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Admin accounts boot up just fine. And adding a user to the admin group fixes it until they are moved back to just being a user.

This happens on new accounts that are created.

Im able to bring up task manager and start explorer.exe, but it still wont bring up the windows shell.

I checked the permissions on the explorer.exe, userinit.exe, and system32 folder, they all have read/execute level access for the users group.

Im guessing its a weird permissions issue, but having a bit of trouble getting to the bottom of it. Any suggestions?

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sounds like something is definitely off. have you tried running 'sfc.exe /SCANNOW' to confirm that your OS integrity is still solid? – Frank Thomas Feb 20 '13 at 16:43
Yeah, thats all good. And the fact that an account works when it has admin rights is making me lean toward it being permissions of some windows component, but I'm not sure of which files to check. – Brad Feb 20 '13 at 16:59
Is formatting the drive and reimaging an option? – kush Feb 20 '13 at 17:47

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