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I need to have my computer log off my account and to the login screen

Question: I need to have my computer log off my account and to the login screen

Hi,

I need to have my computer log off my account and to the login screen after about 15 minutes or so of being idle or inactive.

I built a brand new PC this weekend with Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit.

I followed the steps in the tutorial at this website

automatic logout after inactivity/idle

But when I came into work this morning, my computer never logged off and it was still at my desktop as if nothing had happened.

Here's the error info from the Task history:

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Log Name: Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational
Source: Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler
Date: 11/11/2012 10:18:29 AM
Event ID: 101
Task Category: Task Start Failed
Level: Error
Keywords: (1)
User: SYSTEM
Computer: ARTDEPARTMENT.greatputon.com
Description:
Task Scheduler failed to start "\Log Off Idle Session" task for user "GREATPUTON\Administrator". Additional Data: Error Value: 2147750692.
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If I go into my task scheduler and actually run this schedule from there, it logs me off perfectly as I would want it to. But it's not running automated for some reason.

Do any of you have any recommendations as to why this wouldn't be working and if not, do you have any other recommendations or methods I could use to get the computer to log off of my account after being idle?

I can't set it for a certain time, it has to be after being idle or inactive.

Thanks a lot!
Jason

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Answer: I need to have my computer log off my account and to the login screen

Did you go through all the Tabs of Task Scheduler as Noel showed? Since it never started it sounds like it may not be running under your account when it runs scheduled or has the wrong password, or something like that.

What I would do is create a simple batch file that writes a line to a .txt file each time it runs, then get that working under Task Scheduler. Once you have that, substitue shutdown /l /t 30 and see if that works. If it does, you'll see a popup window saying your computer will be shutting down in 30 seconds.

You may have to set it for 30 idle minutes as Noel mentions instead of 15.

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So I reinstalled Windows 7 (Dell CD) + downloaded drivers (except sata drivers which it didn't show it needed in device manager and I was pushed to finish quickly) from dell  today, thought all was well. It showed genuine and activated, etc... 
Employee upgraded to windows 10. Guess what? The login screen when you turn on the computer has once again blocked the admin account which is the only account. What is going on and how do I fix it? This is ridiculous. I can't even login to try to fix it.

edit: forgot to mention that this computer was added to a domain at work, not sure if that makes a difference or not

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Answer:Weird account problem Admin account not at login screen

Hello and welcome Chas mate I would find the culprit and recover the password for that account from whoever it is and change the admin back to what it was previously.

Now given you state it is someone within your household I am thinking this person or persons need a good talking to if that person is still there of course if not then you have a problem.

I don't think even a system restore will do it either.

The alternative is to back up all your data and reinstall.

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Answer:Removing XP pro account login screen (only have one account)

I think from "run" in the start menu, type: "control userpasswords2" (no quotes)

I think there is an option in there to disable the login screen. I can't confirm right now because I'm not on an XP box.
 

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Windows XP
I posted this problem a few months ago, and we were able to fix it temporarily by running Avast, SuperSpyware Blaster, etc... in safe mode. But now that's not even working.

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hope someone can help!
Thanks,
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The account still exists. At least, the files are all there under /documents and settings/, and if I try to create a new account with that name, Win XP says that the account already exists.

How can I get my user back on the main login screen?

Cheers,
Tony

Answer:Account missing from login screen

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Originally Posted by ToeKnee


I've got a machine running Win XP Home, with several users.
One of the users is now missing from the main login screen.

The account still exists. At least, the files are all there under /documents and settings/, and if I try to create a new account with that name, Win XP says that the account already exists.

How can I get my user back on the main login screen?

Cheers,
Tony




Have you tried going to Control Panel>User Accounts>Change the Way Users Log On. You must be the Administrator to do this.

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I have a very weird situation going on on my login screen: basically, the username appears twice and, if I click on the second 'username', I get a different login screen but it logs into the same account anyway?
I have taken a couple of screenshots, as they better describe my issue.

Can anyone shed some light here?

Thank you very much!

Regards,
-R

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Answer:Login Screen Only Showing One Account

Hello Sciaz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check using the tutorial below to make sure that the user account hasn't been disabled.

User Account - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,
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Answer:Account not showing up on login screen

Hello !! Welcome to SF !!

Run Startup Repair make sure you run it atleast 4 to 5 times. Follow this Tutorial for more help on how to run it Startup Repair

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thanks

Answer:localhost account at login screen

Please download Profiles by noahdfear. * Save it to your desktop. * Double-click profiles.exe and post its log when you reply.

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This is my last resort, so please help me!
I have after a long time searching ended up here on this forum.

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To clarify, I don't want to:
Remove the whole login screen.
Remove password protection.
Remove anything else except for that picture and frame.

Thats pretty much it, I would be really thankful if somebody could help me with this because I'm close to changing to linux just to get rid of it .

Thanks in advance!

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Answer:One last try, Get rid of User Account picture on login screen.

I'm thinking a transparent .png picture would take care of the profile picture. As for the frame... that's above my pay grade right now

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
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MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
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Answer:Blue Screen after login to user account

Just hoping someone might have an idea about my problem before I just wipe out windows and reload. Thanks!
 

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Answer:login screen phantom user account

Try this approach.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-accounts.html
let us know if we have solved your issue.

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Answer:Unable to See User Account on Login Screen

Hello JolietTech, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While logged in to your Administrator account, see if you may be able to enable the Staff account using one of the other options in the tutorial below.

User Account - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps for now,
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http://i49.tinypic.com/i739ug.jpg

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This is urgent, I really need access to my account. Help much appreciated.

Answer:Login screen frozen, can't access account

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Trying to install Windows on that partition installs it in C:\WINDOWS.0 folder.




If you try to install Windows without formatting and choosing a different folder, Windows will install to C:\Windows.0
If you want to repair your install Boot off of the Windows Disc Or download the Recovery Console ISO. Burn it to CD with IMGBurn Boot off of the CD and get to the Recovery Console.
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I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Remove user account pic at login screen

OldGuy said:

I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.



Create an avatar using the exact same color and set that as your user avatar.

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Answer:Laptop Freezes at account login screen

Not a good idea to zero out your battery (run to 0%). If it was me I'd remove the battery then pull the plug. But even doing that is unadvisable.
 
 
I disable my laptop's sleep mode when plugged in. I just don't see the point if it's getting power from the wall.
 
 
What power scheme are you using and what options do you have set?

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Thanks,

Ben.

Answer:Account display order on login screen

Hello Ben, and welcome to Eight Forums.

The accounts on the sign in screen are listed in alphabetical order of the user account's display name from left to right.

User Account Name - Change in Windows 8

Hope this helps.

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I found this article, but it doesn't achieve what I was hoping for.

Displaying only 1 user at the login screen.

And why doesn't crtl-alt-del not work anymore at the login screen?

Thanks!

Answer:Hide the administrator account at the login screen

You can set crtl-alt-del in the local security policy under administrative tools in the control panel. You can also choose not to display the last user name... see the choice right above the highlighted one in the attached image.

If both are selected you are presented with blank user name and password fields after crtl-alt-del.

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I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Remove user account pic at login screen

Originally Posted by OldGuy


I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.



Create an avatar using the exact same color and set that as your user avatar.

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Answer:Login Screen Appears with no password and one account

Log On Automatically at Startup

Start
Run or Search
netplwiz

de-select option

.

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Hi Everyone!

I noticed that I have an additional account shown at my login screen. It's not a user account I created, and it doesn't show up under Control Panel>User Accounts. The only thing that shows up in the User Accounts page is my user account (shown as admin), and a guest account (shown as off).

I'm wondering if I should be worried about this second user account shown at the login screen, or if there was a way to remove/hide this 2nd user account from showing up at the login screen? I'm not sure how it came/shown up in the first place. I'm hoping someone can explain this issue to me and/or help! Thanks!

Answer:2nd user account at login screen, Should I be worried?

Your forum system specs indicate that you use Avast for your antivirus app. However, did you ever use ESET? If so, then please see this post. If not, then use Windows (file) Explorer to see is there is a user folder (C;\Users\username) for this additional account. If there is a user profile folder for this additional account, then the date on that folder and its sub-folders might give you a clue about how long the user account has been active.

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I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Remove user account pic at login screen

Originally Posted by OldGuy


I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.



Create an avatar using the exact same color and set that as your user avatar.

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Hi,
Is there any way that I can hide the Administrator account during the login screen but at the same time access it whenever I need it.

Like if the user logs off, he should not see the Administrator account, only his standard account.

But I will also need to access the Administrator account from time to time so it should be accessible.
Any idea how I can do this?

Offtopic:
Things were much easier during XP where one just had to put in the Username to access their account.

Answer:Hide the administrator account in the login screen?

You can still do this through group policy. Don't remember the policy name off hand, but you disable viewing of last user to log on, and you are then forced to enter in the User name And Password each time for every user.

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Answer:New user account not appearing on login screen

Hi kbronski, does it appear when you 'switch user' in the start menu ?

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Hi,
I want to change my login screen into the blue one on windows xp. This is so that it is easier to view all the users. However from the administrator account i can't do it because i forgot the password. So is there any way of doing it via limited account?
 

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I CAN sign into my MS account ONLINE, but not on my computer, which is signed in on the LOCAL account.

Next try: I go to Settings, my User Account (administrator), and click sign in with a MS account instead. Same result as above.

Next try: Set up my MS account through Mail (My default mail program is Thunderbird) Same result. Just for thoroughness, tried to setup my gmail account. Returns error of "Something went wrong... 0x80040154" It DID allow me to setup my yahoo email account (which is not setup on Thunderbird).

Next instance of the (I believe) same problem. Sign into XBox account, to play solitaire... sign in returns "We couldn't sign you into Xbox Live. There is a problem with your account. To fix it go to Xbox Live and sign in." Have done... can sign in on the web... cannot sign in on my computer, even when already signed in on the web. Tried "Sign in with another Microsoft Account"... comes up with "choose an account" box... I click on "Microsoft account"... the blue donut appears... nothing happens.

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Answer:Not Possible to Login to MS Account on computer

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

This sounds more like an account issue, rather than a PC issue. I recommend you contact them about it:

Microsoft Account Support - Windows Help

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Answer:Why cant I login to my computer account?

Try going in as Safe Mode and doing a system restore to a date prior to the problem.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.This site is about helping people, lets keep it that way.

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Is there any way to fix this issue?

Answer:Black screen with cursor after login, then computer won't start up to login

F12 at reboot and run Dell Diagnostics

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I am attempting to get my built in Administrator user account to show up on the login screen.

When I look at the properties, I do not see anywhere where I can assign a password to it. Nor, am I able to activate it to appear on the login screen. (Perhaps there is a different way altogether to login to it?)

The user account that I am using has administrator priviledges and shows up in the Administrators group along with Administrator. So, I think it should be the same thing as using the actual Administrator account.

However, when I try to grant permissions for users on another computer on the LAN, the Local Area Connection Properties box does not open up the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.

And that is where I am stuck. I have no idea as to how to get into item and am wondering if I need to login to the Actual Administrator user account.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
 

Answer:Make user account Administrator appear on login screen

You can add Administrator to the Welcome screen using regedit. You would open regedit then navigate to this registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft>WindowsNT>Current Version>Winlogon>>Special Accounts>User Lists.

Create a new DWORD value and name it “Administrator“ (without the quotes). Then modify the DWORD value making it '''1".

Administrator will show on the Welcome screen after a reboot.
 

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System has 3 accounts: Administrator password protected, and two standard user accounts. The guest account is off.
On both startup or "swittch user" the login screen only shows the system admin account icon and the password field is waiting for input. Although the two standard user accounts still show up in the "manage users" control panel utility.
 
Problems started as "the user profile service failed the logon". Logon screen showed all three accounts, but one of the stanrd user accounts couldn't be successfully logged into.
Followed http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215 method #1 to edit registry and rename/copy/edit the S-1-5 keys. There was a S-1-5 .bak for the problem account. After editing the registry, and upon reboot only the system administrator account appeared. 
 
Used windows restore to try to go back before the problems. The first restore point I picked failed to "install" on reboot, reported that either the restore point had problems or anti-virus program was blocking the restore. Disabled AVG, still wouldn't "apply" the restore. So I picked an earlier point in time, that restore installed without errors. The system has been rebooted several times, windows has applied patches on one of the reboots.
 
I tried a few other things and got non repeatable results. Once created a new standard user account. The "other user" logon icon appeared for "switch user". I tried login into one of the standard user accounts and it succeeded. I have since... Read more

Answer:only system administrator account appears on login screen

Hi drewp, according to the microsoft link you've just followed, there are certain options to take before using the registry edit as mentioned before the 3 steps accordingly. If you haven't removed completely AVG, please do so as it could be the problem in the very beginning. Use the AVG removal tool http://www.avg.com/ww-en/utilities just to make sure then check the difference. Another step to take is to run system file checker and then see if any corrupt and repaired files from the text output log. Check also the user profile service is in default or automatic. If nothing happens, move the profile account as described in method#2 from the provided MS link.

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I set up a new tablet with windows 10 and began with a Local account so I could choose my user name. Then I signed in with my MS account to sync settings.

When I start the tablet the login screen asks for my pin. I want to be able to automatically login without entering a pin or password. To do that I use netplwiz and uncheck the option to require a password for login. So far so good.

But when the tablet restarts I am presented with a login screen that now shows two accounts, my MS account and what appears to be a local account but with the same name. If I then reverse the process and enable the "require a password" option in netplwiz there is only one account shown on the login screen but then I have to use a pin or password.

How do I remove that second local account on the login screen and then login automatically? There is only one account listed in the user account settings page.

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Hi everybody,

I wish to disable the account picture on my login screen. That is to say, I want a flat-coloured screen, which displays the user/account name and the password line only as I prefer a clean slender design.

I already disabled the login screen background towards a flat-coloured one using the following registry hack:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
?DisableLogonBackgroundImage?=dword:00000001

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At this point my message should end, but since I busied myself with this registry topic, I started to wonder how to define not rename) the name of a DWORD/registry key at all:

- How can I know, what is the right wording/coding for a DWORD in order to make it work properly? How do I know, which expression does Windows recognize? Is there any library or handbook?
- How can I know whats the right path/directory, where a DWORD/registry key needs to placed?

I dont expect you to answer the bundle of last questions, since they do not belong to my thread initiation - so it is still just about the account picture.
Nevertheless I would deeply appreciate any buzzwords or hints you may have in mind, that help me to get a bit deeper into the adressed matter, as I am keen to learn and improve.

Many thanks in andvance!!!

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Hi

My client has got three user accounts on her machine. Admin account, her normal account and another account.

When trying to log on using her regular account, on the screen where it shows the thumbnails and where you have the option to view the password hint, it changes back automatically to the normal standard login window with the Username as Aministrator listed in the field.

My client is running Windows XP with SP2 at least.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

Answer:XP changes to Admin account login screen when trying to log on as normal user

Install SP3 if it isn't already installed.
SP3 contains many fixes & patches which aren't available on their own.

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hello guys i am the only user on my laptop i want the small pics to be liketo
+ also remove the blurry effect on the image on startmenu + also making it large ???????

Answer:increase the size of user account pic on login screen

I don't believe there is a supported way of doing this.

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Hello,

I have been having an issue with quite a few PC's that will show multiple of the same user accounts on the login screen for Windows 7 only. These laptops are joined to a domain and all belong to the Dell Latitude family. I have searched
the webs for information regarding this exact issue but most just point towards using Netplwiz to fix it, which is not the issue I'm trying to resolve.
 As my account is not verified I was unable to post the picture example.

I have a similar post on the Microsoft community as i believe that seeing the picture will make more sense then describing this. The Category is Windows > Windows 7 > Security, Privacy, & accounts > Accounts
Name of the Thread: Multiples of the Same User account is showing on login screen

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The question is straight forward. I have one user account and one administrator account. Only the administrator account shows up on my login screen. I have my user account set up to automatically log in when my PC start's so it's not that big of a deal at the moment. I have windows XP home installed but I modified the registry so it thinks it's XP pro so I could run terminal services on it. When I connect to my PC with my iPod using RDP my user account is automatically logged out and there in lies the problem, I can't log back in without rebooting.

Is there any way to get my account to show back up in the login screen?

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Latest build new install on HP laptop. So far, my impression has been very positive. One small issue: On my login screen when booting, it defaults to "Other User". I have to switch it to my account and login. I have checked user accounts and cannot find the other account.
Is there a way to fix this issue?
Any help in resolving this annoyance will be greatly appreciated!
Bobby

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I set up a new tablet with windows 10 and began with a Local account so I could choose my user name. Then I signed in with my MS account to sync settings.

When I start the tablet the login screen asks for my pin. I want to be able to automatically login without entering a pin or password. To do that I use netplwiz and uncheck the option to require a password for login. So far so good.

But when the tablet restarts I am presented with a login screen that now shows two accounts, my MS account and what appears to be a local account but with the same name. If I then reverse the process and enable the "require a password" option in netplwiz there is only one account shown on the login screen but then I have to use a pin or password.

How do I remove that second local account on the login screen and then login automatically? There is only one account listed in the user account settings page.

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When I turned on my computer yesterday, after Ctrl + Alt + Del, my account plus a forgot password "account" came up instead of just asking for my password. It now does this every time, even when I just lock the screen. How do I get it to go back to going straight to asking for my account p/w?

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When starting my PC the user account name from a deleted user account appears as the default login account.

This user account does not appear when looking at the manage user account screens as it was deleted by the account holder (the former owner of the PC).

How do I stop this deleted user account name appearing at login?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jim

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I dont know how it happened, one day i shut my computer down for the night and it was fine, then when i booted it back up this started happening, but it works just fine in safe mode, any ideas on what could be causing this.

If it helps heres my specs:

4096 ram
Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Intel Core 2 duo cpu @ 3ghz
I dont remember what graphics card i have.

Answer:Light blue screen after i login to my account on windows 7

What is a light blue screen?

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To start off with, first of all I've got 3 computers: my Windows 10 laptop [which is relatively new], a W10 upgraded desktop, and an aging, slow Windows 7 laptop - which my parents are using.

To help my parents out I recently tried to create a new user account on my Windows 10 laptop. It 'takes longer than expected' to do it, but it's done and everything seems fine. All I do is install Firefox on it, and that's about it.

But when I turn it on again a login to my parents user accout, the screen's blank, and I can ctr+alt+del to get the Task Manager up, but that's it. Creating an explorer.exe doesn't work, and restarting the current explorer.exe does nothing.

I've tried Googling around for answers, but a lot of them doesn't seem to apply to my situation exactly.

Any help would be appreciated.

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When starting my PC the user account name from a deleted user account appears as the default login account.

This user account does not appear when looking at the manage user account screens as it was deleted by the account holder (the former owner of the PC).

How do I stop this deleted user account name appearing at login?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jim

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I have two accounts on my Win10 device. A User account, which works fine, and an Administrator account, which has a problem: when I try to log into the Admin account, the screen I get is totally black. I can Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up task manager, and from there I can launch things, but when I launch explorer, no joy--the screen remains black.
The funny thing is that this does not happen in my User account.
NOTE: I did not see this behavior before I installed today's (Tuesday's) update for Windows 10.
Details: Machine is a Lenovo X140e (AMD quad core) with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. Windows 10 Professional 64-bit.
This isn't the end of the world for me, but it does make certain things that I'd like to do considerably more difficult...

Answer:Windows 10 blank screen after login--only on Admin account. What should I do?

OK--just wanted to come back and let you know that this cleared up after a hard reboot.
Also, after Win10 installed, I got a message on my Lenovo's camera saying that additional work was needed. The camera acted completely dead. I decided to try the battery trick and so uninstalled the camera and then scanned for hardware changes. Ta-da! Microsoft's driver installed and everything began to work again.

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I have two user accounts on my Win7 Pro PC - Staff and Administrator. Earlier today, I changed the Staff account from an Administrator to a Standard account. I was logged on as Staff when I did it. I then logged off and back on and when I did, only the Administrator account was on the login screen.

The Staff account still exists under Local Users and Groups. I disabled it, restarted and then reenabled it but no change. I don't think that it had a password when I deleted it - I don't add the password until I am done with the machine to make it easier - so many reboots.

The PC is on a workgroup. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:[SOLVED] Unable to See User Account on Login Screen

Does pressing [Ctrl][Alt][Del] make it show up?

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does each computer need a window account or can i use one login

Answer:Does each computer need a Windows account or can I use one login?

One Microsoft account can store the same password, but if you want the same picture password or PIN you need to set it up yourself using Settings> accounts > sign-in options.

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actually my main account is working properly and without any problem.. but my guest account is not working fine,,.. when i login to that account then its automatically logging off and coming back to the login screen only.. pls help me out...

Answer:i can't login to my computer's guest account.

By default the guest account is disabled. You need to enable it via the Control Panel.

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Answer:Does each computer need a Windows account or can I use one login?

One MS account can be used on all of them.
If you stick to local accounts, it'll be three separate ones.

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Is it possible to not have my email address visible on the login screen. I still want to use my Microsoft account as Windows 8.1 isn't worth the effort with just a local login. Currently the way the Microsoft login works,
every laptop user effectively gives away their name, email and (likeness, if they are photographed) every time they open the lid to anyone in the vicinity. In the age of phishing scams where people are looking for this info it seems like they are catering
to those people rather than their users.
Note- already changed my name in my Microsoft account to gobbely gook but the email issue still remains. 

Any and all help much appreciated

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I have a domain setup at home, and after joining a PC to the domain and migrating profiles to the domain profiles, the login screen account list only shows one user (the last to login) and Other User.

I have already used the method in this thread:
Help with multiple users login screen!

The PC now goes straight to the list of users, however only the last domain user is shown. If I log into another and then log out of that, the user list now shows the new user and Other User, but not the previous. It's rather annoying for my wife and I to constantly have to type our domain user name just to login. I searched and didn't see anything about this. Any ideas?

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My pc sits where I walk by it everyday. My screen saver is a digital clock.
I walk by it today and it is sitting at the login screen with a new user Icon.
The icon is listed as "David" as the user. I don't know any David's nor have
ever had a David as a user on this pc. There is no David when I navigate to
C:/Windows/Users. Nor is there a user David in user profiles. I looked at the
System Security Log and have alot of Event ID #4625. I don't know if this mean
anything or not. What should I be looking for. Have I been Hacked?

Any Help Would be Appreciated

Answer:Mysterious User Account Icon on Login Screen - Have I been Hacked?

There would only be a folder structure for the account if there's been a log in. Right-click on Computer and select Manage, then select Local Users.... See if there's a David there, double-click on it and see what User Groups he's a member of. Especially if he's an admin it should be deleted asap.

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July 15, 2017

I have WIN 10 Pro on a Dell laptop.

I have been unable to find a way to show ALL accounts, User, (built in) Administrator, Guest account, etc at WIN 10 login/sign on. The only account I can get to show in my user account (which has administrator status).
I have successfully used the cmd ?net user administrator / active:yes, net user administrator * ? and successfully assigned a password, and the net user guest / active:yes command. I restart or power down and restart and the only account that shows is the single user account. As far as I can tell issueing the above commands should make the Administrator and Guest accounts show on the login/signon screen. I have tried a couple of other options I found on line but without success.

I must be missing something. I did see a couple of comments about ?User group. Home group? but could not figure out what was being asked. My Dell laptop is used at home, wireless connected to my router and the internet. I do not remember being asked any questions about ?home group? or ?groups? at installation on WIN 10.

Would appreciate any (detail) instructions or links showing how to make all the WIN 10 PRO accounts to show at logon.

Thank you

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July 15, 2017

I have WIN 10 Pro on a Dell laptop.

I have been unable to find a way to show ALL accounts, User, (built in) Administrator, Guest account, etc at WIN 10 login/sign on. The only account I can get to show in my user account (which has administrator status).
I have successfully used the cmd ?net user administrator / active:yes, net user administrator * ? and successfully assigned a password, and the net user guest / active:yes command. I restart or power down and restart and the only account that shows is the single user account. As far as I can tell issueing the above commands should make the Administrator and Guest accounts show on the login/signon screen. I have tried a couple of other options I found on line but without success.

I must be missing something. I did see a couple of comments about ?User group. Home group? but could not figure out what was being asked. My Dell laptop is used at home, wireless connected to my router and the internet. I do not remember being asked any questions about ?home group? or ?groups? at installation on WIN 10.

Would appreciate any (detail) instructions or links showing how to make all the WIN 10 PRO accounts to show at logon.

Thank you

Answer:Unable to show Administrator or Guest account on login screen

krazykat tenf said:

I have successfully used the cmd ?net user administrator / active:yes, net user administrator * ?



Unless you made a typo here the command is incorrect. There should not be a space between / and active so if you want to enable built in administrator with password = "Secret123" you would enter:

net user administrator Secret123 /active:yes

Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10 Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials

You can then sign out (no need to reboot) and you should see the built in Administrator on the log-in screen.

The guest account doesn't exist any more in Windows 10. You could add an account to use as a guest account and make it part of the guests group if you want as described here Add Guest Account in Windows 10 Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials but it is pretty limited. Users that are part of guests group can't open store apps for example.

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the account is the administrator one but i have another administrator account but that works but the one that doesnt work has my itunes, the password i put in is 100 percent right. It says cannot login to account. But is there anyway you can help me move my itunes to my other account and not have to download all those songs again. Or to have anyway to be able to login to my accout!?!?!

Answer:on my acer computer it doesnt let me login to my account

Login with the account that works and change the password on the one that doesn't. Also, go into the properties of the problem account and check to see if it's disabled.If that doesn't work and you still can't login, create a separate folder for your iTunes music, then go into your C:\users\account that doesn't work folder and locate the iTunes folder. Copy everything to the newly created file.Then, open iTunes, go into Preferences, and change the location of your iTunes Music to the newly created folder.Once you've done that, you may have to import all the songs into your Library (or maybe not.) Then, in iTunes, export everything to a CD/DVD to keep as a backup.

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When you enter the login screen, one of the user account options is pre-highlighted so that if you simply press "enter" instead of selecting one with the mouse or arrow keys, it'll attempt to log you into that account. I've the need recently to create a standard user account, which for some incredibly frustrating reason is always pre-selected instead of my administrator account (the one I use). I have no idea how to change this so that the administrator account is the one pre-selected.

Yea this is a stupid thing to complain about. But I've gotten used to logging in one way, and it's super annoying every time I forget and try the old way. Especially if I'm not in the best state of mind lol.

Oh, and for some reason creating a Guest account doesn't do this. Admin keeps priority. But Standard users are evidently more important than the admin >.>

Answer:Changing the automatically selected user account on login screen - Windows 7

Does my description of the problem not make sense, or is there just not a solution?

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This should be an easy problem to solve, but I have been unable to figure it out...

On the windows login screen, right below my login name, there is a little note that says how many new mail messages I have- This however was set up by my ex-boyfriend under his hotmail account. I'd like to change it to one of my accounts if possible, (I primarily use a university based webmail account), and if I can't change it to anything but hotmail or msn then I would like to remove it.

I haven't been able to figure out where to find this setting.

Any ideas or help would be most appreciated.

-Alex
 

Answer:Solved: Login screen email account settings - change or remove

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Hi All, As the title states - New Windows 10 Update is not letting me access my desktop after I login to my account. I am just staring at a black screen with my cursor on it. I have tried to open up task manager, but nothing happens.  Any suggestions? Help would be greatly appreciated!Mike

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I booted my Windows 10 and I recieve a blue screen to login to my Hotmail account. it doesn't accept my password.
Just solid blue screen (not of deathe) that has my hotmail user name and a place to login. It doesn't accept my hotmail password. Just says it's incorrect. Never had this pop up before and can't get beyond it.

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Hi,

When I log onto a windows 10 computer, log out, remote onto the computer with a different account and then log out, the login screen wont update the display name but it will update the user name.

I noticed this started with 1703 and have the same issue with 1709.

Any idea on how to get the Display name to update or to completely hide the remote users details and just show the original users login details?

This is an example of the login screen after doing the above process. Also seems to happen to some users that share a computer.

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I recently was trying to rid my computer of malware,only to find nothing.Im not sure what was wrong with it.Maybe something screwed up in the registry.
All is well now,or At least I thought so.

When I start up my computer,My wife's account pic is not there.
I recently ran Dial a Fix to correct registry errors,that were preventing me from Re-installing Service pack 3 for windows xp.

The account is still active,just no log in on welcome screen.

Any help\advice would be great!
thanks

Answer:user account,not on welcome screen,but account is still acknowledged by computer

Maybe create a new account andi f it works, delete the old one. Here's a list of Microsoft articles concerning user accountshttp://www.theeldergeek.com/kbi_user_accounts.htmRecovering a damaged user profile:http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-...11-5035219.html

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Please help... I am always getting bsod once i login into an account. I can manage to load the desktop then all of a sudden it dies...
I have attached a dump file.
Please help... and guide.
I am unable to reformat the laptop as the CDs are lost...

Answer:BSOD everytime i login into computer account after loading to desktop

Before posting a BSOD thread, please read the instructions here: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

If you need to add new information like the dump files, please make a new post in your initial BSOD thread. Please do not make an extra new thread.

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Hi folks,
This morning i have recover some data that I have accidentally deleted previously. But after I recovered from the last backup, now when I try to access my profile I keep getting the following error "the trust relationship between this workstation and
primary domain failed". I am also unable to access with my local domain account as it seems to be disabled, and I have also tried to disconnect from the internet (both through Ethernet cable and Wifi) to not authenticate with the server,and reset the
workstation account form AD ,but none of these seems to be working so far. Anybody have a better suggestion?

Regards.
Andy

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Hi

I have a unit i want to have 4 user accounts on and one of them should auto login.

How do i change to one of my other 3 accounts?
Change user doesnt work, just auto login.

Im running Windows embedded standard 7

Best regards
Alexander

Answer:Multiple user accounts, 1 auto login , how to login to another account

Can you log off the user that was automatically logged on?

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wwwdotyoutubedotcom/watch?v=qHi2weBHKpY
Currently i am having this problem, unable to login to any MS app like store, people, outlook etc.
Is there any sollution this problem? somebody help.
Dont want to install w10 again.

Answer:Why am I unable to Login to a Microsoft Account, Login page not appearing?

Did you install the fall update?

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Hello, originally my problem is that my internet browsers (Internet explorer, firefox) can not display any kind of pages because of some kind of virus. Also I had some kind of fake Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) asking me to download more fake AV's onto my computer but I knew well enough that it was fake so I close it. This also shows up in safe mode. MSE block me from opening things such as iexplorer.exe or sometimes it would say tskmanager is a virus and it wouldn't let me open anything. So eventually I google this up, and I read somewhere that told me to rename hotfix.exe to hotfix1.exe when I run %APPDATA% so the annoying MSE would stop showing up. It also told me to update my Malwarebyte which I still can not do because I still do not have access to the internet. By the way I am using another computer to type this. So again, I tried to do some more research to fix my internet problem and I found this site that told me to download KillGodzilla.exe and run it and reboot my computer, after that I should update my Malwarebyte but of course, I can't do that because after the WINDOWS loading screen, the blue log in screen doesn't show and displays a black screen which flickers sometimes, after a few minutes it would restart my computer. Also same thing for safe mode. Does anyone know what is going on? Did I screw up my computer to badly? Do I need to reset my BIOS? I am using Windows XP if that helps. I also hav ESET smart security on my computer but I can... Read more

Answer:Computer blue login screen displays black screen after using KillGodzilla.exe

Anyone have any ideas at all? I waited a few days, and gave as much information as possible already, please?

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Hi everyone and merry Christmas!

I followed the procedure found on the web, I entered "netplwiz" and did uncheck ?Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer".
There is no password set.
THere is just one user/account which is obviously also the administrator.
(the Account tab shows also HomeGroupUser$, but I guess is a default option...)

the point is that when I switch the pc on, I have to click on the icon of the user account in order to see the desktop. Is there any chance I can login automatically without even clicking on the user icon?
thanks a lot in advance

Answer:Auto login, one account, no password: avoid to click account icon?

Hello Lorcar, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Go ahead and create a password for your user account, then do the tutorial below again to enter the new password and set your user account to be logged into automatically at startup.

Log On Automatically at Startup

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I'm the only user on this laptop and my admin account was called "HybridPC" and I disabled the windows login screen. (Turn computer on and goes right to desktop). One day the welcome screen popped up out of nowhere and I had to login. I tried disabling the login screen to where it was before and now I've screwed things up royally. I cannot login to my original admin account or find it. All the files are still there on my C:\Users\HybridPC folder, but I've lost the profile and user.
I think I messed things up further by trying to create/delete other new user accounts. I've attached 3 screenshots showing my C:users folder, User account screen and the netplwiz.exe profiles.

I've been adding/deleting and can't get back to square one. I don't see my user at all on the welcome screen.
Thanks for your help!

Top User Folder is new today and odd looking as I was attempting to fix on my own.

Answer:User Profile/Account problem (can't login to original admin account)

Hello tytlyf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Let's start to see if you disabled or deleted your "HybridPC" by using the tutorial below to get details about all accounts on your computer while you are logged in to your "Admin" account, then post back with them. Afterwards, we can go from there.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows

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Sorry for the length of this post but I think it needs explaining.

I bought this laptop for a gift to my grandson about three years ago. Against my wishes, he has used it primarily to play high usage PC games. About 6 months ago it was hardly working anymore, viruses, malware, you name it.

I did a complete factory restore but he set it up to open with his hotmail user account on the "Lock Screen" in Windows 8.1, but he did give me his how hotmail email address and password so I can login. Well, within about two months later he had all the same issues back again and so he just quit using the laptop completely.

He gave it back to me and I cleaned everything up again (without doing a factory recovery) and also upgraded it from the original Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.

Everything is working perfectly, it's very fast now and I love it.

Only issue I can see is if he (my grandson) deletes or changes his hotmail account I won't be able to login and also his emails are available for me to read (but I don't) and I don't use his email account. I use a webmail account of my own.

As I mentioned earlier, this laptop is running and set up perfectly for me with this one exception.

Without doing a complete factory recover, how can I chnage this laptop from requiring his (my grandsons) hotmail address and password to no login being required at all (as I am the only user now) or to run with a local account (as I believe it is referred to)?
 

Answer:How to change login from a hotmail account to a local login?

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So I originally started with a local account but then signed into the store with a MS account. I changed the setting where users are required to enter a password through netplwiz (like this) and making a password not required after waking from sleep. But after doing this and restarting/shutting down, I'm not automatically logged in like I should be, instead I'm presented with a login screen saying the password I entered was incorrect, even though I haven't even entered one yet, as well as two accounts showing up in the bottom left (like this).

It's acting like the local account is still there and is attempting to log me into it. I've looked in the Users folder, it's just the default, mine, and public. Under accounts in control panel it's only mine that shows up. Anyone know how to fix this? Thanks

Using win10 Pro, this was a clean install.
EDIT~ Just solved it :s

Hit the winkey and type "netplwiz" and hit enter.
If you have the box "Users must enter a username and password..." unchecked, check it and hit apply, otherwise don't do anything.
Now uncheck the same box and hit apply again, now in the new window that pops up, change the username to your microsoft email that you used to sign into the Windows Store. For the password put in your MS email password.
Once you've done that hit Okay and restart, it should automatically log you in like normal.

By default the box has the original local account name which is what screws things up.

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I would like help solving a mystery.
I set up a new Dell Optiplex 3020 which shipped with Windows 10 Pro.
I bypassed the option to set up the user with a Microsoft Account (The owner does not have a microsoft account and I did not create one at that time.) and set up a Local User Account, the owner's FirstName only, with no password for the owner of the computer.
I also set up a Technical User local administrator account with a password "just in case." (I am glad I did.)
I unchecked and turned off everything that had to do with the Cloud and sharing information with Microsoft.
I installed the software, antivirus etc. including Windows Live Mail with an account with the ISP which the owner needed on the computer. I registered the computer using the owner's first and last names as well a registering the antivirus software account. In this process I restarted the computer several times with no problems logging back in with the local user account.
The computer ran updates twice during the setup process.
The next day the login screen was showing the owner's full name with the non-microsoft account e-mail address requiring a password for login. Since the owner did not have a Microsoft account nor a Microsoft account password logging in was not possible.
I tried the e-mail password that was used in Windows Live Mail to log in and I tried no password at all. Neither one worked.
To solve the log-in problem I logged in to Windows with the Technical User local account and pass... Read more

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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 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 just updated from Windows 8.1 Pro to 10 Pro. After a lengthy fight with networking due to VPN conflicts (a ridiculous problem by the way) I have everything working. However, some of the features require a Microsoft account to be used. My 8.1 login was local. Now I want to use Cortana and other new features in Win 10. How can I change the account to a Microsoft account? I have tried the "Sign in with a Microsoft account instead" link but it does nothing to remedy the problem.
Any suggestions?

Answer:How do I change my login account from local to my Microsoft account?

try settings > accounts

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Hello friends, I recently got the Gnome desktop environment on the Ubuntu Software Center, and I used the gdm and startx command as said by another forum site. Nothing wrong, they said to logout, tried to login again, goes to a black screen and sends me back to the Ubuntu login screen. Tried again, same result, panicked. Looked up video tutorial on how to fix it, they said to access the control panel via ctrl-alt-f1 or f2, went to a black screen, no text at all, computer runs fine, no crashing. Is there a special way to access the terminal in a System76 computer, I really don't know very confusing? Is there a way to login with the guest session? I use Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf on my laptop. What causes this, I read on Ubuntu forums it's driver issues with Ubuntu and Nvidia, but I have my suspections with the Gnome desktop environment.
 

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OK, I've been sitting on a Win 8 Pro upgrade since last year when I bought the ridiculously cheap upgrade for future use. I installed Windows 8 Pro last week to upgrade my Win 7 machine. Some things are different, and take getting used to, but, overall, I am enjoying what it brings. However, after an automated upgrade the other day, I came to my PC with a need to login in. I noticed that it wants to login into my Microsoft account (which is fine for the Outlook.com email and the apps via the app store), but it no longer has a PC account for which I have, and need, a different password. I now have to login to my home server and resave my credentials.
Too me, this is a problem. Apparently, from what I have seen (PLEASE...if there is a way around this...let me know!) this is to facilitate the logging in to the app store. This is absurd. I have a separate password for my Microsoft account for a reason. If someone in my family needs to login to my PC, which I have generally allowed on my account (for simplicity sake), I have to fork over a password that I do not want to share. I don't understand why MS can't simply disable app store, outlook email, and restricted app access to the PC until a separate login occurs for those.
Anyone with any insight into why this is and if this is the same in 8.1, including any workarounds, would be greatly appreciated. I really don't want to have to create another account on my PC, and then manage it, just to keep my passwords separate like this. I... Read more

Answer:Windows 8 Login PC Account vs Microsoft Account

You can set up a local account for other people and also set up Family Safety to restrict access. Windows 8: Create User Accounts (Local)Windows 8: Set up Family Safety (Local Account)Create a user account - Microsoft Windows Help

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Every time I boot up I get to the startup repair assistant that after running its diagnostics says that it is unable to automatically repair the problem. System restore did not work when prompted either.

Looking at the report that got sent to Microsoft it was a Bad OS driver error. The system restore that I also tried manually through system recovery options gave a unspecified error.

I had a similar problem on this computer before when it refused to start when I installed netlimiter. (BSOD on startup after install of netlimiter)
No BSOD this time around though just automatically going into startup repair.

This time all the system changes have been as follows according to my system restores:
IE9 install.
Java 24 update.
Firefox 3.6.15 update.
Calibre 0.49 update (e-book management program).

Answer:Computer does not get to login screen

Have you attempted to boot into safe mode? Have you installed any software or drivers before this happened?

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please help. when i leave my computer for about 1 minute it goes onto the login screen where you select a user. it has never done this before and i dont know how to fix it. its very annoyingany suggestions would be much apperciated thank youcarly

Answer:computer keeps going into login screen

try this:Right click desktop--->properties--->screensaver tabif the box that says "display welcome screen on reasume" is checked, and your screensaver is set to "about a minute" then whenever it comes out of the screensaver, it will show the login screen.

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Normally, on my older laptop, I have a custom background on the log on screen, with the admin and child's accounts activated. Now when one tries to sign on, it's the default Windows background with the only user available is named "Other User" with a prompt for a username and password. The screen resolution is now extremely high, and I cannot access safe mode, Windows Repair Center mode, et all. Any help on how to fix this would be appreciated.

Answer:My other computer's login screen changed...

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There was a power outage at my home a while back, and my computer was on at the time.  When I turn it on, it repeatedly cycles through the same 3 boot-up screens (which I attached).  This has happened before, but in the past, it would cycle 2 or 3 times, and then continue to the login screen.  Now, it just keeps going, over & over & over.  I don't know much about the computer, other than a friend built it for me back in 2003, it has 2 hard drives, and that one of them (the non-system drive) is a 500 mb drive that I reformatted a while back.  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.[recovering disk space -- attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Computer Boots, But Not To Login Screen

What if you try Safe Mode?Try unplugging the computer for about 5 minutes and then plug it back in.

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A fortnight ago, my computer started acting wierdly, every time it started up a blue screen was shown with the error message UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. So I brought it into the local computer shop and they informed me that the Windows folder had completely disapeared, yet the boot block was still there. So, they reformatted the HD and reinstalled Windows, and for the past two days I've been reinstalling all my programs. Suddenly, the computer freezes after loading windows (you know, the bit where you login). It doesn't seem to matter whether I begin to login or not, it just freezes up every single time. Also, after a few minutes/seconds, it spontaneaously (sp?) reboots itself (after freezing). Any ideas?

Answer:Computer freezing at login screen

The most likely cause is a faulty hard drive. However, if the problem only occurred after you installed some software, then a System Restore to before you installed that software could be the cure.

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is there anyway to check the name from the login screen or a regestiry tweak that would allow IP and/or computer name to show if PC is not yet joined to the domain on login screen?
we have about 600 new computers that are running windows 7 at our company. We are having a problem with one in another town. i cannot find a way to see what the computer name is so that i can log onto it and fix the problem. it will not let us log
onto our domain so i cant check it that way.

Answer:how to check computer name at login screen

Hi,
 
Base on my test and research, when you PC is in a workgroup surrounding, that’s impossible to check PC name on welcome screen.
 
Windows 7 displays a Welcome screen when a computer is part of a homegroup or workgroup and it displays a Logon screen when a computer is part of a
domain. That’s by default.
 
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff394947.aspx
 
We can check PC name when PC in a domain but cannot check if in a homegroup or workgroup. I’m afraid you need to logon then check the name.
 
Thank you for your understanding.
 
Regards,
Leo  
Huang
 
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pleases help,

one day i took my computer over to a friends house and when i plugged it in it took longer then usual to boot up, then after i logged in my computer was on the classic theme and i couldn't change it back, well the next day i wen back home and i figured out how to fix it. then the next day i went to another friends another friends house and my computer ended up on the classic theme again and i couldn't change it back at all this time. the next day i went back home and i plugged my computer in and when i boot it up it goes to a screen that ask me to either boot my computer using, safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration (advance), or start windows normally, and no matter which one i click on it will start booting up and when it gets to the screen were its loading and it says "windows corporation" it sits there loading for a while and then restarts, and just does that over and over again.

also, i am posting this from a different computer. the computer that i am having problems with is a acer aspir desktop, and it has windows vista home premium on it, and the reason i took it to my friends house was to play world of warcraft with him.

please help

Answer:My computer restarts before i get to the login screen

ok a laptop can hold power to save files and all that but maybe when you took your destop from power something messed up because it was with out power, so a boot file could had ben deleted. Do you have a recovery disk or the disk to install, you can try a repair or a reinstall if thats not the problem then idk.

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pleases help,

one day i took my computer over to a friends house and when i plugged it in it took longer then usual to boot up, then after i logged in my computer was on the classic theme and i couldn't change it back, well the next day i wen back home and i figured out how to fix it. then the next day i went to another friends another friends house and my computer ended up on the classic theme again and i couldn't change it back at all this time. the next day i went back home and i plugged my computer in and when i boot it up it goes to a screen that ask me to either boot my computer using, safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration (advance), or start windows normally, and no matter which one i click on it will start booting up and when it gets to the screen were its loading and it says "windows corporation" it sits there loading for a while and then restarts, and just does that over and over again.

also, i am posting this from a different computer. the computer that i am having problems with is a acer aspir desktop, and it has windows vista home premium on it, and the reason i took it to my friends house was to play world of warcraft with him.

please help
 

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As stated in the Topic title, my PC started acting up today. It gets to the login screen and then restarts. I rebooted into Safe Mode and ran Malwarebyte's AntiMalware. It found and removed 4 items. I have attached the log sheet from it. I ran DDS, but it hug after about 30 seconds. I tried running it again with the same results. I was, however, able to run Hijackthis. I have posted the log sheet below. Thanks.

Running Windows 7 64 bit.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 8:30:50 PM, on 3/15/2011
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8080.16413)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboTaskBarIcon.exe
K:\HijackThis.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 1\firefox.exe
C:\Users\Jeffro\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://att.my.yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Expl... Read more

Answer:Computer restarts at login screen

Hello,

I don't mean to be impatient, but it's been 6 days and no replies. Is there anyone that can help me with this? Thanks.

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I am getting an error code Error 0x0000005F on my machine.Now it wont go to welcome screen.Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Computer wont go to Login screen

what is the exact message it shown?

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Hello,
As the topic states, my computer will no longer load to the login screen. It is a 4½ year old desktop with Windows 10, an i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz processor, GeForce GTX 780 graphics card, 16GB RAM, and an SSD. Firstly, however, I would like to mention how the computer has worked before this problem:
 
It has never had any problems (apart from one point when I had to remove some dust from its interior, which is not the case here), and it has always been running smoothly in every way. However, a few months ago, it started showing some odd behavior - every time I started the computer, it would freeze after approximately 10 minutes; firstly, whatever was moving on the screen stopped moving, and then the mouse and keyboard froze when I tried to use them. Since then, I have managed to save my important files on a USB stick in case it got worse by the time I would be able to start trying to repair the computer. And then it got worse.
 
THE ACTUAL PROBLEM
The computer always starts and shows the usual boot screen (Press X to do X etc.), but instead of continuing to the login screen, it continues to a black screen and stays there no matter how long I leave the computer turned on. So basically, all I ever see is the black screen. However, I can spend as much time as I like in BIOS or the F12 Boot Menu, so I guess it's not because my computer freezes. The problem now is that I either want to start my computer in Safe Mode, do a clean install of Windows from my USB stick... Read more

Answer:Computer won't load to login screen

I have spent weeks working on black screen issues (at work) and rarely have any success with them.Our policy is now to try System Restore.  If that doesn't work, we suggest a backup of the data and then wipe the hard drive and clean install Windows. You can try these steps to attempt to repair the OS: NOTE:  Try a clean boot to see if the problem clears up that way:  http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-clean-boot-state-in-windowsIf it does, then different troubleshooting steps are called for.Here's some repair/recovery/restore options (in this order).   Be sure to backup your stuff if you don't want to take the chance of losing it.:1 - Startup Repair.  Run it 3 times, rebooting in between tries.2 - System Restore to a point before this started happening.3 - DISM/SFC repair (DISM doesn't work with W7, although SFC does)  - doesn't work if you're not able to boot to Windows (see the next quote box to do it from System Repair)     Then please run the following DISM commands to see if there's any problems with the system (from an elevated (Run as administrator) Command Prompt).  Press Enter after typing it:    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth    FYI - I have repaired systems using the last command even though problems weren't found with the first 2 - so I suggest running them all.    From this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh824869.a... Read more

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