Windows 7

Fix : Interactive Logon Process Initialization Failure

This post will help you fix an issue with your Windows 7 computer, where your computer might give an error at windows logon with a error : Logon Process Initialization Failure. Interactive Logon Process Initialization Failure. A hotfix for this issue is available via the Windows Website. Though few more methods are mentioned herein:

Method 1 : Microsoft Hotfix Download


Method 2 : Disable Automatic Logon feature

  • Press Windows logo key + R ( to bring up run )
  • In the box type control userpasswords2
  • Make sure that you are logged in as administrator
  • Check the box that says “ Users must enter a username & password to use this computer”
  • Click Apply
  • Click OK



Method 3 : System Restore

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5 replies on “Fix : Interactive Logon Process Initialization Failure”

Both methods rely on the ability to log in to Windows… and this particular error comes up immediately as Windows GUI is loading, so getting in to Windows is an impossibility, even in Safe Mode.

Method 1 means you have to be able to load windows, cant install the hotfix in Safe Mode.

Started in safe mode, did method 2 but the box was already ticked. Un-ticked it instead and rebooted in normal mode, and windows loaded fine.

Have now installed the hotfix, thanks for pointing me in the right direction

I tried the repair option but it asked which window installastion I should log onto…I can’t get that step right. Please help

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