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Cannot log on to Vista ultimate anymore! logon.scr screen error

Last response: in Windows Vista
December 28, 2008 11:56:57 AM

Greetings all,

I'm having a terrible time with my ultimate Vista machine. It boots up and after a black screen appears for about 6 minutes finally the logon screen appears. I see the icons for both of the user accounts but when I click on them, nothing happens it does not allow me to enter a password. You can tell in the background its doing stuff. I've let it sit this way for a day.
I've also booted into safemode with the same event, except I get the logon.scr application failed to initialize properly, and then the screen goes black.

I've booted to the Vista cd, and ran a repair which told me I need to disconnect any camera or music devics (everything is disconnected)
I also restored to a very early point- still same problem
I've run memory diagnostic- still same problem- memory is ok.

I can't get into my machine! I really need help getting passed this.
December 28, 2008 1:55:15 PM

You can try a repair install (NOT the Windows startup repair... an actual reinstall of Vista)... you'll have to Google Vista repair install to get instructions, as I don't remember how to do it off the top of my head.

If that doesn't work, then a reload is in order. Backing up your data will be problematic if you don't have access to another computer.
December 28, 2008 1:57:31 PM

Thanks Zoron, when I do this Vista repair install will it delete all of my files? or just reinstall the OS?

Anyone have any other ideas?
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December 28, 2008 2:00:13 PM

The repair install will work like the XP repair install... but it's done a bit differently. Your data and programs will still be intact.
December 28, 2008 2:00:20 PM

Hmm looked up the instructions...says I need to be inside Vista in order to do this, this I can't get passed the stupid logon screen I can't get in to run the dvd
December 28, 2008 7:34:21 PM

Then it looks like a full reload is your only option at this point.
December 28, 2008 9:49:41 PM

Thanks Zoron, I ended up reinstalling Windows Vista over my current files. It saved all the files under windows.old so it wasnt too bad. I'm up and running again. Thanks for your help!