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I added a networked MFP printer/scanner to a small workgroup running Win XP on 4 workstations. The way this MFP scans is to create a shared folder and give the folder permissions for the MFP to access the folder. One of the requirements for setting up the scan template on the MFP is the need for a username/password. This workstation is not password protected at logon so I added a new adminstrator.. and created a password. Usng this info I setup the MFP and tested the ability to scan into the folder. This worked just fine (as it has many, many times in the past). The customer used the workstation for the rest of the day, turned it off and came in this am to get some additional work done. Now, the PC is asking for a logon for the user I created, and all other accounts except guest are gone. Again, none of these accounts were passowrd protected. What can I do to fix this issue? Thanks is advance. Ed

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Hiii everybody,
this is my first ever post in my first forum . That's a disclaimer to ask you guys to forgive me for having very little gray matter :-( .
I have Windows XP HOME SP2 on Intel Celeron 667 MHz and 192MB RAM. I know it doesn't sound like much so I'm always trying to read forums and tweak my settings. But this time, it ended up worse.
I used a program called autoruns.exe to adjust my startup programs so it'll start faster. I'm not sure what I turned off but now
1. It takes longer to start up,
2. I don't see any accounts (not even admin) in Control Panel - User accounts
3. I can access a directory and open files but I can't cut or copy and paste them into another folder.
4. In services.msc, most of the programs under Local with automatic setting don't start and cannot be started. I can't even see the programs under extended.
5. I have a home network but I can't access any of my other computers.
those are a few of laundry list of challenges with my computer (with me ?)
I'm even ready to format and reinstall XP but I need to copy some files before I do that.
I'm sorry for this long post but can you guys help me?

Answer:Can't cut(copy) & paste, all accounts missing in Control Panel-User accounts ...

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Alright, I've recently upgraded my HDD because my old one was dying and running out of space. I copied the whole drive over using EASEUS Partition Master. Afterwards, I rebooted (on the old drive) and expanded the Windows partition (on the new drive). I did not bother to test the installation after this. I had GRUB installed to the boot loader, and I did not (and still do not) believe EASEUS copies the master boot record, so after resizing the partitions, I swapped the drives and installed Windows 7 RC. After that, I went to test XP to check for problems. As you can probably tell from the title, I found one: no user accounts show up. Only the Windows logo is shown. It's shown where it would say "Windows is starting up...," not offset to the left to let the user accounts show up.Here's what I've done. In order:- Attempt to boot into safe mode - Failed, I don't remember what happened, to be honest.- Copy WINDOWS and some of the Documents and Settings folder - No effect- Copy entire drive by dragging and dropping (twice, under Ubuntu, performing a full format on second try) - No effect- Repair install - Allowed me to log in, but the CD was a bad slipstreaming attempt, so numerous things were corrupt.- Run chkdsk /f /r on old drive then copy WINDOWS folder by dragging and dropping (under Windows 7), merging the two folders in case it was one corrupt file - Back to square one (files are fine, still can't log in)- Hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete to type in my ... Read more

Answer:Missing User Accounts

Too uncommon huh? Oh well...

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Whilst trying to sort out my nephews laptop i've realised that the main administrator account is not visible when you turn on. I went into "user accounts" but the window is totally blank??

Any idea's how i can see all the different accounts?


Answer:missing user accounts

The Built in Administrator account in XP is only visible if you boot into Safe Mode, unless you decide to make it visible.
Go to Start/Run and type control userpasswords2 and press enter. This will show you a list of all the various user accounts on the computer. If you put a check box in Users Must Use a User Name and Password for this computer. You can add an account or change the passwords

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I am running an XP Pro system on a Dell Latitude D630
Our of nowhere, when I restarted my computer today, the accounts were gone.
CTL ALT DEL does nothing if pressed twice. If I go into safe mode the accounts are there and I can get on it.

What can I do to fix this?
They are not hidden in the registry, I already checked that

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now that I have played around with admin tools, I go to start menu/control panel/ User Accounts/Change User Account, and none of my 4+ user accounts are listed. I can now only access them in admin tools. None are disabled. What did I do wrong? Please help.

Answer:User accounts missing

Could we go back to your original thread?

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I wanted to change passwords in XP user accounts. Went to Control Panel, clicked on User Accounts, window opened and only displays < --BACK & HOME-- > ?

There are none of my user accounts listed!

I opened windows in SAFE MODE to try to make the changes as the ADMINISTRATOR but again there are no USER ACCOUNTS listed in the window only <--BACK & HOME-->?


Answer:Missing my User Accounts?

What account are you logging in with in Normal Mode.

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My parents gave me their pc to sort out as they couldn't log on to windows. Tried everything to get it to log on but couldn't even get it to boot into safe mode.Had to boot from the win xp pro cd and ended up installing the os again.Now all seems to be ok but the original user accounts are missing from the log on screen, the only account is the administrator account which I was asked to set up during installation.There was no format of the hard drive and I have noticed that from the administrator account all of the original programs are not available from the start menu.I have looked in the program files folder and the missing programs are still there, also in the docs and settings folder still contains the missing user accounts folders and contents.Anyone got a clue what went wrong and how I can get the user accounts and program short cuts back to original settings please?

Answer:missing user accounts in winxp

If you start/control panel/user accounts/a new account you can set up accounts for you parents. I am a little puzzled about what you have actually done so far. When you installed the operating system again did you go for a repair or a new install? During a new install of XP you would have been given the opportunity to set up user accounts. If you manage to set up new user accounts then you can simply drag and drop the files and folders from where they are to the new files and folders. Why or what has gone wriong I have no idea but this should help you get back to normality. Other posters may offer you alternative guidance or comments which may help you further.

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Hello. My mother called with a problem and I don't really know where to start. I'm sure she has some kind of virus or malware, but I can't log in to try to remove it. She rebooted her computer today and when the login screen appeared, her account and the administrator account had disappeared. There is now an account for someone else and it is password protected!! I thought she could reboot in safe mode, but this also requires her to log in and she only gets this random person's account.

Has anyone seen something like this before? Is there a way to log in and delete this new account and restore her account as well as admin? Is there a way to perform a system restore without being logged in? I'm lost.


Answer:XP Pro user accounts missing - new one added

Use this to clear the password from that account and then log in. I would unplug any network connections as it appears she has been compromised.

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I had one administator account & I guest account.Now, having created a second admin account both my user logins for admin have disapeared & I'm only left with a limited guest account!How can I find or use my admin logins ?

Answer:XP Pro admin user accounts gone missing - Help

You may be able to boot into safe mode and log in to the administrator account from there. It does not normally need a password. Safe mode can usually be activated by pressing F8 repeatedly during boot up at the black screen.

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I reloaded a machine for a customer today, I did the same thing about 8 months ago. Th problem is when she turned on her computer the user accounts they would normally choose from were gone. No way to log in.

I am stumped as to why this would happen. She did have limeware on here machine, the best I can think of was something came from there. Any ideas?


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Hi, Working on cleaning an infected machine for a business customer. Ran combofix and removed quite a few infections. I then ran adwcleaner, again lots of registry keys/services,etc found and removed. After rebooting however, I do not get a user account to click on when I reach the Windows 7 welcome screen. If I boot in safe mode, I can logon no problem. Everything looks fine.
This particular machine is running important software for the customer and a reinstall would be very much a last case scenario and a major headache for everyone involved!...
Here's what I've tried so far.
1- Tried creating another user account in safe mode. No luck, it appears to allow me create the account but no accounts appear.
2. Changed how users log on, to prompt for ctrl-alt-del (currently logging on by clicking on the win 7 animal avatar,etc). Once I reboot and press ctrl-alt-del, I am left with the same screen as the previous logon type. Just a blue windows 7 screen, with windows 7 professional at the bottom. Everything looks normal apart from there being no option to log on or select a user account.
3. Tried system restore - no luck.
4.Tried last known good config - no luck.
Next option is an sfc scan. Also running a malwarebytes and eset online scan at the moment which are finding further infections.
Anyone seen similar behavior before??
System is Windows 7 Pro SP1. In a workgroup enviroonment.
Thank you.

Answer:Missing User Accounts from Win 7 Welcome Screen after ADWCleaner

After Malwarebytes found and quarantined another host of infections I was able to login as normal. All fixed now! Thank you.

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On Windows 7 that I am having here I have number of users using it and they have their account as well on it. Well that is not the issue there. Now I have seen that when the user tries to login to the account he can see a message saying that the user profile is not loaded correct manner. After that it just gets the user logged in an account. After seeing the login I have seen that Windows make the loggin for that user in with a temporary profile. Please let me know if there is anything with which you all can help me. I will be really glad to have any help in my case above.

Answer:Windows 7: User Accounts Profile missing

Well let me tell you that you will be able to get the user back but for that you will be required to see for changes in the Registry and then for sure you will be able to have the user profile working in your case and that too without any issues there. You will be required to login as ADMINISTRATOR and then you will be required to make the necessary amendments in the ProfileList. Open up the RUN Window by clicking the Start icon and then clicking on the Run option there. For detail solution about this problem check this link

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I am unable to load Windows XP- I get as far as the Welcome screen which should show 2 user accounts, but no accounts appear.
When I installed XP (on a brand new hard drive, nice clean install with SP2) 4 months ago, I did not specify a password for administrator. When I tried to boot from CD and go through the repair console, pressing <Enter> at the "Enter administrator password" gets me an error message and locked out after three times.

I would appreciate any suggestions

Thanks in advance

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Ok so my Mum called me up today. She had turn her computer on this morning after it working fine yesterday to find the login Window only showing the option for "Other user" and that was it.
Normally her account would be the only account on the screen and she would simply eneter her password and be done.
When she called I presumed she had just entered her password wrong too many times and the account had been locked or something.
Upon getting home I entered Windows 7 recovery mode to use the command line the enable the Administrator account so I could get logged in as typing her username manually into the "Other user" dialog along with the account password didn't work.
When prompted to enter a valid user to use the recover mode it was strange as her User was listed here but nowhere else. Entering her username and password here got me into the recovery mode options fine.
First I used net user to see if her user was listed which it was not. (Yet I had just used it to use the command line).
I then used this command to enable the Administrator user:

net user administrator /active:yes

and set a new password using:

net user administrator test

I then restarted the computer in safe mode and attempted to login as the Administrator user. Upon typing in the user information I was again greeted with a message saying the Administrator user was still disabled.

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Answer:Missing/disabled user accounts after restart

I'm not expert but yes it could be a infection. Some infection try to stop admin. accounts so you can't download help or use some programs to clean the computer.
It never hurts to scan for infection with several programs.

I would also look in user account and see if their are strange account that haven't been there before.

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OK, full story. I was meddling a bit with the security settings for my C: partition (where my Windows 7 resides) by right clicking the drive and selecting properties > security. The reason for doing so was because I thought someone had meddled with it first, so I was trying to get it back to the default settings by using the same settings as my other two partitions. It turns out the settings for Authenticated Users for C was different from both the other partitions, so I changed them to reflect the settings from the other two. Later on I found out nobody had tampered with the settings before me (but why then did the security settings for different partition differ? Can someone explain?), so I attempted to revert the settings by using system restore.

After the system restore, my main Admin account was available but the other accounts (there were 3 others) were missing. I tried system restoring back to a few days, didn't solve it. I ended up using system restore a few time (back and forth between a few restore points), before it suddenly turned up again. Why would this happen?

Also, the system restore did not change back my security settings for Authenticated Users. Do you think this will affect anything?

This is my current security settings: (Note the "special permissions" under "write" is unticked)

Answer:User accounts missing after system restore

See if this helps --> How do I restore security settings to the default settings&#63;

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I setup a shared printer for a classroom here at school. The shared printer shows up for the account on which it was installed, but when another user logs in it is missing. Anybody know how to fix this?

I have shared many printers on our network and never had this problem before. The printers always showed up before for all users. This has me stumped.

Answer:Shared Printer missing on other user accounts

Nevermind, I fixed it. I just went and created a new local port with the UNC path to the printer.

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Hello all,

Today I was installing some programs I typically like to have on my computer that I have not had a chance to do so since I got this new laptop a few months ago.

Short story: I installed Anti-Hacker 13.0

It's an all-in-one tool. I was attempting to follow the instructions to uninstall it as I found nothing I would use personally.

It said to click "Standard Account" once. Well after 3 coffee's and a 5 hour (at coffee shop studying) I managed to click it twice.
Before I know it, it says it's saving data and needs to reboot. I thought maybe it was uninstalled and just needed to reboot, so I click yes.

Now the issue I have:
I have only 1 user account: Administrator
All my settings/Windows Settings/Personalized stuff is gone
Download Folder is empty
Chrome History/Settings/Bookmarks are gone
Boot Programs/Apps/Services are defaulted

Basically it's like a whole new user account except my Program Files are still the same/there.

No CLUE what this thing did. I read some things to see if I could get the user account back, not sure if I was using just a User Account or Admin Account as it came to me setup and I never made a personal profile.

Under Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts\Manage Accounts
Only Administrator

Run > CMD > lusrmgr.msc
Nothing there - blank, no users. Says "This Snapin may not be used with ... Read more

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I don't know what I did but the main user account (and another) is missing at the login screen. I managed to create an administrator's account which is visible but I can't see the other user accounts at login or in the user accounts control panel. I've activated and verified that the missing user accounts are active by using net user "username" /active:yes command prompt. The user's folder's are still on the hard drive. Any suggestions?

Answer:User Accounts missing at Login screen and in Control Panel

Hi there,

I had a similar situation, although I didn't have to create the Administrator's account...that was still there. All the other accounts I had created didn't show up on the welcome screen. Here's what ultimately fixed it:

I logged in as administrator and went to Computer Management. I checked each of my users and I noticed that none of them were assigned to groups anymore. I assigned each one to the Administrator's group. That brought all of them back to the Welcome screen. If you haven't resolved your issue yet, I hope this is of some help to you!!

User Accounts - Add or Remove from Groups

Take care!!

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OK, so I fear I may have messed up a bit, but I'm hoping the gurus on here will save me...

Previously (until 10 mins ago!) when switching my laptop on I was prompted with the login screen where I could select either the Administrator account or my own personal account.

I decided that I wanted to hide the Administator account and have only my personal account at startup / login, so began searching online for a how-to, and found this:

How to hide the administrator account in Windows - How-To - PC Advisor

Followed it step-by-step to the end and then restarted my laptop. Now when I switch the laptop on I am prompted with a blank Windows username and password login screen.

Now of course this wouldn't be a problem if I had a username or password, but unfortunately I do not and currently have no way of getting back in to my own account.

Please can someone shed some light on this? I would be forever grateful!

Thanks in advance

Answer:Missing user accounts on Windows start up / login screen - please help

Did you try hitting Enter when the User Name screen is on? That should let you proceed if there is no Password. If that works there is a way eliminate the User Name and Password screen.

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Having turned on my Windows 7 Ultimate x64 I found my user accounts to be missing and was left with an Administrator account. It seems that the system has reverted to a very old restore point. I have tried using the restore points (recent ones are displayed, but I get the 0x80070057 error). My data seems to be intact.

I have Windows and all programs stored on an internal SSD-drive and the data on an internal harddrive. I also have a recent Acronis image on a NAS. I am hoping there might be a way to solve the problem without using the image.

I have tried booting in Safe Mode, but the restore points are still not functioning.

Thank you

EDIT: I remembered that I had used a new USB-stick which would not eject correctly, before turning off the computer. I tried reinserting the USB-stick before restarting the system and... everything went back to normal.

This is great, but even though I am now able to eject the USB-stick correctly, the problem comes back when I restart without the USB-stick.

Answer:User accounts missing, restore points unavailable 0x80070057

Instead of messing with this, just restore the Acronis image. Just make sure you save any data that was created/updated after the image was made.

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I have been having a problem accessing my Program Files folder for about 6 months. We HAD 5 user accounts, and only 1 of the 5 user accounts, all of which were administrators, could access Program Files. After about 6 months of the program files problem, all the usernames except the 1 that could access Program Files, disappeared suddenly. We still have access to the folders through C:\Documents and Settings, but we can't log on to the user accounts and we can't see them on the windows startup screen.

The computer is completely clean of malware, for proof you may follow this link:


Answer:Missing user accounts+Program Files Access Denied

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Is there a way to transfer or copy some of the settings from one user to a new user in XP Pro?

Answer:Solved: new user accounts

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I just completed a fresh install of XP64bit and left the main account as the Administrator(by name) with a password. After completing a few things such as drivers and so forth I went back into user accounts and created another admin account with a different name and password. After logging off and back on the original admin(by name) account was no longer available ? I then attempted to create the original admin by (name) account again in which I was greeted with the warning that the original admin account(by name) already existed ? Could someone sorta tell me how to get the original admin log on account back as an availiable log on user.

Answer:Solved: User Accounts

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I have XP Pro SP3. When I boot my pc windows takes me into the administrator account by default. I have another account that I use that has administrator privileges. But how do I set XP so it wont log me into the administrator account every time I boot the PC?

Edit: Fixed it myself. Thanks anyways...

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Both my daughter and I share a computer and each have our own user accounts. I recently had to have my graphics card replaced and now when I log on and the user accounts come up, it shows the number of emails I have. I do not want it to display that and cannot figure out how to delete that from appearing on the user account screen. I somehow managed to get rid of it before but can't remember what I did and have looked at every option on the control panel, etc. Of course, I'm missing something. THANKS!

Answer:Solved: User Accounts

This may be what you're looking for:

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I bought this used Toshiba Satellite with XP on it. The man I bought it from had deleted the user accounts, but the folders for those accounts are still in Documents and Settings. When I turn it on it boots into one of those accounts.

The only accounts listed in User Accounts are User/Administrator and Guest. These other users aren't even there.

All changes I've made since getting it are in this one folder with the person's name on it. Sometimes I'm denied access to certain things. How do I change all this to make it mine? I tried renaming the folder but windows won't let me. All I want to do is turn it on and it boots to one and the same desktop everytime, and I want to delete all these other folders.

I'm the only one using it. I would like to get rid of the Admin/User function altogether because I don't need it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Solved: How do I get rid of old user accounts?

I suggest reinstalling it. Who knows what changes someone else made that will only cause you grief moving forward?

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there are two user accounts in windows xp, administrator and student accounts. when computer turns on, automatically administrator account logs on.but how to automatically log on to student account instead off administrator account....
please help me reg...

Answer:[SOLVED] user accounts

This stuff is configured under....
Control Panel > User Accounts

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I recently installed a refurb. MotherBoard on my Toshiba M35X-S149. When I log on normally and go into user accounts, mine is the only account which is what I want. However when I log on in safe mode there is an administrater account and mine. Is this a problem? With my old MotherBoard I was the administrater. How do I remove this and make myself the adminstrater? If there is a way, please put in terms that a person who is not up to date with tech. terms can understand and thank you so much in advance.

Answer:Solved: User Accounts

There is nothing wrong....Safemode will give you the choice for Admin or user is hidden in Normal mode

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My two year old got onto my other sons computer the other day. Somehow he has gotten in there and changed the password on my sons user account which is the main user.. I can get in there using guest but i cannot download anything because im a guest..
When i get the password hint its something like :kolkgakjgklr

How in the world do i get it back???

Answer:Solved: User Accounts on XP

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I'm trying to enable the switching of users on my system, but when I go to user accounts under the control panel and try to enable it, this is the message that I get:

"Client services for Netware has disabled the welcome screen and fast user switching. To
restore these features, you must uninstall client services for Netware".

I don't know what Client services for netware is and I can't find anything with "client services" when I did a search.

How can I enable the switching of users?

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: User Accounts

Go to your Network connection properties, and uncheck the 'client for netware', then click 'uninstall', then reboot.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU B940 @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4000 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, 1808 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 200041 MB, Free - 146947 MB; D: Total - 251294 MB, Free - 250905 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc., K54L
Antivirus: CA Anti-Virus Plus, Not Updated
I am attempting to add a new user account
I do the usual:Start>Control Panel>user accounts. However clicking on 'Manage another Account' and then on "Create a New account" nothing happens. The button/link refuses to cooperate. I have googled the question to no avail.Most answers tell me to do that which I have done many times.
What do I do next?

Answer:Solved: User Accounts

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Toshiba NB 205 laptop
friend had it in storage.
forgot administrator's password.
the secondary 'child' account is
stuck on "You've used your allotted time, please try again later"

Answer:Solved: cant log in to user accounts

Read the Site Rules.

We don't provide assistance with bypassing or circumventing a password-protected computer because we have no way of verifying the person's actual intent.


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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1021 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller, 96 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152578 MB, Free - 112939 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0TC666, , ..CN7082154U0022.
Antivirus: Trend Micro Titanium, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Okay.....with the help of your website, I was able to reinstall Window XP successfully.....YEA!

I wish I would have known ahead of time how the user accounts work. So here goes.....

I set up EVERYTHING under the administator account (folders, icons, pinned stuff to start menu) -- I was so happy everything was so organized. Now my husband does not want to use a password and from what I read, you cannot get around that using the administrator account....right?

So, when I create a new user account (for the two of us to use together), all of our files/folders are in the administrator account.

Is there a way (easy I hope), to move the files/folders to our new user account?

Hope this made sense.

Answer:Solved: User Accounts

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When I go to my User Account in Control Panel, all that shows up is the back,forward, and home button - the rest of the page is blank - how can I fix this?

Answer:Solved: User Accounts

Apparently its a Windows error fixable with this Microsoft patch:

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I have WinXP Home (SP2). How can i configure "User Accounts" so that only the administrator (myself) can open new user accounts and thus i have the only password for changes in this area?. I want the final result to be that there is only one possible user and one possible password to activate my computer.

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Is there a way i can prevent another user from using a program.besides making the other account a limited accout?like i dont want the other 1 to use one program,is there a way i can stop em from usin it?

Answer:Solved: User Accounts

If you are using windows 2000 or XP Pro you can set a group policy with gpedit.msc

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Thankfully its not me this time!!

My friend has created some accounts on his pc, including a named one as administrator. Now he can't get to his original administrator account where all his enails & documents are stored.

Is there any way he can get to them or retrieve them - he has winxp.


Answer:Solved: User Accounts

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Can you tell me how to prevent another user on my computer going straight into User Accounts and removing my account password, thus accessing my account? I have to leave my computer for a few weeks, and any other user would be able to do this while I am away.
Thank you, parlicoot

Answer:Solved: User Accounts

Hi and Welcome to TSG,
If you are the admin, then change the other accounts to 'Guest' or 'limited' accounts.

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Ive just reinstalled windows xp, the install was not a clean install & should have only overwritten the windows files.
Something went wrong with the installation (I dont know what).
When I boot into windows, I am only given the option to sign on as the user name entered in the new install.
When open windows explorer, the users shown apart from the defaults are the new user & the user from the old installation.
All the old progs & files are still in-tact
How can I get the user from the old installation to be recognised by the new installation, I have tried setting up a new user with the same name, that didnt work.

Anyone any ideas?

Answer:Solved: User accounts in XP

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I have an XP Pro SP3 machine. This morning, while logged in as an local administrator, I got a BSOD and the local administrator account is now locked out.

About a year ago this happened, so to prevent this being a problem in the future, I created a separate admin account so I could log in and reset the normal local admin account if ever the need arose. The trouble is, I can't remember the user name I used for this account. I know for certain what the password is, so no worries there. Is there a way to find out the user name I used from looking at the disk? I can boot up with a Knoppix CD and examine the hard drive. I just need to know where to look, if such a place exists.

Answer:Solved: XP user accounts

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HI recently reinstalled and have just the admin account only want to know how to make my own account with admin as default. Can i delete original admin account to create one>? Thx

Answer:[SOLVED] User Accounts

You can - but it would be easier just to rename the existing account as your own. Were you not asked for a user name during installation?

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I changed the Administrator to limited, and now I'm not able to get into user accounts. Also I'm not able to switch to classic mode in the control panel. Can anyone give me a little help. Thanks, geor

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows XP User Accounts

According to my user acct panel on my Xp machine....You must assign another user on this computer with a Administrator account before you can change this users account type. This ensures that there is always at least one user with a computer Administrator account on this computer......

so there is another account on your machine that is now the Administrator account, log in under that account and change your account back to Administrator.

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I did a system restore today following a windows update that didn't quite take. I am now unable to log in to any user accounts on my PC. Both the renamed administrator account, and my user account are saying they are locked out (despite the fact that I have never set a lock-out policy on this PC)

I've used this

and it unlocks the user accounts and sets the passwords to blank. But when I then restart windows after running check disk I get the same results as before, accounts locked out.

Does anybody know where I can go from here other than a re-install/re-image? Is there a way to reset the local SAM to a new installation version?

EDIT: Running windows xp pro sp2

Thanks for the help

Answer:Solved: Locked out of all user accounts

Fixed it, I downloaded and built Barts PE and used that to create a new User Account with admin rights. I'm not entirely back to where I was, but it's a good starting point.

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How can I prevent applications installed for one account from showing up in another account in a multi-user computer running xp pro?
Thanks for the help.

Answer:Solved: Configuring user accounts

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I just changed my main account to a limited and was going to set up another account as my Admin account. Now I don't have an Admin account. My main one's set to limited and the one I was going to turn into my Admin account is a guest account ( I think, because I can't even access the control panel to check the User Accounts). So I'm without an administrator account. Can anyone help? Any input would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:[SOLVED] User Accounts question

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OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name MARK-PC
System Model Samsung DeskTop System
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4400 @ 2.20GHz, 2200 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Windows Directory C:\windows
System Directory C:\windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 2.96 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.69 GB
Total Virtual Memory 5.93 GB
Available Virtual Memory 4.33 GB
Page File Space 2.96 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Hello everyone,

Have just joined the forums. Already been looking at some interesting posts. Setting up my profile but meanwhile my question for now is:

I run Windows 7 and would like to optimize my computer for Audio use (Traktor Pro/ Ableton) I have looked how to do this but before i start i would like to know if i do everything required to optimize the system on one user account will it affect the other user account? I would be doing things like disabling internet! Changing page file and performance settings and such.

Thank you,


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I have been having trouble with access denied for some files and have been trying to sort out
Administrative and Standard Accounts but I find the whole area mystifying.

However, while doing this I found I had User Accounts showing up in the registry with my usual computer name followed by \Mum. They do not show up on the Control Panel User Accounts page so I would like to delete them but I don`t seem to be able to do this. I have never knowingly started a User Account with the name Mum. I did however use this as an ID on a couple of email addresses but I don`t see how that could have transferred itself to User Account.

Anyone any ideas what I can do to get rid of these ?

Answer:Solved: user accounts need deleting

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hey all.. i have 2 computers networked together (both Gateway PC's with XP Home SP2) and I have 4 user accounts. I want to be able to allow access to my own user account from both computers while still keeping it private to me only.

right now, it's like this (i cant really explain, so i'll show)

Computer 1------------------------------------Computer 2
^--My Documents(Private) ^--My Documents(Private)
But I want it like this:

Computer 1----------------------------------Computer 2
^-----------My Documents(Private)-----------^
But I dont want it to be like this (how it is now)

Computer 1----------------------------------Computer 2
^-----------My Documents(Public)------------^

if you need more clarification, i'll give it to you... i just want it so that i (and other users) can access only their own my documents folder on either computer... i'm new to networking so i really don't know what to do

Answer:Solved: networking user accounts

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A few days ago, my brothers user account stopped being shown on the welcome screen. I had changed his account from limited to administrator in control userpasswords2 from run. It doesnt show up there either.

I downloaded Windows SteadyState to see if it could see the account. My brothers account is on there, but mine isnt. Ive attached a screenshot to show you what I mean.

What can be causing this problem?

Answer:[SOLVED] Messed Up User Accounts

I've never used that app, but I don't know that you can see all of the accounts without being an admin. It may not be listed on the login page because his profile is corrupt.

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hi im just wondering if anyone could help me fix this little problem i have.
whats occuring is that i wish to create a new profile with for my younger siblings so that they cant install programs (if thats possible) andsomething to stop them accessing "adult sights"
but thats where my delima starts when i try do go into the user account thing in control panel it comes up with a message saying "wrong number of arguments or invalid property assignment any ideas as to whats going on here???
does anyone know what this means and if so how can i fix this???????


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I have a program (MGI Photosuite) that I have been using for years. It survived the transition from ME to XP. I use it at least once a week to play with some image or other. It worked fine Saturday. Sunday afternoon, I tried to open it and XP demanded to know which User Account I want to use to run the program. It gave me the choice of "Current User" (which is me) or Administrator (which is also me).

I am the only user. I am the administrator because there is nobody else here. I have never created any 'user' account of any type. I have never established an administrator account. I have never set any passwords for logging on. All I want to do is turn it on and run. I made absolutely no changes to the system between the last time I used Photosuite and this time. All I did was shut down Saturday night, and start up on Sunday.

If I tell XP to use Current User, the program doesn't work right (can't paste into it). I am not really sure this is the cause. If I select Administrator, it kicks me in the face for not having a password. (Blank password is not acceptable.)

I reinstalled the program ... same thing.
I removed and reinstalled the program ... same thing.
I reinstalled (upgrade to keep existing programs) XP... same thing.

Does anyone know why XP began this behavior ?
Does anyone know how to tell XP to stop this behavior ?
Does anyone know how to tell XP that there's no one here but me ?

Answer:Solved: Unwanted XP user accounts.........

first of all you're wrong. There is you AND there is an Administrator. You just cant see it because windows hides it. But boot into safemode and it will be there. I betcha.

Now, there is a setting in the properties:

1. Right click the icon to the "Image Editing Thingy"
2. Select properties.
3. On the shortcut tab click Advanced and uncheck "Run with different credentials"
4. That should work.

Now i dunno how this got like that in the first place, but sometimes windows goes nuts.



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Every time i boot my laptop all the user accounts are not visible. The only 2 that are visible is the last one i created and a log in account. Also when i go to Manage local users and groups the option is not there. I have googled this and people have said to delete a reg key but the key doesn't exist in my reg. I'm thinking its something to do with permissions and it's driving me crazy. Please help me get them back Also when i'm logged in and i go to switch user the accounts are not available

Answer:Solved: User Accounts on Windows 7

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Hi i have this brother in law who was messing around with my computer, in the progress of it all, he lost all my files and information.

I tried doing a system restore but it just said there were no restore points available.

Later i found my files again through search and found out it was on my (c:) drive in my documents and settings folder. I took a screanshot of that folder.

Compaq_owner is the folder with all my information but i dont know how to make it display my original stuff or log in with that account, somehow a new folder was made with the name "Compaq_Owner.YOUR-A1E6AA852C".

How do i get rid of that folder and restore my computer to its original settings? I'm stuck there Please help

Answer:[SOLVED] bugged user accounts

Hi Drex, dont you just love brother-in-laws, LOL LOL. I think in this case your best and easiest option is going to be a system restore. So lets start by trying to find out why its not creating restore points.

Im not sure of your computer experience so bear with me if this stuff seems kinda simple.
Go to your control panel and check in the systems icon that your system restore is not turned off first of all because if it happens to be then we will have to move in another direction.

Providing your system restore feature is on and working pull up system restore and go back 1 month- 3 months -6 months - 1 year ect. to see if there are any restore points back there that you could use. Also check your hard drive properties to see if you have enough room on your hard drive for SR to create restore points.

If that doesnt work look at you event viewer and see if you can find out there why its not creating restore points.

Go to Start - Run and type eventvwr.msc and press enter.
In the left pane click on System.
Click the gray title ?Source? at the top of the source name column in the right pane to sort by source name, look for "sr" and "srservice." Double-click each of these services, and evaluate the event description for any indication of the cause of the problem

If these things fail try booting to a comand prompt and typing in C:\Windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and see if perhaps you can run a SR that way.

Let me know if this helps yo... Read more

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I am using windows server 2003, I have a user who is using someone else's account, she was never issued her own instead just took over an old acount. If I rename the user account it should have not affect on any of the information, correct? I just need to make sure as the new user is in our accounting dept. I really can't afford to lose any info. Thanks

Answer:Solved: renaming user accounts

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I had recently executed a command into CMD. It was

net user Administrator /active yes

So it activated the Administrator account... and now I want to deactivate it.

My main account still says it's an administrator account, but when I try to change the type to an Administrator account, it doesn't let me. It also won't let me modify the Administrator account type, or deactivate it with CMD (giving me error 5 (access denied)).

I just want to deactivate the account I activated, and any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: User Accounts Issue

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Has anybody had trouble with user accounts in Vista Premium?

My granddaughter has access to my desktop so I decided to give her an account that would prevent her downloading any nasties plus limit her access to various programmes.

I selected the section on user accounts and proceeded to follow the instructions as closely as possible. I opened two accounts - one for granddaughter and one for my daughter.
I then rebooted and selected my account and after that I selected the 'start' button and then selected 'Switch User' - the screen went blank (no output from PC) and nothing happened until after 3-4 minutes I selected the power button and shutdown the PC. I restarted and it booted up O/K. I selected a user account, my GD's, and it worked O/K. I selected 'Switch User' and again the same happened. This happens with my daughters account as well.
I have checked with the microsoft website but I cannot find any reference to any problems except one remark on the subject of fast switching of user accounts stating that 'Fast User Switching is not included in Windows Vista Starter.'
I have Premium installed and this is confirmed by the scan in the website

I can only assume there is a corrupted file in windows but how do I determine my assumption is correct and how to repair this?


Never trust a program unless you have the source.

Answer:Solved: Vista User Accounts?

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Greetings and thank you!

I suspect this has been asked but I searched and can't find it. I am swapping out an older PC with lots of user accounts to a newer PC. Both are running W7. Both computers are loaded with the exact same software so I don't need to move any programs...just the user accounts and their desktops from the old to the new. I can't find any information as to how to do this. Windows Easy Transfer seems to only run from an earlier Windows. Is there any method or program to do this?

Thanks again,

Answer:Solved: Moving User accounts from one W7 PC to another

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I have a dell insprion 1501, running xp home version sp2, norton 360 for security. I got a virus that trashed my main user account, I can get onto the guest account and get online, and do almost everything except anything the administrator needs to do, In safe mode I can get into both accounts, the virus turned off by system restore, so I can't restore, i think it deleated drivers, when I log on using safe mode i get a screen that fills the whole monitor which reads multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows\system32\drivers\isapnp.sys
then every line is the same except a different ****.sy name.
I have gone in under safe mode and created a new admin user, but when I try to go into regular it crashes just like the main one does.
I don't know if I have to reformat the computer and reinstall windows or what. Help Please

Answer:[SOLVED] problem with one of two user accounts

It sounds like that virus is still wreaking havoc on your PC. Have you tried logging in as the default Administrator account? It may be quicker to wipe your computer clean and start fresh, but if you would rather just remove the viruses then follow the instructions below. You may need to do part of these steps in safe mode.

We recommend that you read this article?
"NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help"; follow the instructions very carefully; then, post all the requested logs and information; as instructed, in the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help section of the forum.
(Simply, click on the coloured links to be re-directed.)

Please ensure that you create a new thread in the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help Forum; not back here in this one.

When carrying out The 5 Steps, if you cannot complete any of them for whatever reason, just continue on with the next one until they are all completed.
However,it is extremely important to make mention of the fact that you could not complete any of the steps in your post to the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help Forum; where an Analyst will assist you with other workarounds.

Once done, please be patient, as the Security Team Analysts are usually very busy; one of them will answer your request as soon as they can.

After your system has been verified as clean, if your are still experiencing those problems come back here and we will assist you further.

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Dear Friends,

I am trying to help a neighbour of mine who has Windows XP Home Edition. When a local company installed the computer they set up User Accounts for both the husband and wife, no one else lives in the house. The wife is the only person to use the computer the husband has never bothered to learn, the wife finds it quite frustrating in having to log on every time and would like to get rid of the User Accounts, so that when the P.C. is booted up it goes straight to the normal desktop.

I have looked at my copy of Windows XP for Dummies and it would appear that Start / Control Panel / User Accounts may be the way forward. However from there I am not sure what to do, if I select Change an Account and then delete both Users will that achieve the objective ? I should be pleased if some kind person could steer me through the necessary procedure.

Thank you,

Red Cloud

Answer:Solved: How to delete User Accounts

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One of my neighbours created two Computer Administrator accounts when he received his PC from Dell and now finds that some of the programs he has installed can be accessed from one account and not the other.
He wants to delete one of the Computer Administrator accounts but wants to know whether he will lose any of the information for that account.
If that is the case, he can copy it over to the remaining account.

Many thanks for the use of your accumulated expertise.


Answer:Solved: Windows Xp - user accounts

As long as he retains Administrator status, he can always change ownership of any file he needs to access.

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my user account window suddenly was corrupted...

i know it`s not much of a problem, but just curious. the ? sign appears in other windows. so what could cause that ?

Answer:[SOLVED] user accounts window

Try this:

Open Internet Explorer and click Tools >> Internet Options in the menu-bar.
Click the "Advanced" tab.
Under "Multimedia" section, tick all the boxes then be sure to click OK.

Finally, restart Windows.

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Looking for a little help with computer. We have had our computer for several years (a Dell 8400 running Windows XP). We made a separate user account for each person in our home. Recently, we agreed to create another user account for my youngest child. The problem is Internet Explorer will not work. I click the program and it tries to open but just freezes. All the other user acoounts work just fine. The newest user account (our fifth) on this computer just does not allow internet explorer to work. We use Windows automatic update and have SP3...

Can someone please provide any guidance?

Thanks in advance...

Answer:Solved: XP User accounts & internet explorer

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Hi guys. Just done a clean install of XP. When I access User Accounts I get the following message:

Line: 4
Char: 1
Error: Access is denied.
Code: 0
URL: res://C:\WINDOWS\system32\nusrmgr.cpl/nusrmgr.hta

I've never had it before. I can still access User Accounts but this is a bit annoying. Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: User accounts Error message

Sorted it.

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Hi guys,

About two days ago i got a horrible virus. It kept on redirecting my browser to anti-virus softwares, or adware removal softwares. Now i got rid of this virus but the problem left is that it some how blocked my User Accounts. I can open a user accounts window but it stays blank and has three buttons on the top left corner which say, "Back," "Forward," and "Home." i just don't know what is going on.

Please Help i'm getting frustarated.

Answer:[SOLVED] User Accounts blank window

Hi guys
if you have read my previous post about my user accounts, it was the same #(@*(@$ Virus which caused my system restore window to also go blank.


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I recently deleted a limited user account (based on bad advice from HP) that was set up nicely. Anyway, I lost all of the settings etc that I had indicated for this account. I had to redo the whole thing this morning and it just doesn't seem to be working as well as I would like. If I do a system restore back a couple of days, will that possibly screw things up further or will it just take me back to the user accounts as I had them set up before the deletion? Thanks for any thoughts.

Answer:Solved: System restore & user accounts

A system restore should do the trick. You can always undo the restore.

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I have an Inspiron 6400 laptop running Vista Business. I want to create accounts for other users to use this laptop, but all new user desktop screens show up completely blank after logon!

I have used CTRL-ALT-DELETE to bring up Task Manager, but can not get "explorer.exe" to run in "new task."

The primary Admin account works fine, but I don't want other users in this account.

I also noticed than when I try to delete User accounts, the user profile folder remains on the system and can't be deleted.

Answer:Solved: Vista new user accounts come up blank!

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Another problem sprung up and I forgot how to fix this. My wife and I have our own user accounts on the same desktop. We have the same email address but now if I get an email and I open it, it will not appear one her side of the desktop when she opens up windows Live mail. (Comcast email address)

What do I have to switch in email properties? This used to work fine before
Thanks, John

Answer:Solved: sharing email by two user accounts

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I am going to build a website with the single minded purpose of returning data from a database that users can search. I have a programmer (kind of!) who will build the interface and the query structure and I will be working with the database and the data itself.

Users will be required to pay for a subscription to get any data out of the database. I know of another database online that requires a subscription and if I am in that database with a user name and password and someone else (a family member) is on another computer and tries to use the same user name and password the system won't let them in.

My questions are:

1. Obviously it is possible to set it up so that the system either knows that someone is logged in or it knows the IP address of the user (or some other identifying value). How is this accomplished?

2. Can it be set up so that the system knows that different computers have been using the same user account to log in?

Even if I just knew the keywords of these concepts I could do some more research on it on my own. I'm just not sure where to start looking! Web security seems to mostly be talking about hacking not account abuse.

Thanks tons!!


Answer:Solved: Website with user accounts questions

1. Obviously it is possible to set it up so that the system either knows that someone is logged in or it knows the IP address of the user (or some other identifying value). How is this accomplished?

You can use a serverside language that can set a cookie to identify the computer and also with the use of finding the users HOST and IP address. You can use PHP or ASP depending on what your server supports to identify these.

2. Can it be set up so that the system knows that different computers have been using the same user account to log in?

There is no sure fire way to identify if users are using different computers. You can log IP addresses but whos to say its not a person on a laptop with different connections. You can use cookies but whos to say the person didn't delete their temporary files.

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Hello, I have just finished setting up a computer with Windows 7 on for my younger brother, however my parents wanted me to set it up so that it has parental controls and the like. So I did, I made an administrators account for me, named Admin, which is password protected, and I made another account which is in his name, and is just a standard account. I messed around with it got what I wanted done, he can't modify any settings or programs that need administrator proviledges, unless he has my password, i set time restrictions as well, and he can't look at sites he's not meant to be looking at. Sweet. But now there's two things I'd like to try and do.

Firstly, is there a way to actually HIDE my Admin account from the welcome screen? I know that you can 'disable' the accounts, I tried this, only to still have the Admin account show up on the welcome screen, but I had now locked myself out of my own account, whereby I had to restart into safe mode and reenable it. I just want to hide it if possible, so that when he turns on the computer, he only sees his account. Or even better, is there a way to autostart his account and skip the welcome screen? If there is that would be great, but someone would also have to tell me how I would be able to get to it back if i hide it, or how to get to the welcome screen if I bypass that. I won't be using it much, it's just there so that his account is limited. But just in case.

Also, I'm usin... Read more

Answer:Solved: How to hide user accounts from welcome screen?

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My computer was previously not working and I decided to use the "recovery disc" which came with my computer. This reinstalled windows into the same drive and folder as before, and so all my data was kept (as I wanted). However, if I open my Documents and Settings folder on my C:\ drive, open the folder of my user account from before the reinstallation, and try to open "My Documents" it says "Access Denied", presumably as the computer sees it as another user's folder.
How can I access the files contained in this folder (I know the password for the user account, however as it's from the old Windows before it was reinstalled, i can't directly log into it). Would I be able to access the files through a different OS (eg a Linux Live CD)?​
Any help would be appreciated!! (And the sooner the better too, I desperately need to get to these files as this folder contains all of my schoolwork!!)
- Javawag

Answer:Solved: Problem with Windows XP and user accounts


Try this here

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Windows 7
Dell XPS 420

I have 5 user accounts on this computer of the 5 accounts my account and my wife's account will shut down after about 5-7mins of non use. When left on the Accounts screen it does not power down either
I have gone into power management and set everything to "never shut down"
I setup a test account and it was fine. Installed Chrome and did a bookmarks sync, I believe but not 100% it was after this that the test account started doing this as well.
My dads account has Bookmarks sync setup but this account does not power down.

This is killing me slowly this computer is the media server on my net so it always needs to be on
What is causing this?

Answer:Solved: Computer shuts down on its own only certain user accounts

Turns out some how it was associated with the video card. I just installed a new Radeon HD4850 that a friend had sitting around and the problem is gone.

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On my home system I noticed I have my account mike and it is ok, but recently I noticed all accounts on my system have the computers name on them and they are seperates accounts.

MIke.MNMNM (MNMNM is computer name)

What would cause the computer name to be aded to a seperate account name? When I delete the account it comes back. Is this normal or something I should be worried about. I have never seen account names like this.

Any help is so much appreciated. Thank You good techies

Answer:Solved: User accounts with computer name appended

by default it will just make the folder <user name>
If its the first time logging in someone and the folder is already there it will make a <user name>.computer name or <user name>.domain name

Sometimes it bugs out, and it seems to bug out mostly with Firefox, and creates another profile for the same user.

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Hi all,

as it says in the title -

i can see my old user account in windows explorer under 'documents and settings' but when i try to open the folder, i get an 'access denied' notification. Also, when starting up the PC, the user account isn't listed?

any help would be much appreciated

Answer:Solved: how to access old user accounts after re-install

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Windows XP [HOME Version] Internet Explorer 6.o
I have just discovered that all but one of my limited user Accounts have problems accessing certain types of links from their browsers. The administrator account has no difficulty.

These are some typical examples from the Google Home Page.

hot link for images :
Or any of the buttons on the page for
"Google Search"

or "I'm Feeling Lucky"

or even the hot link for "Advanced Search"

Not All Buttons are dead however: e.g. the ZIP Code input box and GO button on the home page is fine.

Any idea what's going on?

G. Hines

Answer:(Solved) Limited User Accounts IE 6.0 Problems

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Quick question:

Is there any obstacle to transferring user account (personal data) from Vista to Windows 8?

Had a PC brought in, power surge killed the PSU and motherboard. Hard drive was fine, explained to client that data was salvageable, client said they would go ahead and shop for a notebook. Copied user account and personal data to USB flash drive. Was in the middle of copying to flash when client walked in with a new PC in the box, HP Pavilion (like the old one) preloaded with Windows 8. Now I must admit I have not worked on windows 8 much. If all the old data is 64 bit there shouldn't be a problem? What about 32 bit files?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: Copying user accounts from vista to win8??

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Ive nearly finished my DB, just adding the finishing touches.

Ive just set up the secuirty and ive noticed something that concerns me.

Staff users (Non admin users) have the ability to change the account password though use of a button on the menu form which opens the User and Group Accounts menu (Access menu).

What concerns me is that although they can only alter their own account password, they can view the user names and groups of all the other users. Is there some way I can set it up so they can only change their password and nothin else. ie only the Change Logon Password tab should be availiable.?

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I cannot seem to access user accounts through control panel. I keep getting script errors. Also, I keep gettong just a blue screen when I open IE. Stating "runonce". Any ideas?

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My ex's PC has Windows7 on it and she put on a 2nd account.

Now when it boots up, the computer requires the person to type in the USER name. (even if there is no password).

Where is the switch to show a USER ICON to select and then type in a password (if needed).

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 - Multi-user Accounts Login?

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I have home pc running on xp and I have encountered a problem where 2 out of the 3 user accounts on the pc have (what looks like) reseted themselves. The account picture is still the same in the main login at startup but everything else has changed. In the C:/Documents and settings/>>user name's<<Documents folder there is just 3 empty folders of "My Pictures" "My Music" and "My Videos" like on a new account so all of the files have been deleted. The desktop background is a default picture and all the settings are back to default. Whats wierd about this is the other account has not changed at all. All the documents are still there and all the settings are the same. All the the accounts are Administrator accounts. I tried system restore but no luck.

Also earlier in the day i had been setting up a home network and had shared the printer, External hard drive, and the pc's c: drive with my laptop via my router. I changed sharing settings on the 3 users documents so i could access them but i have no idea if this had anything to do woth the accounts problem.

Please help me out here my Dad has lost alot of important files and we would at least like to know why this has happened and if theres any way of reversing it that would be great!

Answer:Solved: User accounts reset? Files deleted!

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I noticed a few days ago that these icons were missing: (look on the left of the picture) (also look on the left) PS: The "lol" profile you see there is just a test profile to see if the problem occured on that one too. It did. :(
Oh yeah, when you open the screenshots above, click on them again to see the full size version

Also, other icons missing in that same section are the ones that say "browse for more pictures" you know...

Any help is appreciated!

Answer:Small icons missing from "User Accounts"


Do you see this behavior on your desktop, in win explorer or anywhere else with icons?

There is a repair routine available, but it resets them all to how they were when you first installed XP.

DO you have TweakUI installed from Windows XP Powertoys?

Have you ran any spyware/virus checkups yet?

I would do that in SafeMode just to be sure this isn't security issue.

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XP Pro SP3

I've lost/deleted files that one sees under the 'Learn About' options on the User Accounts page, eg
? User accounts
? User account types
? Switching users

I have a backup to restore files from (don't want to restore whole OS) and another computer to copy files from but don't know their location.

This is what it should look like

but I see the outline of the 'page' with a blank inside.


Answer:"Learn About" files missing from User Accounts

Welcome to the forums

You could try running SFC.exe and see if that fixes things - it will search, detect and repair any missing/corrupt files.

Just run "sfc /scannow" from the command prompt:

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I recently moved a hard drive with Windows XP installed into a different computer. Windows alerted about the lots of hardware changes thing which required a reactivation. That went fine. I was able to update the drivers and such. However, when I go into another account, many of the icons in the program files list are invalid. I also installed the TuneUp trial to see if it could fix a few things in the registry, and the shortcuts it installed to the desktop also show up as broken shortcuts.

The default browser is Chrome, so I had it pinned to the start menu, but when I go into another account it has the regular internet icon (a green and blue globe) and when I click on it Windows says the target does not exist and it is invalid... When I try to install Chrome from the limited user account and pin that new icon to the start menu, the same thing happens. From my account, the only administrative account (not "the" administrator account) you would not know anything was wrong.

Answer:[SOLVED] broken icons on guest and limited user accounts

Okay, what you've done is kind of cool, and you are very lucky that it works as well as it does.

The easiest, "magic bullet" solution is to run a "Repair Install" using the XP Installation disk that is "married" to the Product Key of the software installed on the (relocated) Hard Drive. If you are not 100% certain you have the correct disk for that Product Key, do not try this option because if the disk refuses the Product Key, the process will freeze, and you will lose the limited functionality that you have right now. In short, you will go permanently backwards.

First thing to do is identify the motherboard of the new computer, download the drivers (know sometimes as "chipset drivers") and install them. This would be the #1 (most likely) reason why a (I'll call it a...) "migrated installation" would have problems, as the original installation was configured to the original motherboard, it naturally follows that you would need to supply it with the correct drivers for the motherboard it is now being used with.

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This is a sony vaio laptop. I don't think the model matters as this is an OS problem. I enabled the Administrator account; but, that doesn't help. I can boot the system into Windows and view all the file and folder names without a problem; but, I cannot copy any files to an external drive or to any other place on the hard disk. Access is denied on everything. I cannot create folders or save even a text file that I create. Access denied.

If I boot using a BartPE disk, the hard disk doesn't show up in the file manager at all. All that shows is my external USB drive as drive C and the DVD as drive D.

I need to copy all the user data to a backup device so I can then run factory system recovery.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Solved: Access denied on everything in all user accounts including Administrator

If it is indeed a malfunctioning permissions problem, you could try using a Linux live disk. Linux NTFS support doesn't extend to considering access permissions.

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I'm surprised that nobody else has this problem, but I've searched and can't find an answer...apologies if I've not looked hard enough but I decided to post a question because this is 'urgent' to me.

I had 2 children's accounts in Win 8, and had local Parental Controls. Upgraded OS to Win 10, and now I can't manage Parental Controls in Win 10 locally, so I 'think' I need to set up 'online Profiles' for them.

However, all their game progress, profile settings, etc are on their local profiles - how can I get all this data to be on their online Profiles? I didn't want to copy and paste folders (such as AppData) without knowing that this was a 'safe' way to do this.

Any help would be hugely appreciated.


Answer:How to copy user accounts in Win8 to online accounts in Win10

Hello Andy,

Have a look at the following tutorial which shows how to change a local account to an online one.

Hope this helps

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I'm surprised that nobody else has this problem, but I've searched and can't find an answer...apologies if I've not looked hard enough but I decided to post a question because this is 'urgent' to me.

I had 2 children's accounts in Win 8, and had local Parental Controls. Upgraded OS to Win 10, and now I can't manage Parental Controls in Win 10 locally, so I 'think' I need to set up 'online Profiles' for them.

However, all their game progress, profile settings, etc are on their local profiles - how can I get all this data to be on their online Profiles? I didn't want to copy and paste folders (such as AppData) without knowing that this was a 'safe' way to do this.

Any help would be hugely appreciated.


Answer:How to copy user accounts in Win8 to online accounts in Win10

Hello Andy,

Have a look at the following tutorial which shows how to change a local account to an online one.

Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 10

Hope this helps

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Due to a boot error on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 1525) I had to re-install Vista Home Premium (after running chkdsk /r /f I think). In it's wake it left 3 "old" copies of Windows on the C: drive.

I've created a new user account but what I want to do is recover all previous user accounts (of which there are 3), passwords, documents and settings folders etc. etc., so that when the PC is rebooted, the 3 accounts are displayed for access.

2 questions....

Firstly, having done the re-install, can I use system restore to achieve the above?

Secondly, if not, will the program "Shadow Copy" achieve the desired results?

Or is there another way....?

Any help greatly appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Recovering user accounts etc. after install of Vista Home Premium

You'll have to create the accounts. Once they've been created and logged into once, you can copy the files from the old User account folders into the new ones. Would be best to rename the old account folders so the new install can use the same name for the folder, otherwise it will add a number, or the PC name as an extension to the profile folder.

This would best be done from each account, as you will likely need to take ownership of the old account folders. If these will be Limited accounts, you need to make them Admin accounts until the files have been recovered, then you can set them back to limited.



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Right, for a start off I don't think I explained myself very well in the title - so I will have another go here.

I have a table of users that I have created (imported from a spreadsheet) to the tune of about 25000 users.

I have a list of calls from the IT Service Desk - however they have not linked the users active directory account into the call, just the callers surname and forename(s).

I want to link all the users calls to the possible users in the database in a separate table.

The tables I have are laid out as follows:

Users Table:

UserID - Autonumber [b]PK[/b]
User Active Directory Name - text [i](Actually their email address)[/i]
IT Calls:

Callid - number [i]Unique[/i] [b]PK[/b]
FirstName - text
Surname - text
Call Details - text
Linking Table:

UniqueID - Autonumber
UserID - number [b]FK[/b]
Callid - number [b]FK[/b]
PossibleDuplicate - Yes/No
Basically I want to write some sort of script that will go through my IT Calls table and query the users, at the moment I am doing it by hand using the query:

Like "*" & [Enter Name] & "*"
And I am having to enter users names like this, joe*bloggs (as some users Active Directory accounts have middle initials and some don't.)

I want all the users that return more than one result to tick the Possible Duplicate box so I can go through and look at these manually later.

Does that make sense? Any ideas on how I would go about writing a script for this??... Read more

Answer:Solved: Linking a table of users names with their user accounts in MSAccess2007

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hello. this problem really sucks. my parents tried installing NAV 2005, and also the new Turbo Tax Deluxe. On both installation occurances the installation fails. I assumed it was a virus, because you cannot get to the windows update site, or the panda active scan site in internet explorer. I have ran spybot and adaware and also AVG virus software. they all found something related to internet explorer. So i tried reinstalling norton but it fails again when it gets to the same point, subscription confirmation shows on the installation window. anyways... i have found from messing around that the search function doesn't work, also i cannot edit user accounts. this computer does not have SP2, but is up to date otherwise. I would dl SP2, because maybe this is a problem from not having it, but i cannot get to the windows update site, and the automatic update will not work as i said before.

i would really appreciate any help you could give me. Thanks a lot!

Answer:Solved: windows' functions won't work (updates, search, user accounts, etc.)

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There are three user accounts on my friends computer.


What if He wanted to stay logged in continuously for hours on end just to his profile without the log in screen reappearing after so many minutes (that shows everyones account like at bootup). I thought this could be achieved by disabling the --on resume, password protect-- feature.

Well, that didnt work.

I hoping to disable the time out feature, that unlogs accounts, and to just run the screen saver, so even if we're away from the computer for a few hours, we dont have to log back in.

Is this possible in XP Home?

Why is not important.... Im just wondering if its possible.


Answer:Solved: user accounts, how to avoid the default login account page?

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