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

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

Coming up with a title to this problem was difficult.

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

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

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

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

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

Eventually, the only thing I could think to do was power down my computer manually (by pressing the button on the tower and all that). It did the trick. Starting the computer again and logging in went flawlessly, and I was able to use my computer all that day with zero incidents. That night, I switched accounts to the login screen as is usual and went to bed.

When I woke up and powered my monitor up, everything looked normal. No black screen, which was excellent. However, upon typing in my password and logging in, I got a warning that ipoint.exe hadn't started (or initialized, or something similar). I'm fairly certain that's the program that controls my cursor and mouse activity (Intellipoint).

Naturally, I couldn't use my mouse, but everything else appeared to be running properly at first. I tried navigating through things by keyboard (intending to try to get ipoint.exe running otherwise), but pressing the buttons I would normally press to do so did nothing. No amount of tab-ing, ctrl/alt/del-ing, or elsewise did anything at all.

Reluctantly, I was eventually again forced to power down with the hardware. At this point, you may be thinking that I'd have come here to get help, but I honestly didn't think the two issues were related or all that major. I figured a couple of programs that usually don't run at the same time may have done so and just caused the first lock up and second program failure.

Powering up the computer after the hard restart and logging in went perfectly well, as it did the first time, and I had no problems all day. As usual, I switched accounts when logging out that night.

Then today happened. I woke up and turned the monitor on. Everything looked normal. I logged in and immediately had an error saying one of the pieces of my antivirus (Avira) hadn't initialized properly (I think it was avwsc, or something similar). This time, however, my mouse was working, so I was able to click OK and check my antivirus out. Which was still running and seemed to be doing so properly. Out of paranoia, I did restart it, in case it wasn't actually running in full.

I then opened my browser (Firefox) from the start bar (it had been running overnight, of course), and it pulled up normally enough, but no text was visible anywhere. I had a Gmail tab opened, for instance, and I could see the colors and layout of my chosen theme, and even that I had three emails. However, no text for them was visible at all. The text was visible on most of the browser otherwise (that is, I could see my bookmarks toolbar almost in full, and the File, Edit, etc).

As I usually do in odd situations, I went to run Task Manager to look things over. While I waited for it to start up (on occasion, it takes some time, so I thought nothing of it), I went to close Notepad which I'd also been running overnight, but I wanted to save it first. Naturally, there was no visible text (though the cursor indicated it was all still there). I tried saving it anyway, but it automatically suggested I save it to my Windows folder (very odd), and there was no text otherwise in the "save file as.." window (which otherwise looked normal).

Then the error popped up saying taskmgr.exe had failed to initialize properly. Perfect. So I just closed out of Notepad, not caring too much about the text within, and closed down my browser. I figured I would log out and back in. Maybe cause whatever was failing to start up or something similar.

Upon clicking the appropriate button in the start menu, the usual box to switch accounts or log out came up, but without text. I still clicked the log out button, since I'm familiar with the icon, and it logged me out quickly and easily enough. Except instead of taking me to my usual screen with the list of accounts and a background picture, I was given a window that just had my account name already typed in and was awaiting my password. Very odd.

I decided I should restart, and there was an option on the window, so I clicked it. The screen did go black, and after a few minutes, another window error popped up saying update.exe had failed. However, after OK was clicked and a few more minutes had passed, the computer did restart and brought me back on with no visible problems (as seems to be the normal case).

I did check out Windows Update to see if maybe there was some very recent update I hadn't gotten yet (since update.exe failed prior), but there was nothing new for me to download or install.

I have to assume now that something is very wrong. Whether with some Windows component, some software conflict, or whatever else. It could very well have something to do with the "switch user" process. The only other odd thing I recall happening at all lately is that Avira has been needing updates far more regularly than usual. That is, it usually checks for updates daily, but it's informed me of product/software updates almost daily for about a week now. Which seemed odd, but otherwise inconsequential.

I do run an antivirus scan nightly (which has never posed a problem before, nor does it ever find anything), and I usually go through this website's malware removal guide process monthly or slightly less often just out of that sense of paranoia I mentioned earlier (I'm usually pretty good with reading logs and such, or thought I was; I could be infected and ignorant).

I know this is a long post and could annoy anyone otherwise willing to help, but I wanted to be as descriptive as possible. This problem is really ruining my usual routine, and the only solution I could think of would be to never let my computer run overnight. And while that would probably be a good idea anyway (energy and all that), I'd really rather just figure out what the problem is.

Any help would be excellent, welcome, and potentially used as a stepping stone for idle, albeit ferocious, idolization.

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

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

Greetings, Lapinne.

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

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

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

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

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Hey there,

when I first installed I set up my own account to be part of the administrator-group and deactivated UAC, because I came from XP and was annoyed about all the popups and prompts during the installation of all my apps. I made a backup of this set-up, and now, a year later, restored it, because my old win7 was broken in some points. Now I'm wondering how to restore the complete security for me?

Is it enough to remove the "administrator"-group for my user (so that only the group "HomeUsers" remains) and activate UAC? Is this the default setting, or is there anything left?

Thanks so far!

Edit: Damn, I made myself to "HomeUser" and activated UAC (admin acc is inactive, though). But now I can't do anything!? I thought this was the right way to do it, but now I can't even click "yes" when promped by UAC...
Edit2: Okay made it back by googling: using safemode of Win7, logging into Adminacc and than I could restore my user-acc to be part of administrators...

Answer:Getting back my security by "fixing" User-Account

no, don't make your only account into standard user. Because you will need atleast one active administrator account.

You can do two things:
1) Restore back to the state where you haven't made your account standard user yet.
Create new account (standard user account)
And use this standard user account for your everyday tasks.
For administrative tasks either login to your last admin account or "run as administrator" and put password for your admin account.

2) If you don't want to configure your settings and preferences to new account:
Restore back.
Create new Administrator account.
Login in with it.
Make your previous account standard user.
Proceed just like at (1). use standard account for everyday tasks and for administrative tasks either switch user or "run as admin".

First option is more preferable, as in some cases if you convert admin into LUA (limited user account) it may still inherit some privileges from admin.

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I have Windows XP Professional SP2, Dell Inspiron 4000.

Ever since I got my computer I've been using the account "Administrator." So all my files and settings are on it. Today I randomly decided to make a new account, unaware that Administrator would disappear. (Apparently, says Windows Help & Support, Administrator is only available in safe mode or when there's no other account.) So now I want to go back to Administrator, but I can't figure out how to delete the new account... Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Want to go back to "Administrator" user account

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I have Windows XP Professional SP2, Dell Inspiron 4000.

Ever since I got my computer I've been using the account "Administrator." So all my files and settings are on it. Today I randomly decided to make a new account, unaware that Administrator would disappear. (Apparently, says Windows Help & Support, Administrator is only available in safe mode or when there's no other account.) So now I want to go back to Administrator, but I can't figure out how to delete the new account... Any suggestions?

Answer:Want to go back to "Administrator" user account

Log in in safe mode by pressing F8 when booting and then choose Administrator. Then from safe mode delete your new account. Then once Administrator is the only account, reboot. That should force Windows to allow you to use Administrator.

Another option you can try also is pressing CRTL ALT DEL twice at the login screen and typing "Administrator" and your pass. It may not work, however, due to XP Home.

BMR777

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Hi, I have two user accounts used by my wife and myself and Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) works fine on both user accounts. Very occasionally our daughters visit and use our pc. They use the Guest account. I just happened to log into the Guest account and got a pop up message saying that Microsoft Security Client User Interface has stopped working. When I closed the message I noticed that the MSE icon was missing from the Notification Area. When I tried to open MSE from the Start Menu I just got the pop up message again and MSE would not open.

I would add that I have no other anti-virus software running on my pc apart from MSE.

I would appreciate any help that anyone could give me

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

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

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

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

Answer:Problems with "Switch User" on computer

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

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

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

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

Trinity Rescue Kit may find the accounts also.

http://trinityhome.org

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

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I've looked for a straightforward answer to this, and the searches I done can't find this...

1. This concerns a Win 10 User Accounts on both a single PC, and multiple PC's that are *not* in a Domain.
2. These are all "local" User Accounts.
3. These PC's are highly secured; no "cloud" accounts, "OneDrive" deinstalled/disabled (both in Win 10 and Office).
4. PC's are identical (hardware) and are being loaded from a master disk image. The only differences should be:
a. PC name
b. Windows Key #
c. MAC addresses

I'm setting up several User Accounts from a "prototype" Account, and would like to copy the user "settings" all all of them. "Settings" means
1. For Win 10 - Desktop configuration, Personalization, File Explorer options, File Sharing options (on a "base" Win 10 disk image).
2. For Office 20xx - All "settings" except for "Personalize your copy of MS Office" (on a "base" + MS Office 20xx disk image
3. For other software (on a "base" + MS Office 20xx + other, AKA "Full-load" disk image)

I'm assuming (a bad thing to do) that the needed info resides in:
1. The Registry in
a. HK Current User
b. HK Users
2. Each User's AppData

To do this, are there:
1. Copy/Paste from the Registry/AppData procedures
2. Commercial/Open Source tools
to do this?

Thanks!

Answer:"Cloning" User Settings from a Prototype User Account - (Win 10)

The best way to do this is to install software and customize the default user profile in Audit Mode, then sysprep the image and deploy it. This procedure does everything you listed.

See this tutorial: Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums

Kari

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I've looked for a straightforward answer to this, and the searches I done can't find this...

1. This concerns a Win 10 User Accounts on both a single PC, and multiple PC's that are *not* in a Domain.
2. These are all "local" User Accounts.
3. These PC's are highly secured; no "cloud" accounts, "OneDrive" deinstalled/disabled (both in Win 10 and Office).
4. PC's are identical (hardware) and are being loaded from a master disk image. The only differences should be:
a. PC name
b. Windows Key #
c. MAC addresses

I'm setting up several User Accounts from a "prototype" Account, and would like to copy the user "settings" all all of them. "Settings" means
1. For Win 10 - Desktop configuration, Personalization, File Explorer options, File Sharing options (on a "base" Win 10 disk image).
2. For Office 20xx - All "settings" except for "Personalize your copy of MS Office" (on a "base" + MS Office 20xx disk image
3. For other software (on a "base" + MS Office 20xx + other, AKA "Full-load" disk image)

I'm assuming (a bad thing to do) that the needed info resides in:
1. The Registry in
a. HK Current User
b. HK Users
2. Each User's AppData

To do this, are there:
1. Copy/Paste from the Registry/AppData procedures
2. Commercial/Open Source tools
to do this?

Thanks!

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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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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 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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Hello,

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

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

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

TIA!

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Hello

Interestingly on boot up I see "another user" but the picture is blank, with a frame around it (I can see through it to the boot wallpaper that I have changed to prove) ..

Who is another user?

Please help as I have been on the 2 days now

Answer:Created admin User but can see on 'Switch User" cntrl/alt/del

Sorry to bump but things have changed somewhat, and yes could start a new topic but will try the edit function as I am not here often. I see 110 views and that's promising

Please advise who is this "another user" icon/picture is blank, with a frame around it (I can see through it to the boot wallpaper that I have changed to prove) .. on control /alt/ delete.

I now have admin rights back (previous problem) but this "another user" can't be found anywhere (I know of) except at login. I am stumped..

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I need to create user with username "user" but Windows 10 won't let me.

I delete user folder in users folder and open:
Settings->Accounts->Family & other users->Add someone else to this PC->(click on link)The person I want to add doesn't habe an email address->(click on link)->Add a user without a Microsoft account
And then I enter user name "user" and password and it saves it without problem. But I can't login like that user, I can't even see that user anywhere. Then I repeat all above procedure but then I got an error that I must type in other user name then "user".

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I am not sure what happened here but I have been using Local User to sign in for a couple of years since I installed Windows 10 but suddenly after a reboot, I am now forced to use MS account login. Note, for my initial install, I did use a MS account but then I did not like it and was able to change it to Local user and was using that ever since.

I have searched for solutions but can not find anything that works. Trying to change it directly via the settings/account results in:
Error code (0x80004005) and message: "We're sorry, but something went wrong. Your Microsoft Account wasn't changed to a local account."

I have also tried adding another 'family member' account and get this error:
"We couldn't connect to Microsoft family right now, so your family on this device might not be up to date."
Clicking on add a family member at this point anyway, opens a box that says 'Something went wrong'.

Any solutions that I did try from other sources have not helped.

Does anyone have any idea if this suddenly came with a Windows update, or something I did to myself? Any armstrong ways to fix this and get back to a Local User for sign on to Windows?

Thanks,
Larry

Answer:Sudden switch from Local User to MS account - can not switch back

lrw said:

I am not sure what happened here but I have been using Local User to sign in for a couple of years since I installed Windows 10 but suddenly after a reboot, I am now forced to use MS account login. Note, for my initial install, I did use a MS account but then I did not like it and was able to change it to Local user and was using that ever since.

I have searched for solutions but can not find anything that works. Trying to change it directly via the settings/account results in:
Error code (0x80004005) and message: "We're sorry, but something went wrong. Your Microsoft Account wasn't changed to a local account."

I have also tried adding another 'family member' account and get this error:
"We couldn't connect to Microsoft family right now, so your family on this device might not be up to date."
Clicking on add a family member at this point anyway, opens a box that says 'Something went wrong'.

Any solutions that I did try from other sources have not helped.

Does anyone have any idea if this suddenly came with a Windows update, or something I did to myself? Any armstrong ways to fix this and get back to a Local User for sign on to Windows?

Thanks,
Larry



Hi Larry and welcome to Tenforums.
MS servers were having problems today; probably why you got those errors.
Please try now - everything seems to be back in working order.
Switch to Local Account in Windows 10
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I was able to remove it from the welcome screen and start menu, but can't find a way to remove it from the shutdown menu. Can somebody please help me?
 

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

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

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

The Shadow
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Desktop icons move after "switch user"

Hello Janeeni,

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

~Lordbob

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Disable "switch user" in the registry

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

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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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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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My Windows 10 laptop has several shared drives (not folders).
They are shared with Everyone, Full Control, Password-Protected sharing is off.

I can't access them from my main PC, but I can access the Users\Public folder.

Sharing settings below...

Answer:Shared Drive: "Your user account doesn't have permission to access"

Can't access them from my Android device either. ES File Explorer says"

Login fails
This may be caused by:
- The account has no permissions

I therefore assume the problem is with the PC with the shares, not my network.

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Hi,

I recently installed a new webcam (Canyon) on my home PC.
Windows XP Pro. (SP3).

The webcam came with AMCAP version 9.0, which works fine, except for the following strange scenario:

When I log on with the Administrative account I can start AMCAP
and then see the camera window, I can then click on the menu
Capture >> Capture Photo, upon which another AMCAP window pops up with a still image which I can then save as for example a .jpg image.

Now, when I log on to me desktop with my Limited User account,
everything works as before EXCEPT that when I click on the
Capture >> Capture Photo menu item the second AMCAP windows does NOT popup and I can therefore NOT take a photo using the software?

Why could this be?
What rights can I grant the Limited User account that will 'help' AMCAP to perform the Capture Photo function?

Any ideas?

It is really frustrating having to switch to my Administrator account JUST to take a photo!

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I have a computer running windows 7 64bit ult. I changed settings on the Network-PC\users\BOB to deny all access to BOB. Immediately after doing this my desktop disappeared and things stopped working. I thought it was a simple fix.

I went into the Admin account and changed it so that user BOB had access to the directory BOB. As far as I can tell, I've given BOB every possible ability to access anything. However, logging into BOB results in the inability to use windows search, unable to open video files in %appdata%, almost every program is broken either saying corruption (which isn't true) or out of memory or access denied.

I attempted to create a new username but certain programs will not open under this username. Is there ANY way to simply UNDO that one step. According to admin and everything BOB should have unrestricted access to everything but everything is broken. Could not even get simple things to run like Handbrake.

All permissions on every drive is set to allow BOB full control. Attempting to set permissions within the account called BOB results in the false error message that the file doesn't exist or BOB doesn't have access. Right click shows full access.

I need to figure out how to undo ONE mistake, you'd think it would be as easy as undoing what you did but apparently windows error messages are generating errors that are themselves: errors. I've tried adjusting "owners" but that is practically a field of quantum physics. Ran SFC /scannow as suggest... Read more

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My Windows 10 laptop has several shared drives (not folders).
They are shared with Everyone, Full Control, Password-Protected sharing is off.

I can't access them from my main PC, but I can access the Users\Public folder.

Sharing settings below...

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

Answer:Admin account error "User Login Service Failed"

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

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Hello,

I have a large home office data store synched betweendevices using Offline Files and standard Windows user account based sharing andUAC. As a result, all user?s personal data folders have a very specific namingsystem maintained for years. The new ?sign-in using Microsoft account option,?which is very attractive for synchronizing less data intensive user data, ledme to try that, but the resulting user account name was not customizable, andwas totally incompatible with our network shares. I did a full ?reset? andchanged to local accounts matching our existing directory structure. But wehave lost the ability to sync settings between the office machines as well as mobile devices.

I read the tutorial about changing from a local to Microsoftaccount sign-in route with hope that it might help.

Would changing to Microsoft account sign-in also change thenaming of the established user profile personal folders, which are the same asthe legacy ones? I am hoping, since Windows will not allow me to rename these folders,that they will also be unaffected by the change to a Microsoft account sign-in.

Please advise ASAP.

Answer:User Account Actual Name in "%Sysroot%\Users": It Matters

Kengrush said:

Would changing to Microsoft account sign-in also change thenaming of the established user profile personal folders, which are the same asthe legacy ones?



No. Changing from a local account to a Microsoft account will not change the \User\ folder for the user. When installing Windows 10, I always sign in with a local account first, "John". My user data folder gets named "John" and does not change when I switch the account to a Microsoft account.

You might also get away with changing the username to what you need if you run netplwiz. Click on the account under "users for this computer" to highlight a user, then click on properties:

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I received a new laptop at work to install Windows 10 Pro on. It previously had Windows 8 Home but I did a clean install of Windows 10 and upgraded it to Pro using a valid key. The issue I'm facing now is that when I try to login, I get the "Password is incorrect issue" many times trying to login with a domain controller user account. I've searched and have found no answers. Does anyone know what could be causing this problem? I'm currently on Build14393.

I assume the upgrade to Pro, which simply installed the 'Pro' features on top of the Windows 10 Home upgrade, didn't fully install the domain functions? There was no option for me to do a clean install of Windows Pro from USB. I'm just throwing that out there just in case.

Answer:"Password is incorrect" on domain controller user account

Welcome to the forum.

You need to contact the company IT staff about this. They understand the important specifics of the situation better than could anyone else.

Was the computer successfully joined to the domain? This is something that only a domain admin could do.

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Thinkpad T530. I have two user accounts, both are administrators (for now, at least I've configured everything).

On account 1, the built-in admin account, optical drive works fine
On account 2, the second account, when I log in (or even switch users), the optical drive isn't under computer, and in device manager, it says the device has been prepared for safe removal.

I can't seem to renamble it. Even if I physically remove the optical drive and reinsert it, it doesn't show up.

Any ideas?

Answer:[SOLVED] Optical drive is "removed" under another user account

Try making another account and see if it shows there

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Hello,

I have a large home office data store synched between devices using Offline Files and standard Windows user account based sharing and UAC. As a result, all user?s personal data folders have a very specific naming system maintained for years. The new ?sign-in using Microsoft account option,? which is very attractive for synchronizing less data intensive user data, led me to try that, but the resulting user account name was not customizable, and was totally incompatible with our network shares. I did a full ?reset? and changed to local accounts matching our existing directory structure. But we have lost the ability to sync settings between the office machines as well as mobile devices.

Is there a way to make this work, gaining the advantages of both sign-ins?

I read the tutorial about changing from a local to Microsoft account sign-in route with hope that it might help.
Would changing to Microsoft account sign-in also change the naming of the established user profile personal folders, which are the same as the legacy ones? I am hoping, since Windows will not allow me to rename these folders, that they will also be unaffected by the change to a Microsoft account sign-in.

Please advise ASAP.

Answer:User Account Actual Name in "%Sysroot%\Users": It Matters

When you set up a new user account as a Microsoft account, be it the initial user when installing / setting up Windows or later on in Settings, the naming of the user profile folders follows certain guidelines.

A typical email address / MS account consists of a first name, last name and domain ([email protected]). Of course many users don't use their real names but whatever names are used, the syntax is mostly the same (exception: first name or last name alone is also enough, the name part of an email address do not have to be both names separated by dot).

If the name is 5 characters or shorter long not counting the separating dot, the complete email name will be used as the user profile name. MS account [email protected] would get the user profile named as kfinnIf the name is over 5 characters long, an abbreviation of the email name will be used as the user profile name. MS account [email protected] would get the user profile named as karte (abbreviation will in most cases contain three first characters of the first name followed by two first characters of the last name)If the name in the email used has only one part, usually the first name, and this name is max 5 characters long, the name will be used for the user profile as is. MS account [email protected] would get the profile named as KariIf the name in the email used has only one part, usually the first name, and this name is over 5 characters long, the name of the user profile will be the first 5 chara... Read more

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Hello,

I have a large home office data store synched between devices using Offline Files and standard Windows user account based sharing and UAC. As a result, all user?s personal data folders have a very specific naming system maintained for years. The new ?sign-in using Microsoft account option,? which is very attractive for synchronizing less data intensive user data, led me to try that, but the resulting user account name was not customizable, and was totally incompatible with our network shares. I did a full ?reset? and changed to local accounts matching our existing directory structure. But we have lost the ability to sync settings between the office machines as well as mobile devices.

Is there a way to make this work, gaining the advantages of both sign-ins?

I read the tutorial about changing from a local to Microsoft account sign-in route with hope that it might help.
Would changing to Microsoft account sign-in also change the naming of the established user profile personal folders, which are the same as the legacy ones? I am hoping, since Windows will not allow me to rename these folders, that they will also be unaffected by the change to a Microsoft account sign-in.

Please advise ASAP.

Answer:User Account Actual Name in "%Sysroot%\Users": It Matters

When you set up a new user account as a Microsoft account, be it the initial user when installing / setting up Windows or later on in Settings, the naming of the user profile folders follows certain guidelines.

A typical email address / MS account consists of a first name, last name and domain ([email protected]). Of course many users don't use their real names but whatever names are used, the syntax is mostly the same (exception: first name or last name alone is also enough, the name part of an email address do not have to be both names separated by dot).

If the name is 5 characters or shorter long not counting the separating dot, the complete email name will be used as the user profile name. MS account [email protected] would get the user profile named as kfinnIf the name is over 5 characters long, an abbreviation of the email name will be used as the user profile name. MS account [email protected] would get the user profile named as karte (abbreviation will in most cases contain three first characters of the first name followed by two first characters of the last name)If the name in the email used has only one part, usually the first name, and this name is max 5 characters long, the name will be used for the user profile as is. MS account [email protected] would get the profile named as KariIf the name in the email used has only one part, usually the first name, and this name is over 5 characters long, the name of the user profile will be the first 5 chara... Read more

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I keep getting the error: "Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer?" This occurs when I open my email program Eudora. I have had this program on the computer for about 2 years and never had any problem until 3 days ago.

Answer:"User Account Control" error started showing

Alright, go to the icon for Eudora, right click the icon, go to properties, go to compatibility, and uncheck the last box in the list "Run this program as an administrator"

Does this fix the problem?

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Whenever I try to open most non-Microsoft programs and many Windows 10 features -- like System Restore, for example -- I get the 'User Account Control' pop-up with the "YES" button grayed out, dead, so it can't be clicked. Only the "NO" button in the pop-up is live and clickable so in the end I just can't do anything in the computer anymore.

That happened out of the blue a few days ago and it's the very worst consequence of my making the stupid mistake of linking my Microsoft account to my Windows sign in.

Now I also can neither find nor access my Administrator account, or make any changes to accounts for that matter.

Tried System Restore through 'Settings/Recovery/Advanced Startup' and it didn't work. Then I tried Windows 10 'refreshing' (re-installing). That not only didn't solve the UAC popup problem but added a huge new one to the whole mess: I lost all my non-Microsoft programs (Advanced System Care, Lightshot, etc), and now can't install them back anymore.

Yesterday I spent around an hour and a half online with a US-based Tech person from Microsoft's Help Desk. Despite her best efforts, she couldn't find a solution, and in the end I was told the only way out for me was to wipe my hard disk out and reinstall the original OS that came with my laptop -- in that case, it was Windows 7. However, this computer didn't come with a Reinstall disk; it only has a copy of Windows 7 in the 'D' drive so if I wipe everything out I won't have a way to reinstall ... Read more

Answer:User Account Control pop-up - "YES" button grayed out, can't click it

Try Option 2 in Brinks tutorial User account control, select which level of control you want.

Roy

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I have separate 'admin' and 'user' accounts.

When logged in with a 'standard user' account, if Firefox detects an update, it gives the following message:

"A recommended security and stability update is available, but you do not have the system permissions required to install it. Please contact your system administrator, or try again from an account that has permissions to install software on this computer."

Does Windows 7 have a way to let application software update itself, when the active user is not an administrator?

EDIT
(Windows 7, Home premium, 64-bit)
 

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Hi All,

I appreciate the title is a little vague and apologise for that, my issue is not easy to describe in a title.

In a nutshell, I am using Windows 10, and using my Live ID to log on to the pc. All is good, and all works fine - however there is a strange issue in that if I look at C:\Users my username it shows my user as being named "colon" instead of the actual username itself.

The logon screen shows my username as expected. When I go to accounts to manage my account - it shows my name as expected.

I am keen to try to get this resolved if it is an issue, Google has not thrown up anything about the "colon" username. I am suspecting this may be part of an issue where I am unable to play certain games that save files to "My Games" folder inside the "Documents." folder against my user. The issue there is that files will not save at all, no save games will save, and it looks like an authentication issue. I am wondering if this is related seeing as this folder is actually held within "C:\Users\colon\Documents\My Games"

When trying to add my user from the "Select Users and Groups" I cannot see a user called "colon" in the list of users. I can see a user with my proper username, and when I do a search for a user called "colon" it does find one, and when I select "Check Name" it does not error - but when selecting "Add" it does not add a user called "colon&q... Read more

Answer:How do I fix strange username as "colon"issue against my user account.

When using a Microsoft account to log on, it lists your user name in C\Users as just the first 5 letters. If you use a local account it would list the whole user name. For instance if I had a local account named essenbe, it would show as C\users\essenbe. But, if I used a Microsoft account with the user name of the live account as essenbe it would show as C:\users\essen. May that be what your issue is?

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Hi All,

I appreciate the title is a little vague and apologise for that, my issue is not easy to describe in a title.

In a nutshell, I am using Windows 10, and using my Live ID to log on to the pc. All is good, and all works fine - however there is a strange issue in that if I look at C:\Users my username it shows my user as being named "colon" instead of the actual username itself.

The logon screen shows my username as expected. When I go to accounts to manage my account - it shows my name as expected.

I am keen to try to get this resolved if it is an issue, Google has not thrown up anything about the "colon" username. I am suspecting this may be part of an issue where I am unable to play certain games that save files to "My Games" folder inside the "Documents." folder against my user. The issue there is that files will not save at all, no save games will save, and it looks like an authentication issue. I am wondering if this is related seeing as this folder is actually held within "C:\Users\colon\Documents\My Games"

When trying to add my user from the "Select Users and Groups" I cannot see a user called "colon" in the list of users. I can see a user with my proper username, and when I do a search for a user called "colon" it does find one, and when I select "Check Name" it does not error - but when selecting "Add" it does not add a user called "colon&q... Read more

Answer:How do I fix strange username as "colon"issue against my user account.

When using a Microsoft account to log on, it lists your user name in C\Users as just the first 5 letters. If you use a local account it would list the whole user name. For instance if I had a local account named essenbe, it would show as C\users\essenbe. But, if I used a Microsoft account with the user name of the live account as essenbe it would show as C:\users\essen. May that be what your issue is?

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Hello,

I have a large home office data store synched betweendevices using Offline Files and standard Windows user account based sharing andUAC. As a result, all user?s personal data folders have a very specific namingsystem maintained for years. The new ?sign-in using Microsoft account option,?which is very attractive for synchronizing less data intensive user data, ledme to try that, but the resulting user account name was not customizable, andwas totally incompatible with our network shares. I did a full ?reset? andchanged to local accounts matching our existing directory structure. But wehave lost the ability to sync settings between the office machines as well as mobile devices.

I read the tutorial about changing from a local to Microsoftaccount sign-in route with hope that it might help.

Would changing to Microsoft account sign-in also change thenaming of the established user profile personal folders, which are the same asthe legacy ones? I am hoping, since Windows will not allow me to rename these folders,that they will also be unaffected by the change to a Microsoft account sign-in.

Please advise ASAP.

Answer:User Account Actual Name in "%Sysroot%\Users": It Matters

Originally Posted by Kengrush


Would changing to Microsoft account sign-in also change thenaming of the established user profile personal folders, which are the same asthe legacy ones?



No. Changing from a local account to a Microsoft account will not change the \User\ folder for the user. When installing Windows 10, I always sign in with a local account first, "John". My user data folder gets named "John" and does not change when I switch the account to a Microsoft account.

You might also get away with changing the username to what you need if you run netplwiz. Click on the account under "users for this computer" to highlight a user, then click on properties:

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I received a new laptop at work to install Windows 10 Pro on. It previously had Windows 8 Home but I did a clean install of Windows 10 and upgraded it to Pro using a valid key. The issue I'm facing now is that when I try to login, I get the "Password is incorrect issue" many times trying to login with a domain controller user account. I've searched and have found no answers. Does anyone know what could be causing this problem? I'm currently on Build14393.

I assume the upgrade to Pro, which simply installed the 'Pro' features on top of the Windows 10 Home upgrade, didn't fully install the domain functions? There was no option for me to do a clean install of Windows Pro from USB. I'm just throwing that out there just in case.

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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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I'm trying to use the File History feature in Windows 8.1 to create backups.  When I click "File History" from the control panel, nothing happens.  No new window opens, it just stays at the Control Page.

I've tried manually going to "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\File History".

All works fine with local Administrative user profile.

Why does File History not start/open/run for the domain user account that is in the Administrators Group?

Answer:"File History" won't open/start for domain user profile/account

Hi,
Base on my lab machine (Windows Server 2008 R2 DC, Windows 8.1 client). either domain admin user or domain standard user, they all work fine.
What's your environment? Did this issue occur on all domain user or specific one?
In some cases, File History may conflict with the enterprise policies (like retention policy). I suggest you contact your IT admin to see if there is some other policy to limit this.

Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help, and unmark the answers if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Support, contact [email protected]

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Hello. My computer recently (less than a day ago) started to display User Account Control prompts whenever I deleted or copied that weren't in the "Users" folder, such as the Program Files folder. I am using an Administrator account, and the User Account Control is set to notify when programs make changes to Windows but without dimming my desktop. Whenever I try to delete any type of file not in the Users folder, the User Account Control prompt pops up like in the attachment. I believe there is something wrong with the "File Operation" program, because I'd imagine it would be signed by Microsoft and would automatically be elevated to Admin status so the prompt shouldn't show in the first place. Clicking on "Change when these notifications appear" doesn't do anything, but I am able to copy/delete files after clicking "yes".

I'd really appreciate help, because it's getting annoying getting this prompt whenever I want to delete or copy a file, and this prompt never appeared before when I was just deleting a file until a day ago. I'm using Windows 7. I'm just using a Windows 8 RP theme. Also, I don't want to disable UAC, since it lowers security.

I feel perhaps something happened to that certain registry key or keys related to it. But I'm not sure.

EDIT: I figured out that something was wrong with shell32.dll, so I replaced it with an unmodified copy of the file from another computer and the prompt doesn't come up anymore.

Answer:User account control shows "Publisher: Unknown" for File Operation

*bump* same problem

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Every time I restart there's this "Internet Guest" user account that keeps popping up. Makes me feel like I might have a trojan or something of that sort. I run Norton Anti-viri, ad-aware, and zone alarm pro.. nothing found. So what keeps creating this user account??
 

Answer:WindowsXP automatically creates "Internet Guest" user account upon startup

Are you running IIS? I'm pretty sure this is a function of same (though I'm no expert).

If you don't need it (IIS) you can uninstall it (Control Panel > Add/Remove > Add/Remove Windows Components).

If you're running IIS with an FTP or Web server you probably need the Guest account.
 

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The problem we are seeing is with some screen locked laptops placed in a docking station.  Our security policy has the machine locking after 'x' minutes of inactivity and when they try to unlock the machine they are met with the error:
Logon failure: user account restriction. 
Possible reasons are blank passwords not allowed, logon hour restrictions, or a policy restriction has been enforced.
Should they undock then they can log into the laptop without the error, then re-dock and resume normal operations.
 Not an ideal solution, but at least a work around.
This does not occur with all laptops, and have never had it occur on a desktop.  I am struggling to find an
answer to why this is occurring.
I have tried the following things that Google says worked for others, but none have provided a solution:
- ?Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only?
 set in Group Policy
- reset local administrator account password
- ensure both user and computer AD account is not set for logon hours restrictions
If anyone has a suggestion or solution that worked for them then I would greatly appreciate if you could share

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I'm working on a computer that appears to have gone through the "Windows Recover" virus/malware. The user appeared to do a good job of removing the virus and used System Restore to dial the system back about a week (which unfortunately is the furthest back the restore points go for some reason). Everything seemed to work except for the main users account, which had it's profile locations changed to something like c:\users\TEMP.username-PC.000. It was pointing to this directory instead of the original directory. I then opened up regedit and found the entries at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders all pointing to the wrong folder, so I manually edited every entry to point to the correct folder and restarted.

This ended up working against me. When I logged into the account none of the shell folder shortcuts in the start menu would do anything when you clicked on them. The menu would stay up and it was as if I was clicking on nothing at all; no response.

Instead of reversing the edits I had just made manually I decided to try using System Restore to revert the system back to the earliest date, which the owner of the PC said they had done themselves before I got there. I figured the worst that could happen would be it would be just as it was when I first looked at it.

After performing system restore I can only log into the Administrator account. Every other account on the system produced the error message "... Read more

Answer:"The User Profile Service failed the logon" on a fresh, newly created account

It's probably a typing error but I think you are referring to the Windows Recovery fake computer analysis and optimization program. The owner of the PC only used a restore point that took the machine back one week, which by the sound of it, was not succesfull. System Restore cannot be relied on to remove a virus infection as the restore point may have the infection saved in it. Also, once a system is comprimised by an infection it opens the door for other infections to get into the system.

Only a few helpers with the appropriate permissions can give advice on Malware removal outside of the Malware forum so in order to have the system cleaned of the infection you should open a new thread in the Malware forum.

The other option is to do a full reformat and clean install of the OS.
 

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I work at a local public access tv station where people come in and make there own tv show then have it aired. We are getting a lot of files piling up that are from past members and past projects and want to make it so that they MUST use their own storage and whatever they do/change when they are on the computer is deleted/restored, so I want to make a temporary user account. This account type seems to be just what we need and it is builtin to Windows but the only guides that I can find are how to disable it, not set it up.

So to summarise, I need help setting up a temporary user account in Windows 7 Pro

Thanks
Justin

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I just booted up my Vista x64 PC ten minutes ago and got a bit of a scare. One of the applications I have set to launch automatically on startup popped up its initialization window as if it was the first time it was being used with this Vista user account.
A few other applications hadn't launched at all (probably indicating that they would need to be set to do so manually for each user), just like my mouse settings were different (back to default) and my user icon in the start menu had changed.

I didn't investigate further, but promptly logged out (where the login screen again showed the correct icon for the default account - and there's only one, aside from "guest") and logged back in, where I could fortunately take a sigh of relief, as everything was back to normal again.

Has anyone ever had this happen? I've never seen it myself in the year and a half I was using Vista 32-bit on my laptop.

Answer:Vista "reset" user account after boot

Hello Miths,

Did you see something like this error message when that happened?

User Profile Error - Logged on with a Temporary Profile






Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile.

Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off. Please see the event log for details or contact your administrator.

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Lets say I have two user accounts on my windows 7 machine. (both with admin rights) If one account gets a virus/malware, will the other account become infected?

Answer:Seperate user account still affect others "envirement"

It depends on the type of malware affecting the machine. Some malware will act globally (across all user accounts) other malware will act locally (affect only one account)

Remember to ensure you have good protection to avoid infection in the first place. A minimum of an antivirus with 'real time protection' (running all the time) and an anti-malware scanner running as 'scan on demand' (as and when needed) is a must in today's environment.

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Yeah, i turned UAC off because its annoying as sh*t. now i'm getting a popup in my task bar telling me it's off all the time. anyway to turn this notification off?

Answer:Annoying Notification "User Account Control is off"

Look here - http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/0...-xp-and-vista/

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I recently changed the user account settings on my PC, password protecting the main administrator account (the default "Administrator" setting) and adding a second account with administrator privileges, for my 8-year old to use (decided she was getting old enough I didn't want her to see everything on the administrator account).

I came home today, turned the computer on, and the "Administrator" account did not appear on the log on screen. I have no idea what happened, and my mother and daughter (who were home all day), said it just appeared that way when they turned it on this afternoon. I went to the User Settings page from the Control Panel (logged into my daughter's account) and did not see it there either. However, just to see what would happen, I tried to create a new account with the title "Administrator" and a message popped up saying there is already an account with that name and I must choose a different name. This leads me to believe the account is still somewhere on the PC and has not been deleted.

My main concern is accessing the files, folders and settings that were on the old "Administrator" account. I can access most of them while logged onto my daughter's account (since it has administrator privileges) by going through the Documents and Settings but there are some files I can't seem to locate, as well as protected files I cannot open.
How can I restore the old "Administrator" account, alon... Read more

Answer:Solved: Restoring a "lost" user account

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Ok, so I made a local account, because I don't give a rat's about all that Sync stuff. I found out how (from these forums) to make it automatically log you into an account. However it keeps trying to log into an "Other Account", I don't have another account, that's just what it says. Then it of course says incorrect Username or Password, because there isn't one, so I have to click sign into a different account, and then click my normal account, defeating the whole purpose of having it automatically sign in, any help?

Answer:Computer boots into "Other User" instead of normal account

Did you originally sign in with a MS ID-type account, the kind where MS tries to force you into all the online junk? If so, that account still exists even though you eventually opted for local sign in. On several occasions MS has managed to push my almost never used MS ID sign on at me. Perhaps your experience reflects another way for MS to do so. If MS is pushing that way, then it may be tough to get around your problem. I don't know how. Sorry.

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Before in my DOcuments and Settings folder I had a "All Users and a Giovanni" folder and now after running a System Repair I now have two new folders named "All Users.WINDOWS and giovanni.home"

I assume this has to do with users accounts but I have no idea what they are for or how they go there.

I am wanted to delete these and get back to just haveing the original two but I don't want to screw anything up. Now I can't add any users under "manage users"

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Answer:Having "User Account" problem after System Repair

I think you performed a *reinstall* of XP over your previous installation. This would be the reason for the duplicate account folders. You should have performed a repair install.

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I can not log on to my son's computer as an Administrator. The only thing that shows at start up is his 'limited user' account. I can not log out of that. I have tried access in safe mode, I have gone to computer management and I have tried 'regedit'. None work, all show errors or access denied. I am sure it is not a virus, it is something that I did to keep control of the computer. I just don't understand how I can not get back to an administrator account. Any suggestions? Many thanks for any help!
 

Answer:"user account" issue on my sons computer, Help, Please!

Seeing as how the Administrator account is usually the one that is not allowed to be deleted, I'd like to know what accounts are available at the login screen in "Safe Mode"? And are you sure you in safe mode? Make sure you are pressing F8 immediately after the BIOS screen disappears, even just before it does, and select safe mode from the boot menu by highlighting it and pressing enter.
 

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I have been out of the computer repair world for a few years now, and have not dealt with fixing windows 7 PCs much at all. The wifes windows 7 laptop crashed, and I need to reinstall windows. I popped her hard drive out and hooked it up to my computer via an external USB enclosure. The drive comes but her user account appears to be "hidden", I only see a "default" and "public" user account. I know her account is there because their is a lot of used hard drive space that is not accounted for with the folder shown. I somewhat recall this being a security feature way back when when vista was coming out?? I have messed around with the securities, permissions, and ownership of the drive but I still can't see her user account.

Answer:User account "hidden" when trying to retrieve files from another PC

Hello PCBliss, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Normally user accounts are not hidden, but you could use the steps in the tutorial below to select Show hidden files, folders, and drives and uncheck Hide protected operating system files box in Folder Options to see if the user folder shows up faded afterwards.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi everyone,

Ever since the last update of my Windows 7 system I have been experiencing problems with my user account. When I click on my account and enter the password, I get the message that the computer is "preparing the desktop" and afterward I see a neutral background and I get the message that I have been logged into a temporary account. In the beginning, I just had to restart my machine and I would still be correctly logged in to my own account after 2-3 attempts. However, yesterday it took me about 15 attempts before I finally logged in.

Does anyone have an idea what's wrong here? Since these problems have started, I have made a second admin account on my machine just to be sure that I can still log in. This second account does not show any problems: I can log in to this account without issues. It seems that my pc is experiencing problems in finding the specific files etc. of my own account then.

I have tried to use the system recovery option, but this did not solve the problem. My computer is only 5 months old.

I really hope someone can help me out. Many thanks in advance!

Answer:Problems with logging in to my user account

Sounds like a corrupted file. I've seen it happen a few times; the easiest and quickest option is simply to move your user's folders into a new user - just write over the ones already there.

You will still keep all your files and preferences and you can change your username to match your previous account. Then you can just delete the other account.

Couple of things to note: make sure you are viewing hidden files and folders so that it copies the app data folder as well - this contains your user data such as web preferences and things like that.

Also make sure you copy your user folders and paste them into the other user, you don't want to cut them and the computer crashes!

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On vista, clicking on 'Music' from the start menu does nothing, all location info has been wiped-its properties is empty as shown. How can I reset the location for any particular user (vista) back to the original 'User' directory, as shown on the far right? I think the problem was caused by changing music location to another partition (D) on the same hard drive, but the system is having trouble changing the default music directory back to C. Thanks for any info :)

Answer:How to reset 'Music' directory from another partition back to "C: " for any user?

possibly a forum issue-my image shows in the preview (using img src) but not after posting ;) ...
http://s12.postimage.org/el7l446mj/Untitled.jpg

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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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Hi everyone.
I wonder if anyone can help me with my problem. I turned off my laptop as I used my mom's laptop to play a game she had. I went back to my laptop, turned it on and I can't log in!
After the welcome screen there's only a "Other User" and nothing else. My account isn't shown. I tried to log in through Other User but it's blocked with a Username and Password. I'm scared to loose all my stuff I have on there. I try to get on Safe mode to System Restore but the "Other User" still pops up and my account still isn't shown so I can't access my account(I'm using a different laptop to post this). I don't remember ever putting on a "Other User" account
Please Help. I don't want to loose any of my items I have on this PC. How can I remove this "Other User" and get my account back without loosing everything?

The Laptop with the problem is Windows 7 Home Premium on an HP Laptop.

Answer:My account missing and a "Other User" account appeared?

Hello Breann, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to do a system restore at boot using your retail Windows 7 installation disc or System Repair Disc instead.

System Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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

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

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

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Question: Lost "Switch User"

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

Thanks in advance
Silverdou
 

Answer:Lost "Switch User"

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

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

Steve
 

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

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

...
 

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When I "sign in using Microsoft account", I get a new user with that Microsoft account. I don't want a new user, I just want to connect the current user to my Microsoft account. Any idea how to fix this?

Answer:When I "sign in using microsoft account", I get a new user.

Hello Marron,

Did you switch your local account to be a Microsoft account?

Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 10

Are you getting a user profile error like below when you try to sign in to your MS account?

You've been signed in with a temporary profile - Fix

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When I "sign in using Microsoft account", I get a new user with that Microsoft account. I don't want a new user, I just want to connect the current user to my Microsoft account. Any idea how to fix this?

Answer:When I "sign in using microsoft account", I get a new user.

Hello Marron,

Did you switch your local account to be a Microsoft account?

Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 10

Are you getting a user profile error like below when you try to sign in to your MS account?

You've been signed in with a temporary profile - Fix

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Hi all,

I'd like to create a User Account on my computer that is completely blank in that it does not have access to programs, files, etc. from other accounts. I would like for it to appear just as my computer did when I first got it. Is this possible?

THank you
 

Answer:Want to create "Blank" User Account

Start > Control Panel > User Accounts and click on New user. Make it a limited account.

But it will still have access to the Start Menu and any programs, utilities and files that don't require Administrator or Power User privileges.
 

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Anybody know what causes a user account to get replaced by a "temporary" user account? When I sign in to my user account (which is an administrator Account) it sometimes takes a little longer and then when it does go thru, it has a generic desktop and says in the notification area "You have a temporary user account, your files are not accessible through here, please sign out and attempt to sign again and you may go to your original account, if not see your system administrator, for help.." Now this doesn't happen every time, but about once out of every ten times, Is there anything I can do to remedy this? Thanks In Advance..
 

Answer:Solved: Keep getting "temporary" User Account in W7

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So here's the problem. I share my computer with my mother, who is going back to school. She wants to be able to log on to the www.tri-c.edu website, but when she clicks on the "my tri-c space" link at the top, or types in my.tri-c.edu it says "error on page" and displays a blank page.

Here's the strange thing...

This only happens when trying to access the page with her user account. When I log in with my user account and click on the link, or type in my.tri-c.edu, everything works fine.

This is all very mysterious. It all started happening after I removed a malware infection. The details of everything I did are in this thread on spywareinfo.com.

I have tried deleting her user account and re-creating it, but it didn't help.

Can someone please help me? (I hope this is in the right forum. It deals with internet explorer, but also XP user accounts, so I'm not sure).

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Hello.
I installed "Turbo VPN" and when I want to open it the it asking me administrator username and password. Something like
it.
I don't like to add the user in "Administrator" group. Any idea?

Thank you.

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Its one of those security and maintenance alerts that pops up in the action center every time I restart. When I click it takes me to settings but I've already verified my ID so there doesn't seem to be anything to do. I'd appreciate any ideas...

Answer:Why does my user keep asking me to "sign into my microsoft account"?

Originally Posted by KeithJB


Its one of those security and maintenance alerts that pops up in the action center every time I restart. When I click it takes me to settings but I've already verified my ID so there doesn't seem to be anything to do. I'd appreciate any ideas...



Read this tutorial and Use option #1 If yours is set to ask for password, just un-check, and reboot.
Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

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Because I upgraded to Windows XP Home, I upgraded my WinFax Pro 10 to WinFax Pro 10.03.

All works fine, but there is one annoyance: When I click "print" in my word processor and specify WinFax, I get this message:

"WinFax is not active for this User Account. Please start the controller and try again."

Then I manually start the controller, and all proceeds normally.

I've tried WinFaxing from other programs, and the same thing happens.

As in my old WinFax setup, I don't start the WinFax controller at boot-up. In the old setup, the controller came up automatically whenever I started to send a fax. How do I make it do that in my new set-up?
 

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I have Windows XP with SP2.

There have been a few discussions concerning the pop-up window that says "The current user account is not recognized. Restart the computer and then open User Accounts."

My situation is a little different from the posts I've read. My computer is setup with two accounts. My account has administrator privileges and is password protected. My girlfriends account does not have admin privileges nor is her account password protected.

I recently changed my password on my account using Control Panel > User Accounts. However, I now note that when attempting to go back into Control Panel > User Accounts I get a pop-up window that says "The current user account is not recognized. Restart the computer and then open User Accounts." Of course, I restart the computer and try again but end up with the same pop-up window. Keep in mind, when the computer restarts I have to click on my user account icon then enter my new password to logon to my account. The logon process works without a glitch.

The odd things is this. If I restart my computer then use <F-8> to put it in safe mode I am able to use the Control Panel > User Account to remove the password. Then I restart the computer again and in normal mode I go to Control Panel > User Account and edit my user settings for my account. Here I "add" a password. I set it to the password that I originally used prior to my problem created by changing the pa... Read more

Answer:"The current user account is not recognized" pop-up

It sounds as if the new profile does not have Admin privledges. You can also check under the Group Policies.

Start>Run>gpedit.msc

Something in there might have changed and not it doesnt allow you full access.

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I have just reinstalled my computer, when checking Properties>Security on one of the files on the desktop there are a user/group account I have never seen before. Its called "Interactive".

What kind of account is this?
 

Answer:"Interactive" User/Group account?

Basically its you, your logged in so your interactive on the system, any more information just check here, i found it on google:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms686587(v=vs.85).aspx
 

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When I "sign in using Microsoft account", I get a new user with that Microsoft account. I don't want a new user, I just want to connect the current user to my Microsoft account. Any idea how to fix this?

Answer:When I "sign in using microsoft account", I get a new user.

Hello Marron,

Did you switch your local account to be a Microsoft account?

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html

Are you getting a user profile error like below when you try to sign in to your MS account?

You've been signed in with a temporary profile - Fix

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I've been having trouble for a few weeks now in signing in to my main Microsoft user account.

This is causing all kinds of problems when using my computer.
1) I can no longer send/receive email on this account via either Thunderbird, my email client, or via the Hotmail website. When I try to sign in to the website, I get a nearly empty page that says:
===========================================================
Microsoft Account
We can't show you that page Our server is having a problem. We're working to fix it as soon as we can, so try again in a few minutes.


===========================================================
It's been like that for weeks now so clearly it is NOT a short-term server problem.

2) When I try to play various Xbox games on my computer - I'm running Windows 8.1 on my laptop - it asks me to verify myself through the account but I'm unable to sign in to complete the verification.

3) When I try to install a new program from the Store, it wants me to sign in and I can't, making it impossible to install programs.
I suspect the heart of the the problem is that the account was originally issued to me via my old ISP. When I moved house at the end of August, I wasn't sure what would happen to the email account and the ISP's tech support contradicted itself when I tried to ask. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the account kept working fine until a few weeks ago; I had originally expected to lose access to it about 30 days after ... Read more

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Its one of those security and maintenance alerts that pops up in the action center every time I restart. When I click it takes me to settings but I've already verified my ID so there doesn't seem to be anything to do. I'd appreciate any ideas...

Answer:Why does my user keep asking me to "sign into my microsoft account"?

KeithJB said:

Its one of those security and maintenance alerts that pops up in the action center every time I restart. When I click it takes me to settings but I've already verified my ID so there doesn't seem to be anything to do. I'd appreciate any ideas...



Read this tutorial and Use option #1 If yours is set to ask for password, just un-check, and reboot.
Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

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So here's the problem. I share my computer with my mother, who is going back to school. She wants to be able to log on to the www.tri-c.edu website, but when she clicks on the "my tri-c space" link at the top, or types in my.tri-c.edu it says "error on page" and displays a blank page.

Here's the strange thing...

This only happens when trying to access the page with her user account. When I log in with my user account and click on the link, or type in my.tri-c.edu, everything works fine.

This is all very mysterious. It all started happening after I removed a malware infection. The details of everything I did are in this thread on spywareinfo.com.

I have tried deleting her user account and re-creating it, but it didn't help.

Can someone please help me? (I hope this is in the right forum. It deals with internet explorer, but also XP user accounts, so I'm not sure).
 

Answer:"Error on page" for one user account, but not another

Make sure that under your mother's login, Internet explorer has Java, JavaScript, and cookies all turned "on".

Here's some instructions on the tri-c.edu website:
https://lum-app.tri-c.edu/cp/misc/java_cook.html

If this fails, then I would unistall and reinstall Java.
 

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

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

ijerry

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I have windows XP Media edition on an HP Pavillion. When I set up windows originally, I did not set up different users. When powered up it just has everything ready (no password, etc.) without logging on as any particular user. I have just one user...the administrator.

I have an external hard drive and want to use the scheduled task/back up funtion, but whenever I try to set up, it says it can't find the user (authorized to run back up)

It comes up with a defaut "YOUR-alphanumeric-HP_Administrator" user, but it will not work if I change it to the named administrator, or leave it, or anything. The task sets up, but will not start on the appointed schedule
 

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Hi

I'm getting this error message.
I did a google search and found this: You receive a "The User Profile Service failed the logon
But did not help me. I also did a search here and found a few topics with this error message though they didn't solve my problem either, because mine problem seems to be different.

I can login to existing accounts. But I can't login to new ones.
So when I go to the registry editor there's no folder for the new accounts. They just don't exist at all. Only the existing ones.
I create a new user account at the Users menu in Control panel and they show up at login screen. When I click them, it starts the waiting icon saying "Logging in" then after a few seconds, this error message pops up. I can click OK and then it says "logging off" and goes back to the login screen.
I do have access to an administrator account and a standard account, I can log in to both

I don't have any system restore points before this started happening. i'm using ESET Smart Security as my antivirus but I don't think it's causing the problem, I uninstalled it and it didn't work then either so I reinstalled it back.
Please help me what could be wrong?

Answer:Can't create new user accounts "The user profile service failed..."

Can you yell us when the problem started and were you on the system when it is doing this if so what were you doing when it started.

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Howdy All -
I'm thinking I'm not the first nor the last to have MS trick me into changing my User Name from Local to (in my case) an outlook.com email account. Now I'm forced to sign in every time I log on. And FWIW, I prefer to be fully in charge of my devices.
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I surely would appreciate some guidance on the proper way to switch back to a Local User and disassociate my computer from outlook.com. Many thanks in advance for reading this and all replies.

Best,
/jdU

Answer:Proper (Safe) way to change from "Microsoft.com" User to Local User

Settings>>Accounts>>Under your Microsoft Account listing, click on "Change to a Local account instead".

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5...dows-10-a.html

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Howdy All -
I'm thinking I'm not the first nor the last to have MS trick me into changing my User Name from Local to (in my case) an outlook.com email account. Now I'm forced to sign in every time I log on. And FWIW, I prefer to be fully in charge of my devices.
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I surely would appreciate some guidance on the proper way to switch back to a Local User and disassociate my computer from outlook.com. Many thanks in advance for reading this and all replies.

Best,
/jdU

Answer:Proper (Safe) way to change from "Microsoft.com" User to Local User

Settings>>Accounts>>Under your Microsoft Account listing, click on "Change to a Local account instead".

Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10

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One more question. How can I create a user account that doesn't show on the menu under XP? I've tried searching for this info.... can someone point me in the right direction?

Account would only be used periodically. So as computer is used by all family members, how can it be hidden... actually just not show on the XP user sign on screen?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Kit

Answer:"no-show" user account

Hi Kitkat50 and welcome to TSF !

By changing the way the users log on or off in user accounts in the control panel. Untick "use the welcome screen" and the user will have to actually type the name of the account and the password to login.

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I'm trying to add a new user account to my Windows XP machine. However, When I use the User Accounts tools I can't add a specific name. I've had this username on the machine before, but deleted it a long time ago. I must have erased something else by accident too.

I thought it could get to it from Computer Management tool, but when I expand the Local Users and Groups I get, Unable to access the computer ********. The error was: Invalid Syntax.

Any suggestions?
 

Answer:New User "The account already exists" ???

I found this on http://www.x-setup.net/forum/archive/index.php?t-582.html.
Quitch
Being one hell of a tweaker I often break my machine. The latest break came about due to a bug in earlier versions of XPLite which upgrading to the latest copy didn't seem to be fixing, and I couldn't wait on the patch.

Anyway, I reinstall Windows XP using a slipstreamed SP2 disc. Once that was up and running I patched Windows, installed Media Player 10 and .Net 1.1 and all the latest drivers. All is well, I opened Local Users and Computers via Computer Managment and removed the accounts for Help Centre and Remote Assistance. I took a quick look at ASPNET and left it there.

Then I changed the security settings, stripped out elements of Windows using XPLite and applied my usual X-Setup and WinGudies Tweak Manager tweaks. Once they were in place I rebooted and moved to create an account for myself seperate from the admin account I had created.

It was at this point I found the Local Users and Groups MMC within Computer Managment had a red cross by it and displayed the following error:

Local Users and Groups

Unable to access the computer MY COMPUTER NAME. The error was: Invalid syntax.

Now, I applied a lot of tweaks in one go, so lots of points of failure you say? Well, the reason I did so many in one go is that it's pretty much the same set I always apply, including the elements of Windows I stripped. However, I'm not so familiar with the newer Local Security Policy opti... Read more

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How do I switch back to administrator account on my personal computer

I was trying to fix something and switched from admin to limited account now I cant switch back. What the heck did I do and how do I get back to undo it?

Windows XP home edition

When I go into user accounts all I get is pick a task and learn about.

dang now what?
 

Answer:I tried to fix something and changed "my user account"

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