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How do I bypass "Switch User" screen, after ScreenSaver to login as another in Vista?

Question: How do I bypass "Switch User" screen, after ScreenSaver to login as another in Vista?

Hi All,

Whenever someone in my family walks away from using the computer with Windows Vista, after the Screen Saver, I'm always taken to a screen that allows only the last user to log back in, but when someone else wants to log in, they need to hit the "Switch User" button to choose a different name.

My question is... Can I have the computer just go back to showing all the users' names (so I don't have to click the "Switch User" button to login as me). I would like this to work, just as XP did... so if the last person who used the computer has to log back in, s/he would just have to click their name again...just like XP did.

Thanks so much!
CG

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Answer: How do I bypass "Switch User" screen, after ScreenSaver to login as another in Vista?

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Hi All,

Whenever someone in my family walks away from using the computer with Windows Vista, after the Screen Saver, I'm always taken to a screen that allows only the last user to log back in, but when someone else wants to log in, they need to hit the "Switch User" button to go back to the regular login screen.

My question is... Can I have the computer just go back to showing all the user's names (so I don't have to click the "Switch User" button to login as me). I would like this to work, just as XP did... so if the last person who used the computer has to log back in, s/he would just have to click their name again...just like XP did.

Thanks so much!
CG

Answer:How do I bypass "Switch User" screen to login as another in Vista?

Is this after the screen goes to a screensaver, or just anytime you switch users?

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Hi All,

Whenever someone in my family walks away from using the computer with Windows Vista, after the Screen Saver, I'm always taken to a screen that allows only the last user to log back in, but when someone else wants to log in, they need to hit the "Switch User" button to go back to the regular login screen.

My question is... Can I have the computer just go back to showing all the user's names (so I don't have to click the "Switch User" button to login as me). I would like this to work, just as XP did... so if the last person who used the computer has to log back in, s/he would just have to click their name again...just like XP did.

Thanks so much!
CG

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Hello,

I've searched the forum and could not find an answer to this problem.

I have a Windows 7 Enterprise machine where at the login screen the "Switch User" button is missing and so I am unable to clear the last user.

Just about all the results I got back on this topic was how to re-enable the "Switch User". This doesn't help because I can't login to make the change.

TIA!

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I manage the Networks for several companies remotely and not all users are computer friendly enough to know both their username and password, only their Password. So, when doing maintenance and I log on to a PC as an administrator or other user I will often
get a call the next day that their "password is not working" because it is using the last logged on user, which this time is me.

Is it possible in any way to set either a default domain user, or set it to a most often logged on model instead of the current last user or the alternative of prompting for user name every time?

ijerry

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I was able to remove it from the welcome screen and start menu, but can't find a way to remove it from the shutdown menu. Can somebody please help me?
 

Answer:Remove "Switch User" option from Vista's shutdown menu.

I would like to not only remove "Switch User" but "Sleep" and "Hibernate" as well and make "Restart" the default option in that Shutdown Context menu.

So, my own question is, "Where does Vista hide that context menu?"
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
That would take care of two questions at once.

The Shadow
 

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What is this? How can I remove it from login screen?

Answer:What is "password" user in user list at login screen?

Right click on start icon and select control panel. Select user accounts. You may see those accounts listed there. If your not familiar with them you'l be able to remove them from that screen.

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I'm running a generic Acer laptop, Windows 7 home premium, Fresh Install about 6 months ago. I am now working from home and had to create a "work" profile (call it profile-2), I just created a secondary profile, and named it "work", there is nothing really special about it other than I had to install some proprietary software in order to access the company website, along with modifying a few settings to allow access through firewall, UAC, etc...(however, this software/settings will work for all profiles, it is not profile specific). Now If I am in my "normal" profile (profile-1), and I go to Start>> Switch User, the pc pauses that profile, and gives me the screen with all the user profiles. However, if I am in profile-2, and Start>>Switch User, it results in a black screen, which requires me to hold power button and do a hard shut-down, and restart, also clicking shutdown from profile-2 ends the same way, stuck on black screen requiring hard-shutdown.

It only happens when in profile-2, profile-1 works perfect in every way Windows can. I know it has something to do with the company software/settings, and that might require me to access the company help desk, but that is such a pain, and I figure I'm not the first person to have this problem, so I thought I would give you guys a shot at solving it first. So if anyone has any ideas, or if you need more information please let me know.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:"Switch User" results in black screen

Can you Log Off and Log back onto any other profile with no problem? That may need to suffice.

Check for infection, spyware, System File Integrity, try another AV to compare (frequent solution), establish a Clean Boot for all Users, cull logs to resolve repeat errors and the other Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

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Normally when logging on, the welcome screen shows Dell Icon and My Name which I click to log on. Then, "Switch User" under that. Now I am only getting "Switch User" and when I click "Switch User" nothing happens. Can't log in. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. (I am posting from a different computer as I can't log in to mine.)

Answer:Windows welcome screen only showing "Switch User"

Hello T Clouatre, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if doing a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before this happened may be able to undo and fix this for you.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Ok, this is my third attempt, after re-booting and re-booting. This is my wife's Sony, abt. 3 years old, P4, WinXP HE, 512k ram. For a long time now it has been "temperamental". Among the latest is I can no longer "switch user" as normally. Clicking Start/log off/switch user does absolutely nothing now, it merely reverts to the former screen. Start/log off/log off does work, however.
And the shortcut that I used to use, the Win logo key +L now goes to "UNLOCK COMPUTER", a pop-up message that tells me the pc is in use and locked and only I (presumably as an administrator) with the proper password can now unlock it..
Problem: what the heck is the password?
We don't recall ever setting one.
Control+Alt+Delete does nothing here. Once at this screen, my only recourse is to reboot. ("Cancel" is greyed out. I think though that a few days ago it wasn't and I could cancel. Is that my faulty memory or is this thing getting worse?)

A side note: I did recently download and utilize a reg cleaner freeware "Regseeker" which I used to delete only several items it said were not used or broken links. (It also allegedly created a back-up before deletion, but darned if I can see where or how I can get them back!)
I also disabled, thanks to another tech "advice", several services via Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services. However, that techie claims nothing I disabled in his list should affect this.

Thanks!
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Answer:Solved: "Switch User" no longer functions. "Password"?

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After a clean install of Windows 7 and installing both current NVidia (GeForce 7800GS AGP) drivers and monitor driver (ACER W223X) I was able to get Windows & to run in my monitor's native resolution (1680x1050) but no matter what resolution I run in I get some weird effects. When in the 'Login Screen' I get short black lines scattered about the screen and the controls are all corrupted. Once logged in and on the desktop the graphics are all good with no issues at all. That is until I try to do something that requires Windows to toss me the "User Account Control" dialog.
The dialog is corrupted (see attached) except for the "No" button which is obviously the default and therefore has focus. As I move the mouse over the "Yes" button it gains focus and it becomes clear and visible. The background, although dimmed, displays just fine. If I drag the dialog around the screen, the "No" button leaves copies of itself like mousetracks. When I click yes or no and the dialog closes, the display goes back to normal. This occured both during Windows installation and after it was completed. I just assumed that once the updated drivers were installed it would go away. NOT!
I am guessing Windows is changing the display resolution when dimming the screen or in the login screen. ?? I have exhausted myself trying Vista drivers, XP drivers, Windows default drivers... I have tried about 10 different versions and still no change. Suggestions. Is this an... Read more

Answer:Login screen and "User Account Control" Dialog Corrupted

Video card memory gone bad maybe? Overlap conflict between video and system memory. Possibly need a updated video driver?

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I have a domain joined Surface Pro 2 running 8.1 Pro.
The following GPO settings are in place:

* Assign a default domain for logon


* Do not display last logged on user


* Disable logging in with Microsoft accounts - uses the following registry setting - MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoConnectedUser - Value = 3

The end goal is for the machine to boot to the login screen that just displays empty user name and password fields
The problem at the moment is that instead of doing that, the client boots to a screen where the only option is to click on "Other user". Only then does the login screen I want, where they enter their username and password in full, actually appear.
These Surface Pro 2's are to be used by small children, and have the "Other User" screen appear is confusing for them, as well as being very annoying for me. It's completely unnecessary.
I've searched all over the 'net looking for an easy way to get the client to boot straight to the standard domain joined log in screen, but every time it just boots to this "Other User" screen that has to be clicked on in order to get the correct
login screen to come up.
Is there any way I can get this to boot straight to the login screen I want? 

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Total novice here: I am hoping someone can give me some guidance. My brother-in-law was my computer man and he passed away recently. I may have just messed everything up and I have no one to help. My notebook, an Acer E1 series running Windows 10 without issue until today, slapped me with a black screen with a cursor and nothing else. (This happened while trying to close out of pretty heavy video game for the first time.) Restarting, the Acer logo came up, but then it went back to the black screen with cursor. Control+alt+delete did nothing. Sticky keys did nothing. I tried all diagnostics in the start screens. Automatic repair did nothing. I searched around and read that I could try running chkdsk and that brought up a lot of bad clusters. After that, I moved past the black screen to the login screen. Now, instead of having my username, it simply said Other User and had a blank login screen with "Sign in to: MYCOMPUTERNAME" below it. When I tried to log in using my username, I get stuck in a reboot loop. I could open in safe mode, but nothing else. I did a system refresh. Nothing changed. I mean, my programs are all gone, but outside of safe mode, it's still acting the same. I get to the login screen, OTHER USER, enter my username and password, hit enter, computer reboots. I just discovered if I don't enter my username, it eventually reboots anyway. Rinse. Repeat. Safe mode still works. Does anyone have any idea if I can do anything to fix it? I am moving... Read more

Answer:Restart Loop and "Other User" On Login Screen After System Refresh

When the"Other User" login comes up have you tried just hitting Enter instead of your User info ? ?

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I'm sorry is this has been posted about before, but I did look for it. Well, basically I signed in to MSN Messenger into my sister's username (Windows computer) and now next to her name it comes up with "190 unread messages." (mostly junk mail) and she asked me to get rid of it. I can't think of a quicker way than deleting them one by one. I wondered if anyone knew how to get rid of it. Thanks.
 

Answer:how do you get rid of "# unread mail messages." on user/login screen?

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My PC: Acer Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Lately when I leave my pc alone for awhile, the screen
turns off in 15 min's, which is the setting I chose.

However, when I press any key, or click the mouse
to turn back on the screen, I'm taken to the "Switch user"
screen with my user ID and those of others:



I have to click on my user ID icon, enter my password,
press enter, and then I'm taken to where I left off:



This is tedious.

I've checked all the display settings I can but I can't find
the setting I need to stop this behavior.

Under
Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings
I've got "Turn off display" set to "15 minutes" and
"Put the computer to sleep" set to "Never".

I DO want the screen to turn off after 15 min's when
I've left the pc, but I DON'T want to have to keep
clicking my user ID and entering my password to
resume where I left off! I just want to come back,
click any key or the mouse, turn on the screen and
continue where I left off.

What controls this behavior and how do I change it?

HALP!

Answer:Windows 7 going to "Switch user" screen by itself

Control panel, power options, require a password when computer wakes. Check that setting!

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Laptops on Windows 10 Pro seems to show this useless "Other User" option which is defaulted. This requires people to click "Local or domain account password" in the lower left in order to be presented with fields for their username and password. Is there a way to eliminate "Other User" or at least have the system present username and password fields under this option? My desktop on Windows 10 Pro seems to show username and password fields under the "Other User" text, much like it does in this how to: Sign in Screen - Do Not Display User Name in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums Not sure what makes a laptop different or how I can make the behavior match.

The only special options we have configured via Group Policies are these:
Default Domain GPO elements regarding login:
Computer > Windows > Security > Security Options > Local Policies
Interactive Logon: Do not display last user name - Enabled
Interactive Logon: Message text for users attempting to log on - Defined with our AUP/Disclaimer
Interactive Logon: Message title for users attempting to log on - Defined with our company name.
Computer > Administrative Templates > System > Logon
Assign a default domain for logon - Enabled and defined with our domain name
Always wait for the network and computer startup and logon - Enabled
Hide entry points for Fast User Switching - Enabled (via local policy because I am testing if this makes a difference or not).
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Answer:What is the purpose of "Other User" on the login screen (Domain Env)

This is not exclusively a Windows 10 issue. It used to happen in earlier versions as well.
Check here: Group Policy \Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Exclude credential providers
Disable the MS account credential provider (you need to check which entry it is).

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Laptops on Windows 10 Pro seems to show this useless "Other User" option which is defaulted. This requires people to click "Local or domain account password" in the lower left in order to be presented with fields for their username and password. Is there a way to eliminate "Other User" or at least have the system present username and password fields under this option? My desktop on Windows 10 Pro seems to show username and password fields under the "Other User" text, much like it does in this how to: Sign in Screen - Do Not Display User Name in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums Not sure what makes a laptop different or how I can make the behavior match.

The only special options we have configured via Group Policies are these:
Default Domain GPO elements regarding login:
Computer > Windows > Security > Security Options > Local Policies
Interactive Logon: Do not display last user name - Enabled
Interactive Logon: Message text for users attempting to log on - Defined with our AUP/Disclaimer
Interactive Logon: Message title for users attempting to log on - Defined with our company name.
Computer > Administrative Templates > System > Logon
Assign a default domain for logon - Enabled and defined with our domain name
Always wait for the network and computer startup and logon - Enabled
Hide entry points for Fast User Switching - Enabled (via local policy because I am testing if this makes a difference or not).
I noticed I ... Read more

Answer:What is the purpose of "Other User" on the login screen (Domain Env)

This is not exclusively a Windows 10 issue. It used to happen in earlier versions as well.
Check here: Group Policy \Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Exclude credential providers
Disable the MS account credential provider (you need to check which entry it is).

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When i turn on my computer, in the step when windows ask you for choose one User to login... the option "Other User" to introduce my domain user account and pass is not showing.

Also, the witch option is not showing after log in with another account, i have to use the sig out option, this is not a big problem, in fact i dont care, i just mention this because maybe have relation with the first problem.
I need the option Other User... Anyone knows how to fix this?
Windows 8.1
Im connected to the network and the domain is showing up

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first I have do have power to the computer; the motherboard led power light is on.When I press the "power on" button, NOTHING happens.  I'm thinking that the switch is bad.  There have several occasions where the computer would go to "stand by" and it would not turn  back on.   I would have to unplug the computer and then turn it back on.  Everything was working fine up though when it booted back up.Is there a way to bypass the power switch to turn on the computer?

Answer:computer doesn't turn on - bypass "on" switch?

For testing purposes yes, you just short (connect) the two pins for the power switch together (temporarily). Best easy way is to use a metal flat headed screw driver and place it on the two pins for a second or two.

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After install a program called DigitalPersona which is used to login to Windows by fingerprint ID
it has created an extra user on the logon screen.

This user has no name and is not listed in the Local Users and Groups > Users

I have since uninstall the software, but the user still remains on my logon screen.

How to remove it?

IF anyone wants to test this software, to replicate the problem

HP Software and Driver Downloads for HP Printers, Laptops, Desktops and More | HP? Customer Support

Click software - security
Digital Persona Fingerprint Reader Software

Answer:Remove "no name" user from login screen

Give this tutorial a try.
User Account - Delete

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Hi,
I have one big problem. yesterday i was having problems with my laptop, Dell XPS 14z. It was going way slow. Dont know why. I did a complete restore to the date that i but it. Everything went fine. But instead of setup screen where i can create username, it shows login screen. where only "Other User" with a blank icon is. I cant login to it. I did the restore 3 times, but the problem is still there. Im stuck. I have read serveral threads on different forums, but they arent for any help because peoples screens it shows Other user and last user loged in. But in my case it only show Other user. please help...

Answer:problems login screen - "Other User"

Boot to the Advanced Options Boot menu by pressing F8 during startup.
Select Safe Mode, see if you can login there.

When you say I did a complete restore to the date that i but it do you mean you used the built in System Recovery to put it back to factory new state?

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I have an extra account showing on my login screen called "Please logon and initialize your device". I don't know how it got there and when I click on it a smaller message under this account name says 'Press ESC for the Welcome Screen. However it actually just returns to the main logon screen. Also it does not show up on the Manage User Accounts screen so I can't remove it that way. Any suggestions on how to get rid of this account (error).

The problem is solved. It turns out that my laptop has a fingerprint scanner and it needs to be activated when more than one user accounts exist.It allows a user to login in by fingerprint scan. Way cool!
 

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I have a machine with Vista Ultimate x64 on it (more specs at the end). It is joined to a Windows SBS 2003 domain.

When I log in to either my domain account or the local administrator account, I get "Welcome," then "Preparing your desktop," then a blank blue screen with just mouse cursor.

Ctrl-Shift-Esc does not invoke task manager. Win-R does not bring up the Run dialog. Ctrl-Alt-Delete provides security screen, but Task Manager can't be invoked there.

I can boot into safe-mode or safe-mode with networking and successfully log into both accounts. (WTF?)

Things I've tried:
* Done Vista startup repair. It claims there is no problem (and it's sorta right - I *can* startup a normal windows startup, I just can't properly log in)
* Logged in with safe mode and done chkdsk /f on all relevant volumes
* Done sfc /scannow - nothing interesting
* Changing HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\Shell to "Explorer.exe" (it used to b cmd.exe /k start cmd.exe)
* Deleted the HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices key and allowed it to be regenerated. No effect.
* Removing the machine from the domain, and adding it back
* Using net user Administrator /active:yes to activate the machine\Administrator account. I can log in (to a normal windows startup) on that account and get a desktop. But...then what.

No ghosting, drive letter shenanigans, etc. have been carried out.

Running out of ideas. Thanks in advance for any advice.

-Bryan

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Answer:Vista Ult x64: on domain login "Preparing desktop," blank blue screen

***** UPDATE *****
I booted to safe-mode with networking and logged in with my domain account. I ran msconfig and disabled UAC there. Then restarted.
After that I was able to log in to my domain account from a normal windows startup.

BUT:

Things are very askew.

* If I try to do Properties on Computer, no properties appear
* Start > Control Panels is empty
* The Event Log service is not running, and when I try to start it, I get Access Denied.
* Same with the ISA Firewall Client. (not running, access denied trying to start)
* Windows defender wants to get new definitions but gets 0x8024402c trying.
* Internet access doesn't seem to work (dns errors), even though ipconfig looks ok and DNS service is running
* My Antivirus software is running (Computer Associates eTrust) and does not seem to be upset
* Mamutu anti-Malware is running and doesn't seem to be upset about anything

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So got windows 8 Dev installed so far so good, I thought I would like the left screen bump to go to last app or program used feature till I installed some games and tried to play them suddenly my left side of my screen is no good if needing to scroll to the side say in a game like Starcraft II, Civilization, ect. Anyone know how to disable it?

Answer:Disabling the left screen "Bump" or "quick switch"

I want to know how to activate it, sometimes my quick switch is unavailable

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Hi, being new here. I just discovered having this problem today. First thing this morning I went to my computer. When the login screen came up, I entered in my user and password. Then I saw the "Welcome". Which stayed there for about five minutes before I restarted the computer, which didn't fix my problem. I tried Safe Mode, which didn't make a difference. It didn't take as long, but then I saw the blue screen. It said something like "---- unexpectedly close." Then at the bottom there were memory dumps. I couldn't see what was there because the blue screen was there for five seconds, before the PC restarted itself.

It was working fine last night. Before my six year old sister was playing with the computer despite my attempts to make a password account and full parental controls.

I believe I did manage to log in to another account that's not the administrator, but when I when to modify the user accounts the whole motherboard crashed. Every program, even the desktop. I couldn't do Alt + Tab and the Ctrl +Alt + Delete.

Please help me fix this thing. I need it to do my classwork.

Answer:Windows Vista- I cannot get past the "welcome" login screen

Try waiting longer (30/60 minuits)... If it starts up after that your software messed up, backup ur school work and stuff like that and re-install windows.

If it doesn't I can't help you..

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XP Pro SP 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.66GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS, 512 Mb
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5GC-MX
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hi,

Just did a fresh reinstall.

Now when I emerge from "hibernate", it takes me to the "to begin, click your user name" page. As the title states, I wish to bypass "to begin, click your user name", & go straight to my desktop.

I searched for answers, but none work. I know it can be done, because that's that way it worked before the reinstall.

Some of the methods I tried & had to reset afterwards:

run > control userpasswords2 > "uncheck" users must enter a user name & password to use this computer > do & don't enter password (should I delete administrator account with my name or or administrator? Afraid I'll mess something up!)

control panel > power options > advanced > "uncheck" prompt for password when computer resumes from standby

control panel > user Accounts > change the way users log on or off > "uncheck" use the welcome screen

thx
 

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Hello, Tech experts,

I love this forum... yous guys are Very helpful.

I formatted the C-drive, re-installed Win XP with all updates, including SP3.

I'm the ONLY user on this PC.
Still, when Win starts, it asks Which user profile to open up.
There's only one choice... Me !

How can I bypass that "Click on a User" option?
It's a waste of time.
Before the Win XP re-install, it didn't do that.

Thanks, in advance.

Mark53.

Answer:How to bypass the "Choose a User profile" ?

Sounds like you want to engage autologon.

Be warned that using an administrator account makes your system more vulnerable to attack and compromise since the bad guys are running under your logon account.

You should be logging is as a limited user.

Always create a backdoor admin account in case you forget the main ones password or it gets corrupt.

Here is how to enable autologon
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315231

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This has been frustrating me for the past few hours. I tend to run a minecraft server on my 3 year old toshiba laptop. Now this problem I have encountered a few times before and was resolved by using system restore. However this time there are no restore points. What happened was i turned moved the laptop from my couch to my room and turned it on. It attempted to run startup fix or whatever it is called which i thought was odd but i let it continue. It kept going and i fell asleep. I woke in the morning to find my laptop off (someone else may have shut it off, I'm not sure) and when i attempted to turn it on it took me to the regular screen, booted normally but then hung with nothing but a mouse on black. I restarted a few times to have the same problem. Now it tends to go to the wolcom screen but hangs on the little blue vista loading wheel beside the word "Welcome" Safe mode doesnt work (Lists all the processes its starting then freezes and restarts, leaving it to T, the startup fix doesn't work, I've tried using regedit to fix it, tried to open task manager, tried to run with nothing put the charger plugged in and several other things. I can sometimes get it to go to just a movable cursor on a black screen but i still cant open task manager. I dont have the vista disk but i can wipe it without losing my os (Dont really want to do this as i will lose everything.) The last program i installed was rainmeter but i was able to start the computer several times with it ... Read more

Answer:Windows vista hangs on "welcome" login screen screen

Also it seems to become stuck on the screen with the green loading bar with "(c) Microsoft" below.

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Ok, This has been happening the last few days and it's really getting to me, Anyway the problem consist of error messages on my login password into my windows xp account.

This problem only occurs after i've logged in, for example.

I will get on my account play for awhile then go afk, my screen saver then comes in, I return to my computer type in my password to get back on my windows account and I recieve an invalid password error on my name. I run 3 other accounts on the same computer none are passworded, so I try to enter on one of those accounts and for some reason, they are ALL passworded. really weird.

Eventually to fix the problem I'll restart my computer completely and it'll let me log back into my account.

Answer:Weird login error after I switch user or screensaver appears

Try to create a new user? Keep all files of the previous account when asked for?

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Coming up with a title to this problem was difficult.

I'm certain I'll have probably put this in the wrong area of the forums, and if I did, I am quite sorry. I honestly don't know what my problem is, but I believe it's software or core Windows-related.

As for the problem, I have XP Pro and a fairly old computer. I mention both only in case they are relevant.

Typically, I leave my computer running most of the time. I have for years. My sister and I both have user accounts (though she rarely uses hers), and I'm very paranoid. So at night, before sleeping, I just "switch accounts" and let the computer stay on the user login screen until I wake. Upon which point I log in and carry on where I left off. This has never ever been a problem before. Until three days ago; and it's gotten progressively worse for some reason.

A few days ago, I woke up and powered my monitor on, and the screen was black. The computer is old enough to lock up on rare occasions, but this looked more like the computer was trying to shut down or restart and just hadn't sorted itself out yet. I was confused, but not too alarmed. I let the computer sit for a long time (I think perhaps a couple of hours) before realizing it was not going to do anything.

I tried running task manager (the only thing I ever know to do when something seems to be locked up), but of course, it did nothing. As I was probably not even logged in anywhere.

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Answer:Problems When Logging Back In to User Account After Using "Switch User", XP Pro

Greetings, Lapinne.

I just wanted to be the first in line for some of that 'ferocious idolization'.

Frankly, I've had bad experiences with XP's 'switch user' protocol - it's been my experience that it's a problem waiting to happen.

Until I (and others) can wade through your symptoms, you might consider some consolidation: copy/transfer any important data to a central location, and trim your user accounts until you are left with the bare minimum (one Admin, one Guest). Then see if your issues persist (what I'm aiming at here is the possibility of corrupt user profiles - a common occurrence).

Hang in there, be patient, and welcome to MG! :major
 

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How can I hide the Win8 "Start" screen ?.

Presently at boot, 4 steps to get to desktop ...
1. Time and date screen > Left click
2. Login .. more clicking
3. Start screen
4. Desktop jumbo icon > left click

... Desktop at last

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Dell Laptop
no touch screen
Win 8 x64

Answer:Open Win 8 in desktop, bypass "Start" screen ?

Create a new task to run at startup.
Namely explorer.exe
Use Task Scheduler:

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I tried to rename computer and now there's two entries in log in screen. That new one is set as default and wouldn't accept any password but original (normal) one does. Long in is set on auto but still have to chose between those 2 when starting/restarting.
I can't find that new one anywhere to disable/delete it. Not in Users or any other place for handling accounts.
How to get rid of or where to find it ?

Answer:Reanamed "Computer", now 2 of "Me" at login screen.

Not knowing if this is what happened in your case, but what you describe occasionally happens when Windows is set up to sign in automatically to a user account and then computer name is changed.

The reason is that a full username as long as Windows is concerned is different than username from user's point of view; Mike in your case or Kari in mine are usernames for most we do and need to use a username for but actually they are just user profile names. For Windows the username is ComputerName\UserProfileName.

On laptop I am writing this for instance my full username is AGM-W10LAP01\Kari, even when I am in fact using a Microsoft account. Three different things: my Windows sign-in user account is a Microsoft account [email protected], my user profile name is Kari, my full username is AGM-W10LAP01\Kari.

Long story short, that other you which does not accept your password is doing so because it is user OldComputerName\Mike. That computer name is no longer valid making the username invalid.

I've seen the duplicate using old computer name as part of full username going away when Windows after computer name change is then set to sign in automatically with a local admin account. Restart and remove automatic sign in and see if it works.

Kari

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I can't copy and paste "User name" and Password" in Windows Mail (Vista 64 bit SP2)

I have already try both mouse and keyboard (ctrl+c and ctrl+v)

I would like to know how to setting then I can copy and paste "User name" and Password" ?

Kind Regards,

Answer:I can't copy and paste "User name" and Password" in Windows Mail (Vista 64 bit SP2)

I'm no expert, but I'd imagine it's a security measure.

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Hello all!

I don't understand what the issue is but I am logged on as administrator on my computer and only a few of my files I can access. the window will pop up stating that i don't have permission to view the file! if I am the adminitrator i should have full access to any file, right? this is extremely annoying!!! is there anyway to completely disable this useless function? I've tried to go in to the properties of each file and reset permissions to my admin name (whereas it does it but beside the icon there is a small red X. I don't understand what this means). I've also tried to change the ownership to "Everyone" and that does not work either.

the wierd thing is that it is only on certain files, like programs, or executables to install programs. Most of these i have moved over from XP using the transfer wizard.

This function has no purpose for me and i would like to completely disable it. I am the only person who uses this computer and it would seem to me that there would be a way to completely disable it or there would be a setting to enable access to any and all files without having to go into each file individually to set ownership and permissions.

Does anyone know of a way to aleviate this issue?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

thanks!

Answer:Bypass "Ownership" and "permissions" to files altogether!

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...rmissions.html

Be sure that you have permission. Its a 7 thing.

Unless others come by, this is the way it is done. You can try the hidden administrator or disabling the UAC.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User Accounts

ForVista and Seven
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/48...ntrol-uac.html

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Starting several weeks ago, after someone used it, my computer started going to the page I after the log off, switch user page when it was not being used. This is the page I would get to if I delibertly went to the start menue, clicked " log off" then clicked "switch user"

In order to get back to the main screen I now have to click onto the block with my user name. .

When the computer is not being used , the screen goes blank (as it did before) (because of power managment), but once I hit any key, what comes up is the little box I have to click to switch on as a user, instead of the main screen. .
How can I get the computer to work the way it did before.
 

Answer:computer goes to page after "switch user" by iteself when not in use

Right click the desktop, properties, screensaver tab, power, advanced tab, uncheck "prompt for password when computer resumes from standby" and click ok.
In the screensaver tab, uncheck "on resume..." and click ok.
 

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I have the exact same issue as Howie:
DESKTOP ICONS MOVING AFTER ANOTHER USER LOGS IN VIA "SWITCH USER"
(ie When one logs back into one's own user space - all the icons have moved!)

I too have two users on my new "notebook" with Vista Business
Both have (groups of) Icons placed in different areas of the desktop.
But after my daughter has logged into her user space via "switch user"
almost ALL (bar 3 or 4 out of 28) icons IN MY USER SPACE get moved,
out of any logical order, and pushed to the left side again!
I have to sort them all out all over again which is such a gross time water,
however, if they stay this way for a while, it is a time saver, coz I know exactly
where EVERYTHING is when its in my well sorted way on the desktop.

This doesn't happen at all after "shutdown", just switching users causes it.

PLEEEEEEZ help somebody - this is immensely frustrating & time wasting!!
Surely there must be a little box somewhere in Vista that says "save desktop setup" or something similar?!?

I Hope Howie has found a solution, as I totally understand your issue Howie.
Good luck to us hOPe somebody else out there has worked it out
(PS Howie's thread was a while ago in case ur all wondering "who's Howie?"

Answer:Desktop icons move after "switch user"

Hello Janeeni,

I had this same problem myself when I first updated my rig. The problem in my case was a weird issue, but it is now fixed. Try unchecking "Align to Grid" and "Auto Arrange" on the desktop by right clicking and hovering over "view"

~Lordbob

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My company technical team member initiated an update 5 installation to Visual Studio 2013 but as I had to head for a meeting, I had to use the computer. So i tried the switch user option. My questions are

1. I can see a process VS2013.5.exe in Task Manager with some memory allocated. So even if i am logged in, whether the installation still continue and complete it?

2. What is really happening when one user switch in Windows OS? Is there any technical documentation from Microsoft side?

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Following Windows deciding to install its (presumably) latest updates this afternoon, I can no longer fully boot my machine. It powers up OK, the monitor has life, but the whole boot-up process sticks at the "screensaver?" page - in my case a stock Microsoft photograph looking out to sea and some large rocks from within a cave, the screen that appears before, normally, you can enter your pin to continue boot-up. In the bottom right-hand corner of this screen is what appears to be a Power Icon that I've not seen before and with a dreaded cross on it. Clicking on this does nothing.To compound the issue my DVD unit seems to no longer read discs (it opens and closes OK), I mention this in case relevant, but I am able to access the Bios options on booting.
I downloaded via another PC the Windows 10 install disc to USB from which I have attempted to boot, again without success, and have also tried various options that I have been able to access such as "Repair"as well as trying to restore the unit to the solitary restore point accessible, created around the time everything went wrong! The Restore failed too and frankly I'm out of ideas .. and frustrated to say the least!
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated, believe me!

Answer:Windows 10 not booting past initial "screensaver?" screen

Logon Screen I suppose?
See: Windows 10 stuck at log in screen after upgrade Fix: Windows 10 Black Screen problems

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I have two users on the computer. it will let me login but not the other user. A message comes up like this: "A recently installed program has disabled the welcome screen and fast user switching. To restore those features, you must uninstall the program. The following file name might help you identify the program that made the change."

I have done a complete scan of the C drive and no such file name is present. What else can I try in order to fix the problem. This user cannot log in, in turn he cannot locate in files, folders, pictures, etc.What do you suggest?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, x86 Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 147769 MB, Free - 95161 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc, 0CT103
Antivirus: Norton 360 Premier Edition, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
 

Answer:Problems with "Switch User" on computer

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Here's the scenario:
We have 4 users on a home pc--1 admin, 3 limited users.
Administrator logs off. Limited user logs on. Limited user logs off. Administrator attempts to log on but screen goes black and appears to loose signal. Monitor displays loss of signal. Eventually a single limited users icon will appear on a blue screen and the system is locked. Must do a hard restart to reset. Also, Task Manager appears to not function. Ctrl Alt Del does nothing except put icon in task bar. Have checked to make sure it isn't disabled. Have run Nortons, AdAware, Spybot. All systems appear clean. All systems are updated. I have searched but cannot find any help on this.
Any suggestions would be greatly apprreciated.

PS...I just discovered i cannot shut down from the start menu...have to use hard shutdown.
 

Answer:Can't "switch user" to administrators desktop--Please Help!

"Administrator attempts to log on but screen goes black and appears to loose signal."

Might try booting to safe mode, log on as Administrator, and set your screen resolution again.
 

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Hello thereI want to get rid of the "switch user tab" at log in, as i am the only user i don't see the need for it to be there.I don't have the group policy editor, but i know you can configure the setting in the registry, if anybody could give me instructions, on how to do it,   windows vista home premium

Answer:Disable "switch user" in the registry

If you are refering to the "guest" account I don't believe it is necessary to edit the registry to remove that account.  From the Start menu, click on your user account. It should be an icon or a little square picture at the top of the Start menu.  I don't have Vista in front of me at  the moment, but try that and look for the options to "edit" or "disable" other user accounts.  You might also try right clicking My computer>click Manage>and when Computer Management pops up, in the left pane, click on "local users and groups".  Under that, click on "users".  Then on the right side of the screen, right click on the "guest" account, click properties, and put a check in the box that says "account is disabled", save your settings and that's it.If you are using Vista Home Premium as you said, the "Local Users and Groups" option should be there.

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I have a client that brought me his laptop for removal of the login password. Apparently, his neighbor's cousin -the computer "expert"- added the password to make the PC "harder to hack when you're on the internet" - yeah, his words, not mine, whatever rolleyes. This expert neglected to write down the password, and cannot remember exactly what the password is. Anyhow- here's the problem: when using the tools I normally use for this (Active Password Changer and/or the 'Locksmith' feature in the ERD/MSDaRT), they do not show the account that is passworded. But if I use a file explorer from a preinstall environment, I can see the account in question. This is confusing; let me clarify: If I browse to C:\Users using the file explorer in ERD/MSDaRT or UBCD4Win, I see the normal "Administrator" account, the normal "Guest" account, an account we'll call "Bob", and an account we'll call "Joe". The password is on the account "Joe". When using a password changing tool, the account "Joe" is not listed, only the normal "Administrator" and "Guest" or "Public" accounts, and the "Bob" account. When I boot to Windows and get to the login screen, the account Joe comes up, but not the account Bob. I'm thinking the "expert" that previously worked on the laptop really screwed up the user accounts and profiles. I'm thinking I... Read more

Answer:Windows7- "Hidden" user account and login password problems

Not sure about the reg fix but you might want to try PClogin and see if it detects all of the accounts. If it detects the account, just check the box marked password is empty. This clears the password. If the "expert" used EFS to encrypt the files of the account then resetting the password would cause all the encrypted files to be inaccessible.

http://www.pcloginnow.com/
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ss/pcloginnowsbs_11.htm

Trinity Rescue Kit may find the accounts also.

http://trinityhome.org

http://www.techtip.org/how-to-reset-your-locked-windows-password/
 

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So today, the error came up when logging into the admin account. I only have access to Guest account at the moment. Booting up Safe Mode doesn't really help either. So anyone have a solution to this complicated problem..?

Answer:Admin account error "User Login Service Failed"

See here, see if this helps: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/947215

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Hello,
I am getting an error whenever I log onto my servers via RDP as per below:
Faulting application name: ie4uinit.exe, version: 11.0.9600.17207, time stamp: 0x53a22332
Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 6.1.7601.18409, time stamp: 0x5315a05a
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0000000000001a93
Faulting process id: 0x2120
Faulting application start time: 0x01cfe289d12e2d0e
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\System32\ie4uinit.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
Report Id: 0fb3b222-4e7d-11e4-b476-005056910008
My server is running Internet Explorer 11. This has only started happening in the past fortnight.
It only happens on the first login of a user where the profile is initalized. If I move on from the error and log out / back in the error does not re-occur.
If I remove the user profile from the server so it has to recreate it the error happens again.
Screenshot below.

Any ideas or suggestions that might be causing this?
My first thoughts are perhaps something under my group policy settings for IE is not compatible with IE11 and causes this issue..?

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Greetings,

We have a shared generic account that is used by personnel. For the circumstances surrounding this account, it must be a shared account as opposed to each employee having their login. I won't go into further detail than this.

But, is there a way to get a list of when and from where (hostname, IP, MAC address) this username logs in and logs off and to what virtual machine they get connected to for each event?
 

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I am experiencing issues with my small domain setup. Windows Server 2012 R2 and windows 10 PRO domain attached PC's

Any users who are not a member of the Administrators group cannot login with their domain account (A device attached to the system is not functioning.) or access their file shares (invalid folder) even if they have been granted access to the file-shares.
However if I add them to the administrators group everything works fine with no issues.
I have not made any changes to group policy recently and have no idea what has changed to stop regular users from being able to do anything.

It is strange because there is nothing wrong with devices attached to the PC and the folders are definitely valid. It is all dependent on which account is trying to access.
Please let me know if you need further info.

-Lawrence

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Hi All,

I enabled the security policy to not display last logged on user, but now it says OTHER USER, and I don't like how it looks. I would like to just hide that text completely, while keeping that policy enabled. Has anyone found a way to do this? Thank you!

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Hi All,

I enabled the security policy to not display last logged on user, but now it says OTHER USER, and I don't like how it looks. I would like to just hide that text completely, while keeping that policy enabled. Has anyone found a way to do this? Thank you!

Answer:hide "other user" text from login page

I'm looking for a solution to this too.

Instead of displaying "Other User" I'd like to replace it with "Authorized Users Only" or something to that effect. I don't want a pop up with a long-winded message, just "Authorized Users Only" in place of "Other User".

Surely there must be a way to do this?

(BTW, I already tried changing it in the local security policy editor, and while there is a placer there for displaying a custom logon title, it doesn't seem to have any effect on the login screen.)

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Hi all,
I recently assigned a new user (the first one) to an XP machine. Previously, as it started up, it prompted with "Administrator" and a password field (which I had left blank), and a message about being able to setup users once I logged in. Now, having assigned a user, all I get is the offering of the new user, and when clicking on that I get prompted for the password. When I type in the password, the desktop is nothing like what it used to look like when I went in through "Administrator" - the desktop image is gone and the shortcuts that were on the desktop are gone. And my drive mappings to my network are gone. How do I get back to the "Administrator" login screen? and/or assign the Administrator desktop to the new user?
T.
PS If its of any help, I assigned the new user because the machine is a client of a destop with a server in it, and I needed a common user/password to make them talk to each other.......
 

Answer:Newly assigned user - now no "Administrator" login

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I recently received my new computer which is running Windows 7. I created one user account to begin with and was using that for a few hours and then I decided to create a couple of other user accounts. It lets me create these accounts but if I try to log in to any of them (including the guest profile) I get the error "the user profile service failed to login". I have read a number of articles and watched a video on youtube about the issue. They all say to do roughly the same thing, go into regedit and then the profile list and they give some steps involving changing values and such. I have tried this numerous times in different ways and it will not work, it seems my problem is a bit different. In "profile list" in regedit there doesn't even seem to be any record of these accounts whatsoever and no sign of a "corrupt" account which the previously mentioned articles talked about. I'm really stumped here, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Colin.
 

Answer:"the user profile service failed to login"

Have you seen this? http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...-failed-logon-user-profile-cannot-loaded.html
 

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when i get to the main "user login" page on windows, it says i have i unread mail message. however, when i go to my outlook i have no unread messages there and it is very annoying.i know this isnt a huge problem, but it's driving me insane. does anyone know how to fix this?it all seemed to happen today after i installed mcafee virus scan plus 2007. i was having lots of other problems after i installed it, but ended up uninstalling it and it seems to have fixed most of the problems.

Answer:"user login" page says i have mail, when i dont.

if you have hotamil or any web based mail it will also show up there

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May I know is it possible to show domain user's "Display Name" instead of "User Logon Name" as owner in print queue? Our company's domain using generic "User Logon Name", i.e. 001, 002, 003 and so on, each "User Logon Name" will have personalized "Display Name", e.g. Mary, John etc., but a problem is when a print job printed by a user is hold in the print queue of a network printer, other users won't know who is it (the owner of the print job may shown as 001, 002 etc.) and so not able to ask that user to remove the print job. Any ideas? Thanks a lot!
 

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For some reason all of a sudden my machine is showing two users: myself and "Other user". I do not need to show "Other user" as I am the only person who uses the machine, and until this morning I was the only user shown.

How do I hide the "Other user" from the login page?

Trivial I know - but annoying...


Regards.

Answer:Removing "Other user" from login page.

I think it is more important to be sure that it is not a major problem.
Run your antivirus and download and run malwarebytes. Update and run full scan.
If it show nothing, we can either hide the profile or try to delete it.
User Account - Hide - Vista Forums
Works on 7, too.

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Hi Guys,
A very minor question. I was wondering if it's possible to show the "Welcome Screen/Switch User" screen after the computer is woken up from screensaver or standby. I know it's really easy for a user to click on the "Switch User" button on the "lock page", but still I want to make it easy for my mom.

Thanks.

Answer:Switch User screen after Screensaver/standby wakeup

Hello SimFox, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can set Windows 7 to show the log on screen when the computer resumes from wakeup, and after a screen saver (step 9). She can also switch users from the log on screen as well if she wanted to.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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My OS is WinXP SP2 and recently the "Switch User" function stopped working... there is no problem with logging off, restarting or any other function just with "Switch User".
It doesn't crash the computer or something it just does absolutley nothing...
anyone knows how can I fix this?
 

Answer:"switch user" won't work...

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Question: Lost "Switch User"

Hi Guys,
First time post; I have been doing some malware clean-up using the expertise from this site. Thank you some much for the direction and knowledge, the results have been stupendous.
Now I think I tweaked jkust a bit too far. Today--not yesterday I have lost the ability to switch users. I have four users on my home computer. I have run a registry cleaner(EZCleaner) earlier today and now I cannot "switch Users" I have to restart the computer to change users..
I am running upgraded windows XP professional.
Any insight would be grateful

Thanks in advance
Silverdou
 

Answer:Lost "Switch User"

Have you disabled any of XP's "services"?

Go to Start > Run and type in: services.msc
Scroll down to Terminal Services and make sure it is Started.

Steve
 

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When I go to the log-off menu and select "Switch User," nothing happens. Any ideas on how to remedy this situation?
 

Answer:Can't use XP's "Switch User" feature

if u are the only account on the computer you cant switch users since there is no one to switch over to.
 

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Hi, This is joel, i'm using windows 10 from last 1month.I added a user account for others but when tried to login it says "user account couldn't loaded. Except admin account, other user account couldn't be accessed.

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For security reasons, Microsoft does not allow parents (computer administrators) to check on, maintain, adjust or otherwise enter their kids' (limited users) XP profiles without either resetting their passwords or waiting for them to come home and being confrontational about it.

Ideally I would like to be able to log on to a limited user account from my administrator account without tampering with anyone's passwords-resetting them or otherwise. Actually, I have little interest in the (step) kids' personal life and stuff. Alternately, perhaps you may help me with my ultimate goal: limiting screensaver activity:

My arrogant and belligerant teenage stepson likes to customize the family room to his tastes rather that leave it to the generic unbiased interest of the family in general. Latest, he has designed his "my pictures" screensaver somehow to override cmos settings to illustrate various pictures of himself for unlimited time rather than allow cmos or windows to shut off the monitor after periods of inactivity. Typically he would prefer to be confrontational about it, fight and argue over the issue stressing out his depressed mom in the process; I do not want to fight-I just want my monitor to go off after a while of non-use and not be kept on by XP. Sorry about all the disfunctional family issues I had to mention for background. It is hard dealing with an aggressive controlling kid. Obviously most of the time the computer is left on his profile but... Read more

Answer:Find or Bypass XP Limited User Password W/out Reset or Adjust User Screensaver

looks like you have no choice in resetting passwords, who's house is it anyway???
 

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Windows 7 machine, probably heavily infected so I figured the only safe thing to do is a total factory restore. A normal boot brings up the 2 known users and I'm able to log on to either account. A boot using f8 and repair system option brings me to a screen that only shows "other user" an a possible log on. Selecting this I'm queried for a username and password. Nothing works here and I'm given the error "The Specified Domain Either Does Not Exist or Could Not Be Contacted." I checked network settings and I'm still setup as a work-group not a domain. I spent about an hour digging around to no avail so I figured I'd format/restore to factory and since I cant access the recovery partition because of the "other user" option I made the recovery partition the active one. Dam thing failed to boot, missing NTDR. Always worked in the past.

Anyone know whats going on with the "other user" option (root kit?) or have a clue as to how I can use Dells restore partition to create a restore disk?

Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:"Other User" only login option

try .\username that will force to use the computer name instead of a domain.
 

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I'm using XP-SP2 Pro on a stand-alone PC. There are multiple user accounts.

When there is no keyboard or mouse input for x minutes (I haven't measured "x"), XP performs a switch user operation, and returns to the "Switch User" screen. To resume working, the user has to login (again).

Note: in this configuration, CTRL-ALT-DELETE is not necessary at either the original login or this moronic re-login.

I have tried tweaking various settings in Control Panel -> Power Options, including "Advanced" options, to no avail.

How do I disable this Microsoft Madness?

Bonus points: Rhetorically speaking, when those folks in Redmond give users choices, why do they always (and I mean ALWAYS) make the stupidest / most useless option the default? Should I start a new thread to ask that?
 

Answer:Solved: xp pro - when idling, returns to "switch users" screen

Welcome Screen Appears After Your Computer Has Been Idle
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/810607
 

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Hello everyone,

First of all, I will divide my statement by sections so it would be easier to read.

Section 1: The problem - description of it.
Section 2: How I manage the problem.
Section 3: Things and methods that I have tried - all unsuccessfully.
Section 4: My own findings to help with further analysis.

So here we go

Section 1

Whenever I start windows it will boot normally up until Windows logo screen(where 4 balls meet to form windows 7 logo) at this logo screen I can already notice slow pace as it stays in it for a good minute. Afterwards it will be just black screen for a minute. Then mouse cursor will appear(with faster sensitivity than my usual) and it will transform into a loading wheel cursor after another minute. And now it reached state in which it can stay for hours. Only black screen and loading mouse wheel(note that it is always spinning and I can always move it, it is not frozen).

Section 2

So the only way for me to login is to leave it be for at least about 5 hours and it will start itself. Usually I do this overnight and in the morning it is already at the desktop and works like nothing ever happened. I can do whatever then, everything will work perfectly fine. Crysys 3 works fine, YouTube works fine - no trace of any problem. So while I can always just Hibernate and sleep my PC, I need to restart it sometimes.

EDIT: Now after those 5 hours or more, it will simply display ordinary mouse pointer on a black screen and act as if I am in login screen. F... Read more

Answer:Black screen with "loading cursor" and no login screen on Boot.

It sounds like something is trying to load and run in the background.
Download DDS from one of these links:
DDS.com
DDS.pifDisable any script blocking protection
Double click the dds icon to run the tool.
When done, DDS will open two (2) logs: DDS.txt
Attach.txt <--- will be minimized in the task tray

Save both reports to your desktop.
Include the contents of both logs in your next post.
The scan will instruct you to post Attach.txt as an attachment. You can post both logs as attachments.

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Good Day People,

I have a little problem with my computer and its running right now on windows 8.1, When i tried to switch other profile from my main profile i will stuck on the scree "Please wait" i've tried to wait for it for a day and its still stuck on that screen and i am forced to manually shutdown the computer and reboot it back. Is this a known issue on windows 8.1? Can anyone help me with this one.

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Vista won't let me logon, I get a message :
"The Group Policy Client Service failed the logon"

"Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service"

I've been trying to narrow this problem down for the last few days.

I did a system restore back a number of days, no user programs were installed, but there were system updates installed. Once I do the system restore and turn off the updates, the computer reboots fine and I can log in.

However, if I let the MS updates in, then when I reboot, I get the error and cannot logon.

Clearly there is a problem when the updates happen, and causes this. I originally thought it was due to a specific MS update, but I think it's the update process that is broken. That is what kills the system configuration and then it can't logon.

If anyone has an idea here, I'd really appreciate it.

This is Vista 32 with SP2.

Answer:cannot login to Vista "The Group Policy Client Service failed the logon"

Hello metafizx, welcome to Vista Forums!



I'm not sure if it will or not but have a look at the tutorial at the link below to see if it'll be a help, as a place to start; be sure to post back to keep us informed.


User Profile Service failed the logon

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Well, I have a big problem. I have a laptop that was manufacturer by TOSHIBA with Vista Home Premium OS. And I haven't used it in awhile, so I kinda forgot the Windows Login Password. It's only one account on it, the "Administrator" account. So the problem is I need to login on that laptop, but sadly, I didn't make a "reset disk" for the password on it. Is there anyway I can ever log back onto it? Please Help.


KenzCM

Answer:Windows Vista Login Password Forgotten - No Reset Disk Was Made: "Needs Help"

Originally Posted by KenzCM


Well, I have a big problem. I have a laptop that was manufacturer by TOSHIBA with Vista Home Premium OS. And I haven't used it in awhile, so I kinda forgot the Windows Login Password. It's only one account on it, the "Administrator" account. So the problem is I need to login on that laptop, but sadly, I didn't make a "reset disk" for the password on it. Is there anyway I can ever log back onto it? Please Help.


KenzCM



Kenz

Do you have the vista DVD? If so you can boot from the dvd and during the setup there is a key combo (shift-F10) that varies from mfr to mfr. That will get you to the command prompt. You may not need to run as admin but just in case this is how>>>> ( right click the top bar and run as admin) type net user administrator /active:true

that will enable the built in hidden admin account. reboot logon change password.

Let us know if this doesn't work

Ken

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My Windows login and logout sounds have stopped working. I went to the control panal and checked in the "sounds" and the login sound worked when I tested it there plus I checked the sound mixer and all sliders are active and pulled up. What could be the problem? All other sounds are working?

RBG
 

Answer:Windows "Login" and "Logout" sound stopped working

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

line 211 left hand side

211. Restore Startup and Shutdown Sounds

hope it helps

joan
 

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Hi,

My computer completely froze upon opening the lid and logging back into my account (as far as I can remember, this is the first occasion this has happened since I got it in July.) I restarted and attempted to log back in but the process was stuck at the "waiting..." portion of the log in screen with the circling cursor. After a few minutes, I gave up and restarted attempting to boot into safe mode. Safe Mode was not functional, it failed to even open to the log in screen.

I am not sure how to fix this issue. As far as I can tell, this isn't even virus-related, but I'm honestly not too sure. I closed the lid in the middle of a session, went to eat, came back, and it simply was not working. It was functioning fine up until I attempted to open the lid.

Thanks for the help,

Mike

Answer:Logging into Vista, login stuck at "waiting..."

i have the same problem too and i am looking for a solution for it.... i also tried restoring PC for an older date and it didnt work.... i think that there is a file corruption and we need to fix it.... but how??? i dont want to format my PC.... i have too many important data in it... please help us

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After almost a whole day scratching my head, I finally decide t seek help.

My Vista PC has been acting up only recently, crashing every open program a few minutes after logging in with the press of a key or a click of the cursor. Task manager doesn't pop up, and when you open it before the crashes, it decides to join in the fun. Control-alt-delete doesn't help either, as it just makes me wait three minutes after pressing the combination, takes me to a black screen, and a few more minutes later, gives me a dialog box saying: "Failed to create security options." The mouse cursor can still move, so it's not a full on system crash, though everything else doesn't. I let this wait out for more than two hours, it still stays the same.

After so many forced restarts, I tried some of the security options:
Safe Mode - Doesn't work, only seems to restart the system once it's done "loading core drivers."
Boot from last successful boot attempt - same thing, crash after login.
Check for memory errors - No errors, that's the thing.
System restore - tried restoring to a point before the crashes started happening, yet they still happen.
Reset operating system - I'm not that desperate to try that just yet.
Start windows normally - Same thing.
Also, to see that it might not be a hardware problem, I try running Ubuntu and XP installed on the same system. No mysterious crashing, so the problem is isolated in Vista.

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Answer:Vista Almost Randomly "Crashes" Few Minutes After Login

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Please help us to troubleshoot the following problem in our Compaq NX 9000 Machine with Windows XP Professional Operating System:-

- An error shows with two options "Switch to" & "Retry" after booting the machine, which forces to press "Retry" button in the error window repeatedly and as you press this "Retry" button, "Start Menu" automatically opens and it then again asks to press "Retry" Button.
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Thanks to all helping members.

Regards,
 

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Is there any way to load the "Screen Saver Settings" dialog/ control panel at boot-up/ login in a similar fashion to applications?

If not, then would I need to write a software program of some type via OS-specific commands (I presume) for opening this dialog to be executed at boot-up/ login e.g., VB, C, or C++?

Thanks for your replies! :-)

Answer:Load "Screen Saver Settings" Dialog at Boot-up/ Login?

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I have a Microsoft account set up with a pin. Every time I boot my computer up, I am greeted with the login screen and my photo, with the message below it, "We are unable to connect right now. Please check your network and try again later." And it's asking for my password, not my pin. For some reason, I see my username twice on the lower left corner. One is the password log-in, the other is the pin. I can successfully log in with either. I just want to know, what is with the error message? I've got a connection, so I can't figure out why.

Answer:Error message "We are unable to connect right now" on login screen

GuyInDogSuit said:

I have a Microsoft account set up with a pin. Every time I boot my computer up, I am greeted with the login screen and my photo, with the message below it, "We are unable to connect right now. Please check your network and try again later." And it's asking for my password, not my pin. For some reason, I see my username twice on the lower left corner. One is the password log-in, the other is the pin. I can successfully log in with either. I just want to know, what is with the error message? I've got a connection, so I can't figure out why.



Hi, I am having the same error message when setting up auto login. So did you managed to resolve this issue? Anyone here with any advise? Thanks ...

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I have a Microsoft account set up with a pin. Every time I boot my computer up, I am greeted with the login screen and my photo, with the message below it, "We are unable to connect right now. Please check your network and try again later." And it's asking for my password, not my pin. For some reason, I see my username twice on the lower left corner. One is the password log-in, the other is the pin. I can successfully log in with either. I just want to know, what is with the error message? I've got a connection, so I can't figure out why.

Answer:Error message "We are unable to connect right now" on login screen

Originally Posted by GuyInDogSuit


I have a Microsoft account set up with a pin. Every time I boot my computer up, I am greeted with the login screen and my photo, with the message below it, "We are unable to connect right now. Please check your network and try again later." And it's asking for my password, not my pin. For some reason, I see my username twice on the lower left corner. One is the password log-in, the other is the pin. I can successfully log in with either. I just want to know, what is with the error message? I've got a connection, so I can't figure out why.



Hi, I am having the same error message when setting up auto login. So did you managed to resolve this issue? Anyone here with any advise? Thanks ...

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Hi there,

My problem started occurring shortly after i started to use a friend's projector with my computer.

My Current Config.

Dual Os Linux Mint 13 (grub version 1.99) / Win 7 x64
AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core 5200+ 2.71GHz
2GB Ram
Nvidia GeForce 6800 GS 256MB
LG FLATRON Wide 19"

Now, I am able to boot into Linux and Windows7 SAFE MODE without a problem, however when i try to boot into Win7 NORMAL MODE my monitor works up until i get to the login screen (i hear the login screen sound) but then hits me with "Analog Power Saving Mode" and switches off (blue light on monitor turns orange). At this point i am still able to type in my password (blindly) and log in to windows (i know this thanks to the login sound) but cannot do anything to revive my monitor.

As this problem doesn't occur when using the projector (SANYO Pro-X) i am led to believe that there is an issue with the projector affecting the resolution / refresh rate settings and those washing over to the monitor.
Note that i am only able to connect one device (monitor or projector) at a time.

If anyone has any familiarity with this issue or knows of a solution please let me (and the TF general public) know.

Thanks in advance! =)

Drakulos

Answer:Win 7 "Analog Power Saving Mode" at Login Screen

it sounds like your screen settings are wrong and its trying to send an output to the projector. Can you take a screen shot of your screen settings when the projector is plugged in and post it here for review?

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I followed the instructions given here exactly but no luck. Has anyone successfully removed this thing?

Answer:Remove "locked" message on Windows login screen

OK it works now I had to reboot..logging out and back in wasn't enough

Thanks Jerry!

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On my aunts computer (yes again) ive signed in on messenger. Somehow (IDK?!) it became the main email and everytime when you have to select an account to login to you can see how many unread emails there are. How can you remove this? HELP!!!

Answer:How to remove "10 unread messages" from windows xp login screen

sign out of your net passport

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Hi! I've been getting the above issue where the Windows Login screen displays the string "1 unread mail message" when I click on Log Off Administrator and select Switch User to temporarily log myself out of the system when I'm about to take a break. It appears right above the "...programs running" string and beneath the user name (in this case, Administrator), and I want to know how to get rid of it. It started after I installed Windows Live Messenger. I can't recall what exactly I did to make it appear, but I did uninstall the program, yet the issue remains. Any suggestions on how to deal with it?
 

Answer:"...unread mail message" on Windows Login screen.

Give this a read: How to Turn off xp login screen unread mail count
 

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Hi, I have a Compaq CQ50-108CA Laptop, running Windows 7 RC 1. Just earlier today this problem started where after I put in my password it kept saying "Welcome" and then it stayed like that for hours and then I just did a hard shutdown and then I went to safe mode to remove the password. So safe mode works but regular mode doesn't. Password or no password. I also have Vista on the HD and that is working with no problems. What can I do to fix this. Thank you very much.

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Greetings!

I have an XP machine which I only ever user myself (as in, there are no other users on the machine, no guest account, and it logs in without a password).

I'm trying to sort out my expansive and bloated Start Menu Programs list, but it seems that there are two separate lists. One for "Joe" (the main user account) and one for "all users", I guess because some programs give the option of installing for just one user or for everyone.

All of the programs show up in the Start Menu when I click on it, but when I go into Windows Explorer to try and sort them out, there are two separate folders;

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs
C:\Documents and Settings\Joe\Start Menu\Programs

I know I can move them around in these folders (ie; putting them in related groups, such as "system tools" etc), but can I move all of them from the main user to the "all users" folder, (or vice versa) without any problems?

Thanks!
~Joe

Answer:[SOLVED] Merging &quot;user&quot; and &quot;all users&quot; start menu program lists

Yes, you can consolidate them all in one, or slit them up as desired.

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hi,

i want to move the press Ctrl+Alt+Del to log on to little above or down below so that i can view my background image nicely.
"currently it is located in the center" i want the writing to be on top or down
thanks in advance.

Answer:How do I move " press Ctrl+Alt+Del to log on " in login screen

im having a dell pc. and i dont think it will have any settings in the bios related to what i want.

attached 2 pictures, one is the original and the other one is the way i want

thank you

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I would like to remove the "Other Credentials" button from the login screen for aesthetic reasons (I've already removed almost everything else). I run a .reg on startup to make sure that the password dialog is always open on the login screen and not the fingerprint reader dialog; since the fingerprint reader works even when the password dialog is open, there's no reason why I would ever switch to it. I use the fingerprint reader regularly to log on, so disabling it isn't an option.

Surely it must be somewhere in authui.dll, but I cannot determine what or where the "Other Credentials" button is encoded.

(Also helpful would be removing the username, "Locked" text when the computer is locked, and the momentary "Welcome" text after logging on)

Answer:Remove "Other Credentials" button from login screen

Could you post a screenshot of what you're seeing?

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Hello,I have an issue on a Windows XP Professional laptop, where intermittently, when it is started up from being completely shut down, it starts loading Windows, displays the Windows logo, etc. and then displays the blue background. You can move the mouse around - but the Ctrl Alt Del login prompt doesn't appear.No key combinations I've tried work - it's just stuck there. Usually if I hold the power button down for 10 seconds, it will shut down and when I start it back up again it works normally. I would say it's one out of five times it does this.I have up to date corporate Kaspersky Antivirus, I've run registry cleaners (PC tools Registry Mechanic, CCleaner) I run a lot on my system, but keep it fairly well maintained.It's a Dell Latitude D820, Core 2 Duo @ 2Ghz, 4GB RAM, etc. - and it's running XP Pro, and is part of a Windows server domain.It has me stumped. I've done a fair bit of online research - but haven't found any solutions.Any intelligent help would be appreciated!

Answer:Windows XP Pro "stalls" just before Ctrl Alt Del login screen - sometimes

Have you tried using the ctrl+alt+del sequence?

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I have just purchased a new computer and it is running XP. It is a Dell Vostro 1500; nice machine. I allowed my sister to download the Windows Live Messanger onto it to use one day (no Sign-in Assistant, or anything extra, just the messanger), and now, under my name on the welcome screen, it has a message that says "9 Unread Messages" under it! Very annoying!

I uninstalled the Messanger, took it off the startup and still! It shows up before I log on to my computer! I want to disable this feature so that I don't have to look at it! It is not my email, and I don't need this anyway.

HELP!

Answer:Can't remove "Unread Messages" from login screen

Hi elendili7,

You can turn off the mail count. To do so, do the following:

Download this file to you desktop:

http://fragments.turtlemeat.com/img/...t-turn-off.reg

Double click on it to run it, and choose Yes when asked to merge with the registry.

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Hi I want to ask if it is possible to edit maybe the authui.dll or the explorer.exe to remove the "locked" message that appears above the password box whenever I lock my computer.
I have already managed to remove the user picture, the "enter" button and the watermark by fiddeling with both those files, but the "locked" mesage is damn near impossible to get rid of :P

EDIT: My endgame is to have a totaly clear login screen, except for the password box in the middle

Answer:Help with removing the "Locked" message at login screen

If it's just the word that you want removed I'm not 100% sure but I found it in the authui.dll.mui in the String folder in both C:\Windows\System32\en-US and C:\Windows\SysWOW64\en-US folders, yours may be in a different folder then the en-US check your language folder.

Jerry

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Hey guys,

I tried booting up my PC which has Windows 8 installed and it was working fine until yesterday.

It has a "Enter Password" screen upon start-up and I think it's a virus because it only lets me enter 10 characters and even though, I do put in the correct password, it still says it's incorrect. The computer also shuts down after 3 unsuccessful attempts.

I have attached a picture of the screen.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:"Enter Password" black screen login

I found out the issue is a BIOS password. I'm looking into making a HirensBootCD to get rid of it. Any suggestions?

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This is XP pro and some how the text next to the shut down button got changed. Anyone know how I can fix that?

See the attached image to see what I mean.
 

Answer:Solved: On login screen "Turn off other stuff"

Welcome to TSG!

Right click My Computer, click Properties
Click the Computer Name tab.
Delete the text in the Computer Description: box, which has extra stuff in it right now.
 

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system info: using windows XP service pack 2, MachSpeed MSNV-939 NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat....asp?EdpNo=2604788&body=MAIN#productresources, 1gig sticks http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211014

Hello, and thanks for giving some time to try and help. Yesterday i installed 2 1 gig ram sticks (pc3200) to my existing 2 512mb sticks (pc2700), and everything worked without a hitch. I mention this because it was the only thing i can remember that changed on my computer, hardware/software wise, all day. Late that night i was playing call of duty 4, and my pc froze. Taking this as a sign that it was time to goto bed, i switched off my pc and did just that. Waking up this morning i switched on my pc everything was fine, it geos through the loading screen, then when its suppose to get to the welcome/login screen, nothing comes up, its just a pixelated mess (http://img186.imageshack.us/img186/8937/img0001ei0rb4.jpg it didn't always look exactly like this, as I've tried to fix the problem the screen looks different.) The mouse cursor appears, turns into an hourglass sometimes, and i can even move it around for a little, but then it totally freezes.

Thinking it was the ram, i took out the two new sticks, but the same thing still happens. The computer boots into safe mode/safe mode with networking just fine, and that what I'm actually using to type this.

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Answer:windows "messes up and freezes" at login screen

So i turned off automatic restart on errors. Then when i booted up windows and got to the "login screen" i let it sit till it froze and then i got a BSOD claiming nv4_disp hit an infinite loop. So then i uninstalled the display drivers, used Driver Sweeper, re-installed the drivers. Now when i get to the "login" screen the pixelation is different, and the computer doesn't freeze up or get the BSOD error. I still cant do anything once i get to that screen. I just move my mouse around till i get tired and restart. Any ideas? Thanks for any help.
 

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Ok, so I'm trying to fix my fiances computer, and I'm having some difficulties pinpointing the problem's origin. She has a dell studio 1535, running Vista Home Edition, 3 Gb of RAM, Intel duo 6400 processor (I believe) and an ATI Mobile Radeon 3400 Graphics Card.

The problem is when it tries to boot into normal mode, it goes through the boot screen, then tries to load the accounts at the login screen but the accounts never come up. Instead you see "Please Wait" -> Black screen -> "Please Wait" -> Black screen over and over again until you turn off the computer (rarely the computer will restart itself). The cursor is still seen and moveable(doing the loading circle constantly) but otherwise that's all that can be done.

You can get into Safe Mode without a problem, and I talked her through how to restore it to before Christmas over the phone (which she did) but it didn't fix the issue. I've tried to restore further back than that but for some reason all of the restore points have been deleted now. I've tried installing KAV to run a scan in safe mode, but even running as admin, it begins to run the install file then just goes away without a reason. Also as it turns out she hasn't had an Anti-Virus software running for about 9 months (I have no idea why) and she is on the internet a lot.

I've tried messing with the display drivers (disabling them and restarting in normal mode) but with no success, as we... Read more

Answer:Vista stuck at "Please Wait" on login

Hi there are a couple of options you can try with a install or recovery disc 1 http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial142.html
2 http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html
3 http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88236-repair-install-vista.html
 

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Recently, one of my service host processes in the task manager showed about 13% CPU usage on my i7. I manually restarted each service in its list and found my problems: Application Information refused to stop on its own, but User Profile Service, which takes Application Information down with it, solved my CPU drain. Yesterday, the windows services locked me out. When I tried to stop the problem services, I got "Error 1061: The service cannot accept control messages at this time." Fearing a virus, I tried to run Malwarebytes, but it gave me the same error message. I managed to run it in safe mode, but this did not solve the problem. As of now, I have a CPU drain and no apparent way to stop it. Can anyone help?

Answer:Services "Application Information" or "User Profile Service" high CPU

Arsenurderer said:

Recently, one of my service host processes in the task manager showed about 13% CPU usage on my i7. I manually restarted each service in its list and found my problems: Application Information refused to stop on its own, but User Profile Service, which takes Application Information down with it, solved my CPU drain. Yesterday, the windows services locked me out. When I tried to stop the problem services, I got "Error 1061: The service cannot accept control messages at this time." Fearing a virus, I tried to run Malwarebytes, but it gave me the same error message. I managed to run it in safe mode, but this did not solve the problem. As of now, I have a CPU drain and no apparent way to stop it. Can anyone help?



Hi Arsenurderer and welcome to Tenforums.
Let's get the virus possibility out of the way:

Run RKILL
RKill Download
Post the log that pops up upon completion.

Run "Scan" of ADWCleaner
Downloads - AdwCleaner - ToolsLib

Post the scan log
C:\AdwCleaner\AdwCleaner[S1].txt

If you're around now, wait for my response - do not reboot, and do not run "Clean".

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Sometimes when I try to connect to a wifi network, i enter my username/password, it tries to connect for a while then I get the same popup asking me to enter my user credentials...again.
There is never any reason specified for why I am being asked to re-enter my user credentials.
This is extremely annoying. How can I troubleshoot this if Windows does not tell me why?
Event viewer shows no error messages either.
Is there any way to get Windows to tell me why I am being asked to re-enter my user credentials?

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Running Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 on HP Pavilion TX 1250ee laptop.
I have a problem logging into Windows Vista. I get the screen up which allow me to select my account and enter a password.Then I get a welcome message.
Trouple is it goes no further .
The Screen went black with only a white cursor showing.
Seconds later, an error showed up saying
failed to set data for 'Shell'
I've left it for few hours but nothing changed.

I did some troubleshooting like testing the Hard Disk using the Built in Self Test in BIOS and everything was pass.

I tried to login through safe mode and fortunatlly it's ok.
but I don't exactlly know what's the problem?

Before it did happen I was creating CD recovery for my computer using the Recovery Manager.
Also, there was some updates from Windows which I think what cause the problem.

I'm still troubleshooting and waiting for any respond from you guys.

Answer:Vista Login Problems "Can't login"

Run error checking and see what errors come up.

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Hi.

I am very much needing to improve the performance of this PC.

Running Vista (Home) has been "a wash" (at best) for me - my 2 & 1/2 year experience has been as bad (or worse) than it was/is good.

My two major (main) issues (problems)/complaints are:

1. I have NEVER been able to get a printer to work on this machine (believe it, or not), and I have tried four different printers.

2. I am constantly (and increasingly, it seems) getting "Not Responding" lock-ups. This simply needs to stop.

I have attached my System specs for consideration here, as I would prefer not to run the "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor". To the best of my knowledge/understanding I don't think I would have any problems going to WIN7?.

I really struggle with a lot of the (tech) terminology (abbreviations and such) and am asking for the simplest (and least expensive) way to move to Windows 7 on this PC.

Thanks in advance,
g...

PS ~ yes, I did erase some of my personal info on the screenshot.
 

Answer:Simple "Switch" from Vista to 7?

Your computer will run windows 7 just fine. I am not sure what your asking. How to fix vista or How to best install windows 7?

If your wanting to move to windows 7 I suggest Getting a O.E.M version of it from new egg. I paid 135 dollars for windows 7 pro. Ultimate really not needed.

I would then erase or format your hard drive first. Then Install Windows 7. If your wanting to fix Vista Someone else will have to help you. Never used it. Windows 7 I have been using since it was beta. LOVE it. Will never go back to Xp.

You can go to newegg.com and search Windows 7 OEM. Not sure how much you can afford to spend. If 135 is to much. They have less expensive versions of windows 7. Just depends on what you want or need.
 

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