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How to get past "last user" logged on screen.

Question: How to get past "last user" logged on screen.

Windows 8 pc is coming up to the last user logged on (with an e-mail login). I need to select a local user to loggin in with.

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Answer: How to get past "last user" logged on screen.

Hello Baiter, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Usually, you could click on the back arrow button at the top right to then see the other users on the sign in screen.

If you like, you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to always see all users on the sign in screen instead of the last user.

Sign in - Show All Users or Last User in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I contacted Nero about the lightscribe icon not showing up in Nero Ultra 7 and these are the directions they sent me....where do you find local securitypolicy in Windows XP home edition??? How can I find the "Devices: Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on user only". they have listed?

In Windows, go to
>Start
>Settings
>Control Panel
>Administrative Tools
>Local Security Policy
>Local Policies
>Security Options

Double-click on the entry
"Devices: Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on user only".
Choose the option "Disabled".
Confirm this change by clicking on "Apply” and "OK".

Thanks a lot!!
 

Answer:where is the "Devices: Restrict CD-ROM access to locally logged-on user only". in XP

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Hi Guys
Anyone might already know how to read last "user who recently logged onto this computer" for a specific computer from MongoDB over command line?
Thank you in advance

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Hi!

I have searched the web WITH NO SUCCESS.

I have been successful in creating and running tasks ONLY when the parameter
"Run only when user is logged on" is set.

Completely UNSUCCESSFUL when I set the parameter
"Run whether user is logged on or not"

with or without setting the parameter.
"Do not store password. The task will only have access to local resources""

I have admin rights. I created the task. I set the "Run with highest privileges"

What seems to happen (When I run on demand) : The task gets a process ID and thats it, nothing else. No other events occur. I have to end the task.

Task Scheduler launch task "\Test\test55" , instance "C:\Windows.old\Windows\notepad.exe" with process ID 3096.

I have several users sharing the computer. I want to be able to schedule a job and have it run at night after all the potential users have logged off.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

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Hi!

Just wondering if there's any way to disable the warning?
Eg. when user clicks "Shutdown computer" the computers shuts down, enforcing 'logoff' for any other users logged on..?

Ty in adv.
Regards~
 

Answer:"Another user logged on" warning.

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I'm using Windows 7 on a Dell machine. When I installed 7 a few months back, I didn't set up a system password (I don't think) because I'm the only person on this machine and I didn't want to log-in each time when starting up. Normally when I start or restart the computer I go straight into Windows and into my account.

While playing chess today, my monitor froze. I turned off the monitor and restarted the machine and the monitor seemed fine during start-up. But then I got a system log-in screen and an option to log in as "other user" and that's the only log-in option was available. (I'm not sure why all of a sudden I have to log in.)

So when I hit "other user" and then try to log in with what I think is my username and a likely password, the system says no go.

Why am I getting to a log-in screen now all of a sudden? And how do I get in to the system if it's saying my username and password are wrong?

Update: OK, after restarting several times, all of a sudden I see the welcome screen and then my desktop -- I'm in like normal. But my desktop picture is now back to a default Windows one and the task bar, which used to be a dark blue, is now a light gray. My theme had gone to "basic." Any guesses as to what all happened to my system?

Answer:Can't get past "other user" on log-in page

Hello Bilco, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you are now logged in, see if you may be able to do the tutorial to hopefully fix this "Other User" log on screen issue. Logon Screen - Fix Showing Only "Other User" and Last Logged On User
If not, then you might see if doing a system restore at boot using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened may help.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi All,
Brand new out of the box Dell laptop I'm setting up removing what I don't want and installing what I do want. After a second or third reboot the only sign-in screen option is "Other User" and asks for a password. I have not set a password yet and don't know where "Other User" dialogue has come from. Now I'm stuck and can't start windows. What can I do?

Any suggestion are greatly appreciated

Thanks.......Tom.

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

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Hi guys!

So i tried installing windows 7 Home Premium using an empty HDD. The old OS was Vista, and it was located in the same HDD. I managed to install Windows 7 successfully, but when booting after the install it crashed right after the "starting windows" screen. It then gives me the choise between starting the startup repair tool, or to start windows normally. When i run the startup repair tool it can not fix the problem. I've tried different HDD but the problem still persists. The fact that I haven't got a clue what to do really annoys me. In addition it isn't even my own pc. My dad's vista started failing on him. So I figured: Hey, why not install windows 7 using my old disk from a pc I don't use anymore. I appreciate all help.

Specs:

MB: ASUS P5N-D
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600(2.4 GHz)
GPU: XFX GeForce 9800 GTX
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint T166 250GB. (SATA 2)
RAM: Corsair Twin2X 6400 DDR2 (2048 Mb*2= 4096 Mb)
PSU: Corsair (550 W)

Answer:Unable to get past "Starting windows" screen after Vista to 7 upgrade

Quote:





Originally Posted by pip22


Did you (as is recommended) delete the existing Vista partition first?




It was seperated in two parts. One with Vista in, and one for other files. I cleaned the whole thing, and deleted the part where Vista was located. I think it was seperated into one part with 208 Gigs and one with 25 gigs. The smallest with the OS in. The HDD works on my own computer.

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When I turn my Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop computer on I get the black screen that asks to start in safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration or start windows normally. I've tried each of them and it always goes to the blue screen with the following: Stop: c0000218 Registry file failure The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\System or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable. Beginning dump of physical memory Physical memory dump complete. I have tried using my Windows Xp disc and it won't load. I don't have a recovery disc, but I used every disc that came with the computer and each time it goes back to the blue screen. Does anyone know how or if this can be repaired. If so, please give me simple step by step instructions.
Thanks for any help I can get!
 

Answer:Unable to get past blue screen "Registry file failure"

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I seem to be in a loop that will not let me boot up-tried all safe modes and normal start options-how can I get to start menu to restore system??? HELP!!!!!!
 

Answer:start up cant get past "sorry for inconvienence" screen windows 200xp media

I have a compaq presario v5000,win media xp,amd processor, cant get through loop-tried starting in all modes -always loops back to "inconvienience ' screen--- how can I reset or whatever to get to start menu? once I am there i can restore system.
 

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As the title says, my Inspiron 3521 will turn on but can't get pass the Preparing Automatic Repair screen. That screen will pull up and then go to black. I can't access anything on my laptop. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

Answer:My Inspiron 3521 Won't Get Past The "Preparing Automatic Repair" Screen

Run a full diagnostic on the hard drive. F12 at powerup BEFORE Windows begins loading.

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I have been using Dragon Natural Speaking 12 Premium for many months and all was going well until last week when I downloaded and installed an update. After that, whenever I open the program from the desktop icon, the "Loading" screen appears but nothing happens after that. Also, I have to use Ctrl-Alt-Delete to end the program. (Right clicking on the tray icon and closing "close" does nothing. I have downloaded and used the DNS 12 uninstall "tool" several times and re-downloaded and installed the program, but the same thing happens, the program's "Loading" box appears but gets "stuck" there. I have asked the gurus at www.knowbrainer.com and on Nuance's Forums but they seem to be stumped with DNS's behavior after installing the update. Does anyone know what is happening? Thanks for any and all replies/suggestions.
 

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Last night, I attempted to install a linux distro alongside 7, the installation failed, so I gave up and just rebooted to 7.

It got stuck on the "Starting Windows" screen, so I preformed hard shutdown and when to the "Startup Repair" utility and it attempted repairs, it then said that the repairs were unsuccessful, so I restarted and windows loaded to the desktop. Success! or so I thought...

After a while, I shut my laptop down and went to bed (as you do). When I needed to use it this morning, it wouldn't load past the "Starting Windows" screen again, so I shut it down and restarted and it went the desktop.

Answer:Occasionally wont load past "Starting Windows" screen

Hi,

Can you access the Advanced boot options?

Advanced Boot Options
Choose Last known Good Configuration



   Tip
Use the up-arrow and down-arrow keys to move the menu’s highlight to Last Known Good Configuration (Advanced), and then press Enter as the mouse won’t work at this screen.


Your computer should load successfully, and Windows 7 will discard the bad configuration and return permanently to the last known good configuration.

Alternatively:

Are you able to restore back to a point to before you tried to install linux distro?

System Restore

Cheers

Dave

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Hello all,

I have a Compac desktop, it's relatively new as far as use. Recently, it's not been used because of a startup issue. It will load the first screen (The compac screen and act like it's it going to load up) but then loops back to the first screen and continue to do this over and over. My mother told me that the computer had fallen off of out computer hutch (About 2 inches off the ground) and heard an interesting noise inside. She described the sound like a CD hitting the floor, but I looked inside the desktop, and nothing seemed to be out of place.
I want to get the data files and documents, but as stated above, I cannot use the computer.
I have a Ubuntu CD already made, and have used it before.. Unfortunately, the CD drive doesn't seem to be recognizing the disc. I can see the little white blinking "-", but that is all I can get to come up before the screen goes into another loop; and the previous process.
I was hoping some one could possibly help me out in getting the computer to the point to save the data? I have the option to reformat the whole computer, but I'd rather save that for last measures if the data cannot be recovered.
Again, the computer is a compac, Windows XP OS, desktop - only about 3 years old.
 

Answer:Computer will not boot past the "Compac" startup screen.

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

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

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

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Hi I was using ubuntu on my old shuttle xpc and decided it wasn't doing it for me software-wise so tried to reinstall windows xp.  Everytime i tried to boot xp i would get so far and then get a message " The file dac2w2k.sys is corrupted press any key".  I tricked around with different bios settings with no joy so then went to "restore fail safe bios" (something like this).  Now when I turn on the machine i just get to the first screen with the intel picture and cant get any further.  I've tried going into the boot screen but it just says "loading boot menu" and nothing happens.  Same happens when i try to get into the bios.  My knowledge of the hardware workings of a pc is little to none so i've no idea how to reset the bios, if this is in fact the problem.  Could anyone advise me? I would be so grateful.Thanks

Answer:Cant boot past "intel inside pentium 4 " screen

Hello,In order to reset the bios: 1 Unplug your computer from the wall.2 Open up the side of the computer case.3 On the motherboard there is a little button cell battery. Take it out.4 Leave the battery out for about 5 min. 5 Put the battery back in and your bios should now be reset.

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I have a laptop with Windows 7. I was playing games on it today and suddenly browser closed. Then everything else closed and logged out and my laptop completely shut down. When I tried to turn it on again, a blank black screen with a flashing underscore "_" comes up and none of my keys work. The F8 key does nothing. I have turned it off and on many times. Please help!
 

Answer:Laptop won't start up past black screen with blinking "_"

StarJune,
Welcome to TSG.
From your description of the fairly normal but unrequested shutdown, this could possibly be a windows update that failed.
What type of laptop is it? Do you have the Operating System disk? If not you can and probably should order one from the manufacturer.
Take a look at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-are-the-system-recovery-options-in-Windows-7

I would attempt a Startup Repair first, then try System Restore.
 

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I am ashamed to say I seem to have obtained some sort of malware, virus, or perhaps some some "funny" fella using a .bat or .vbs file. At seemingly random times a window will pop up:

I highly doubt this is anything to do with legitimate windows functions.

I have searched the running processes, and nothing seems fishy there. I ran a full scan with malware bytes, nothing came up, and I have run a full scan on my primary drive with microsoft security essentials, and I am currently running one on my secondary drives, also nothing. I also ran a quick search for .vbs and .bat files on my primary drive where I install all programs except games (its an SSD), and saw nothing out of the ordinary.

Before the conversation arouses, I am not interested in having new antivirus software sold to me, I don't stand for any antivirus I have to pay for, nor "lite" or trial versions of software. I don't want something like avast about which almost every forum thread complaining about networking issues for things like games, seems to complain about. So unless you have something free, proven very effective, light weight that isn't going to treat me like a baby, asking if im sure I want to delete every file and telling me when my cpu is actually being used by a program like norton does >.<, I politely ask that you leave it out of this thread. I have run microsoft security essentials for a couple of years now and never had an issue, it is perfectly sufficient for me, in ... Read more

Answer:"You are about to be logged off" "Windows will shut down in 1 minute"

Actually, if I'm not mistaken that looks very much like the shutdown command run from Windows cmd.

I know you said you haven't found any .bat files, but just to be sure, you aren't using your own .bat files for anything are you? Have a look in the server script you downloaded.


Code:
C:\Windows\system32>shutdown
Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e] [/f]
[/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]]

No args Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
/? Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
/i Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
This must be the first option.
/l Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
/s Shutdown the computer.
/r Shutdown and restart the computer.
/g Shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
rebooted, restart any registered applications.
/a Abort a system shutdown.
This can only be used during the time-out period.
/p Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
Can be used with /d and /f options.
/h Hibernate the local computer.
Can be used with the /f option.
/e Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
/m \\computer Specify the target computer.
/t xxx Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
... Read more

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I tried to reset my laptop and now when I try to set it up, I cant get past the "Hi there" settings screen that asks for country, language, keyboard layout, and time zone. I hit next and then use express settings and the computer gives me the spinning white dots and then reboots back to the blue "Hi there" screen. I can get into BIOS and have a recovery drive plugged in to the laptop, but nothing seems to work. The computer can't find the drive, or my admin password is incorrect, or something else goes wrong. This is very frustrating as I haven't been able to use the laptop for a few days now.

Answer:Dell laptop cannot get past "Hi There" settings screen

Can you log in to safe mode then try sfc /scannow from an admin command prompt. Its possible you have a corrupt user profile. You could create a new account and see if that fixes the problem. Do you have backup you can recover from? If not, you could try a repair install.

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I am trying to help a friend of mine. When you try to boot up her Dell PC (XP operating system), it gets to the "Dell" screen with Netbios and will not go any further. I can't get to Safe Mode because I can't get by this screen. It sounds like a virus to me, but do you have any suggestions to help her? I kinda out of guesses at this point. Help is GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks ...

Answer:[SOLVED] XP - Can't Get Past &quot;Dell&quot; Netbios screen

Hi can you get a picture and post it so we can see the screen please

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Hi there, I am running windows Vista. When I turn the computer on it stops at the screen where there is the windows vista background and the words "Loading".
I'm not sure what information I should post here, so if you think you can help me just ask me what you would like me to tell you about the situation and I will reply quickly - hopefully.
Thanks for your time and effort.
 

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Upon start-up, two options are given: "Start Windows Normally" or "Launch Startup Repair (recommended)".
If the Start Windows Normally option is chosen, then the starting windows screen comes up and stays. If I launch the startup repair option, then I still can not get the problem fixed.
From the Startup Repair Screen however, I can launch command prompt and restore options, how can I fix this, a restore is not really an option because I have not set up a restore point in a while.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank-you in advance.

Answer:Won't load past "Starting Windows" screen

It's possible that you can't access the actual startup repairs from within Windows itself. You might have to boot from either an installation disk or a previously made system repair disk. And it might take running the startup repair 3 times before all issues are fixed.

Startup Repair

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Hi, my Acer Aspire 5610Z laptop is only loading up to the "welcome" screen, with the spinning blue circle. This has been happening every few weeks for the past few months, and I can usually get it to work, but now it isn't. I've tried Startup Repair, System Restore, chkdsk /f, and the "ctrl-alt-del at the welcome screen" method, all to no avail. Safe mode boots fine. I could back up my files and restore the computer to factory settings, but I'd rather that be a last resort.

Any ideas?

Edit: I am on Service Pack 2, by the way.

Answer:[SOLVED] Vista won't load past &quot;Welcome&quot; screen

If safemode works, it could be a driver issue locking things up. Did you installe any hardware or software recently?

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Hey guys I appreciate you reading this, you have no idea how great having forums like this is where we can help each other out.

I have gotten a virus and within minuets it got worst. My antivirus was not updated and the security was low, so when I got the virus I downloaded malware bytes on my desktop, put it on a USB drive and tried to install it on the laptop, I could not add a USB drive. My next step was to hook the HD up to the desktop and add it that way (the problem with that I had to activate the sata port via bios and when that sata port was activated it would boot that port as master everytime, the weird thing is even if I hooked the desktop sata to the second port it would load the laptop drive first everytime it did not matter what port) This is besides the point, because I dont even think this method will work because like I said in the title the HD will not load past the "Starting Windows" screen, and when in safe mode it will not load all the system files, the malware obviously deleted some important files...

The next step I am going to take is inserting the windows 7 cd and trying a system restore... What do you guys think? Am I at the point where I will loose all of my important files, by doing a reinstallation or is there a way to save those files?

Thanks guys
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I tried to reset my laptop and now when I try to set it up, I cant get past the "Hi there" settings screen that asks for country, language, keyboard layout, and time zone. I hit next and then use express settings and the computer gives me the spinning white dots and then reboots back to the blue "Hi there" screen. I can get into BIOS and have a recovery drive plugged in to the laptop, but nothing seems to work. The computer can't find the drive, or my admin password is incorrect, or something else goes wrong. This is very frustrating as I haven't been able to use the laptop for a few days now.

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I am reasonably sure that I shut my girlfriend's computer down with no issues last night, but this morning when she turned it on the computer had her wallpaper up with no icons instead of the User login page. She hard-reset, and ever since then - no matter which user we log in as - Vista won't load past the Welcome screen.

It will load up in all three compatibility modes, but the Last Known Good Configuration only loads to a blank black screen which I can move the pointer around on.

I've run a virus scan, and jv16 Power Tools says the registry is now clean, but the computer is still having issues. Would fixing registry errors be why the Last Known Good Configuration doesn't work?

The computer is an Intel Core 2 Duo Sony VAIO, with 4GB RAM running Vista Home Premium, Service Pack 1.

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

Answer:Solved: Vista Won't Load Past "Welcome" Screen

I would undo any changes that jv16 Power Tools made.
Using a registry cleaner can and often does, cause more problems than it solves.
Do you have the Vista install DVD?
Vista repair options.
Try a system restore or a start up repair.
http://www.tnthelpforum.com/articles.php?id=177
 

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Hi all,

Every time I turn on my Dell Dimension 5150, I get greeted with "We apologize for the inconvenience... Windows did not start successfully".

My options are:

Safe Mode,
Safe Mode with Networking,
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last known good config...

Start Windows normally.

I have tried every option on several occasions... the windows xp logo comes up... then the dell logo comes up, everything seems to be running smoothly... then comes a black screen with a small flashing dot in the top left... and then I see the same"We apologize for the inconvenience... Windows did not start successfully" screen.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Can't get past "Windows did not start successfully" screen...

Have you added any new hardware just prior to this happening? If so remove it and try again.

Did you install new software or run windows update just prior to it happening?

Without much to go on it may be worth doing a windows repair installation. It sounds dramatic, but it will not destroy any of your data or files, just attempt to repair the windows os installation.

There is a step-by-step guide with pics here. Hopefully that will resolve your problem if windows became corrupt somehow...

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In the roller coaster existence of my laptop in the past five days, I have had a virus, ran malware, went to black screen, ran malware. For 3 hours it worked, not great but I could get to my files. Then . . . yesterday it opened in safe mode to a sign in for "Other User". I have tried to names and passwords for both users, blank, admin but I can't get past the screen.

I have an operating system disc so I could start over but I would sure like to save some files before I go there.

HELP.

Answer:Can't get past "Other User"

What message to you receive when Trying to Logon as Administrator?

Please be Precise with your Answer

Many Thanks,
Josh

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I bought my laptop about 6 months ago, came with Windows 7 32Bit on it. Worked fine until this morning. I started it up, and it goes until the Starting Windows screen and freezes. I have tried numerous different things, system restore didn't work, F3 on startup and "Fix Errors" didn't work, messed with a bunch of the settings you get to from TAB/F3/F11 on startup, still nothing. It didn't come with a Windows 7 install CD, and I pretty much gave up on it so I went to do a system recovery and wipe everything fresh. I cannot even do it, because when I try to do system recovery, it still goes to the windows screen and freezes. I downloaded and burned an ISO file to boot off of, which works for a second, then straight back to the windows screen and freezes.
I can still start up in safe mode, in fact I am writing this from safe mode right now. Is there anything to do? Please help...and thank you in advance.

Answer:Help Please! Cannot get past "Starting Windows" Screen.

boot into safe mode,press f8, try" boot to last know good config" or if that doesn't work, try booting to an older restore point from safe mode. the way to do this when in safe mode: run/cmd/rstrui.exe. this has worked for me.

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hello everybody, i'm kinda new to the site. i found it while searching my problem on google. anyways, i have a compaq presario 2500 laptop with windows xp home edition sp1 installed. I had left my computer at the desktop screen to go do something and when I came back avast antivirus had come up with a message saying that one of my files was infected with a trojan. i believe the file was stored in the system or system32 folder. anyways, it had reccomended me to move the file to avast's "virus chest", so I did. and i went ahead and worked on my laptop as normal. then after shutting my computer down and starting it back up later in the day, i found that my laptop would not load any further than the blue "windows is starting up..." screen. i let it sit there for about 30 mins. so then i went to my desktop and started researching my problem on google. i tried going into safe mode, but it still gets stuck at the same screen. i tried the option for booting with the last good settings, and that didnt work. then I found an article on this site that reccomended doing an xp repair with xp install cd. i did that, step by step, and that still did not do the trick. it still hangs at the "windows is starting up..." screen, even in safe mode.

i'm getting a bad feeling that I am going to have to format the hd. There's alot of data on my laptop that I didn't have backed up, so I was wondering if you guys had any other ideas that I could t... Read more

Answer:cannot get past "windows is starting up..." screen

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Using Win 7 x64, Intel i7 965, Asus Rampage 2, 32gb memory, 2 Intel ssd running RAID 0, 2 Seagate 500gb drives RAID 1. Had the Seagate hard drives fail, but were under warranty and they replaced them. Do NOT have them on-line at present time. Have tried to re-install system (had upgrade DVD for Win 7), but was not able to get the system to recognize the DVD because I can't get to OS. Am unable to get the system to do anything. Have checked BIOS to make sure drives are RAID. Since hardware comes up and ssd's come up,and graphics seems to be ok, am unable to figure out problem. Any ideas, anybody?

Thanks

Answer:Can't get past '"Starting Windows" screen

I'm assuming you had the two Intel SSD's RAID as your Win7 drive, and the two Seagates which failed were a Data RAID. So why do you need to reinstall the OS? Just reinstall the Seagates in a RAID if you want.

If the SSD's were not the OS RAID then why not? Install Win7 to them to get best performance.

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As stated in the title, my computer hangs at the "Starting Windows" screen.
I'm using an iMac 9.1, with a bootcamp partition on Windows 7. (I can't access my Mac OS X partition at all).
I don't have a Windows 7 Installation disk or any peripheral disks.

I left my computer on all night and when. I woke up the next morning only to find out my computer just had a BSOD. I force shut down my computer then it just hung at the "starting windows' screen. Im assuming its a driver problem, since I can log in using safe mode. Also startup repair doesnt work, it just gives my a black screen.

I've been working on this for 5 hours now, and i can't figure out a way to fix this problem. Reply ASAP
 

Answer:Can't go past "Starting Windows" screen.

If you can't access the mac OS and Windows is on the same hard drive - it makes me suspect that the HDD is fubar.
 

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Just like the title says. I had used my computer a few days ago and it worked fine then the next time I tried to start it up it would just take me to the Windows error recovery screen or start windows but would never load past the starting windows screen. The error recovery menu helped me none whatsoever. I also had not previously created a restore point so it's not possible to restore my system to and earlier date when it was working properly. To make matters worse I cannot seem to locate any of the discs/software that came with the computer. If possible I would just do a system format because that looks like my only option after trying numerous fixes. The problem is I have important documents and lots of family videos that are still on the hard drive that I had not backed up externally. I'm assuming something crashed and this is what is preventing my computer from starting up properly? If anyone could provide me with some sort of insight on how I could fix this big mess it would be greatly appreciated!
Cheers.

Answer:Cannot get past the "Starting Windows" screen, please help!!

win7 recovery environment->startup repair. Does it find any error (click view diagnostics results). 0x0 means no errors. Any errors?
win7 recovery environment->command prompt

Code:
dir c:
dir d:
dir e:
Now you know drive leter of OS drive in recovery environment. Assume it's E

Code:
chkdsk/f e:
Post results.

Can you boot in safe mode? If not, tell me exactly what's happening then

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Hiya,

My laptop (Dell Inspiron 1501) was really slow so yesterday I restored it to the original factory settings and started a fresh. Everything seemed to be going ok until this morning when I've turned it on and it's not going past the welcome screen when trying to load Windows up? Any ideas how I can solve this?

Many thanks, Mark.

Answer:Vista, not going past "Welcome" screen when loading up?

Try safe booting, think its f8 key during system load.
Let us know how it works out.

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I have an said laptop and it won't start at all anymore, I turn it on and I get the said logo screen then it goes to "starting windows" screen and freezes with like a fuzzy blue line on top of the screen. I used my recovery CD and tried all 3 reformatting options and nothing works, after all 3 it just restarted my laptop and it continued to have the same problem again. Starting to get really frustrated lol, anyone had this problem before?
 

Answer:cant get past "starting windows" screen

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Hi! Last night, while playing a game, my computer froze then turned off. When I tried to turn it back on, it seemed to come up normally with the hp invent screen, then the F2 screen...except, when I hit F2, I was taken to a screen that started off with "We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows was unable to start up normally..." The options listed are to start up in safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration, or start up windows normally. No matter which one I select, I am taken back to the original hp invent screen, then the F2 screen, etc...it's a never ending cycle and I am getting nowhere!
Does anyone have any ideas that might help me?
 

Answer:Can't get past "sorry for the inconvenience" screen

The System partition is damaged so you need to perform a XP Repair, for details see: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Checkout the section titled: XP Repair install

Good luck and Happy New Year.
 

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I could sure use some help, been trying to upgrade my wife's computer from XP pro to win. 7 home prem. 64 bit. I am on my 3rd install, the 1st two times it was user error (my fault) that created the problem, this 3rd time I was much more careful but something is just not right.

Problem - after I sign in with "password" I get to the "welcome" screen and the small circle just spins forever.

I have done a lot of research and found a lot of possible fixes but nothing works.

This is a custom built system (by me) and worked perfectly with XP Pro, I recently did the same conversion on my computer system and had NO problems, I am using "OEM" install disks purchased from the Egg.

HDD - (120GB Seagate)
Power Supply - 500w antec
RAM - (Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS PC2 6400)
CPU - Intel core2duo 6300 OC'D to 2.10mhz

Tested HDD with Crystaldiskinfo w/ HDD Smart Monitoring - no problem
Tested RAM with Windows built in RAM test (2 passes) -no problem

I have run:
Avast - boot scan, smart scan, full scan - all OK
SFC - OK
Disk Ck. -OK
Malwarebytes - OK
Reinstalled GeForce driver
Root Kit scan w/Spybot - OK
Defraged HDD
Crap Cleaner

The system WILL boot fine in "safe mode"

Most drivers are from "manufacturer" not just M$ generic

I have tried tracking down "error" info from "event viewer" not much help, did try a couple of "fixes" to no avail.

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Answer:Will not boot past "welcome" screen

How did you get so many programs right after a clean install?
Did you install all Windows updates?
Spybot years ago was a great program. Haven't heard anything good about it in 5 years.
What is Key Scrambler?
The way to get most drivers when installing Windows 7 is let Windows 7 install the drivers and then check Device Manager for problems.

Check and see how much free space you have on your 80 gb drive.

Better yet read through this Tutorial by Greg. Their is lots of good information so take your time.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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

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

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

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Monday morning- Screen pops up saying my laptop wasn't shut down right. That it had to run a test to shut it down normal- Test took about 3hrs to complete.
After test I could get on like normal then once I shut it it shut down and didn't get back on till later that night only to find I CAN"T get past the  Black screen of death- the black screen with the "_" in top left corner. I've restarted it a lot to see if it would just turn on like normal with no luck. I CAN"T press F8 without having it beep at me I can only get into F2 and F12 and that is it. I know my battery is crap has been because it won't charge. I also Sunday night uploaded from malware bites web page a free download refreash virus protection again. Because somehow it went missing a few weeks before I did find that night I had to big viruses that I did get taken care of which were both trojans. I did get onto google.com a few times that night with having problems when trying to open the new window in a new tab- Fire Fox.- My mother also said her down stairs computer desk top was doing the same with google the day. So I'm wondering what is going on with everything. I've tried to get a email for tech support but no luck because they say that they don't do anything with my model number- which is only 2-3 yrs old. I've got a lot saved on the computer but can't get inside at all.
 
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Answer:Laptop 1545 won't start up past the Dell welcome page- Black screen with &quot;_&quot; blinking in top Left corner F8 won't work at all to restore or safe mode.

Hi Emilie2011,
Welcome to the Community, it could be an issue with the harddrive. I suggest you can start by running the Hardware diagnostics.
To run diagnostics press and hold down the "Fn" key (on the lower left hand bottom of the keyboard)  and turn on the system,it should ideally bring up screen showing Pre-Boot System Assessment.
Another way to run the diagnostics go to F12 screen,scroll down using the "up" and "down" arrow key,choose diagnostics  and press Enter.
If the diagnostics shows any error code/message please post it back.
Since your system is getting stuck on black screen with blinking cursor,you can also try to release flea power.
To release flea power disconnect the charger and remove the battery,press and hold down the power button for 30 seconds,reconnect the battery and charger.Turn on the system and see if it boots to Windows.
Hope this helps,
Thank You
Roshan.

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Hey, if you have multiple windows xp accounts, and go to change users, and you still have something running it always says "1 program running" or however many you have running, is there any way to disable that?
 

Answer:"Logged On" and "1 program running"

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Greetings!

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks!
~Joe

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

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

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

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

Arsenurderer said:

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



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

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

Run "Scan" of ADWCleaner
Downloads - AdwCleaner - ToolsLib

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

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

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

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Trying to fix my friend's laptop. She claims she was watching a youtube video and all of th sudden the computer started acting up and so she rebooted the computer and now it won't boot past the xp logon scren. Comes up with the error: "data execution prevention; userini logon application" with the only option of close message. windows does not contiue to boot and just sits there. I have tried to boot into safe mode but it only gives the option of booting into normal xp media center. tried last known good config and same results. any ideas?

acer aspire 3050-1594
AMD Sempron 3400+
xp media center
 

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I am going 'round & 'round with this issue. I log on as limited user account for security. However, when I am on that acct, I cannot copy files to the external HP drive - I have to switch over to the admin user account to do so. In order to use the limited account for this operation, I have read that you should disable simple file sharing, (on admin acct), then rt clik on the file u want to copy - this then opens a menu with security tab where you are supposed to be able to give full control to the limited acct for that file. My admin acct that brings up this menu has those boxes to check grayed out. Also, do you have to rt click and give full permission for any file that you want to copy? (once you have this all figured out) - Seems a bit cumbersome. Any ideas anyone?? Thanks.
 

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The control panel opens fine. I can access all items in the control panel
except "Network and sharing center" and the "User accounts" (I can't access this sections via the taskbar either).

What happens when I open one of the two items is I get a popup saying the
following; WINDOWS EXPLORER HAS STOPPED WORKING.

I used to be able to access these items. And one day, I just coulodn't anymore...

Anyone knows how to solve this? Thanks.

I'm using Vista Ultimate x64

Answer:Can't access "Network and Sharing Center" nor "User Accounts"

Hello Newbie,

See if running a sfc /scannow can find and fix bad system files that may be responsible for this.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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

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

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

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Srry i know this post is a bit old but i recently just got this problem i can access the internet fine but i cant access my network settings, user settings, or see the the properties of my pc. i tried running your solution Brink but the scannow showed

"Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Windows\system32>sfc /scannow
Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service.
C:\Windows\system32>"

i then ran sfc /verifyonly but got the same answer.

i then ran findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log >%userprofile%\Desktop\sfcdetails.txt. and the txt file came up blank.

idk wat to do rite now i am at my witts end.

Answer:Can't access "Network and Sharing Center" nor "User Accounts"

Hello Jayrrus, and welcome to Vista Forums.

I would recommend that you use Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper to scan your system with at boot to help make sure that your system is malware free first.

Afterwards, you might see if you may be able to do a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before you had these issues to see if that may be able to fix them.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I'd like to assign a few select "domain users" to be local admin over their test machines which log into a domain. The test machines are Windows 7 64bit and the domain is Win2k8 R2. I have been searching around for the best way to do it but I've come up short on my search.

Anyone know off the top of their head?

Thanks

Answer:Assigning "domain user" to "local admin" on select PCs

Create a new group in AD, for example, TestUsers
Add the required users to the group
Go round each machine and add the group as a member of local admins.

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I have W7 Home Premium and my PC started acting strange this morning.

It would not get past the Windows "welcome" screen after I entered my password.

I had to power off using the power button and after a few attempts it got past the "welcome" screen.

But after a restart the same problems occur.

This is my only PC so would like to get this fixed if I can.

I have not added any software recently, only windows updates.

The last piece of hardware installed were game joysticks which I plug in and out as required.

And a USB powered hub which again has nothing plugged in at the moment.

Any help appreciated.

Regards

Simon

Answer:W7 Not Getting Past "Welcome" Screen

You could try a System Restore at boot. See OPTION TWO in this Tutorial - This can be handy if you cannot startup Windows 7:

System Restore

Read the Information, Note and Warning texts so you know how this works.

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So I was playing games on my computer, and one of my applications wasn't working so I decided, let me restart my computer, and when I did, I typed in my password and everything and it just sat there saying "welcome" until I had enough. I looked on this site and tried everything I could understand, but still it mocks me. I restored my computer with the windows 7 disc (to three days ago). I unplugged it and took out the battery in the motherboard and all that. I looked through the BIOS settings and can't seem to get it. I'll take any advice you can offer. Thanks.

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

* Assign a default domain for logon


* Do not display last logged on user


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

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

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Hi All,

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

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

Thanks so much!
CG
 

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

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

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

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

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Hi All,

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

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

Thanks so much!
CG

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

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

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OK, this is one WEIRD problem, but also extremely frustrating. I have a new Asus netbook computer running Windows 7 and on certain User Agreement screens where you have to agree by hitting a button on the bottom of the page, the screen is too "long" to even see, much less reach, the buttons!

I have tried fiddling with the "encryption" when I would right-click on it; I have tried to "grab" the screen's edges and shrink it--no luck!

On my Windows Live Messenger screen in "Options", I cannot hit the "Apply" buttons at the bottom of the page! I can only "grab" the pale blue border on top of the screen, and edge it up about a half-centimeter soi I can just see the tops of the buttons, but as soon as I let it go, the screen falls back down nd the buttons are inaccessible.

OK--is there a fix for this? Something that a noob like me doesn't know? This is maddening--to not be able to see PDF's sent in emails because I can't open Adobe Acrobat Reader. I wonder what ELSE I can't do with Windows 7?

Can anyone offer suggestion?!

Answer:Cannot reach "I Agree" buttons on User Agreement screen

Hitting the TAB key will advance the cursor one field at a time..

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Just installed win10 (build 10130) last night onto my Asus laptop. I upgraded from Win 7 Home.
There was only 1 user on Win7, me, system admin. On the first upgrade, after attaching my profile to my Windows account, after the first reboot, I could no longer successfully fully log in to my desktop on my account. I got the "Critical Error has occurred in the Shell Infrastructure Host ....." message.

So I rolled back to 7, made another admin account ("Sam Samson"), just in case, and re-updated.

I re-attached my main account to my Windows account. Got the same critical error. Sam (and another new account, Mitch), seem to work fine. However, on the login screen, there are now 2 "key" icons named "password". They seem to belong to the Sam and Mitch accounts, but I can't find ANYTHING on the internet about this.

So 2 questions:
1. What are those keys, and
2. Can I recover my user? I've tried sfc and many, many reboots. Even tried startup recovery.

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

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

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Help! This is so weird. My computer was frozen so I tried to restart it. I was re-booting it, but the "Starting Windows" screen was taking a really long time. I tried restarting it several times, it did nothing. I tried running the second option it gave me when i restarted, which was something like "run system restore" but that did the same, on a different loading screen. I have a HP Pavillion DV7, and it came with a "Quick Links" screen, before the startup, where I can access an internet browser, mail, calendar and skype. I am using that right now, so I don't understand why I can't go to my regular windows screen? I'm really confused, I tried pressing the delete button and f10 right when I started my screen, but it would be a black screen then my computer would shut down.... My warranty ran out last month, please help?
 

Answer:Can't boot up windows past the "starting windows" screen, can't run system restore

Re: Can't boot up windows past the "starting windows" screen, can't run system restor

Tap F8 while booting and see if you can get to safe mode. If you can, try a recovery from there. You also want to backup if you get there. Sounds like a failing hard drive as a first quick guess so scan your drive for errors.

Windows Explorer, right click drive C, check for errors.
 

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Okay first hello and thanks for any info you could provide.

First my screen resolution is 1920x1200

The logon screen is this same resolution, thus the User Account Picture on Logon Screen size looks about 1 inch squared

Is there anyway to change this to make it larger

Note: I'm talking about the User Account Picture not the logon screen

Answer:User Account Picture on Logon Screen size "Windows 7 Ultimate x64"

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ZeroProfile


Okay first hello and thanks for any info you could provide.

First my screen resolution is 1920x1200

The logon screen is this same resolution, thus the User Account Picture on Logon Screen size looks about 1 inch squared

Is there anyway to change this to make it larger

Note: I'm talking about the User Account Picture not the logon screen


If you're the only person that uses that pc, set a password and it will help make your pc more secure, plus you will have a bigger user account picture.

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As a desktop power user (large screen monitor(s), several windows open, complex programs, writing, spreadsheet, coding, picture manipulation, etc.) have you found any "Metro" (full screen on your monitor) apps that pull you away from the desktop?

Answer:Desktop Power User, what "Metro" full screen apps get your attention?

:thumbup: The Fud would ask -> "Is this wun of dose twicky kwestions?!!"

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

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

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

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

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Hi,

I would like to rename the "Other User" tile at the logon screen to something different like "BOB GENERIC" (not what we would use).
Dont know if it matters or not, but we have enabled policy "Do not show last logged user".


THanks

Answer:Rename "Other user" tile in logon screen

Hi,


Based my research and knowledge, we may not be able to achieve this request.Kim Zhou

TechNet Community Support

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Hi,

My computer is in domain and i am using third party software for login (2FA).
i want to disable the "other user" option on logon screen or if i click on other user nothing should happen.

i should authenticate only using third party software via domain.

Kindly help to fix it.
Bachchulal varma

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I've set up a secondary account on my Windows 7 machine and I need to find out how to disable the switch user thing.

In Windows XP, I could hit winflag+L and switch user as I would instantly be taken to the user list.

In Windows 7, for some reason they had to complicate everything. When I hit winflag+L it just displays a picture of my account and a "Switch User" button, which for me serves no purpose what so ever.

Is there any way I can regain Windows XP's user switch functionality in Windows 7, where winflag+L takes me directly to the user list on the login screen?
Thanks in advance

Answer:Disable "user locked" screen in windows 7

First, everyones situation is important to them. Bumping does not speed up the process, in fact it may slow it up, since we all think that you just posted.

Click Start button>
Little arrow at bottom by shut down
Switch user.


Hope this helps

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Hi,

My computer is in domain and i am using third party software for login (2FA).
i want to disable the "other user" option on logon screen or if i click on other user nothing should happen.

i should authenticate only using third party software via domain.

Kindly help to fix it.
Bachchulal varma

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

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

Thanks in advance.

Answer:"Switch User" results in black screen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Windows welcome screen only showing "Switch User"

Hello T Clouatre, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Assume I have a (big) directory tree with top node D:\data\log\
Some but not all of the containing folders and files have ACL access permissions for an (outdated) user "aaa".
How can I replace in all the ACLs where this user appears the user by another user "bbb"?
I am a third user "ccc" which is member of the "Administrators" group.
Peter

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*update*

Just found out that most of ProgramData's cleared out too.
Yea, can't really restore that stuff. Didn't lose anything thanks to my ocd filing system.
Sigh....all nighter restoring my system, here I come.

So now, changing the focus, please enlighten me as to how this happened?
Why did folders appear inside my "oldwindows" that had ties back to my active user account?
Why did deleting folders inside "oldwindows", specifically "protected operating system files" affect the active ones in C:\Users?
Why did some apps that I've installed only on this new image have files and folders inside the old?

Does Windows read everywhere for files and such?
Does putting .old in folder names prevent this?

And how do All Users, Public, and Default User work?

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Hi there, I messed up really really bad.

Long long long story short, I made the mistake of renaming my windows.old file to oldwindows, not to sure what I was thinking at the time.
Used "take ownership" to delete some of the old files like the system32 folder and others.
"Hide protected operating system files" was unchecked when I was deleting things.
(because of the above) Windows ended up reading/associating some files, folders, and services with the old user, I think.
My permissions got screwed up. Ended up with like 8 or 9 security permission profiles for some folders.

Not too big of a deal, didn't realize this at ... Read more

Answer:Restore "All User" and "Default User" profiles?

Deleting stuff from windows.old folder doesn't affect the current win7 installation! Are you sure you changed permissions on windows.old only (or files within)? Only deleted stuff in windows.old?

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As the subject line mentioned... i recently had to replace the screen in my Dell Precision M4800.  Now Whenever i am running Photoshop with my Wacom Cintiq tablet, the screen will freeze after a few minutes.  I updated the video driver but am still having the same problem.  I ran a diagnostic test and g everything checked out except for the "Notebook Panel" section.  there I get the error message "Video - User provided no input for graphics test"

Any idea how I can fix this?

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Hi All,

Is there an easy to "split" a 40 Gb user file area into ten 4 Gb "chunks", for the purpose of backing up onto ten DVDs? In other words, is there an easy way to copy a 40 Gb file area onto ten DVDs?

Operating System is Windows 7 Enterprise (64 bit).

Thank you for your time and help,
Best regards,
James

Answer:"Splitting" 40 Gb user file system into ten 4 Gb "chunks"

Perhaps if you save to a FAT32 formatted partition.
This is automatically done by image backup software such as Macrium and Acronis.

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I have Windows XP Pro., sp3.

When you install a new program, what determines where it is listed: All Users>Start Menu>Programs or "user name">Start Menu>Programs?

reoneill
 

Answer:What determines if a program is installed under "All Users" or "user name"?

Usually some of the programs give you an option to install it under your user name or for all users during the setup process. So say if I was installing (CVTae) a resume programming on a Windows XP computer it will after the installation process ask me if I want to install it as all users (so it will show up on the all users start menu so everyone can see it) or just for me. That's where you can decide for yourself where you want to install it.

'So usually it's the user's choice of where it's listed in most cases, but certainly not in all cases.

Hope that helps mate.
Dan
 

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Hi all,
I recently created a new user account on a win 7 home premium machine before I'd had much experience with win 7 (but years with 2000 and xp).
Instead of users\Roger\ it created users\user which I now realise is not correct. (I didn't call my account "user", either, before you ask. )
Can I fix this without deleting the profile and starting again, as I've done hours of work since that little stuff up.
Thanks in advance,
Roger.

Answer:Account "Roger" appears as "c:\users\user"

Roger I assuming you have tried change the account name in Control Panel??

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So I have my entire hard drive backed up to an image file. I had to format and put a new hard drive in my machine. All is fine and dandy, but when I try to access my user's folder in "documents and settings" on the mounted "image" all I get is "access is denied" - anyone know how to fix this, or get around it?
 

Answer:Accessing a user's "documents and settings" when it's "protected"

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I login into Win 7 as user=peter. This user is member of group=Administrators.
Now when I create a new text file then the owner is automatically the group=Administrators.
Why not user "peter"?
Peter

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Ok! My friend told me her mouse(ps/2) was not working all the time so I advised her to buy another mouse. However, she didn't advise me unitl later that it has also started smoking before it went out completely. She purchased a new mouse(usb of course) and windows kept telling her mouse was not detected, even though there was a usb mouse installed in the computer. The computer was still working though.

So I went to her house to check on the error message. I went to check set up and found the option for "PS/2 Mouse" set to auto detect-which is what it should have been set to, right? Well, I placed the "USB Mouse" in a different usb slot and windows kept restarting. I put it back into the slot she had it in and the same thing (windows kept restarting). I selected last known good configuration, safe mode, and start windows normally and they all kept restarting the computer. I then gave her another ps/2 mouse I had laying around the house, with other computer parts. I put it into one of my systems with Win XP Home, before taking it to her and it worked just fine. Not in her system though, it still kept restarting.

Finally, I removed the hdd and took it to my house to recover her information on it. After which, I took it back, reinstalled it and inserted my Win XP Home installation CD to repair her copy of windows. I was unsuccessful because it kept asking for the administrators password and I am the administrator, but it would not accept my... Read more

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Hi, i was simply surfing through ESPN and youtube when I realized that my Laptop (Gateway NV79) was running quite slowly and then after a while it completely froze. I couldn't do anything, nothing i did would work . So unfourtunantly i had to hard shutdown it.
And here's what happened after i rebooted it, It comes up with two options
1. Start Startup Repair(Recommended)
2. Start Windows Normally

-I go to "Start windows Normally" and it goes to boot up normally, but then after the Windows 7 logo appears it just stays there and nothing happens
-I go Launch Startup Repair and it says loading files, but then it goes to a black screen with the logo © Micosoft Corporation and nothing happens

-I tried F8 advanced boot but it doesnt do anything
-I tried safe mode with networking, it says loading files and please waitt but even after 10 mins it just stays the same
-I dont have win 7 CD
Please assist me if you can I am in dire need.
 

Answer:My computer wont get past the windows 7 "starting windows" screen

I think I would run memory and hard drive diagnostics. Maybe included in your BIOS (Setup) or Recovery partition or set of Recovery DVDs tools. Memtest86+ is a popular test. The hard drive manufacturer usually has the best diagnostics for it.
 

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

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

ijerry

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

Answer:problems login screen - "Other User"

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

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

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windows 7 ultimate(64 bit) my display screen goes to "locked screen/change user" if idle for 1 or 2 minutes. I hit the space bar and it goed back to where I was. I can't figure out how to fix this. Very annoying.

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

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

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

How to remove it?

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

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

Click software - security
Digital Persona Fingerprint Reader Software

Answer:Remove "no name" user from login screen

Give this tutorial a try.
User Account - Delete

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My PC: Acer Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

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

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



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



This is tedious.

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

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

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

What controls this behavior and how do I change it?

HALP!

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

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

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?
 

Answer:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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I read all the responses to the exact question as mine as well as similar questions, none are applicable, as not even Safe Mode will load past black screen with "Safe Mode" in each corner, and at the top "Microsoft (R) Windows (R) (Build 7601:Service
Pack 1)". Thankfully, i had just recently backed up most of my files!  I want to get it working so I can wipe it clean and get rid of it. Please help, thanks!

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Hey yesterday I got some sort of spyware or bug and my computer started acting funny so I turned it off and upon turning it back on I couldn't get it to boot. I've tried all the safe modes, tried booting from the windows 7 dvd to repair or reinstall the os but it won't make it past the starting windows screen. I suspect that the master boot files have been removed or corrupted by the virus (which was called "guo" in my task manager). So I'm stumped. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:windows 7 won't boot past "starting windows" screen

You should post this information in the System Security forum.

Start a new thread and someone will help you.

Edit: it's moved.

Definitely agree with Borg and Golden, AV Rescue Disk is the best place to start.

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