User logs in and gets automatically logged off

User logs in and gets automatically logged off

Post by Dominique » Mon, 23 Feb 2004 08:36:21

I upgraded a user that had win98 to win2K professional. The installation
went fine, but now the user gets to the login screen, puts in a new name &
password and starts to create the profile and such and then just logs off
and brings them back to the login screen?

Anyone have any ideas why this is happening?


User logs in and gets automatically logged off

Post by MV » Mon, 23 Feb 2004 09:12:08

Upgrades from Win98 to Win2000 are possible but not recommended.
The two OSs are radically different, and if you upgrade from one to the
other then you end up with lots of compromises. A clean installation
of Win2000 would give you a far better and highly robust installation.

About your specific problem: You may have an issue with
c:\winnt\system32\userinit.exe. Either the file is inaccessible by
the user (because of NTFS restrictions), or Win2000 expects it to
be elsewhere. If you have several drives then you can try to copy
it to \winnt\system32 on every other drive, then set the correct
location in the registry in

HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/Current Version/Winlogon/Userinit

If you need assistance with the copy process, post again and state
exactly what drives you have and if they are FAT32/NTFS partitions.


User logs in and gets automatically logged off

Post by SaltPete » Mon, 23 Feb 2004 15:16:58

First of all, you didn't upgrade from Win98 to W2K. You attempted what is
essentially called a hack psuedo-upgrade. There is a procedure that needs to
be followed in order to successfully upgrade to W2K. This involves both a
hardware and software compatibility check as well as perhaps a bios upgrade
and some device driver collecting.

Its highly recommended that a "winnt32 /checkupgradeonly" be run from W2K
CD's I386 directory in the case of an OS upgrade. Even higher is the
recommendation that a clean install be performed. This too requires a
procedure to be followed.

I must apologize for the terse dialog, but hopefully it will save some
readers a lot of trouble and headaches. Compatibility checks are not an
"option" when installing any OS. Specially true with an OS that supports