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Only windows 8.1 Account is now guest only/password portec

Q: Only windows 8.1 Account is now guest only/password portec


I only have one windows 8.1 account and somehow It is set to guest only/password protected. There is no way to switch my account from guest to admin either. When I try to install something or try to change anything in my control panel it asks for the administrator password, but it does not display a password box and the only button you can click is "no". I've tried to do a system refresh, and start up recovery, but it asks for an administrator password, however the password I've set when I set up windows originally does not work.


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I think I'm going to hook-up a shotgun to my computer in case someone wants to steal it.
How do I add a password to guest account, mine won't let me, no option for it.

A:Solved: Add Password to Guest Account

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread when you have a new issue. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread.

I've created a new thread for your issue here.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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I deleted my user account which was the administrative one and my guest account is administrative also. I didnt have a passoword for the guest account. Whenever i download something a screen comes up and it would show my account and the guest account and i would type in my password for it to approve and then it would do whatever so since i deleted my account i was going to create a new one and to do that, the screen came up and i tried everything for the password and nothing was it so now i cant download anything until i get the password or something so can someone please help me with this problem?. Thank you so much.

A:how to find out the password for my guest account

Guest accounts cannot be admin accounts.

When did you delete you user account - how long ago?

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the yes button Is greyed out on UAC control. Will doing thia restore It??.

If you have a guest account without password>
1. Boot-Up your pc.
2. Logoff
3. Press Shift Key 5 times.
4. Type
net user YOUR ACCOUNT NAME Administrator
5. Your account is an administrator now!!

p.s. I have just the guest account. password protected.

also windows 7 home premium.

A:helpIf you have a guest account without password> 1. Boot-Up your pc.

Quote: Originally Posted by alexm

the yes button Is greyed out on UAC control. Will doing thia restore It??.

If you have a guest account without password>
1. Boot-Up your pc.
2. Logoff
3. Press Shift Key 5 times.
4. Type
net user YOUR ACCOUNT NAME Administrator
5. Your account is an administrator now!!

p.s. I have just the guest account. password protected.

also windows 7 home premium.

I have never heard of that, and i highly doubt that is true

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I have a XP Home SP2 machine that shares files and a printer with a Mac 10.2 using Samba. File and print sharing works fine unless I give the guest account a password (which is what security tutorials say to do). Once the guest account has a password, only file sharing works. The Mac can read files by logging in as a user or guest with the correct password. However, the Mac can't print even when using the correct username and password. On the Event Viewer I see a failed login attempt -- it tells me the username or password is incorrect. However this is not true. Once I remove the password from guest, the you can print using the same command on the Mac.

Anyone know how print with a guest account password?
Here is the command on the Mac:
smb://GUEST:[email protected]/LASERJET


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I was trying to share some media from my W7 computer to an XBMC-classic console. It used to work fine with Windows XP + Simple file sharing but i had to fiddle around a little bit in Win7 to get it to work, one of the things I did was to enable Sharing without password.

This however has a side-effect, that the Guest-account is able to log on locally to the computer as well. I believe this wasn't the case in XP Simple File Sharing, the guest account would only be used as a way to access fileshares.

Is this possible in Windows 7? I really do not want the Guest-account as an option on the logon-screen.

A:Disable Password-Protected sharing and Guest account

Quote: Originally Posted by warmblanket


I was trying to share some media from my W7 computer to an XBMC-classic console. It used to work fine with Windows XP + Simple file sharing but i had to fiddle around a little bit in Win7 to get it to work, one of the things I did was to enable Sharing without password.

This however has a side-effect, that the Guest-account is able to log on locally to the computer as well. I believe this wasn't the case in XP Simple File Sharing, the guest account would only be used as a way to access fileshares.

Is this possible in Windows 7? I really do not want the Guest-account as an option on the logon-screen.

I suspect you are running homegroup. Homegroup is for win 7 machines only. Since you have a classic on you should be running the workgroup model instead. Workgroup also allows you to run without password should you need.


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This is the problem I've been dealing with for quite a while. When I try to find a program that resets the password (I used the Password Reset Disk from another computer, didn't work.) I always get a message that I need the administrator password.

So... Help?

A:Forgotten Admin Password, Only Have Access To Guest Account


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so i forgot my admin password and am stuck with only being able to login with the guest account so Im limited on what I can do like I tried to change the sticky keys to the command prompt shortcut but I need the password in order to do that. also when I try to reset the password it asks for a floppy disk or a usb drive and when i put in the USB hard drive, nothing happens it still tells me to insert a usb hard drive. Please help I have a toshiba satellite with no recovery discs or anything. What can I do? I'm willing to wipe all data in order to get my laptop to work if i can't reset my password

A:Forgot Admin password and I'm stuck on guest account

See if it helps - How to Reset Your Forgotten Windows Password the Easy Way - How-To Geek

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Suddenly, the Windows 7 doesn't allow me to access my Admin Account and showing error msg (The User Profile Service service failed to Logon). I am left with only the Guest Account with limited access.
I tried copying the cmd.exe, using Fix It Program, login through Safe Mode but all didn't work.
Would anyone help pls?

A:The User Profile (Administrator Account) Service failed to logon and then left with only Guest Account in Windows 7


Occasionally, Windows might not read your user profile correctly, such as if your antivirus software is scanning your computer while you try to log on.
Please try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account again.

If the issue still persists, please restart in safe mode to log on with the built-in administrator account:
1. Restart your computer and hit F8 multiples times until you see a menu-like screen, if you see the Windows splash screen then repeat this step
2. Highlight and hit enter on Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Try logging in there.
3. If you are able to login, once a command prompt pops up, type: net user administrator password /active:yes (you can specify whatever password you want for the administrator
4. If you get a message saying "The command completed successfully", then restart your computer by typing: shutdown -r
5. Boot up again pressing F8, but this time choose just Safe Mode.
6. You will be able to login as Administrator with the password you set in Step 3.

Then try the following methods:
Method 1: Fix these user account profile on these computer

Method 2: Log on to Windows and copy your data to a new account
Method 3: Delete the error SID and create a new profile
For the detailed information, please refer to this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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please help me!!

I bought a shiny new laptop yesterday with windows 8 pre-installed. After setting a few things up, i restarted the computer for the first time. At this time the computer downloaded many updates. On start up since my user account has been downgraded to a guest account. This is the only account on the computer, as such i do not have administrator rights and i am unable to log in as an administrator.

having read other peoples posts i believe i may have to restore the computer back to factory settings but i am cannot figure out how to do this without being the administrator.

Please help me!

A:help - windows 8 account downgraded to guest account

Go to menu boot: winkey + C > Settings > Power > Shift + Restart > Troubleshoot > Restore
maybe it could help.

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Hi all,

I was looking at the event viewer and noticed that there are multiple "logoff" events - event id 4634 - associated with the guest accolunt on my computer. The guest account is disabled. There is no associated "logon" event with matching event id although there are numerous SYSTEM logon events and one rather curious "anonymous user" logon event.

I am concerned that this may suggest a trojan but have no other symptons or issues to concern me other than these entries.

Can anyone shed any light?

A:Vista Pro. Multiple Guest logoff events with guest account off

ANONYMOUS LOGONs are routine events on Windows networks.http://www.ultimatewindowssecurity.com/sec...px?eventid=4634

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Windows cannot remove the password. Password and/or account policies require the account to have a password

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Recently while running some log checks I found the guest account had been logging on and off, even tho I have disabled the guest acount long ago.

Now MBSA has been showing that the guest acct was active but I had thought it was an error, since when I would check it would show to be off.

Finding this I decided to check deeper and found while checking services that DCOM and RPC had been reenabled and I can no longer stop or disable those services.
The functionality is greyed out.

DCOM is still being blocked luckyly since there has been over a 1000 attemps to start the srvice.
In my admin tools I no longer seem to have the tools to set user permission levels.
I run XP Home with SP1 and all the latest updates for it.
AV and AT scans daily SpywareGuard;Blaster and Spybot S&D tea timer running also Previx. Sygate Pro
I am not sure if the P2P connection attemps are related to this or not as there are no outbound attemps from me logged.

Any ideas have I been owned as a P2P server even tho I logg no outbound connections?

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

A:Guest account activity with guest acct off

Er..could it possible be some kind of homemade virus/trojan or similiar and you got it, or some kind of error with the pc something wrong setting.

I don't know what the problem can be but still won't hurt to ask a few questions or having a few thoughts.

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I have enabled the guest account on my 7 ultimate. Whenever, I login as a guest, I am still able to see the C drive and all the folders under it (except admin account folder).

My requirement is that when any user logs in from the guest account and clicks on C drive, it should ask for the Admin password.

Please help with step by step instructions.


A:Windows 7 Guest Account

Changing File Permissions can be dangerous and should only be attempted if you know what you are doing. Especially with the root of your boot drive.

The way to do it would be to create a new user group called idiots, then adding the guest account to that group. Then only denying read access to the C: drive to the idiots user group. You will get some error messages when applying this to C:, be thankful for these error messages, without them the guest account would no longer work.

When the guest tries to Access C:\ for windows explorer they will receive an Access denied message.

This would not have a password override option.

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i have a laptop with my password protected account. i also want to setup a guest account with restrictions like, only allowed to use firefox and cant use anything else. or a disabled start menu. is there anything like that out there?

thx for the help

A:windows guest account

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I have tried everything to get the guest account working in windows 7 with no result. You can see some of the steps I took with spywareforums here:
I have also tried sfc, turning off uac, safe mode and logging into the admin account and nothing allows me to use the guest account or create a new account.

A:Guest Account Not Available Windows 7

When I click manage another account nothing happens

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Hi: Windows logged me into a guest account after entering my password to my account. I have not set up a guest account. This is the first time that this has occurred. Please let me know why this would happen. Thank you,

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I'm attempting to set up a Windows 7 touchscreen (dell Inspiron One All-in-one) but I want to set it up with access via the guest account. I don't know if this is the appropriate forum but I'm hoping someone can help. I want to remove access to the control panel, to the "RUN" command and the command prompt.

Are these available via the local security policy? I've tried going through it but haven't found an easy way to do what i'm doing. I've tried looking at tools like Ultimate Windows Tweaker and Winbubbles but these programs affect changes across all accounts and not a specific account.

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows 7 Lockdown Guest Account?

Have you tried 'Parental' controls?

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My first Thread!

Basically, for some reason, my computer has divorced me and only allows Logon as a Guest. This of course means I do not have permissions to change almost everything because my Account on logging on is not part of the Administrator Group. I've tried several routes but none work including Safe Mode. I do not have permission to Create an Administrator Account, Restore the System or use the Administrative Tools in Control Panel. Control userpasswords2 doesn't work either. I can change the password for my Guest Login however. Any suggestions?

I thank you for taking the time to examine my query.

Windows XP SP2
Compaq Presario 2100CA
512Mb Ram - 80Gb HDD
1.8 Mhz

A:Windows XP -Can't Change Guest Account

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I upgraded from windows 7 home premium to 7 pro. Now I have a guest account and I can not delete it. No one shares my computer and I do not want to have to choose an account when I boot the computer. I have tried a couple of things from the forum and it still says it can't be deleted. I am the administrator.

A:How can I delete the guest account in windows 7 pro ?

Hello Gmcgee,

You could turn off the guest account to remove it from the log on screen.

Guest Account - Turn On or Off

...or disable it.

User Account - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,

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Help! I let my cousin use my laptop and now I don't even see my account anymore! All that's left is guest account..which wont let me connect to the INTERNET plus I can't even get into PC settings! How do I make a new account using only the stupid guest account that I'm stuck with and no internet what so ever?! Please help I need to get this fixed as soon as possible!

A:Only have guest account on windows 8 laptop!!

You can try a refresh and it may come back. Next time do not let your cousin touch your stuff.

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Hello all, I have a very annoying problem where Windows auto-signs into my guest account after each update. I have two users accounts setup, my account (password protected) and guest account (no password). When Windows gives the option of "Shutdown and restart" or when it has pending updates it automatically signs into my guest account after the updates are installed. Why is this? After a normal power up it defaults to the logon screen for my account. Any ideas?

A:Windows Signing into Guest Account after Update

I've just been talking to someone who had the same problem and solved it be deleting the guest account, letting the next Windows update do its thing then re-creating the guest account. I will give that a go for now.

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Guest account/user and windows reader (pdf)
How to permit the guest account to use the Windows Reader (app for viewing e.g. pdf files)?

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I just clean installed Windows 8.1 Pro & observed that it won't let me update in the Guest account. I am able to update in my account (Admin) & also the Metro update. Attached is the screenshot of the error when I try updating in the Guest account. I have tried restarting several times to no avail. Please help!


A:Unable to Update Windows in Guest Account

Hello Zilla, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Sorry, but the Guest account does not have the rights to be able to install Windows Updates.

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I recently had to deal with the infamous windows 7 2012 anti-virus virus......I downloaded and ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware! It removed 123 counts of random spyware and malware....I thought the problem was fixed but after a couple of hours the Windows 7 2012 pop-up came back!!...so I ran the Microsoft security essentials and it found a few more infections so I removed them! After that I have not had any problems since with the Windows 7 2012 virus but now my guest account cannot open programs unless I run them as an administrator!!...does anyone have a solution??....I've been browsing through forums all day but nothing is in plain english letting me know if a technique worked or not!!!...please help!! Thank You!!

A:My windows 7 guest account can only run programs as administrator

Can you post the logs from Malwarebytes?

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How do we create guest account in Windows 7 professional?
Can the guest account be displayed in the login screen?
How do we set username for guest account?

It would be great if someone could help me with this.
Thank you!

A:Create guest account in Windows 7 professional


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Hi there

I recently enabled the guest account on my PC (Toshiba Satellite L10 Notebook running Windows XP Pro Version 2002 SP3) so that I could let others use it without compromising my files, but now I can't turn it off again.

When I go through Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Guest and then click on "Turn off the guest account" I just get a page showing the standard IE "The page cannot be displayed" message.

I use Firefox as a browser but have installed IE 6.0.2900.5512.xpsp.080413-2111 for use when Firefox doesn't work.

I have Ghost images that I can restore to, but was wondering if anyone had any ideas, before I revert to a backup.



A:Solved: Can't turn of the guest account in Windows XP

try disabling it from the cmd prompt.
net user guest /active:no


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I'm not sure what went wrong in my Windows 7 permissions configuration, but I just discovered that while being logging in as a Guest account I can add and remove keys from the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE registry key. Where do I need to look to change that? (Apart from disabling the Guest account.)

PS. I've been testing some backup programs lately and even though they're all now uninstalled, one of them might have done this.

PS2. I checked and my UAC is enabled.

A:How does Windows 7 built-in Guest account can write into HKLM key?


To solve this you need to revoke Guest's access to the HKLM key. Follow these instructions:
Login as an administrator.
Open the Registry Editor.
Right click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
Choose "Permissions...".
Choose "Everyone", and uncheck the "Full Control" box.
Tick the "Full Control" box for users that you do want to allow to change that key.


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Hi. I want to disable the control panel on the guest account (or a standard user account, whichever will work) on Windows 8, but all the instructions I have found require that you use Group Policy, which isn't available on the version of Windows 8 I am using.

Does anyone have any idea how I can do this?

A:Disable control panel for guest account in Windows 8

Windows Key +R>Run gpedit.msc>User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Control Panel>Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings>Enable
Now when you really need to get into the CP, just unenable. This covers all users and is easier than a Registry hack.

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I am aware of a group fix where you can force Windows 8 and Windows 8 Enterprise to change the default lock screen. However, this doesn't seem to be applicable to Windows 8.1. Is there any method to change the guest account lock screen? The default one it is using is painful to look at, and while this isn't a critical problem, it's annoying when I boot up and am confronted with its mass of colors rather than my desired lock screen.

I would like to see this:

Rather than this:
Thanks for any help!

A:How to change guest account lock screen in Windows 8.1


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Hello buddies!
I m in great tension, if some body helps me i would be thank ful...
the thing is that, that i want to change my administrator password from the dos command line. and also to enable an account from dos,... Please send me the syntax of command of enabling an account like Guest account and how to change the password... Thank you

A:Windows XP Guest Account Enabling Command line

The guest account usually does not have a password set for it and is usually disabled by default. Not sure if you can enable it from the command line.

I just use lusrmgr.msc

Not sure why you would do it from dos or why you would need to.

As far as changing your password from the command prompt

net user username password

net user administrator 123456
This would change the admin password to 123456 without prompting you to confirm it. If you want a prompt you will have ot do this.

net user username *
You have to be an administrator to do this.

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I volunteer to help maintain a set of computers for members of the local senior center. We have a small lab running mostly Windows 7, one station is running Linux, one is a Mac and the last runs Windows 8.1 with a touch screen.

Yesterday we got a new computer donation and we uninstalled the Windows 8.1 and moved it to the new computer.

It behaves differently and I don't know what happened.

These computers all run Windows with Guest account enabled and the visitors use that account.

Previously, the Windows 8.1 computer had a variety of metro apps on the guest start screen, but after the uninstall/re-install, now the Guest start screen is very minimal with only the most basic things on the Start screen and no Metro apps to speak of (just the Store, IE, File explorer and desktop, if I recall correctly).

That previous installation was originally running Windows 8.0 for a while before we upgraded to 8.1 Update. We had a few of the basic metro apps in guest mode, like Bing, Camera, News, Finance, etc.

This time we immediately ran the update to 8.1 and 8.1 Update and never started up the guest mode until all the updates we made.

It seems that the Guest account behavior has changed quite a bit and we can no longer demo any of the apps in Guest mode.

Moreover, it seems that we would need a Microsoft account for the guest just to be able to install any of the apps.

I'm not sure what changed or why, but it would be nice if we could demo the apps for guests, otherwise th... Read more

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Hi guys,

I've described my problem at the following link:


Thanks in advance for any suggestion.

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a while ago i obtained the metropolitan UKASH trojan but somehow managed to gain back control of my p.c by following the intructions on some forum and i had no hassle up until a week ago when random pages started to open, constant 'clicks' of an internet page loading/opening and random audio played through my speakers, and in task manager there was a load of 'iexplore.exe' processes. i then got a new UKASH screen with a 'paypoint' logo on, saying basically the same thing as the Metropolitan screen...
i have no way of accessing anything on my admin account, task manager gets shut down as soon as i open it, nothing works at all, the start button is gone along with the whole bottom task bar... the only way i can access anything is by logging onto my guest account (in which the start button and bottom task bar has also gone) and opening things with 'file>run' in task manager (which only has limited access, therefore im not able to do anything an admin is able to do such as access admin files to back them up, delete or install anything etc.
i have tried all of the safe modes and still have no access to anything on my admin account.
i did run malwarebytes why my pc was still functioning properly, scanned my pc and it brought up 150 alerts, which if i remember rightly had a lot of indication to 'mywebsearch' or 'mylivesearch' if this is of any use.
i have a feeling that i may have deleted something in the registry that i shouldnt have, but im not 100% sure what!
this is the most... Read more

A:Trojan has completely locked me out of my PC apart from guest account (windows xp)

i am not able to run the dds scan or any other scan as i am not able to use my administrator account, which i know doesnt make things very easy!

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Hi guys,

I'm having a hard time understanding what's happenning with the Guest account on my Windows Server 2003 Small Business Edition.

I need to have the Guest account disabled on this server, but after a while (at most 12 hours), it re-activate itself.

I though at first that a collegue had re-activated it, so yesterday I just re-disabled it. I've just got at work today and the Guest account is back activated.

Any kind of help to resolve this issue would be pretty much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

A:Windows Server 2003's Guest account re-activating itself!

I would post this over here:

this sounds like a security issue to me.

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Not sure if this is the right forum, but I was wondering how I can solve a dilema.

I am going on vacation tomorrow and other people will be using my computer as GUEST accounts.

We won't be having internet access so I will have to use PDAnet and connect through my cell phone.

I can connect fine with my administrators account. I plug in my phone....windows mobile device center loads up and my pda recognizes my phone...


the problem is when the guest is logged on. The windows mobile device media center does NOT load up and I can NOT get my pda to work to allow internet access. Is there anyway that I can make the windows mobile device media center load up when my cell phone is plugged in while logged on to the GUEST account so that my GUESTS can obtain internet access?



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So this is probably the strangest problem I have ever encountered with Windows 7. About two or three months ago, I noticed that my user account had suddenly changed into a guest account. I get prompted for an administrator password when trying to do any tasks that require administrator privilege. It is not a huge hassle, as I know the administrator account password.

Here is where it becomes very strange. When I turn my computer on, it automatically logs me into my user account (the guest account). When I got into the user accounts section of the control panel and try to manage user accounts, it shows exactly zero user accounts on my computer. Also, when I try to change my user account (the guest account) to an administrator account, precisely nothing happens.

It gets evens stranger. When I log out of Windows, the only user account I can pick from, to log back into Windows, is the generic "Administrator" account. My user account is nowhere to be found. When I go to the control panel and try to manage accounts, only the administrator account is listed. There is an option turn on a generic guest account, but nothing related to my original user account is shown. Again, this is in contrast to when I am logged into my user account (the guest account), and see exactly zero user accounts listed on the manage accounts screen.

I feel that I am pretty good at avoiding bad websites, and I do have an antivirus program installed (not that that will prevent my ... Read more

A:User account changed into a guest account, how can I change it back

Hi and welcome to the Forum
When you refer to the generic Administrator Account do you mean the Account that is hidden in Windows 7? If so did you activate it using this:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable If you did the above then this is strange as forgetting the "Hidden admin account you must have at least one ordinary Admin account in Windows 7. You can't operate the system without one!!

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My friends 8 year old son decided it would be a good idea to get on my laptop and change the e-mail that is associated with the administrator account. The password to the account was also changed and as much as I hate to finally admit it - there is no
possible way for the information to be retrieved now. It has been about 9 months now and I have been using the Guest Account, but this is getting old. How can I get back into the admin account without knowing the password, and while being on the guest account,
which doesn't allow me to do much of anything because the password is needed to make any sort of change..?

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Hi all..

Just wondering.. is it possible for me to set my guest account similar as my primary account but with several file or folder or software in my primary account , cant be access in my guest account? means i still can instll the new software, or application, and still can save new document or file in my guest account without been deleted after every time i shutdown and restart my laptop...is it possible for me to set my guest account like that? or if not possible can anybody here please give me any suggestion on how to solve this problem...?

Thank you


A:Set Guest Account Similar As Primary Account,(except on Several Files)

It is possible to create user groups on a workstation set-up in windows 7, although as the full set of tools available in a client - Server set-up are not available to you it is a lot more complex and time consuming.

The other issue is that a lot of the tools available in the more professional versions are not available in the Home versions

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Every time I try to log into my regular account it doesn't let me only lets me log into guest account.  Please help me.

A:regular account doesn't work only guest account

Hello singsingrn, and welcome to Bleeping Computer!
Please let us know the exact error message you get when trying to logon to your regular account so that we can better help you!
Also, please let us know if you have your Original Windows Vista Installation disc available in your next reply.

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When i access a system which is having windows xp professional as an operating system and it is in workgroup it is going to guest account and asking the guest password but there is an option in which if we change and when we try to access the same system it will ask the user name and password instead of going to guest account.

So do anyone have an idea about that option. Please let me know it is very much needed to me.

Awaiting for the reply.

Thank you for your valuable time.

A:guest account - normal account access in xp professional

Not sure I understand your question or problem. Maybe this info will help.

If you are using Simple File Sharing (Control Panel - Folder Options - View tab - Use simple file sharing) it should quietly use the network guest account for access and there should be no prompt. If there is the system has a problem.

If you are using Advanced File Sharing (not using Simple File Sharing) you should get the prompt for a regular account/password.

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I have setup internet connection in small institute with operating system xp and limited account for internet browsing. Any students can use internet through this computer at any time by logging through limited. Now the trouble is that some notorious students start putting password to limited student account making pc inaccessible to other students. Each time administrator have to remove this password. How can student can be denied to put any password to it's own (Limited Student's) account?

It is not possible to keep watch on students. So, is there any way to prevent this?

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We've had a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) which until recently, happily shared folders/files across the network to clients requesting access as Guest.

For some reason it has now stopped working in this manner: clients are now required to use an account and password instead.

The only changes made recently are some system updates.

The configuration is as follows:-

Network type: Work

Advanced sharing settings:-

Network discovery: ONFile and printer sharing: ONSharing for anyone with network access to read write the Public folders: ONMedia streaming: ONConnection encryption type: 40- or 56- bitPassword protected sharing: OFFHomeGroup option: set to use accounts and passwords
Other settings:

Windows Explorer folder options has Sharing Wizard UNCHECKED.Firewall is OFF

These settings haven't changed although we've toggled a few to see if they fix something - no joy.

We've also tried setting read or modify privileges for the Guests group and the Guest account at the are disk permissions and file sharing levels.

It wasn't difficult to setup in the first instance (a few weeks ago now) but now things have gone awry and we are lost to know where to go next.

Can anybody help please? Thanks.

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Hello all, My gf decided she wanted her admin account name changed on her Windows 8 machine from her first and last name. I edited her account name so that only her first name showed up. I used Netplwiz and everything seemed to go well. Upon rebooting the machine, somehow her guest account (which was turned off and not showing) was the only account accessible. Before this she only had her admin account which was just her first/last name and this was only the account accessible upon booting the machine. Now she cannot access her usual account. In the guest account, I was able to browse to the Users folder in Windows Explorer and see that her usual account titled her first name is still there. When trying to double click the folder, I am prompted for a password, but there is no box to type the password. When looking at the properties of her C drive about 150 GBs are showing as used so I am guessing all her data is still there. Can someone please help a guy out? V Day is this weekend and I would really like to survive it as she is already made at me for basically locking her out of her computer. Thank you in advance!

A:Only the guest account available. No admin account showing

You'll have to activate the built-in administrator account, and use that account to reverse-engineer the accidental lockout. Regular eightforum techs will appear shortly and give you the needed info.

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My kid uses Guest Account in Windows 8.1. The Family Safety seems unable to apply to the Guest Account, right? So I have to create another account with the Family Safety applied. But, my kid does not want to lose all game data in the Guest Account. How to move all the data from the Guest Account to another account so that my kid can play the game from the new account without losing anything? Thank you for your answer.

A:How to move data from Guest Account to another Account?

I have moved data from one account to another several times. Most of the time, it goes really well! However, finding, identifying [safe to move], copying and/or moving folders' files from guest to a standard account is very geeky! If you are not properly geeky, it can go really not well at all. I recommend copying the files from folders, I do not recommend trying to move folders. How geeky, how skilled, do you regard yourself concerning Explorer [which was once called File Manager back when Fred Flintstone used windows]?

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I'm running XP Home SP2.
I have always been using a user account with administrator rights.
Having heard that it is not safe, I thought I would change my account type to power user.
1. I ran "control userpasswords2" and, just in case, tried to change the account I was logged in with; which naturally did not work.
2. Then, in the same window, I defined a password for the main (default) Administrator account, which I had never used.
3. I rebooted in Safe Mode and logged in using the default Administrator account.
4. Went to Control Panel > User accounts, and the admin account I use everyday was not there. Only admin, and guest.
5. Then I rebooted in normal mode and logged in using my usual login... which is now a guest account! Meaning I don't have write access to the C:\ root, for instance... I can't even display the calendar as I don't have the rights to change the system date & time!
How can I sort this out? I've done my Google research but did not find any relevant solution. I'd be very grateful for any advice.

A:Admin account changed to a guest account!

For those interested (?), the solution was given to me on another forum:
Safe Mode, log in as default admin, run the command prompt and enter the following command:
net localgroup administrators /add accountname

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