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Stop error when booting XP Pro

By twobone28
May 30, 2004
  1. Ok...here's the situation: I am getting the blue "STOP ERROR c000021a Session Manager Initialization terminated" screen after the XP load window appears.
    F8 does nothing.
    I AM able to boot up with the CD and go into Recovery Console.
    I've copied over the NTLDR and NTDETECT.com from a working XP Pro install.
    I've run CHKDSK.
    I've run FIXBOOT.
    I can't make a temp directory...it tells me access is denied.
    I don't have a partition I can use to do a parallel install.
    I have done (2) repair installs.

    I have data on that drive that I would like to recover if possible. Is there any other methods I can try?
    Would FIXMBR cause me to lose all my data?
    If possible, most of my data and programs are on my D: partition, I suppose I could delete C: and reinstall XP on that. Both partitions are dynamic. Is that going to cause problems?

    I've been at this for almost 2 days now.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Things like FIXBOOT and FIXMBR won't help you here since those are tools to fix disk/partition problems. It is Windows that is broken and obviously it can't repair itself.

    When you install XP you can choose to not format the target partition and overwrite the old Windows installation. You will end up with a messy system but nothing serious. You will be able to keep many settings and your data will be intact (unless you had it under c:\windows).

    You can also take your hard drive to a friends computer and recover the needed data and format-reinstall afterwards.
  3. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

    Well.. the short and simple of this is there has been a security modification on your system that either causes the system to be unable to garantee security on your machine, or the system no longer has permissions to use system files as it should.

    So.. now let's get into the infinitude of MSKB articles I can find...

    EDIT: There are 6 search results. These are them:

    The URL's below I have found in google, I think they're all in the search results at mskb.


    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316503 (caused by GoBack)
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=318666 (caused by IE Maintenance)


    And googling seems to indicate these steps will solve it for you:


    Hope that helps. BTW- Welcome to Techspot!
  4. twobone28

    twobone28 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks all, I decided to install another HD and make the stubborn one my slave drive. Now I can view the folders from XP but it's denying my access to any of the files. I had certain files encrypted in those folders. I've tried to undo the Read-Only atrrib from explorer but its not happenin. Any suggestions?
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