.net/winxpnoboot.html

Hope it works for you
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I would start with booting to the system rescue disc you have most recently created. You do have one, yes? How about a drive image from Acronis or other?
If none, then you may be able to use the Windows installation disc with 'repair' option, as TCav and others suggest.
Removing registry keys isn't a good idea unless you are absolutely positive you know what you are removing. Windows has special accounts for updating software, as well as the security center function. And, probably others - I'm no expert.
Hope you get things working again. Don't use the Administrator account, though - create a separate one for your normal use, with a password. Unless you computer is in a bank vault.

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