Tuesday 23 March 2010

Netgear wireless devices disables XP welcome screen

Over the past few months, I have had so many jobs in for repair because people think that there is a problem with their machine as the Windows XP welcome screen disappears and instead the classic logon screen / Domain login screen is there instead.

To fix this, simply open up registry editor and navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\winlogon

From here you should see a key called Ginadll with a value of mrvgina.dll - Simply delete this and you should instantly see the welcome screen.

There are quite a few Netgear products that come with this driver and I have no idea why - it doesn't seem to do anything and everything works fine when the key is deleted.

If you do not want to do this manually, here is a .reg file to run which should do the same job: http://ezpcltd.com/netgeargina.reg

Hope this helps you!

As this has been quite a little earner with a lot of jobs, I wasn't sure to publish this, but I think the sort of person who would self-fix wouldn't come to someone like me for a repair anyway... and I want this blog to be a honest source of good information!