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    XP Pro keeps locking me out (Windows XP Pro)

    Just recently got the dreaded blue screen and a corrupted hive file message. Unfortunately I had no handy hints with me at the time and no access to the web so I started tweaking. To cut to the chase I have 3 operating systems now!

    One hangs completely,
    The second one resets first time round then starts sometimes in administrator mode.
    The third gives me the 0x80070002 error which cites a license checking issue and sometimes it hangs after a flash of blue screen. On two occasions it started spontaneously in administrator mode

    I thought I had found the solution on the KB http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;310794 but I do not have the registry keys they mention.

    The whole thing is in a mess and although I haven't lost any data and I'm on at the moment I can't guarantee restarting after I close down again or have to do a reboot.

    I cannot check for viruses either as I cannot get AVG to work anymore.

    Does anyone have any advice as to how to get out of this (without doing a complete reformat hopefully)?

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    Re: XP Pro keeps locking me out (Windows XP Pro)

    Have you tried a System Restore in Windows or Last Known Good Configuration from startup screen.

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    Re: XP Pro keeps locking me out (Windows XP Pro)

    Thanks for the reply

    Yup
    Tried these things too (forgot to mention it) but I have no valid restore points (I was surprised too - I don't know why as I have been running XP for about 2 months now).

    The first time I managed to get up and running after the first debacle I went straight to the restore prog and made a new restore point (as I thought) but it still would not work when I tried it.

    The trouble is I've tried so many things (I have a sheaf of KB articles to hand) that I tend to forget what I did at any one time <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>.

    I'm a bit gung ho in that respect. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: XP Pro keeps locking me out (Windows XP Pro)

    If your running WinXP I don't understand why you wouldn't have those registry Keys. Are you sure? Wait a minute I bet you have it disabled in Services. Go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, double click on Services, Look for Cryptographic Services double click on it, were it says Startup Type select Automatic and go out of that and reboot. Now look for those Registry Keys. See Services Box Below.

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    Re: XP Pro keeps locking me out (Windows XP Pro)

    I searched for the keys and I found "cryptography" in the appropriate paths but underneath are 3 branches which do not even mention the word "providers". I felt like the bomb disposal man faced with the red, green & blue wires - which do I cut? <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25> I decided (contrary to my nature ) to avoid the issue (perhaps it will go away). "Cryptography" can be found in other places but I feel even less inclined to touch these.

    As far as the services go I have the same set up as demonstrated -i.e. already on auto. However I'll try the boot later and get back to you (if I can! )

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    Re: XP Pro keeps locking me out (Windows XP Pro)

    Well we're making some progress. I did not touch the registry but I was able to restart this time (hands free) and it went straight to the administrator mode.

    I re-installed and updated the antivirus which works now and tells me I'm free. I've also placed the the recovery console on the start menu. I made a new restore point

    All of my settings seem to be normal when I go into my own account.

    Only thing is - am I sitting on top of a time bomb? <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15>

    Should I try to clean up, leave well alone or what would you suggest to try next?

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