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Q: Problems creating local user account with powershell

I was having a lot of trouble creating a local user account with a powershell script.
Basically, the script would throw no errors, but the account would not be shown in "Control Panel\User Accounts\Manage another user account"

It would seem that the user.create functionality of ADSI doesn't work the same way in win 8 as it did in win 7.
I finally figured out that the accounts had been created, but they weren't a member of "Users" by default, and when they weren't a member of users, they didn't show up in the control panel.

Script Local User Management Module

Run the script above, and then run the following two commands:
New-localuser -username "newuser" -password "123456" -description "created by powershell"
Set-Localgroup -username "newuser" -groupname "Users" -add

That should create the new user account, and add it to the Users group, so it is visible and can be used.

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Can anyone help??

I am having trouble with my Windows XP Pro.
I have two user accounts on my laptop, one is a domain account (work) and the other is the local account. Ever since I connected this laptop to my work domain I am unable to connecto to broadband anywhere else.

For example, I can connect to the internet fine when I am on the work network. However, when I am at home and logged into the local account I am unable to connect to the internet (whether it be wired or wireless).

I spoke to an IT friend of mine who (after going through a few steps) said that my local account seems to be using my domain account server to access the net.

Any help would be appreciated as it is driving me mad . Only other option I have is to reinstall.


A:Domain and Local user account problems on my laptop.

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I have a Dell XPS 9100 with Windows 7 Prof. I am using the user account made during the initial bootup of the new computer, to make the desired settings and adding software installations. However after I finish with the initial tweaking, I will reduce the account privileges from Administrator to Standard user level. However, before I change the account level, I will make another user account with administrator user level.

Is there a way to have the new user account have the same settings as the initial user account when it is Simimade, such as copying, etc? I am not looking forward to manually making all of the sames changes/settings that I have made in the initial bootup user account, to the new user account with administrator privileges.

I would very much appreciate any suggestions regarding the above. Thanks Sam

A:Creating a New User Account Similar to an Existing User Account

Hello Scams,

About as close as you can get to this would be to create a new administrator account with the name you like, then copy all of the contents of the old user account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders (including hidden AppData folder) into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old user account while logged in the new user account.

It will copy most of your settings, like your Start Menu shortcuts, to the new account, but items stored in the registry, like your desktop background, would have to be reset again.

Hope this helps some,

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Currently I an running with a local account but I want to create a MS account ONLY to save my BitLocker recovery keys online in case my USB gets stolen along with my laptop in which my keys are saved to a USB. My USB is kept near my computer which doesn't make sense anyways.

So, I want to create a MS account but keeping my local account as my main primary account. Is there a way to do this?


A:Creating a MS account without losing Local account

Go to https://account.microsoft.com, click Create account and fill the form:

With a Microsoft account you can then use OneDrive and Office Online apps for free. You can also use built-in native Windows apps which require a Microsoft account like Mail, Skype Preview, People, Calendar and download apps from Windows Store.

See steps 3 to 5 in this tutorial to continue using local account as Windows sign-in account even when / if you download apps from store and / or use Windows apps requiring a Microsoft account, to avoid Windows user account converting to Microsoft account: Store - Use when Signing in to Windows 10 with Local Account - Windows 10 Forums

Other tutorials you might be interested in when you have created a Microsoft account:
Microsoft Account Two-step Verification - Turn On or Off - Windows 10 ForumsMicrosoft Account - Link to Digital License on Windows 10 PC - Windows 10 Forums

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We are creating a PDF file in login user's local application folder (C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\folder1) through a custom .Net application and displaying the created pdf file in application.

The above functionality is working for users who are part of domain and added to local vista machine as users (both for administrator and standard user accounts).
The same is not working for local users (both administrator and standard user accounts created in vista box).

File is getting created for any user under their local appdata folder and can able to open from that location, but not displaying from app in case of local system users (admin or standard type).

Can anyone help me what security settings differ between domain users vs local users in vista business 32 bit OS?


A:domain account user vs local account user in vista

Policy that is actually causing the problem (or lack thereof) is corresponds to Internet Options control panel, Connections tab, Lan Settings button: Use Automatic Configuration settings.
Having this turned on causes IE to load a configuration file prepared by IT department which makes a whole lot of configuration changes to IE, including remapping the security zones. We can test this by unchecking this option (the default state).
Since the machine is in domain and since we are testing with domain users accounts, I have monitored domain controller pushing down a bunch of policy settings which relax the IE security settings, causing the reports to display.
First, domain settings will resync over time and this checkbox will keep getting turned back on automatically. So you can?t really turn this off, it won?t stay off. I would feel better just testing local accounts, but since the computer is also a member of the domain, machine-specific policies are applied by the domain as well.

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I have a user with a machine that was setup with Win 8.1 Home. The machine has been upgraded to 8.1 Pro and joined to a domain (WinSrv 2003). I need to get the conten/configuration from their old local machine user profile to their new domain user profile. I tried to copy the contents of their ../users/<name>/.. folder from the local user profile to the new domain user profile (after they had logged in once, and then logged off). This did not work. When I did the copy, I grabbed all files, including hidden...was that my mistake, or is the issue broader?

In the end....they want their old stuff and configuration under their new credentials/profile.



A:Merge Domain User Account with Local User Account

There are 4 conventional ways of accomplishing this task.

Option 1: Simply copy My Documents, Favorites, Desktop items from one to the other. You will have to setup program options again, may or may not be a big deal

Option 2: Use the Windows Easy Transfer option. Explained here. Vista & Win7 local to domain profile migration

Option 3: Use the Copy To Feature in User Profiles, explained here: Copy a user profile. The steps are outlined for different versions of Windows, but they work the same in Windows 8.

Option 4: Use the User State Migration Tool. User State Migration Tool 4.0 User's Guide. Here is a link to a video on using the USMT. User State Migration Tool in Windows 7 - Install | TechNet

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Hi guys, just the title of the thread pretty much says it all.
want to create a really limited user account for the kids of the house. I already have a user account, and have tried to set up a limited one through control panel. But that asks me to first create an Administer Account, which i already have. So it would be pointless if i had two Administer Accounts showing up on the welcome screen.
Also i'm kind of a novice at this, but i am keen to learn. so help with privacy and parental control would be appreciated.


A:Creating a Limited User Account without having the create an Adminster Account first.

log off your user account and login as administrator,to get admin acc. ctrl_alt_del do it twice, if the admin one is not seen then login create the user account and edit the permissions

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Hi guys,

When setting up Windows 10 to create a Local Account, do I need to have my Last Name there or can I have only my First name?

I am only setting up a Local Account and NOT a Microsoft account.

So can I enter my First name only when I create my local account or do I need to have my Last name as well.

Please see image.

I am the only one using my notebook.

A:Creating a Local Account in Windows 10?

Hello win10freak,

You can enter whatever you like for the "user name" of your local account.

User Account - Add in Windows 10

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I have a local user account that comes up as the default user when Windows10 boots up that I would like to remove.

I have tried the usual user modification menus but this account does not show up. It is annoying to have to go through this false log in every time I start the computer.


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Hello, I am on a domain at my job and amd setting up a laptop for a user. We always set everyone up on the domain, but I am wanting to set up a local admin account, not on our domain so they cannot access all of our files. What is the best way to go about this?

A:Creating a local admin account NOT on domain

Hello Mike,

I don't have any experience with domains, but you might see if the local built-in elevated Administrator account may work for this.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps.

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I tried to see Skype Video on Windows 10. Huge mistake.
It asked me for a Windows Account. (I just finished understanding what Google Account means).
I happened to have a Windows Account. I entered it and it accepted it.
It then asked that I must also change the password that I use for my profile on my desktop.
I obliged and sacrificed my simple password as it required a strong password.
So now I have a Windows password and my strong user profile password.
I rebooted. Big headache for the past two hours.
Neither passwords worked to let me in my profile (which has Administrator privilege).
I logged in as Administrator, went to Control Panel, Users accounts, hoping that being logged in as Local Admin, I can change the password of my profile. I can see my profile user account, but there is no way to change its password, only to delete or change to ordinary user.
I changed my Windows account password via my mobile.
Still, I can't log in to my profile.
Would somebody kindly help? or should I just dump Windows 10 and move on to Mac?

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My grandmother was recently hacked and she changed all her passwords herself (yay!). However she did not write down her new local user account password for her laptop.

I tried downloading OPHCrack, I burned it as an ISO file and put it on a DVD-R(only thing I had on hand) and i changed the boot order on her BIOS menu to had the DVD drive as the first priority. It does not run....I hear the disk drive moving, or spinning but the program does not run. Are there any other options or do I have to do a complete system restore to bypass this? Also if that is what I have to do how do I do that without being in her control panel?

A:Old Problem New User- Forgot Local User Account Password

Hello there "hater",are you sure you downloaded the right OPHcrack version?It should be the one that is intended to be used on,not the one being used to download and be burned on.Try imgburn,never failed me to create bootable CDs or DVDs.

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So, I have been working on my neighbor's computer. She doesn't want a password to log in to her computer. Is there a way that I can disable the password upon login. This is on a local account.

A:User Account Password on Local Account

Jesse, have a look here

Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

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Until recently, my wife and I have been the only users of our laptops, so we've simply used the Administrator account to log in. We now have a 16-year-old granddaughter living with us, who uses my wife's computer (sure ain't using mine). She mostly just does Facebook and YouTube. When I recently returned from a trip, my wife said her computer was "messed up." An understatement indeed. I found ten infected files (mostly PUPs), six miscellaneous new toolbars, five newly installed programs I'd never heard of, and a mess of continuous popup ads. All this despite the fact the computer is (I thought) pretty well protected (Avast, MBAM, SpywareBlaster, Windows firewall) and has never before been infected. After an hour or so, I had everything cleaned up and back to normal.

So, to my problem: The OS is Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I want to creat a user account for the kid that will not allow any program downloads, installations, or system changes whatsoever. She isn't intentially trying to mess things up; she just doesn't understand some of the dangers of the internet. I know how to creat a user account, but not how to configure it for what I want to do, or even see what its default parameters are. Parental controls do not seem to cover this situation. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

A:Creating New User Account

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I have an administrator account and would like to create a "user" account as well that also enables me to sign in to my computer (to enter the start screen). I have read that you really shouldn't use your administrator account all the time, just use it to make changes/updates, etc. Will this new account take me to the same place as my administrator account if I use the same info to create the user account as I used for the administrator account. I only ask this because on my HP laptop with the help of my internet provider back in Jan. I am using my Verizon account for e-mails instead of the program that came with the PC and I also created my "favorites" list as well. I enter my Verizon account using the internet icon. So can this be done? I've read several support articles from HP support, but they didn't give any info if I could do this.
Thank you.

A:Creating another User account for me......

Hello Juliet, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you mean for a Microsoft account, then you will not be able to use the same email address to create another Microsoft account on the same computer.

If you have UAC set to "Always Notify" (top level), then you'll always be prompted to approve doing anything that requires elevation (Run as administrator).
User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8
Personally, as long as you are not using the built-in "elevated" Administrator account for everyday purposes, then you are fine to use your normal administrator account.

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I am trying to create a User Account on my new notebook running Windows 7 Home Premium. After I type in the name, Share, the User Account Control Panel comes up with message that "The specified account name is not valid because account names cannot contain the following characters" and then gives a list of special characters, none of which are in the account name.

Any suggestions?

A:[SOLVED] Creating a user account

See if any of these suggestions help: the specific account is not valid because account names cannot contain - Microsoft Answers

Also here: Network Message = "The specified account name is not valid - Microsoft Answers

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I work in a library, and I use Windows XP Pro.
We would like to create a new account, or alter a older one to have limited
internet access, pretty much the databases we subscribe too, and anything
we can link off the website, without letting them go anywhere else.
Can anyone make a suggestion?

A:Creating a Network User account

There is more to limiting user internet access then just creating an account

Since most library's have multiple public internet stations this is best handled thru the internet router.

Alternately you can install internet monitoring software and configure it to restrict the user account.

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Hi all,
I am creating an image for my new model PC and looking to modify the default settings pulled once a new domain user logs onto the machine for the first time. I don't want to have the default profile on the network, but have it on the local machine. I have seen articles about modifying an exisiting profile on the PC (ei. Administrator) and then copying it to the "All users" profile, but haven't been able to get that to work.

Any help would be appreciated.


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hi guys i have a question about creating a new user

i created a new user account on my sony VAIO notebook "windows 7" for friends or family who wants to use my laptop. i opened up the "my computer" and i see the files that i have on my own account.. i was wondering if there was a way to create a new user account and not have my files in the account... is this possible ?? i dont want to create a guest account as it cant use some programs that are installed..

if its not possible to have a second new C drive with none of my files.. i guess my last option is to open up a guest account

thank you guys for your time !!
have a wonderful holiday and a new year !!

A:question about creating a new user account

If you created a normal user account and not an administrative user account, you should be able to log into that new account and not have access to those files.

If you are seeing something you do not want, maybe you could restrict access to certain folders so other normal users could not see that folder.

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Hi there, i have a problem with my computer. Everything on my administrator account (user) has been deleted, i dnt know how, it just says 'The User Profile Service service Failed The Logon. User Profile Cannot be Loaded' so i need to know how to create a new one. Luckily i have another account (user) which is my wifes but is not an administrator account (user) so im unable to access alot of things. Ive tryed accesing it through my wifes account but when i type the administrator password it does nothing to allow me access although it accepts the password but doesn't react. Ive tryed everything on her account in order to make a new administrator account but no luck as it does nothing. Ive also tryed in safe mode, now it lets my administrator account logon in safe mode and when i go to my downloads, documents e.t.c. the folders are empty which they shoudn't be because i had things stored there, they've been deleted and probably a whole lot more things aswell which is obvious otherwise it wouldn't say 'The User Profile Service service Failed The Logon. User Profile Cannot be Loaded' when i try to logon normally. SO CAN SOMEONE HELP PLEASE its been like this for 3 weeks now and im very restricted with what i can do on my laptop. Im not bothered about my downloads or anything saved, they can go im not bothered because ive lost nothing important anyway. I just want a new administrator account. I know i might have to wipe everything off the computer which doesn't bother me but i don... Read more

A:Need Help Creating Administator Account (user)

Hi -

Please see --> http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/13...ot-loaded.html

Regards. . .



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I have a laptop which uses Windows XP professional service pack 3. I am trying to stop my children having full access to download whatever they want which causes the computer to slow down. I wanted to create a limited user account for them and this worked a dream on my desktop which has Windows XP home edition. However when I try and do it on my laptop I am faced with problems! The user account showing is 'Administrator' and I cannot change the name for this. When I try to create a new user account it says that at least one person must be the administrator and will not allow me to make the new account limited. If I do designate the new account as a 'administrator' then I lose the original administrator account including all the files. I managed to get these back by doing a system restore.
What I do not understand is why when I try and set up a new account it doesn't recognise the Administarors account as the computer administator and allow me to create a new limited account.
Thanks for any help you can provide.

A:Problem creating new user account

Try booting into safe mode, login to Administrator account and try out again.

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Hi all,

I have a standard administrator account in my name in C:\user and a guest account and both accounts are working fine.Now when i try to create a new local account say "test",i cant log in to that account and gives me error "User Profile Service failed the sign in.User profile cant be loaded"

I get the same error if i create built in administrator account using "net user administrator /active:yes" and then try logging into the administrator account.

I tried to follow Brink's tutorial about fixing corrupted user profiles but in regedit i cant find the SID with .bak extension and such.

I have no clue what to do next.


A:Creating new user account error

Hello dreamer,

Unfortunately, a user's profile is not created until the first time you are able to successfully sign in to the account.

You might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before you started getting this user profile error to see if it may help.

If not, then you may need to refresh Windows to fix it.

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My mother downloaded a virus to her computer. I want to prevent this from happening again so I want to create a user account that does not allow downloading of anything.

From what I read, a Standard account will not allow any type of downloading or installation.

However I was able to download and install Windows Essentials while logged into her account. Why is this?

Someone suggested the following. Would this work?

To disable UAC prompt and deny admin rights all together, set "Local Policies \ Security Options \ User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users" to "Automatically deny elevation requests" in security policy.

Where do I access Security Policy?

A:Creating a user account that does not allow downloads

A Standard account doesn't block internet access. You could create a Child account and see if the restrictions are adequate for your needs. See Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10 and https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...t-child-limits

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Until recently, my wife and I have been the only users of our laptops, so we've simply used the Administrator account to log in. We now have a 16-year-old granddaughter living with us, who uses my wife's computer (sure ain't using mine). She mostly just does Facebook and YouTube. When I recently returned from a trip, my wife said her computer was "messed up." An understatement indeed. I found ten infected files (mostly PUPs), six miscellaneous new toolbars, five newly installed programs I'd never heard of, and a mess of continuous popup ads. All this despite the fact the computer is (I thought) pretty well protected (Avast, MBAM, SpywareBlaster, Windows firewall) and has never before been infected. After an hour or so, I had everything cleaned up and back to normal.

So, to my problem: The OS is Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I want to creat a user account for the kid that will not allow any program downloads, installations, or system changes whatsoever. She isn't intentially trying to mess things up; she just doesn't understand some of the dangers of the internet. I know how to creat a user account, and know about the guest account, but not how to configure either for what I want to do, or even see what the default parameters are. Parental controls do not seem to cover this situation. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

A:Creating and Configuring New User Account

Hi there, please have a look at this tutorial.
Parental Controls - Setup and Use

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My mother downloaded a virus to her computer. I want to prevent this from happening again so I want to create a user account that does not allow downloading of anything.

From what I read, a Standard account will not allow any type of downloading or installation.

However I was able to download and install Windows Essentials while logged into her account. Why is this?

Someone suggested the following. Would this work?

To disable UAC prompt and deny admin rights all together, set "Local Policies \ Security Options \ User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users" to "Automatically deny elevation requests" in security policy.

Where do I access Security Policy?

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I have passwod protected my PC so my kids only get on it when I want them to, or so I thought!!

My son, and credit to him, just made is own account with admin rights and logged into it instead of mine, until I noticed on bootup one day and then deleted it.

Is there a way of making it impossible for him to do this?

A:Block someone creating user account in XP?

Had he been using your account (which was the administrative account) to logon? If so, he can create an account whenever he wants. Not sure with XP Home, but XP Pro provides alot more security with user accounts. Your best bet is to create a limited user account for him and don't let him use your account. Change the password on your account also. Although, I'm not sure how good he is with the computer--there are programs out there that let you bypass the admin's password (let's hope he doesn't know about it).

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Hello. I have a laptop that I use from work. I changed the computer from logging on to a domain to my home workgroup. When I rebooted my computer I cant log on. I don't know the administrator password or any local user acounts on the machine.

How can I change back to log on to the domain without logging on?

Please help...thanks!

Oh Windows 2000 pro BTW

A:Can't log on to a local user account PLEASE HELP

I have a corporate PC as well. The only way I know to work around this "fully" is to contact your network administrator. There is something you can try though.

If you know your domain name from work try typing this into your user id field:

<domain name>\<user id>

Then type your password accordingly.

Hope this helps.

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I want to setup a Local User Account with Administrator priveledges on a laptop that currently has a single login via a Microsoft Outlook.com User Account, which I want to keep active.

I had assumed that this would be as simple a process as it was on XP, Vista and W7. However, I first consulted a number of other techical websites and have been rather confused by the large number of reported "issues" that users seem to have when setting up a Local Account.

Surely W8.1 permits multiple Users on the same machine and surely it is up to the owner of that machine as to whether they want a Local Account with Admin rights?

So why all the reported "problems" that Users are having when doing something which should be very simple.

Some of the reported problems are: -

- After setting up the Local Account the user could not login to the Microsoft Account
- User files in the Microsoft Account "disappear" after creating Local Account
- Microsoft services such as Outlook.com and SkyDrive stop working in all accounts after creating a Local Account
- Programs won't run under the Local Account unless the User activates "Run as Administrator"
- Profile of Microsoft Account corrupt after creating Local Account
- Locked out of Admin rights on both the Microsoft and the Local accounts

I would really appreciate some clarity over whether or not there are "issues" associated with creating a Local Account in W8.1



A:W8.1 - Local User Account

I just created a Local Account to try it out and encountered no problems as you described. But, I am running 8.1. Probably MS fixed a few things in this new release.

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I created a new windows user account. After logging into this account, I noticed that the display of the fonts where changed. I mean the icons text, the text that appears on the Internet explorer Address, the text on the blue windows header and general text etc...
It is turned to be blurred ot out of focus.
Now, also when I logged back to the previous user account, the problem occurs also here and I can't get rid of it.
I tried changing the screen resolution but I can't change it to 1024X1280 so I use 1024X768. I don't remember what I used before. when I change it to 1280X800 - that is the closest that I get to what I had before but not enough.
also on the right click on the Desktop -> properties ("Display properties") -> settings, I see 2 Dsiplays:
1. Plug and play Monitor on Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family
2. (Default Monitor) on Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family

I can't cause the 2nd display to work. When I choose it, press OK and enter back to this screen I see that the 1st Display is selected.

On the "Device Manager" -> Monitors , I see 3 "Plug and play monitor" devices. All are working properly.

I'll be happy if you could help me.


A:display changed after creating a new user account

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I just reformatted my pc and reinstalled a new OS. Anyways in my old OS I had somehow managed to active admin account/rights. I remember doing this because I was installing a theme and had to mess around with .dll files in windows folders.

Anyways the reason I want to get the admin account back is to do the same thing and also I dislike having to click on show processors from all users in task manager..

My question is how to active the admin account which lets me do all of this.. And then get rid of the default user account so I don't need have to select between admin and user when I turn on my computer all the time..

Hope my question was clear.

A:Creating a Admin account and getting my default user.

Hello Ringo,

If you like, the tutorial below will help show you how to enable the built-in elevated "Administrator" account that you can use when you need full rights and access to the PC.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

The tutorial below is for an elevated Task Manager shortcut that'll open Task Manager with "Show processes from all users" already clicked on.

Task Manager - Create Elevated Shortcut

Next, you can use the tutorial below to set Windows to automatically log on to a user account of your choice at startup.

Log On Automatically at Startup

Hope this helps,

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Hi everyone,
I'm currently using windows 7 home premium.
I'm looking to create another account on my computer for a person whom has basically never used a computer in his life. I want it to just have the bare minimum of functionality: basic programs like wordpad/paint/etc., internet browsing (Firefox), and access to programs I've whitelisted.
A Guest account would be an ideal choice right? However, I've had experience in the past where even a standard user account can install software as long as it does not fiddle with the registry or something (Chrome being an example) bypassing UAC completely. In short, I'm afraid that this user can accidentally get malware/spyware from browsing the web (or install malicious software) and it might go on to infect/hijack the entire computer.
Is there any way to create a secure account that will prompt/prevent anything from installing? 
Thanks in advance.

A:Creating user account without the ability to install anything?

Yes and No. Things to read;
1. http://www.pcguru.plus.com/windows7/users_perm.html .
2. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/set-parental-controls#1TC=windows-7 .
3. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-security/disable-users-from-downloading-and-installing/b2ea75d7-9f82-4e40-8a05-21bcd2451a1e .
4. http://superuser.com/questions/197662/how-to-prevent-an-account-from-downloading-in-windows-7 .
Just a bit of light reading, you see. Welcome to the world of Permissions, Group Policy (only on Domains), Local Policy, and Parental Controls.
The simplest would be #4, but that would also lock you out also unless you changed it back. If the person in question is truly as PC challenged as you suggest, then they probably won't figure this out, especially if you make a habit of hiding the Menu bar in the browser. Play around with Parental Controls though, that may have something you can use.
What ever you decide, when setting it up remember to;
A. Put a password on your account so the other can't use it.
B. Set up an account for the other person,,, password protect that if you wish.
Good Luck.

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Ok so my mom wants a user account. So i go to create one. (I'm a computer admin and the only account on the computer) When i created it i noticed that it wouldnt let me make her account limited. (the bullet for the limited account was faded or un-clickable) so i could only make her an admin account. I made her account, loged off and when i looked at the screen it only showed her newly created account but not mine. What should i do? I went on her account and did system restore and i got my account back but hers was gone.

A:[SOLVED] Creating a user account problem

hi TheMasta,

the only thing i can think of trying is goto safe mode and from the administrator try set an account from their.

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Hi All,

Whenever I go into a computer lab or an internet cafe, most computers have accounts that are super limited (e.g. can only use IE and maybe office), and often erase all new settings/passwords, etc. upon logout.

Do you guys know how to do this in vista? e.g. create an account so that users can't possibly mess around with settings or leave any lasting damage? OS is home 32bit.

Thanks a bunch!

A:Creating a super restricted user account

I would simply opt to not let them anywhere near my PC....

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Been trying to create an additional user account. When I attempt to log into this account a screen appears that says something like "Initializing setting for Internet explorer". The screen just hangs up for hours on end (all night long infact). I am forced to manually shut the computer down and the new account does not work.

A:Creating Additional User Account *FAILURE*

Run the System File Checker, you may have some pooched files

Go to the Run box on the Start Menu and type in:

sfc /scannow ( sfc if not reconized) (Note that there is a space between sfc and /scannow)

This command will immediately initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files and verify their integrity, replacing any files with which it finds a problem.

In all likelihood you will be prompted to insert the Windows XP CD.

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On my laptop I created a new user account called "Colin". When I looked (in Windows Explorer) under "users" there were two new accounts listed, one called "Colin" and one called "Colin.laptop". Of these, only "Colin" appears at Login or if accounts are viewed under "User Accounts" in Control Panel. Yet the "Colin.laptop" account is the one where newly created files etc are being stored when logged in as "Colin".
I'd appreciate help in understanding this and do I need to take any action?


A:Creating new user account adds TWO accounts

Was this created during install or added to other User Account(s) afterwards? What about the other User Accounts now? If you had a Colin account established at install then it will hang around in some places even after deleting until a reinstall.

Did you establish Colin as an Admin account? If so is the other Colin also an Admin account when you look in User Accounts>Manage another Account? Can you delete it if it shows up there as a Duplicate? If so put its files on desktop until you're sure.

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I've been trying to recreate/rebuild a user account for a local user. The user had software issues that were not present under other accounts.

I renamed her account to username_old. but instead of Windows creating a new account using their login name like I'm used to with XP, it is logging in under the TEMP account. I can't change anything in that account because when they log out there is no TEMP under the Users directory.

What do I have to do to have Windows recreate the user's account under their login?

A:recreating local user account

Please check these Microsoft articles.

Fix a corrupted user profile

How to Fix Corrupted User Profile in Windows 7

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I purchased a new Dell 1764 Win 7 Professional about 2-weeks ago and have been learning how to use Win 7 - I consider myself an old XP guy!

I was in the windows explorer to see who was listed inder the Users directory where I found a directory with my name on it. I double clicked and noted the contents of the directory was the same as in XP. I clicked on the Local Settings directory (I temporarily turned off the "hide protected operating system files" option to see if contents was the same) and got a message that access was denied. I was told by a tech that this was normal in Win 7 in order to stop people from changing options, etc. which could cause problems.

My question is this - was the tech correct by saying it was locked for protection? If the answer is yes, then who can access the directory? (I have system administrator rights.


A:User account - Local Settings

Hello Pierre,

Yes, he was correct. The faded shortcut protected OS folders are actually only "junction points" to the actual folder instead, and are not real folders. They are used for backwards compatibility for older XP type applications that still reference them by default instead of the newer default locations in Vista and Windows 7 now. They redirect the older application to the new Vista and Windows 7 locations instead.
Hope this helps,

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Greetings all,

I'm hooked on Spotify, most of you probably know about it - It's like Pandora, iHeart Radio, and many more services that play thousands of songs on your mobile device. But there is an option to install it on your PC as well.

I went to do the PC install, and was given a message : "Spotify must be installed by a non-administrator account". OK. SoI played along and created a new user thru the Control Panel, Admin Tools, Computer Management. Msft automaticaly put it in the Users group, so I thought that s/b fine. But no. I logged in as the new user, and when I tried to install Spotify with the .exe file that my login (Admin) had downloaded, Msft gave some permission gripes. Anyway, it did finally install under NewUser and brought up Spotify.

I knew I hadn't one the battle yet. I logged off of NewUser acct and logged back in as me. I didn't see a new profile created for NewUser **Actually, a new profile was made for the new user, it just took several minutes for the new profile to appear**. I did a search on all of drive C for 'Spotify'. I didn't get any hits, and figured Spotify may have an alias when installed. I believe it will just give you access to it via your browser, ?? But I see now Bookmarks, etc in Chrome.

So I'd like to assign my profile to this NewUser. It's really just a one time shot, hopefully - to get Spotify installed, and to put any related files into my profile folder. Then, assuming this works, I'll want to delete this NewUser. ... Read more

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From what I have read, in order to use OneDrive (integrated in the OS, not the web browser), you have to use a MSA account to login to the computer in order to use OneDrive.

Is there a way to use a Local user account, while still using OneDrive without using a web browser? Even if it means I have to login everytime I open the drive from Windows Explorer? I plan on installing Win10 and using a local account to use the computer (I have a MSA account that I can use for OneDrive, but don't plan on using it to login to the computer itself).

Thanks in advance

A:Local User Account and OneDrive

Hello Jaesun, and welcome to Ten Forums.

When you sign in to OneDrive using OPTION TWO below, you would still need to sign in with a Microsoft account, but you can do so while still remaining signed in to Windows 10 with a local account.

OneDrive - Unlink in Windows 10

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I just turned on my Dell inspiron 15 which is running the newest version of Windows 10 home 64 bit and it displayed an error message saying it couldn't find my user account or files so it logged me into a temporary account with the same name. I went to c:/users and I found the folder for my user account and all of my files are still there. I tried restarting the computer and sign out then sign back in but that didn't help. I'm currently posting this from my phone while system restore restores to a restore point that was automatically made a couple of days ago. Since this problem just started I hope it helps. I'll update this thread after system restore is done. Any additional help I can get will be appreciated.

A:My local user account is missing

Update: system restore just finished and my user account is working normally again. All of my files are also back. After all of my programs are done updating I'll update my backup copy of all files that aren't in Microsoft onedrive.

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i put a pen drive n got this virus..it disabled regedit,task manager and folder options..moreover it created a duplicate user account called administrator.xxxx where the xxx refers to my name..before the virus i used to use administrator profile...but now it doesnt show the opriginal administrator profile in the start-up...it takes me directly into the duplicate account.please help.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 4:39:00 PM, on 9/23/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\MicroWorld\Agent\MWASER.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\MicroWorld\Agent\MWAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\sdhelp.exe
C:\Program Files\Canon\CAL\CALMAIN.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\eScan\MAI... Read more

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the title says it all .
I've encountered this problem lately last month .
Is it possible to fix .
Or is it Microsoft's Problem .. ?
need your help
Franz .

A:Creating a new user account results to black screen

Hello Franz,

You might consider refreshing Windows 8 to see if that may help.

Refresh Windows 8

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Hey forum,

I never thought about it until recently when a friend mentioned it. He said even though I am the only one that uses my computer, that I should still create a standard user account and use that to greatly increase the security of my system. This seems to be sound logic and I have heard it somewhere else before, but I figure I would ask for the opinion of someone much more knowledgeable than myself.

Is it recommended to operate under a standard user account login even if you the sole user to the computer?

A:Creating a standard user account for security purposes?

There are different views on this so I'll give you mine as an Installation guy who tries to set up perfect installs as compiled in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

When WIn7 is installed it issues an Admin account to the user assuming he is the owner.

As long as User Account Controls are kept at default then the only protection that an Admin Account lacks is that it will not be prompted to okay any changes with a password. It will still dim the desktop and flash the warning that changes are being made. So ask yourself how much more important it is to you to have to insert your password for every change made which triggers UAC. For most it is too annoying a redundancy to bother with.

If others are using your PC it is always a good idea to create for them a Standard Account and then password yours, or use the built-in Guest account.

Others may have a different view which is equally as compelling.

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in windows 7 how do i disable creating a new user account and password
what should i stop/remove/disable...services or what???
give me an instructions pls

the reason im doing this cause my little bro keep creating an account, then my windows settings are screwed up and files are moved

A:how do i disable creating a new user account & password (answer pls)

open registry (regedit)
follow the following tree
in the right of the window you will find EnableLUA. Open it and change its value to 0.

that's all.

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Well it looks like MS shot themselves in the foot again.  Over night my system has changed so that my personal account is no longer an administrator even though it is still listed as one in Computer Management.  In User Accounts it is set as
a standard user and it cannot be changed to an administrator user.  Why does MS keep screwing up Windows 7???  It is a great operating system other than the stupid things that they have done, like not being able to copy a configured user account
to the default user and now this!!!   My assumption is that they do not want corporate users anymore, they just want brain dead faux McIntosh home users!  What they are going to do is force everyone to run as "The Administrator" instead
of creating other user accounts, why did they drop the "Power User"?  That was a very useful account, I know it's still there but it isn't the same!  Mr. Ballmer, please retire and let someone with some brains take over this company before you totally
screw it up!Ted McCarty

A:Can't change a user account to a local administrator

Hi Ted,


According to your description, I would like to say that if it is grayed out when you trying to change the account as administrator, it states that you
are already the administrator.


If you boot to Safe Mode, are you able to log in as Administrator? If so, go into User Accounts in the Control Panel and change your personal account
back to the Administrator type.






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I am running Windows 7 Ultimate (desktop machine). The machine has a number of accounts, each of which are logged in and running programs.

I've considered running VMs, but I don't want to break the licencing on the software that I am running. So, I am stuck with running multiple user accounts.

I'd like to be able to access the desktop of the other accounts without logging out and changing user. I considered the possibility of using remote desktop, but in this scenario, the computer has a single IP address.

Any suggestions for how to do this, or whether it is even possible?



A:How to access desktop of local user account

Why do you need different user accounts like this? The explanation doesn't make sense.
What keeps you from having everything under your named User account?

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