Monday, July 24, 2006

GoBack causes a Stop error C000021a

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Article ID : 316503
Last Review : July 12, 2006
Revision : 2.0
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After you install Roxio GoBack (included with Norton System Works), and attempt to start your computer, you may receive an error message similar to the following:
C000021a (fatal system error).
The session manager initialization system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0xc000003a (0x00000000, 0x00000000)
Your computer starts normally in Safe mode, but a clean boot from MSConfig has no effect.
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This error can occur when you have GoBack installed on your computer and it is present in the boot sector.
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To resolve this issue, disable GoBack, and then uninstall GoBack. To do this, follow these steps.

NOTE: You cannot uninstall GoBack in Safe mode.
1. Restart your computer.
2. During the startup process, press SPACE to access GoBack's menu options.
3. When prompted, enter the option for Disable GoBack, and then allow the computer to complete the startup process.
4. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
5. In Control Panel, double-click Add or Remove Programs.
6. In the list of installed programs, click GoBack, and then click Remove.
7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstall process.
If you want to continue to use GoBack, or if you need help removing or disabling GoBack, contact Symantec. Alternatively, visit the following Symantec Web site for support and information about recent upgrades that are compatible with Windows XP:

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Scheduled Tasks - Applying/Running w/o password

Not my fault if you mess something up!

For Pro: Go to Start/Administrative Tools/'Local Security Policy/Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options
Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only. This is enabled by default, disable it.

For Home: (Keith Miller) Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key:

Value name: limitblankpassworduse, Type: REG_DWORD, Data: 0 (disabled) 1 (enabled)

Winsock Repair - Manual Edition

Not my fault if you mess something up!

Windows XP Winsock Repair - Manual Edition

1. Show Hidden & Operating System Files

2. Backup Registry

3. Delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock

4. Delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock2

5. Restart Computer

6. Goto Properties of Network Adapter

7. Click Install, Select Protocol, Click Add, Select Have Disk

8. Browse to C:/windows/inf/nettcpip.inf Click Open, Click OK

9. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), Click OK

10. Exit and Restart Computer

Add & Remove Programs - manual removal

Not my fault if you mess something up!

Check and Edit.



Command prompt disabled

Not my fault is you mess something up!

Check and add.

REG add
HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System /v DisableCMD /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Task Manager Disabled by the Administrator

Not my fault if you mess something up!

Chack and add.

REG add
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

IE Title Customizer - all versions

Not my fault if you mess something up!

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Window Title"="enter your text here"

Windows XP - Balloon Tips - Disable

Not my fault if you mess something up!

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Kill hung apps

Make these changes to your registry. Not my fault if you mess it up!

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]


[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]

Windows XP SP2 - Manual Uninstall

Use Recovery Console to remove Windows XP Service Pack 2:

Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

1. Boot from the Windows XP CD.

2. When you receive the Welcome to Setup message, press R to start the Recovery Console.

3. Select the Windows XP installation in question.

Note You must select a number before you press ENTER, or the computer will restart. Typically, only the 1: C:\Windows selection is available.

4. If you are prompted to type an administrator password, do so. If you do not know the administrator password, press ENTER. (Typically, the password is blank.)

Note You will not be able to continue if you do not have the administrator password.

5. At the command prompt, type cd $ntservicepackuninstall$\spuninst, and then press ENTER.

Note After you complete this step, you cannot stop the removal process.

6. At the command prompt, type batch spuninst.txt, and then press ENTER.

Note The Spuninstal.txt file appears. As the file scrolls down, you will see errors and files being copied. This is normal behavior.

7. After Windows XP SP2 is removed, type exit, and then press ENTER.

8. Restart your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, press F8 as the computer restarts.

Note After you restart, the system may lock up with a black screen. (Your mouse will work.) In this case, restart again by turning the computer off and then back on. The second restart will let you to log on.

9. When your computer restarts, Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) does not run, and the Windows icons and the Start button are unavailable. To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
a. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to start Task Manager.
b. Click File, and then click New Task (Run...).
c. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
d. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
e. On the right side of the viewing pane, right-click ObjectName, click Modify, type LocalSystem in the Value data box, and then click OK.
f. Restart your computer

10. Use one of the previous methods to remove Windows XP SP2 from your computer.

Edited by Joseph Dix, not responsible for any damage, use at your own risk.

Domain Password Reset

1. Use the Astrami CD to reset the MACHINE Administrator password to "no password".

2. Reboot, hit F8, and enter "Directory Service Recovery Mode". The machine will boot up as a standalone server
without any Active Directory support.

3. When the login screen appears, hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and log in as "Administrator" with no password. This is the
MACHINE Administrator account, and does not have the ability to modify anything specific involving the
Active Directory information, although it can backup and restore the physical files which contain the AD databases.

4. Run "REGEDIT.EXE" (without the quotes). Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Desktop

*** Lamer note: Make sure you write down the default values BEFORE changing them.
You could also just PRINT SCREEN your registry editor display.
The best option is to just backup the values to a .REG file by selecting the
DESKTOP key and then selecting EXPORT from the FILE menu.

After you made sure you know what the default values are, change the following values:

SCRNSAVE.EXE - change from logon.scr to cmd.exe

ScreenSaveTimeout - change from 900 to 15

ScreenSaveActive - change to 1 (if it wasn't 1 already)

5. Reboot normally. When the box appears asking you to hit CTRL-ALT-DEL to log in, just wait.

After 15-30 seconds you will see a command prompt appear (since that is the screensaver).

6. In the command prompt, type the following command: MMC DSA.MSC

*** Lamer note: There is a space character between the "mmc" and the "dsa.msc".
Also, note that the DSA.MSC file is usually located in the SYSTEM32 subfolder
of your WINDOWS or WINNT folder.

**** More lamer notes: DSA.MSC is actually the executable name for Active Directory Users and Computers,
which in turn is the main tool for managing users, groups and computers in Windows 2000 Active Directory.

This should bring up the management console where you can edit users' passwords,
including the password for the Administrator account.

7. After resetting the Administrator password, exit the management console and type the command EXIT in the command prompt window.

8. Hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and log into the DOMAIN Administrator account using the new password!

9. Don't forget to restore the changes you made to the registry in step 4.

Edited by Joseph Dix, not responsible for any damage, use at your own risk.