Can't get past welcome screen

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Sam Wardill, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. Sam Wardill

    Sam Wardill Guest

    I have a problem that I can't get past the welcome screen. From looking at
    newsgroups mine (or similar) is a common problem. However I have no yet
    solved my issue.

    My problem ocurred after I tried using startup manager (from
    startupmanager.org). After rebooting I could not get past the Welcome screen
    (even in safe mode). If I
    click on a user it starts logging on then immediately logs off again.

    I do not have an XP product CD to do the repair installation (as other posts
    to similar problems have suggested). I'm trying to get hold of one but it is
    XP pro. Can I use XP pro to repair MCE? Is there anywhere I can get an MCE
    CD? Is there another solution?

    I originally posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general and Pegasus [MVP]
    advised me to post here with following details:
    - What you did just before the problem occurred: I tried using Startup
    Manager
    - If this is a networked machine: It is connected to a router on which I
    have other machines but it is not set up as a network
    - If you can reach this machine via the network: I have not been able to
    when tried so far
    - If you know the administator password for this machine: I do
    - If you could remove the hard disk if necessary: I could but have never
    taken the back off the machine before before so this would be a last choice
    option for me
    - If you have access some desktop PC to which you could connect the hard
    disk: I do
     
    Sam Wardill, Dec 7, 2009
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  2. Sam Wardill

    Curious Guest

    When trying safe mode are you trying safe mode without newtworking?
    Do you know if you have a recovery partition on your HDD? If yes then the
    instructions that came with the system should explain how to use to
    reinstall your OS.

    "Sam Wardill" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I have a problem that I can't get past the welcome screen. From looking at
    > newsgroups mine (or similar) is a common problem. However I have no yet
    > solved my issue.
    >
    > My problem ocurred after I tried using startup manager (from
    > startupmanager.org). After rebooting I could not get past the Welcome
    > screen
    > (even in safe mode). If I
    > click on a user it starts logging on then immediately logs off again.
    >
    > I do not have an XP product CD to do the repair installation (as other
    > posts
    > to similar problems have suggested). I'm trying to get hold of one but it
    > is
    > XP pro. Can I use XP pro to repair MCE? Is there anywhere I can get an MCE
    > CD? Is there another solution?
    >
    > I originally posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general and Pegasus
    > [MVP]
    > advised me to post here with following details:
    > - What you did just before the problem occurred: I tried using Startup
    > Manager
    > - If this is a networked machine: It is connected to a router on which I
    > have other machines but it is not set up as a network
    > - If you can reach this machine via the network: I have not been able to
    > when tried so far
    > - If you know the administator password for this machine: I do
    > - If you could remove the hard disk if necessary: I could but have never
    > taken the back off the machine before before so this would be a last
    > choice
    > option for me
    > - If you have access some desktop PC to which you could connect the hard
    > disk: I do
     
    Curious, Dec 7, 2009
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  3. On Mon, 7 Dec 2009 04:51:01 -0800, Sam Wardill wrote:

    > I have a problem that I can't get past the welcome screen. From looking at
    > newsgroups mine (or similar) is a common problem. However I have no yet
    > solved my issue.
    >
    > My problem ocurred after I tried using startup manager (from
    > startupmanager.org). After rebooting I could not get past the Welcome screen
    > (even in safe mode). If I
    > click on a user it starts logging on then immediately logs off again.
    >
    > I do not have an XP product CD to do the repair installation (as other posts
    > to similar problems have suggested). I'm trying to get hold of one but it is
    > XP pro. Can I use XP pro to repair MCE? Is there anywhere I can get an MCE
    > CD? Is there another solution?


    XP Pro is not Media Center, and won't repair it properly.

    You could borrow someone's MCE disk, perhaps, but you'd need your own
    activation code.

    Can you, on the computer you're using to post from, download and burn a
    bootable CD of a program that can fix the boot record? Although your
    problem reads to me more like a corrupt OS...

    <SNIP>

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Dec 8, 2009
    #3
  4. Sam Wardill

    S.Sengupta Guest

    You can not repair MCE with XP Pro CD.

    Can you log in Safe mode? If ,then try the following:-

    Restore XP's Welcome/Logon Screen

    [Under Win XP Fixes]

    http://www.dougknox.com/

    regards,
    S.Sengupta[MS-MVP]


    "Sam Wardill" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I have a problem that I can't get past the welcome screen. From looking at
    > newsgroups mine (or similar) is a common problem. However I have no yet
    > solved my issue.
    >
    > My problem ocurred after I tried using startup manager (from
    > startupmanager.org). After rebooting I could not get past the Welcome
    > screen
    > (even in safe mode). If I
    > click on a user it starts logging on then immediately logs off again.
    >
    > I do not have an XP product CD to do the repair installation (as other
    > posts
    > to similar problems have suggested). I'm trying to get hold of one but it
    > is
    > XP pro. Can I use XP pro to repair MCE? Is there anywhere I can get an MCE
    > CD? Is there another solution?
    >
    > I originally posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general and Pegasus
    > [MVP]
    > advised me to post here with following details:
    > - What you did just before the problem occurred: I tried using Startup
    > Manager
    > - If this is a networked machine: It is connected to a router on which I
    > have other machines but it is not set up as a network
    > - If you can reach this machine via the network: I have not been able to
    > when tried so far
    > - If you know the administator password for this machine: I do
    > - If you could remove the hard disk if necessary: I could but have never
    > taken the back off the machine before before so this would be a last
    > choice
    > option for me
    > - If you have access some desktop PC to which you could connect the hard
    > disk: I do
    >
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    S.Sengupta, Dec 8, 2009
    #4
  5. On 12/08/09, samwardill posted:
    > On Dec 8, 12:32šam, "Gene E. Bloch" <> wrote:
    >> On Mon, 7 Dec 2009 04:51:01 -0800, Sam Wardill wrote:
    >>> I have a problem that I can't get past the welcome screen. From looking at
    >>> newsgroups mine (or similar) is a common problem. However I have no yet
    >>> solved my issue.

    >>
    >>> My problem ocurred after I tried using startup manager (from
    >>> startupmanager.org). After rebooting I could not get past the Welcome
    >>> screen (even in safe mode). If I
    >>> click on a user it starts logging on then immediately logs off again.
    >>> I do not have an XP product CD to do the repair installation (as other
    >>> posts to similar problems have suggested). I'm trying to get hold of one
    >>> but it is XP pro. Can I use XP pro to repair MCE? Is there anywhere I can
    >>> get an MCE CD? Is there another solution?

    >>
    >> XP Pro is not Media Center, and won't repair it properly.
    >>
    >> You could borrow someone's MCE disk, perhaps, but you'd need your own
    >> activation code.
    >>
    >> Can you, on the computer you're using to post from, download and burn a
    >> bootable CD of a program that can fix the boot record? Although your
    >> problem reads to me more like a corrupt OS...
    >>
    >> <SNIP>
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gene E. Bloch š š šletters0x40blochg0x2Ecom


    > I've tried to find an MCE CD but can not. I can only find pro. I have
    > an activation code just not the CD


    > I could download a programme to fix. Can you recommend a program?


    I would recommend reading S.Sengupta's post in this thread:
    Message-ID: <>

    I was originally going to recommend GPartEd, but I don't think it does
    what is needed. Googling a bit, I begin to think I'm out of my depth
    here, so the safest thing to do might be to keep my mouth shut :)

    I do have a disk labeled "Vista Recovery (for 64-bit), Bootable". It
    claims to come from www.vistax64.com, Vista Forums. I don't remember,
    and can't seem to find out, how I got it :-(

    Here's one possibility (I downloaded it once from the link below, but I
    needed Google to get this link again):

    http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/

    I don't think it's the one above from vistax64; I can't find the D/L in
    my computer now, and I can't find my related links either. Weird - I'm
    usually careful about keeping links, but I screwed up here. Or maybe I
    have a cyberpoltergeist.

    Googling Vista Recovery CD brings up a few hits. I looked at one; it
    pointed to the above neosmart link :)

    Wish I could help more. I'll have to clean up my favorites and my
    download folder, apparently :-(

    --
    Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Dec 8, 2009
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