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Unable to access user accounts as admin

Q: Unable to access user accounts as admin

Hi all,

I'm not really sure when this problem started, but as the admin account and only real user (I set up another account to test my problems) on my HP Laptop, I cannot access the user accounts on my computer. I've tried to access them multiple ways, including through the control panel and directly through the start menu, but when I try to click on anything having to do with the user accounts on my pc, nothing happens. So I am unable to change my password, change my picture, or add or remove other accounts. It's almost like I'm not an administrator. However, according to multiple places on my computer, my account is still an administrator. Also, some programs do not launch unless I chose to launch them as an admin by right clicking, is that normal?

So to summarize my situation, I don't think my admin account is giving me proper access to my computer, limiting the things I can do.

Does anyone have an idea of what has happened or how I can fix it?


- Sean

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A: Unable to access user accounts as admin

Try this:

Open an Elevated Command Prompt
Enable the hidden Administrator account: Enter net user administrator /active:yes

Reboot and got to safe mode (press F8 during boot).
Login as Administrator (no password).

Open Control Panel, User Accounts.
Check you account and make sure it's still setup correctly.

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Hello All,
I'm delighted to have found you and after a long day of trying to help myself i am now requiring your much appreciated assistance please! I'm not a techy person at all and am hoping someone can help
Last week my husband purchased a new hp laptop which came with Windows 10
On setup i used my microsoft account to login with a pin, the account was setup as administrator (thinking i could change things later)
About 2 days later i added a standard user account for my husband with a microsoft account login with pin.
I wanted to make his the administrator account but thought i had better change mine to a standard account first! My mistake!!
Now i cannot change anything! i have tried to use the cmd prompt to run as administrator - it asks for administrator permission and does not allow me to enter a password or yes!
I have tried all suggestions to enable the hidden windows 10 account but all ask for the same permission.
I have tried to go to setup, recovery, troubleshoot, advanced option, system restore - it requests an administrator password and when i entered what i thought is mine it does not work! Feeling a little
Does anybody know anyway i can go back in time to start again or how do i access administrator rights as i really need to add programs etc
Thank you for any help given

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Hey guys,

I have 2 accounts set up on my desktop. I want to go back and try to adjust some things on the accounts. However, when I do Control Panel-->User Accounts. The window that pops up is blank. I rebooted into Safe Mode and I still can't access it through there.

Anyone know what might be the deal?

A:Unable to Access User Accounts

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I use Vista Ultimate edition 32 bit. I recently set up an account for my 3 year old grandson to use. However, every time I log off and/or switch users to enter his profile/account, all I am able to access is my account. I don't even see his account available for me to access.

I set up multiple accounts on my machine running XP (years ago) and when I logged onto the computer, all of the user accounts were visible. Not so with Vista. All I ever see when I boot the computer up is my account.

I am hoping this isn't a glitch in Vista.

Thanks ahead for any suggestions to this problem.



A:Only one user account is viewable/unable to access other accounts

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XP Pro suddenly decided to give error message when control panel accessed. Quote.. Windows cannot find '(null)'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and try again. To search for a file, click the Start Button and then click Search. It then launches windows exlorer and I get the usual "My Computer" directory tree and the error message once more.
Once inside Control Panel, the User Accounts will not open. Any help would be appreciated.

Running Comodo Firewall and Avast Antivirus.

A:Control Panel - unable to access User Accounts

try entering it from safe mode.

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Hi, hopefully someone will be able to point me in the right direction?

This my father's PC (my brothers hand me down).

He previously didn't need to login as a user at all, it would go straight to his desktop (wasn't even aware of any username etc).
I set up as an administrator so that I could change a file name, this worked just fine until we wanted to get to his desktop etc. It then asked for a username & password, whatever I try it doesn't want to work.

There is only one other user account listed as well as the administrator, I've tried logging in with this username with and without passwords set up from within administrator account to no avail.
All his files, desktop etc are there when I explore the hard drive as admin.

Any help would be appreciated?

A:unable to login user, I do have admin access

I don't know if this has a bearing? The account doesn't appear in user profiles? Please see attached.

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Hi. My name is Ron. I have been having trouble in the past day with Explorer running very slow, accessing USER ACCOUNTS in Control Panel, and I'm getting an ERROR MSG regarding two files:. PS- I have Windows XP.

1) Error Msg: mshta.exe
2) Error Msg: WERcae3.dir

A SIDE NOTE: I have PC Pandora (a logger pgm) on the computer to monitor my kids activity.



Here is my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:07:02 AM, on 2/22/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\IBM\IBM Rapid Restore Ultra\rrpcsb.exe
C:\Program Files\LeapFrog\LeapFrog Connect\CommandService.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys\Linksys Updater\bin\LinksysUpdater.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RegSrvc.exe... Read more

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Hi all

I can't find any mention of my problem on this or any other forum. Or at least I don't think I can... Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Here is my set-up:
Linksys DSL modem, connected to an Apple Airport Extreme wireless router. The modem is configured to be the DHCP server, the Airport is set to bridge mode. I have a new Compaq Presario desktop running Vista Home Basic with a Belkin wireless-G USB dongle. All of this discussion is about wireless, btw - I don't have a long enough CAT-5 cable to connect the Airport and PC.

I have 5 users set up on the PC - 1 true, unlocked administrator account and 4 standard users. When I boot up and connect as any of the 4 standard users they automatically detect and connect to the Airport, and receive IP addresses.

But when I change user to be the administrator the connection drops after a few seconds. The Airport network is visible to Vista, because it is in the list of available networks. But if I try to connect to it it fails, and the Vista diagnostic tool tells me it has been unable to connect 'for unknown reason'. One of the standard users used to have admin rights, and that account had exactly the same problem. If I log in from a boot-up as the administrator I also cannot connect to the network.

If the administrator account has been used and logged out the other users cannot connect to the Airport. I have to re-boot before they can connect again.

I also have a MacBook and a Nokia N95, bo... Read more

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A friend gave me an old computer running Win XP Pro, The computer has both a Admin and Guest account setup on it. I have the admin password but right now if I sign in with the Admin account it will not allow me to install any software? I would like to deleted both accounts thus not requiring a login or password can I just go to the Control Panel / User Accounts and remove both and this will solve my issue or do I need to do anything else.

A:Remove Admin, User Accounts

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If i add anti malware programs to my Admin account do i also need to do the same to my user accounts


A:Question about Admin/user accounts

Hello Herb,

No. When you install an AV program, it's for the whole PC. Usually only administrators will be able to adjust the AV program's settings though.

Hope this helps,

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I added a user to my XP Pro and then switched admin privileges. That didn't work out as well as I expected, as when logged in my original account, my files were "read only". I switched the admin privileges back, but two problems persist: 1. my files are still "read only" even when logged in as admin, and 2. I am unable to delete the new user account ("permission denied").

Thanks very much for helping me.


A:trouble with admin and user accounts

Hi .Just how did you go about switching admin privileges?FWIW: IMO, the read-only attribute really doesn't mean anything. If you check, you will find that any files on a CD/DVD are "read-only" and that makes sense, since the content of a CD/DVD cannot be modified while on the disk. But these files, when copied to a hard drive, may still reflect a "read-only" attribute...but they are indeed capable of being modified.Scroll down to Read-Only at http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/fatAttributes-c.htmlIf you are referring to folders/files that fall into the Docs & Settings category...that may be a different issue, one which simply requires your taking ownership of the files/folders in question.How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 Louis

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Hello all,
I am using windows 8 pro OS. I have only one local account on my machine. My account is already in Administrator groups. I have checked that.
My problem is that I am not able to create/change any user account from control panel. After traversing to
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\User Accounts
There are all the different links named as below:
Change your account name
Change your account type
Manage other account etc..

However when I click on any of these links, nothing happens at all !!!
What could be the possible reason of this? Window is updated, I am able to do other stuff that only admin can do for example: installing/uninstalling software, running system tools etc. Moreover I am able to make changes to user accounts from Computer Management.
I look forward for your reply.

SOLUTION: credit goes to medab1
Hello all, after being suggested by medab1 I finally switched to Microsoft account from local account and now everything is working!
I again switched back to local account and tested everything is still working yet!!!(Please note that I installed a fresh copy of windows8 again and then created a microsoft account and created a local account then switched to local account. You may NOT need to reinstall it!)
Well I think this must be reported to microsoft guys but before that try to test this on your machine.
Procedure to get this problem's situation is as below:
First make a fresh install of windows 8 any edition.
When setup complete there... Read more

A:Can't create user accounts despite being admin!

Have you tried "Add a user" in Settings ?

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Do the security programs updated and maintained separately? For instance, if I update, run, or use immunize feature in Spybot S &D in the admin. account, does that extend to the regular accounts as well? What about the opposite?If I use admin privileges in a user account to do the same, does that extend to other accounts as well or is it contained withing that account?

A:Just a question about security in user/admin accounts

Unless otherwise specified when installed (some programs), It will update for all users

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I would like to set up a Windows 2000 machine with both an administrator and a limited user account, with different passwords for each. Thanks for the help.

A:setting up admin and limited user accounts

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I have a Dell XPS M1330 running Vista Home Premium.

There are currently 2 user accounts on it. I have not turned on the Administrator Account. I would like to make one of the these 2 accounts a FULL administrator. Can I do that? And how?


A:Multiple User accounts, make one admin

Hello Ruth, and welcome to Vista Forums.

While it is not the same as the built-in Administrator account, you can elevate the default administrator account's privilege level.

Hope this helps,

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I have an XP Tablet machine. When I login as a user (power user), everything works fine, but when I login as an ADMIN, I can't click on anything. What do I need to do?

A:user accounts work, Admin accouts don't.

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okay. freshly into win7 now, having obtained a new hdd for my comp. I have been running as the admin of my computer since accounts became an unavoidable thing. barring the occasional frustration-induced blunder I tend to stay Properly Paranoid in my habits to make sure I have no problems...

but win7 doesn't think that I could ever be intelligent enough to have full rights on any account other than the built-in admin account, which of course I'd want to avoid using outside emergencies that render other accounts damaged somehow.

so I'm looking to find out how to make another user account with FULL admin rights. not just the "constantly have to get permission" stuff that a standard*snort* admin account has, full rights that don't involve constantly having to "run as administrator"

yes yes I've heard people trying to get me more paranoid so that I'd endure the added hassles, all it does is make me more irate with the situation. so if noone's willing to provide me with instruction on this, it's probably best for the thread to be left to fall off the board.

A:of win7, admin rights, admin accounts, and real admin accounts

I don't know what your problem is. To make another administrator account - Start - Control panel - User Account - 
Manage another account - Create a new account - Give it a name - put a check mark for Administrator - 
click - Create Account. 

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I have been using this computer for a while and got it set up like I want it. Last night I created additional user accounts to allow someone else to use the computer without being able to access everything (limited). The first account i created would not let me make it limited...it was permanently check marked admin, so I had to create one more account that i could make limited. When all was done, I deleted the limited account but i was unable to delete the additional admin account. The problem I have is, where did my original admin desktop and all the files and settings go??!! I cannot find it and the items i had saved there. How can i get things back to the way they were??? Thanks for any help you can give me!

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A:Help! Lost original Admin when making new user accounts!

It should still be there. I am assuming you were using the "Administrator" account?

To get to it, at the welcome screen do CTRL-ALT-DEL twice until a username/password box appears. Then Type in Administrator for username and then your password and hit OK. This should let you into your desktop.


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I have changed the UAC in my (Admin) account to turn it off. I have accounts for 3 other people, regular user accounts.
On those regular accounts, if you try to start several of the games I have installed (LOTRO, Neverwinter, etc.) UAC stops the game from loading, asks if you will allow, then rejects it as you need to be logged in as ADMIN to give permission.

I checked UAC while logged into a regular account, and it is turned on (After I turned it off in ADMIN account). It will not let me change the setting, saying I need to be logged in as ADMIN.

Now, I am NOT going to give my 8 year old granddaughter ADMIN rights, so how do I turn off UAC in that account?

A:User Account Control will not change in non-admin accounts

Hello mac,

UAC settings can only be changed by an administrator. In addition, UAC settings are applied globally to all users on the PC.

User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 10

As a workaround, you could see if using the tutorial below to create an elevated shortcut that a standard user can use without getting a UAC prompt may help. However, this method does not always work for games.

Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I am running Windows 7 64bit, 32GB Ram, Dual 10 core processors.

All accounts on the box will randomly get locked out. This lockout is occurring "at least on the surface" with no repeated log-on attempts or no repeated bad password entries. Simply press a keyboard or move the mouse to unlock the system, enter password and it says account is locked out. I attempt to switch users and it says that account is locked out also. Every user and Admin account on the box is locked.

This behavior is randomly happening. I have not been able to duplicate the problem.

Password complexity is enabled and it has a file the password is measured against
Number of bad retries attempted is set at 3
An administrator must unlocked the account once it is locked.

Again, this box is not a part of a Domain, thus no domain controller is controlling the user account.

A:Stand-Alone System all User and Admin Accounts are locked out

Could you fill in your system specs completely.
Use one or both of these tutorials.

By Brink:

System Info - See Your System Specs

By Kari:

Speccy - Publish Snapshot of your System Specs

Is this computer at work under the control of a I.T. Department?

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Here's my scenario.  I have a Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 machine setup for standalone use.  I am using local group policy to lock down many settings.  I have 4 accounts in the local administrators group (admin accounts).  The real administrator
is disabled.  Here's what's happening:  If I create a new standard user from the control panel, all admin accounts get disabled immediately.  I checked the admin accounts settings before and after the new user is created and the disabled checkmark
appeared during the process.  Now, when I create a new user using the computer management console vs. the control panel, it works fine.  The difference is that in the computer management console, you must set a password at the time of account creation
vs. in the control panel you create an account with no password.  So, my guess is that somewhere in my group policy, it doesn't like an account being created without a password, but why would that disable all administrator accounts?  Has anyone else
experienced this?

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My company has recently purchased internet filtering and monitoring software which requires admin access to run. I am trying to create a scheduled task from the task scheduler which runs the software as an admin any time any non-admin user logs on. However, no matter how I configure the task, it never runs on any account other than the admin account. I have tried to configure the task to be run as the admin account as well as the system account.

Under the general tab, I have the option selected to "Run whether user is logged on or not". I also have the "Run with highest privileges" option checked. It is set to configure for Windows 7.

Under the triggers tab, I have the trigger set to run the task "At log on" for the Student user. I have at this screen also tried settings for the "Any User" option.

The action is set to start the filtering program. I have not had any success in getting the task to run when the Student user logs into the pc. I would greatly appreciate any help with this issue. Thanks.

A:Running admin created tasks in standard user accounts

Why don't you run the program as a system service? The program is kind of a system task... isn't it?

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I shut the computer down yesterday and today I cannot login to my admin accounts. I am stuck on a limited account. I tried safe mode. I rechecked my user and passwords over and over. I haven't changed them. It keeps saying that my user and pass is incorrect even though it was working fine yesterday!

I can't download, restore, or anything with this Limited Account and I am going insane.

Please please help!

Please help! This is not a "icon isn't showing at windows startup" question. For some reason I cannot enable my admin accounts. Either of them. Online some say that Windows does it automatically sometimes, or that updates haven't been recently installed, or it could hackers and viruses. I really have no idea why this is happening. I'm kicked out of my own computer!

Is it possible that spybot is controlling my access to the Admin accounts for my safety?

This am I also was getting tons of pop-up error messages about a program. My pc has been running a bit slower as well ever since I added a limited account onto it.

A:Help! I can't access my Admin accounts

Hi and welcome,
Sorry about the delay, just saw the post. No, spybot would not do this. What error messages were you getting? When you boot into safe mode are you able to access the accounts? You are using the correct case for the password? If numbers are used in the password, and you are using the number pad on the right hand side, is the numlock turned on?

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Hey ..

When i start up my computer i get the loggon screen.
there is my ADMIN and a guest. when i sign on to my ADMIN i get a full black screen
and cant do anything abut it !! .
The guest account works fine.
So know im on the guest account and i dont know what to do about the black screen.

A:Help! I can't access my Admin accounts

Was anything added or removed from the system before the problem? Can you load your profile in Safe Mode?

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I have two user accounts on Vista Home Pro.
One is a standard, limited user account (password protected) and the other
is my admin account (obviously with admin privileges and password

I am not sure when this started happening but I am unable to launch control
panel under my admin account.
I get a pop-up of "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or
file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item".
The title bar of this pop-up has "::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}"

I can only get to CP from my limited account. Then I am prompted to enter
the Admin account's password. At times even trying this fails with the same
error the first time I try to launch CP. Usually the second or third time I
launch CP it will actually launch.

Someone suggested I set up a new admin account and then, from that account,
rename the original Admin account's profile so that Windows would rebuild it
upon reboot. Well, I did manage to create a new admin account (using admin
privileges from my limited account) but even that new admin account can't
launch control panel.

Interestingly, after I set up the second admin account, when I try an admin
cp function from my limited account it does correctly show me a pop-up
showing me two admin users to choose for entering the admin password. So it
does know the two users as admin accounts.

I am at a loss as to what to do/try. Is there a way to repair the OS using ... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 545s Desktop - Intel Duo Core 2.93, 6gb RAM, 720gb HD, 64bit Windows 7

I get the message: (every time I try and open a folder on my c/drive - Can't access Windows Explorer folder on the taskbar and any other folder or file by double clicking it. I can open them by right clicking, then open)
"this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a progra or, if one is already installed, create an assocation in the Default Programs control Panel".

I can open applications. But, I can not open the folder for them lets say in c:/program files -- the only way to open them is by rightclicking, then open. If I double click, I get the above error message. (same issue with "my documents", "My pictures", etc).

Included with the above problems:
I now, can not access User Accounts. When I go into Control Panel, click User Accounts.. I can not manage existing ones, nor can I "Add or remove user accounts". I click the link and nothing happens.

I have someething built into the computer called "Dell DataSafe Backup". Its a recovery partition/part of the HDD that saves all my files for a recovery. However, I can NOT access it. I click the "Dell DataSafe" in my taskbar and nothing happens..

A:Can't access any folder by doubleclicking, can't access user accounts or Dell Backup

MS Support suggested:
I tried doing a registry fix:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

after saving the above file as 'exe.reg', I went to CMD prompt and typed: reg import exe.reg

I also saved above file as (by another suggestion): and ran a file called: vista-7-fixexe.reg , then CMD Prompt: reg import vista-7-fixexe.reg both did not work..

tried another suggestion in the CMD Prompt: "assoc.exe=exefile" but have no idea what this was for or what it did..As I have no idea what the above did or did not do..

(Some recent installs: Some updates including Service Pack 1. Some updates to applications I use as well..)

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This Windows 8 is pure GARBAGE!!!!! Nothing but error problems. I'll address one thing at a time......
I am currently unable to add any user accounts. I get some stupid error message saying "Were sorry but something went wrong. This user wasn't added to this PC." Code: 0x80070426
Can anyone here help me get through this without using factory restore for the like fifth time on this friggin laptop!!!!

A:Unable to add user accounts

If you installed any 3rd party networking stuff like firewalls, antivirus etc. - any 3rd party network services - and that 3rd party have not cared to certify (test) it with Windows 8. Then uninstall that software and try again!

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I'm a newbie at this support site. I somehow (??) download some trojan horses (6) and ran AVG which removed them and then I had to restart my computer. When back on, I was unable to log into any of the user accounts. It keeps looping - starts to log on, and then logs me right back out again. I did not want to reinstall XP again. Is there any way I can fix this? It does the same thing in safe mode. Even restarting under previous working config does not work. I have windows XP home edition and SP2.


A:unable to log into user accounts

check to see if a button is stuck on your keyboard. I ran into a few of these problems where a stuck f1 key caused the computer to act up like this

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I am unable to switch between user accounts due to mrvGINA.dll file is an application extension located in the following location:

I fear if i delete this file i may experience windows system failure or failure related to other application/programs. Can anyone please help.

A:unable to switch user accounts

Do you have a Netgear wifi or NIC network adapter? If so.
Go to run type in

Regedit then go to "File" click on export this will backup your registry choose a place to store the backup name it something.reg (do not change the .reg) Click "Ok"

then naviagte to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/Current Version/WINLOGON delete the key GINAdll (To the right plane)

Go to control panel User accounts make change the way users log on or off' and make sure the welcome screen and fast user switching are both checked.


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I am trying to download Adobe Digital Editions and I keep receiving the error message

Unable to elevate to administrative rights, error 786

I am the admin! I have turned off the password, I have right clicked on the program and chosen 'run as admin'-then nothing happens.
Any help would be appreciated

A:"Unable to elevate to admin rights" error, when admin user

Try this:

SOLUTION: download the setup.exe for ADE, not using the flash install version.

Before you run it, right click on it and check "run as administrator" under the compatability tab. Also under the general tab I clicked on "unblock," which might have made a difference.

From a similar issue: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/953278?tstart=0

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For years, I use a custom madencomputer where Windows 7 has been installed by the,"builder"
Unfortunately, he made a spelling mistake and gave an incorrect User name : "Propri?tarie" misspelling and use of an accented letter, as I'm french).
It was fine until a few weeks ago, when I tried to install several products who failed to install.
The developpers of these programs immediately asked me if I had a "special" character in the user's name and the faulty "?" in my name was the cause of the problem
So, i defined a new user name "Serge" and tried to link this name to the profile in the "Users" directory
I read many tutorials, but nothing worked ;-(

I would like to have a common name shared by my User Account and the associated Profile, and both without "foreign" characters

What would be the steps to get this ?

Thanks Have a good day

A:Unable to manage User accounts & Profiles

Hi sfleury, welcome to 7F!

Have you tried working with this tutorial? User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name This would also change the name in the User's Profile

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I have one PC on which I am running Windows 7 ultimate and Windows XP (via MS Virtual PC 2007).

I have downloaded Windows Easy Transfer for Windows XP (wet7xp_x86.exe) and installed it onto the the VM running XP.

I have created several accounts on the XP VM but during the transfer only the administrator user account that I am logged into in VM XP is transferred into Windows 7. Should not all the accounts be transferred simultaneously? What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance.

A:Unable to transfer all User accounts from XP to Windows 7

I would not transfer account settings as they are a corruption path into a fresh install.

Easiest is to simply drag the named User accont via explorer to external and then paste into target.

Or you can drag select User folders to storage and then copy their contents to the corresponding folder in Explorer bar at left.

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I went on vacation recently and before leaving, I created a password for my computers (Control Panel -> User Accounts) so that the guy (I did it mainly for his unknown friends he brings over) who was looking after the house, couldn't use them while we were away. When I got back and tried removing the password on the BenQ, I saw there was no "Remove my password" choice to click on in the User Accounts. There's a link to change my password but none to remove it. So now, I'm stuck having to type my password every time I turn on or restart my system. The system with the problem is a BenQ brand (o/a 4+ years old) with XP-Pro on it. (3.2Ghz cpu with 1-1/2Gb ram)Please see the BenQ screenshot of the User Accounts window to see what I'm talking about at: http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/9113/pa...problem7910.jpgMy other PC (next to the BenQ) is an eMachine with XP-Media Center Edition on it. (3.06Ghz cpu with 2Gb ram) and I had no problem removing my password since the "Remove my password" link is there to click on. Please see the eMachine screenshot of this window to compare the windows of each system at: http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/6461/re...wordvisible.jpgAnybody got a solution or ideas for me to get this password removed...and get the "Remove my password" link back in place where it belongs?Thanx so much in advance!!

A:Unable to remove my password in User Accounts (XP-Pro)

Click on change my password and leave the line that you would normally put a different password into blank and see if it will accept it.

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I have Windows 7 loaded onto a MacBook Pro using Parallels. I tried to create a standard account through the User Account Manager. It seemed to create, however, when I try to log on to that particular account, it says that the user account cannot be accessed. I checked for a profile under the account name in the Users/Profile folder, and there is none. I cannot even activate the Guest account. The only account I can get into is the Administrator account. I do not have any passwords on any of the accounts.

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I am assisting a coworker who is trying to log into his home computer which has windows 7. He was not the last user to log in (and does not have the last user's password, and he is not getting the option to switch users to log in. He has tried ctrl+alt+del, Windows + L, Windows +right arrow+ right arrow W, Alt+ F4. Any other tricks? Thank you,

A:Unable to switch user accounts in Windows 7

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Hello, I have been experiencing issues with certain programs on some user accounts on my Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with. All user accounts are administrators. Three user accounts were set up when the problem started to occur, all but one of them has had issues with Internet Explorer 7 and microsoft Excel. In these instances the programs would load up but the main window under the menu and toolbars would fail to show anything except blue. Although I havn't noticed anything myself I wouldn't be surprised if there are other programs which would have similiar issues on these user accounts. I upgraded to IE8 and that has worked fine. I created a fourth user account to see if the programs would work on a newly created account but with no luck, still the same issues occured. Any help or ideas as to what could be causing these errors with certain programs would be much appreciated.

A:Some user accounts unable to run programs correctly.

Without specific things to look at we could spend weeks trying to fix this. I'd suggest a couple of things:

I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests. They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:

H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Malware (read the details at the link)

Then, if the above tests pass, I'd try these free stress tests:

FurMark download site: FurMark: VGA Stress Test, Graphics Card and GPU Stability Test, Burn-in Test, OpenGL Benchmark and GPU Temperature | oZone3D.Net
FurMark Setup:
- If you have more than one GPU, select Multi-GPU during setup
- In the Run mode box, select "Stability Test" and "Log GPU Temperature"
Click "Go" to start the test
- Run the test until the GPU temperature maxes out - or until you start having problems (whichever comes first).
- Click "Quit" to exit

Prime95 download site: Free Software - GIMPS
Prime95 Setup:
- extract the contents of the zip file to a location of your choice
- double click... Read more

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just bought a new hp laptop with 8.1 1st time startup, i didnt have a problem with naming the laptop but i don't want to use a password each time i start it and on this forum found how to bypass that, but after installing quicken when i try to open it, it says quicken cannot open the data file because it is read-only or you do not have permission to open it, do you want to copy itto a different location and open it from there, when i instaledl quicken i wanted to reinstall my quicken account files and it asked if i wanted to install then in a folder under my name and i said no and found the quicken folder in the tree and put them there something is wrong, oh yeah i did not create a ms account i just want to turn on the laptop and have access to the programs without all this administrator stuff, HELP ME please

A:user accounts and access

Try this:

Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8

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I bought a new computer with Windows XP service pack 2.

I can't access user accounts. I can't edit account, can't add new account etc... because "user accounts" window is not display well. it is display like this.(refer the attach pic).

What can I do for this? Please help me.

A:Cannot Access user accounts

Did you edit Internet Explorer's security settings to a higher level than the default? On rare occasions this can cause User Accounts or other Windows programs not to work correctly. I had this happen once w/ McAfee.

Disconnect from the net and then try setting IE's Internet Zone security settings to medium and see if you can get in. If you can't, post back. Either way, before you reconnect to the net raise IE's security settings back up to a higher level so you are safe online.


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WindowsXP loads "normally". I reach the user login window and when I try to log into ANY user account, it just log me off.

A:can`t access user accounts

Hi jcvasquez, welcome to TSF..

does the same happen in Safe Mode?

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Ok here?s my problem.

Just recently I had problems with my modem and internet connection, its all sorted now except that my wife can?t access the internet in the normal way via her user account, she logs on to windows, starts AOL but the connection gets timed out straight away and the screen freezes. The only way to get out of this is to bring up task manager and stop everything.

The strange thing is if I change her account to administrator (she was always a limited account) everything is fine ? no problems at all. Or she can sign on to windows as me, then open AOL and sign on that way. She just can?t access the Internet using her own account.

As far as I am aware I haven?t made any changes to the set-up. I did run the AOL set up disc during my modem problems, as I had to re install the drivers but apart from that no changes at all.

I don?t really want to give all the users administrator accounts but at present it seems that?s the only way they can access the internet

My OS is Windows XP and my ISP AOL version 9

Thanks for any suggestions

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Hi I'm new to these forums, and I'm looking for some help with my computer issue.

Lately, i haven't been able to access my user account panel in windows xp, and i was wondering if anyone could give me a solution.

Here is the error message:

A:Can't access user accounts

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When in control panel, I cannot click on and access User Accounts. The computer does nothing.

I ran 3 adware removers and virus scanned my computer. I also downloaded the registry update to add the "user accounts 2" icon, which I can access. It shows me as an administrator, and I can add and remove users. However, I cannot utilized advanced management functions. The message I receive is that I must access this function through the origninal "user account" icon.

Any help would be appreciated!!!

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I have tried everything and I can't access my user accounts. I tried Spybot and getting in with Start > run > "Control Userpasswords" or "Control Userpasswords2" . No good. Can't find any spyware and I really do not want to reformat. Any suggestions.

A:Can't access user accounts.

Hello Mmix, and welcome to TSF!

Are you logged on to the system / domain as an "Admin", or "Admin equivalent"?

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I am trying to help a friend with her Windows7 Professional, 32 bit laptop. When logged in under an Administrator account, I launch Windows Update and click on 'Check for updates', but a pop-up window comes up that says "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer." After restarting the computer, the same error appears. I have googled the error message, and all the pertinent Windows services (Windows Update, Cryptographic Services, Background Intelligent Transfer Service, and Windows Event Log) are running.

My next step was to create a new Administrator account, and then use that account to clean up her system. I cannot create an Administrator or standard account; a pop-up window comes up that says "The specified account name is not valid, because account names cannot contain the following characters: /\[]":;<>+=,?* Please type a different name." I have tried using account names such as 'temp', 'duh', and 'omgwtfbbq' all with the same results.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks !
Below is my DDS.txt log:
DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Guest at 15:48:48.11 on Sun 05/08/2011
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385
============== Running Processes ===============
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
uStart Page = hxxp://www.ask.com?o=102944&l=dis&gct=hp
uURLSearchHooks: UrlSearch... Read more

A:Unable to do Windows Updates or create new user accounts

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If you are unsure about any of these characteristics just post what you can and we will guide you.Please tell us if you have your original Windows CD/DVD available.If you are unable to perform the steps we have recommended please try one more time and if unsuccessful alert us of such and we will design an alternate means of obtaining the necessary information.If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review your topic an do their best to resolve your issues.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply'... Read more

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(Also posted at the Microsoft Community - not much luck there!)

Hi all,
Updated to 8.1, created a couple of users accounts - but unable to sign into these accounts. Clicking to sign in, simply shows (a few seconds later) - 'Signing out'. No errors or similar reported and nothing obvious in the Event Log of the Admin user.
Have tried a variety of accounts - with passwords, without, child accounts, etc - same result.
Any accounts existing prior to 8.1 seem to work okay.

Safety Scanner and SFC check found no problems. A bit more testing found that if I create a new Administrator user, then this user can be logged onto and works fine. Whereas the Standard or Child accounts still won't logon. Accounts created using a pre-existing 2nd Administrator user (i.e. pre 8.1) show the same behaviour.
Logged on as Admin1 (my account).
Created W-user2 (child user) - unable to logon
Created test-user (std user) - unable to logon
Created test-21-1 (std user - created 21/10/13 after sfc check) - unable to logon
Created Admin3 (admin user) - Logon successful
Logged on as Admin2 (pre-existing 2nd Admin account)
Created standard2 (std user) - unable to logon
Created child2 (child user) - unable to logon
Created Admin4 (admin user) - Logon successful
So, it looks like only new Admin users can logon. A pre-existing Standard user account can still logon (as before).

I'm really puzzled as to why this is happening. If any can suggest any tests or possible solutions I would be most gratef... Read more

A:Unable to sign into any newly created user accounts


Just to advise I have resolved this issue. Turns out the Default profile was corrupt. Copied from a working Windows 8 machine (C:\Users\Default) and newly created users are functioning correctly.

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My computer had a virus a while back and my "computer guy" had to wipe it out and reinstall everything. I did not have my operating cds at the time so he installed what i assume is a temporary one. I began recieving the notifications about my windows notbeing geniune towards the end of summer. To fix it i re-installed my windows operating cd that came with my laptop. I was able to validate my version of windows with microsoft. However, now i have a few issues.1. I cannot access any of the applications I have installed on my laptop. ie: microsoft office, my ipod, printer, anything. the only things that work is the basic applications that come on the cd.....like notepad, calculator, wordpad.... and a few others. When i got into My Computer.... C drive.. program files and click on an application like Word i get an error that says "Microsoft has not been installed for thisuser, please run setup and install it again" or on other applications like adobe it reads "this application has failed to start because MSVCP71.dll was not found. Re-Installing the application may fix the problem." How can i fix this? Am i going to have to reinstall everything on my computer?? The other problem is that when I reinstalled the operating cd it made me create another user account.. Now i cannot access the old ones, they dont show up on the log in screen. When i go into control panel/local disk (c drive)/ documents and settings.. the old accounts are there however when i... Read more

A:access denied to old user accounts

I think this will work. How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP

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