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Created new user account, original Administrator account disappeared

Q: Created new user account, original Administrator account disappeared

I was having some trouble with a newly installed program failing to run. Their tech support had me create a new user account (start, control panel, user accounts, create new account). I did not realize that creating a new administrator user account by following their instructions would make the original Administrator user account inaccessible. I dug through folders and found my documents and made sure they were all on my expansion drive. Now, I want my account back. Otherwise, I have to set up my entire computer again. The thought of this makes me turn into a velociraptor who wants to destroy the tech support that told me to do this.

As of right now, I have not internet connection on my computer. I tried searching forums from my phone, but it was extremely difficult (not the best phone). If this topic already exists and I just could not find it, please accept my apologies for the duplicate and post a link. Thanks!

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A: Created new user account, original Administrator account disappeared

I just remembered that I could CTL ALT DELETE twice at the Welcome screen to get to the logon and type in Administrator. I haven't used it in years, so it did not occur to me. I am now in my administrator user account. If I delete the new user account, will it go back to the way it was before? Or will I screw something else up by doing that?

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I created a second Computer Administrator User Account,and I've been using that almost exclusively for months.

The original User Account is no longer needed. I've copied the files/folders I needed on to a USB flash drive.

How safe is it to delete that original Computer Administrator User Account? It is taking up much disk space.

My concern is that since it was the original User Account, one can do things with it which cant be done in the User Account created later even though that too is a Computer Administrator account.

Might there be any risks at all in deleting that account?

Thanks in advance:


Windows XP Professional Edition: SP3
- with all security updates installed

A:Deleting Original Computer Administrator User Account

It is safe to do so as XP professional will never leave the computer
without an Administrator account to run the computer.

Be sure that you have backed up your data before deleting the Profile.

If you need any more details from me, I will be happy to help you.

Edit> Just create a new Admin account or add Administrator status to the "User" account you are using now.

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I'm the only user on this laptop and my admin account was called "HybridPC" and I disabled the windows login screen. (Turn computer on and goes right to desktop). One day the welcome screen popped up out of nowhere and I had to login. I tried disabling the login screen to where it was before and now I've screwed things up royally. I cannot login to my original admin account or find it. All the files are still there on my C:\Users\HybridPC folder, but I've lost the profile and user.
I think I messed things up further by trying to create/delete other new user accounts. I've attached 3 screenshots showing my C:users folder, User account screen and the netplwiz.exe profiles.

I've been adding/deleting and can't get back to square one. I don't see my user at all on the welcome screen.
Thanks for your help!

Top User Folder is new today and odd looking as I was attempting to fix on my own.

A:User Profile/Account problem (can't login to original admin account)

Hello tytlyf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Let's start to see if you disabled or deleted your "HybridPC" by using the tutorial below to get details about all accounts on your computer while you are logged in to your "Admin" account, then post back with them. Afterwards, we can go from there.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows

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My mom is running xp.
She had 2 accounts, one called administrator, the other called guest.

I created a new account for myself to day, made it an admin account and now the one she was using, called administrator will not let us access it. All of her files and stuff are in that account.

When we start up the computer, it only shows mine and the guest account.
HELP please!
How can I re-access it? VERY VERY important I be able to recover this for her.
Thanks for your help!

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Hey, I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium on my HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop and I need help getting my Standard user account back to Administrator. I can't run certain programs and I also can't install and uninstall anything. I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restore. I have already tried Safe Mode and I can't enable and built in admin either. Please help me! Thank you!

A:How can I put my Standard user account back to Administrator when the ASP.NET Machine account is admin?

How are you trying to change the type of account?I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restoreDo you mean System Restore? If you are, you don't need the installation disk to do this.To use System Restore click on the start orb. In the search box type in System Restore. In the list of results click on System Restore, if you are prompted for an administrator password type it in.Follow the prompts to choose a restore point and restore your computer.

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.


A:Solved: Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account

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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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HELP!!! I've accidentally had Control Alt Delete on my Logon Screen. And from my laptop, I couldn't type it in with my keyboard, so I have to use Ease of Access and use the On-screen Keyboard. From there, it had a "Other User" Account which asks for a username and password, which I don't have because THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I've encountered an "Other User" Account.

I don't know how to retrieve my administrator account. I've been guessing several usernames and passwords for the "Other User" account (even my admin. username and password) but no luck.


Here's what my logon screen currently looks like:

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A:How do I disable Other User Account in Vista and retrieve Administrator account?

Hello, wow , i have never seen this before, here is an idea, couldn't hurt to try it : force a shutdown by pressing the power button, it will then shut down, Then restart it, it should go to the F8 screen automatically, see if you can enter into the restore or repair functions or last known working configuration. Just a thought. Post back results please.

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I have two accounts on my XP laptop. I have the Administrator account and a regular
User account. I had to do some administrative work with my User account so I logged
in as the Administrator, changed my User account to an Administrator account, went
and did my work.

I then logged back in as Administrator and tried to change my User account back to
a normal user account, but it wouldn't let me telling me that I have to have at least
1 Administrator account for me to be able to do this. I'm not sure why it's telling
me that because I still have my Administrator account.

I logged in as Administrator, then went into Control Panel, and then User Accounts.
Then I clicked on "Change An Account". Then I clicked on "User1". Then I clicked
on "Change My Account Type". But then on this page, the "Limited" radio button is
grayed out and I cannot change it, and above it, it says, "You must assign another
user on this computer with a computer administrator account before you can change
this user's account type. This ensures that there is always at least one user with
a computer administrator account on this computer."

Don't know why I'm getting this seeing as how I'm logged in as Administrator.

A:Problems Changing Administrator Account To Normal User Account?

Nevermind. I figured out how to fix it. Instead of going through Control Panel->User Accounts, I go to Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management, and I'm able to make the change through there. Not sure why one method works and the other doesn't, but it does!

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. When I try, I get the error message listed below. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.


A:Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account


Right click Computer and click manage. On the left hand side there will be local users and groups. Go to the Administrators group and just confirm that the Owner account is in there?

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Since this a security forum, I thought it would be nice to see how many of our members bother creating a Standard User Account or simply use the default Admin User Account.

Anyone is free to explain their own reasoning for choosing a type of account if he/she wants to.

Currently I use a Standard User Account. Decided to try one a few days ago, and so far I like it. I don't find it that much annoying or bothersome(so far)

A:Administrator Account vs Standard/Limited User Account

I do beta and malware testing, so a SUA\LUA doesn't make much sense for me; for what I do - processes need elevated privileges on a frequent basis - making a SUA\LUA impractical.

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My Windows7 suddenly displayed a default desktop. I then did an unsuccessful system restore, tried the undo and got stuck.

From there on, when I want to log in I end up at the error message "The user profile service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded".

I tried to activate the administrator account by using "net user administrator /active:yes". The command executes, but administrator never shows up on the login screen.

I cannot start Windows 7 in safe mode. A few seconds after the safe mode login screen appears the computer restarts automatically. No administrator account is listed here either.

I tried kb/947215, but only S-1-5-18, 19 and 20 show up (regedit from the command prompt, since I cannot log into Windows 7 in any mode.

The startup repair doesn't find a fault. What now? I want to avoid a clean install, if at all possible...

A:User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

You could try a Repair Install: Repair Install

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hello ever one,
i am mahesh,
accidentally i disabled administrator account in local users and groups-users-properties of administrator account-put tick in ACCOUNT DISABLED.I have on guest account.now i am accessing that one.but i can't able to login in ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT.any body help me how to enable administrator account from guest account by command mode or registry.I know administrator account password.

If any body known plz give me best suggestion.

Thank u.

A:how to enabel administrator account in user account

Hi Mahesh,

Which version of XP, home edition, professional or media centre? I think the procedure depends on this.

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I am installing a new network with all XP pro Sp2 PCs's. The issue is these PC's were all built prior to me setting up the network and no one installed the administrator accounts on any of them. The server box in Advanced server 2003 and I set up there accounts in active directory. Made the part of the server workgroup. Set up there share folders gave them permissions to the shares and I could not copy there files to the server. I get the message no rights or permissions contact the Administrator. I copied some test files to an
USB memory stick downloaded the to the server for testing purposes. We can see them from the desktop but we can't edit or save them. In the folder that the files were in I made sure that they were'nt read only and it still say's we don't have permissions to these files?? Any Ideas ?Help!!!

A:XP Pro No administrator account Created.

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the "run as administrator" option? If you're the administrator, aren't all programs "run as administrator" by default?

The reason I ask is that I'm trying to delete something via Spybot, and a message appeared on the screen saying I need to run the program as an adminstrator in order to perform the deletion.

A:If my user account is the administrator account, why the need for...

By default, an administrator account behaves in exactly the same way and with the same privileges as a standard account. Some programs, however, need to be run at a higher privilege level, even when run from an administrator account. In these cases, you need to right-click and select Run as administrator. Depending on the account you are currently using, you will be asked to provide administrative credentials (from a standard account) or confirm that you want to elevate (from within an administrative account).

This is part of the improved security in Windows 7, and is designed to make it harder for malware to get on your system. Of course, it isn't infallible, so you must always keep alert.

This is controlled by means of tokens, and a standard account has just one whereas an administrator account has two, a standard token and an administrative token. In normal use, both types of account use the token with standard privileges. When you right-click and select Run as administrator (see above), you are instructing the program (and that program only) to use the administrator token and to run with full administrative privileges.

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I have purchased a used Asus laptop that already has Win 10 installed on it from the original owner. All of the settings on the computer are linked to that owner's Microsoft account and administrator account. Is there a way for me to change the administrator information to my Microsoft account and email? I can log in using the old owner's password to access the administrator account, but I don't see any way to change the account to my information. If I create a new user account and make it an administrator account, when I log in using the new account, there is no access to any of the apps I need from the original account. Thanks.

A:Change original administrator account

I don't have the answer to your question except..................

You can change the old owner's password if you want. Use this tutorial :
Use Option Six

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Administrator account has disappeared. How can it be recovered?

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I have recently been coming across a few PC's where a 2nd profile is created for 1 user and the profile has the domain name on the end like --> johnsonjoseph.domain
This is doesn't happen for joseph on every computer that he logs into. We are using Win7 Enterprise 64bit

A:Another user account created....by the OS????

Normally our user profiles are created as lastnamefirstname.

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I recently created a user account for the first time on my windows xp pc, now the administrator account has disappeared and i can't access any of my files even though the account i created is set as an administrator. How do i solve this? I am a photographer and have lost access to all my photos!

A:HELP! I just created a new user account and...

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I see from looking at the securities tab on some file's properties I have an Account Unknown that has full control. When that account came into existence might help me track it down. Is there a command I can use to get that sort of info on a user or group?

A:When user account was created

post screenshot please. The advanced tab, so I see more info

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Hello, I am new to this forum so I apologize for any ignorance in advance.

I have a computer that all of the sudden had a new user account in windows explorer. e.g. user was Fliehs, now there is a user Fliehs and a user fliehs.FLIEHS1 as well.

I assume this is a virus. Has anyone see this type of activity before?

A:New user account created by itself.

You don't state what Antivirus AND Anti-Spyware programs you have running. Note you should have both to ensure high protection.

You could Google Fliehs and you'll see some stores are listed. Could have sales-related spyware (advertising) installed. Which is why you need a good Anti-Spyware program.

I suggest Spybot Search & Destroy (donationware), very good and I've use it since the Win98 days, and it is one of the recommended programs required where I work.

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I have given my desktop to my wife. Now I want to delete my account. The problem is my account is the original account that the computer was set up using. Will it let me delete that account? What will happen if I do?

A:Original user account

Well, your computer won't blow up if that's what you are asking.

If your wife has an account on the computer, then you should be able to delete your account without any problems.

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This isn't (now) a real issue, but am curious as to what happened. Before the 10 upgrade mess, my account was a Microsoft Live account. When I upgraded to 10, I did something and had to logout. When I tried to log back in, my account used my hotmail account. That's when I had to use the Macrium backup for 8.1 because I didn't have the password for my hotmail account. BTW, it didn't change my PIN number. Go figure.

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after creating 2 new accounts on my dads 'puter (limited account for my neice, admin account for myself.) the administrator account disappeared from the logon screen. The account still exists in computer management, however. I tried to rename the account to get it to return, but it didn't work, and i'm stumped.

Chagrinned in Charlotte

A:[Resolved] XP administrator account disappeared

Take a look at this link: http://www.theeldergeek.com/missing_administrator_account.htm

It provides how to add Administrator Account to Log In Screen

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My computer was lagging and was quite slow when browsing. I switched it off for the night and when restarting in the morning it took 5 mins longer than normal to load. When logging on to my normal user there was absolutely nothing in my User folders, no films, no photos, I can't access the net, the background had changed, no audio device installed. After looking in my C drive I found my original User (Silvia and Richard) with all the info I was missing, the computer/virus created "Silvia and Richard.Silvia and Richard". The trouble is when switching my computer on I can't access my original User as normal. Any ideas what the trouble would be and how I could fix it without a reformat? Just running a malware scan now.

A:virus? created new user account

Run a full anti virus scan,
If you can download malwarebytes and run a full scan
If they are negative

If you can use system restore to go back a week before the problem.
System Restore - How to

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I checked the Security Log on the current admin account, but it didn't go back far enough.
The older admin accounts files were saved (the account I'm trying to find a creation date for was created while the previous admin account was active) Is there some file that the Security log wrote to that I would be able to look through to find this info? If yes, what would be the location?
I've also been reading a bit about the possibility of finding it in a SAM file, or Shell files. Anybody know if that is true?
Any software that I can download that will find this info?

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I had an old user account that has long since been deleted and was wondering if there is a way to see when that account awas created and deleted. Would it be somewhere in the events log? Somewhere else?

A:Is there any way to see when a user account was created/deleted? (XP)


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pc thing seem to not going well for quite a while now and i decided to ask some people what's going on...

You see I currently have a vista so everything should run smoothly, however,
every single time i log into my account a bunch of CMD pop up, often being either 16 or 32. So i thought that it's nothing serious so i ignore it for a while.
Nah the worst part get better. So this is what happen, I turn off my pc and 6 new account was created, I was like " ***". And not only that norton, kaspersky, malwarebites and even spywaredoctor does not detect anything. So i am asking for your oppinion on how to fix this. And ps. when i run my internet browser it automaticly put me into a strange website, saying something about most annoying website

P.S.S If you need info on what the cmd line is ill just cope and paste

The proccess cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.
0 file(s) copied.
Invalid switch - /h
1 file(s) copied.
Invalid switch - /h
The system cannot find the path specified.
0 file(s) copied.
Parameter format not correct -
1 file(s) copied.
Parameter format not correct -
The account already exists.

More help is available by typing net helpmsg 2224.

^CTerminate batch job (Y/N)?

Look like something is hidding in my system32, however, idk, help me?

A:Cmd and random user account created

Hello and Welcome.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed. I currently have as many open topics as I can effectively handle; this will have you back in queue with the proper logs so an available helper would be able to assist.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.

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A few days ago I noticed a new user account appear it's called slxfqtchcmf
I logged in as Admin and deleted user - it comes back every time I restart machine

I've run anti-virus ESET found nothing, also run Malwarebytes and Windows defender again nothing found.

What is this mystery new user account and how do I get rid of it


A:Windows 7 Created new user account

Regardless of what the AV show, I think it is some sort of virus. If it were my computer, I would go back a few weeks prior to the problem with system restore. Worse case scenario, information can be sent to some unknown location without your permission.

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I have a few customers who are determined to screw it up or continually allow others who will. A couple of times recently, I have made service calls that if I could have gotten into the Administrator's account, I could have fixed it; but, some fool had changed passwords on both the user account and the Administator account.

Is there a way to create an invisible account with administrator privilidges that can be accessed in some way but that doesn't show up in the log-in screen or under Users and Passwords?

By the way, these were XP Home.

A:Can an invisible user account be created?

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I checked the Security Log on the current admin account, but it didn't go back far enough.
The older admin accounts files were saved (the account I'm trying to find a creation date for was created while the previous admin account was active) Is there some file that the Security log wrote to that I would be able to look through to find this info? If yes, what would be the location?
I've also been reading a bit about the possibility of finding it in a SAM file, or Shell files. Anybody know if that is true?
Any software that I can download that will find this info?

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Both User Accounts on my PC are administrative accounts. The one I now use is the more recently created account. I no longer use the original account.
I'd like to delete that original account as the contensts on it are no longer needed, and it does take up hard disc space.
The way it works now: When I restart the PC, I'm shown two user account boxes, with their respective icons, and I'm given choice which account to log on to. I do not have to enter a password  at all. I don't recall having set one, or perhaps I set one thats merely blank. I dont recall which of these two it was. All i know is that I dont need to enter a password for either account now when I restart the PC.. Nor do I need to enter: Alt+Ctrl+Delete to log on.
I want to be sure that all will continue to work as that newer account does now and that I won't require to enter a pasword. I would like for a PC Restart to go directly into the only User Account which will remain
Is there some User Account file which I can got to so as  to be sure this will work as I intend to above and without entering Alt+Ctrl+Delete  and/or password?
Thanks in advance:
Windows XP Professional Edition SP3

A:Deleting original user account

Can you distinguish between the two accounts when they are opened?
If you can go to Control Panel and open Administrative Tools. Double-click the Local Security Policy.
When the Local Security Settings appears, open the Local Policies\Security Options branch and double-click the Accounts: Rename Administrator Account policy.
When the Accounts: Rename Administrator Account Properties dialog box appears, type a new name in the text box, and click OK.
You will want to rename the account you want to delete, this will allow you to be sure this is the account you want to delete.

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I created a secondary user account on my PC. When I try to login, it will look like it's logging in, but it just logs back out, returning to the main screen to choose an account to login to.

If I'm logged into my main account, and I switch users and try to login to the newly created secondary account, it logs me out of my main account, and doesn't login to the secondary account, and once again, returns to the main screen to choose an account to login to.

This also happens with the guest account.

In addition, it does not give me the generic error: "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded"

How can I fix this?

A:Created user account, unable to login

Hello Dutch,

If you create a new user account of the same type, will it allow you to fully log on to it?

If so, then you might consider using it instead and copy over anything you want from the old account to the new one.

Hope this may help some.

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Hi a user account called ASP.NET Machine Account has been created on my laptop it also passworded can i delete it or dose it have to stay

A:Solved: User Account Created Automatically

When you install .Net it creates this account. You can just leave it alone.

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Hello, I have a brand new dell laptop with Win 7 Home Premium. I recently bought a better harddrive for it and cloned the disk from the old one to the new, and the process worked fine without any issues. I booted into the new hdd, and everything appeared to be okay. But now theres this strange user account that keeps getting created every time I cold boot the system. I can delete it and it remains gone until the next cold boot (restarting however doesn't create the profile). The profile is empty and has to be "prepared" if I click it.

this is the account it makes, it doesn't appear to be created by a program that I can find. It doesn't seem to be a malicious software issue either. Maybe the clone did something to the registry? Looking for some help, haven't had any luck with google searching this issue.

A:Mystery User Account Created on Boot?

Ah just found out the cause... so it ended up being something I changed related to security software I own. Should have known. I changed the rights to a special user account that the software creates and it didn't like it, so I randomly generated this mystery account.

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I will start by saying I am new to the tech support forum thing, and this is my first site. I am an intern at a company working with a team who supports local and of site end users and maintaining the whole network functionality. The whole network is windows xp and windows 2003 server for file share and mail. Today I went to install a new printer and then logged into the user pc to whom needs the printer. I logged into the domain with my admin account to install the printer driver, the driver had been added to a folder on the network which is mapped. I installed and everything was fine. when the end user logged in her desktop was different so she called, and i checked it out, when she logged in rather than using her account it created user.domain account. No matter what we did we couldn't get her profile to load, we were able to recover everything from the account "user" but I didn't get what happened. Later that day my collegue experienced the same thing but this time the user logged onto a rogue account, what i mean is that the user was no where to be found in documents and settings. We saved a document on the rogue desktop, then logged in as admin to search the drive to find out where the document saved to locate profile, in the end it was non existant. Right after we logged into user and and all of a sudden the right profile loaded.

Does someone know what is going on?

A:User account created a clone upon login

Does anyone have any ideas???????

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About a year ago, I changed my main user account from "Jaime" to "Roggie" on a whim, and everything worked fine. This past weekend, I restarted my computer and when it came back up it had created a new user profile in c:/users/. All my files are still in
"c:/users/jaime/", but now everything loads from "c:/users/roggie". Is there any way to switch it back or am I going to have to recreate all my system settings? And why would it change over a year after I switched the names?

I've already tried createing a second user account called "Jaime" and renaming the current account back to "Jaime" - both resulted in a new folder called "Jaime_02" instead of going back.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
I'm running Home Basic 32bit if thats any use at all.

A:Randomly created user account folder?

Hello Rogallia, and welcome to Vista Forums.

When you change the name of your user account, it will only change the name displayed in Vista and not for the "C:\Users\(user name)" folder. Instead, both the original and new user account name will be tied to that user account now.

The only way to change the name of the "C:\Users\(user name)" folder is to create a new user account instead with a different name than what is tied with any other user account.

If you had manually renamed the "C:\Users\(user name)" folder, then this may be why this had happened. This also is a cause of the dreaded User Profile Service failed error.

I would recommend that you create a new administrator account, copy anything you want from the old account's user folders over to the new account, then delete the old user account when done.

Hope this helps,

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Hi. Pls, help. I know there are some old threads about this issue, but they didn't help me.

Home laptop, Acer, running Vista Home premium. I tried to maintain it properly.
It has two user accounts, one with admin rights, another standard.

Yesterday I tried to create a third user account, standard user. I did it running as admin and through Control panel/User accounts. Then at the same panel I activated parental control to that user. Also, using McAfee I set parental control for the same account too.

I logged off from admin account. I saw my new user account icon, clicked on it.
But I got two messages. One on small window, which said "Cannot change Visible in OnShow or OnHide." This window had "OK" button. After clicking it, I saw another message: "The User Profile service failed the log on. User Profile cannot be loaded"
After that the laptop logged off automatically and brought me to log on screen with icons for user accounts. And I can log on with my original user accounts.

Pls help me solve this problem. I found some threads about this problem, but they are not helpful so far. Deleting a new user account and creating another one, with different name, doesn't make difference.

A:New created user account in Vista doesn't log on

Hello BRK03, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Since you are still able to log on to your administrator account, you should be able to go straight to and use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to hopefully fix this error. Be sure to read all of the tutorial for other available options if that one doesn't help.

The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.

Hope this helps,

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I recently created a new user account on a laptop .I then needed to go into the tcp/ip properties and assign a static ip .I then realized the new user account did not have the proper permissions to access the tcp/ip properties.I then logged out and logged back in as administrator and added the new user to the administrators group.I then logged back in as the new user and and asigned the the static ip. The problems began whem I treid logging back in with my usual account only to find that all my settings and desktop icons were gone.I treid restarting the computer and then logged back in but now it wont recognize my password or anything.Does anyone have any idea what has happened.


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I had Windows 10 configured to auto log on with only a single user account and haven't had a single issue until last night after a restart to apply updates. Now when I boot my PC I am stopped at the login screen stating my password is invalid. The reason it's invalid is I now have two accounts with my name assigned however the one it tries to log into by default is the newly created one (it looks like it simply duplicated my original) and it doesn't allow any access to Windows. I select my original and log in manually just fine.

The problem is there is only one User listed in the User Accounts settings and that account only appears on initial boot as I can log out to the login screen post boot and the account has disappeared. It's driving me nuts as I cannot find how to get rid of it and I'm sure it's something relatively simple with me just overthinking the problem.

Any help would be fantastic.

A:Win10 update created a clone of my user account.

Unless you are using a Local account. The Live account will not work with an auto login.

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hello, i have windows xp i made a new user account for my computer and it messed things up. My other account dissapeared and the one i'm on is on classic view i cant change it i try to got to user accounts to delete it but it just a blank page. internet explorer wont come up. and also it did something to system restore because i used it a few days ago and i tried it after this happened and it says "system restore has been turned off by group policy". any suggestions?

A:made a new user account for my computer created problems

What is "the rest of the story"?

Why did you create a new user account? How did you create it?

Your assertion that it "messed things up" seems to be awfully presumptive, if not erroneous. Creating a new user account is merely an administrative task, involving no changes to a system that would do anything more than add a user to the existing system.


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This is my 1st post so I hope is in the right section of the forum.

I?ve recently had to transfer from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Professional (death of a hard drive) and am hoping that some on this forum may be able to help me with various issues. I am OK with computers and am prepared to put in the time to understand as much as I can, but am certainly not a technician. Anything I do I have to research many times and carefully follow instructions. It?s taken me over a week so far to try and set things up in Windows 10 but despite trying constantly throughout that time there?s one fundamental thing I haven?t been able to fix.

When setting up Windows 10 I very foolishly followed the prompts and set it up with my Microsoft account. This has created a user folder for me with a name that doesn?t match the name I have on CrashPlan, Dropbox or a major database containing 15+ years of work. I had no idea until days later what a nightmare this would create, or how difficult it would be to fix.

Since discovering this problem my user account name on this computer has been changed to the one I want (just my first name, Ann ? and both the account and the user folder did have a capital A in win 7). Also that account has been changed from a Microsoft account to a Local/Administrator account - but the user folder name doesn?t change to match this.

I want to change the name on my user folder and ultimately get rid of my Microsoft account ? I don?t need the MS account for clo... Read more

A:Changing the user folder name created with MS account - efforts and pr

I want to change the name on my user folder

Hi, I'm just going to address that aspect. This has been asked a good number of times- the answer is no. Why? Although some methods are posted, in the end these are superficial- so many things deep in the registry need to be changed.

Your only option would be to create a new account, and move all to it as you've commented.

I read recently of an idea that Laplink PC Mover Express here can help- there used to be an MS special offer for free, but this has expired.
PCmover - Windows Migration from Laplink | Microsoft Recommended | Windows Easy Transfer

Now $14-95 I think.

Example discussion here - which illustrates the difficulty and risk in trying to change the user profile folder name :
onedrive - How to rename the User folder in Windows 10? - Super User

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I just moved in to my buddy from work, and decided to put a pass on my PC, since a lot of people go thru the house on weekends. I set up an account, gave it admin privileges, but when setup asked: "would you like to give that account access to files?" (or some similar question) I selected NO. When account loaded I couldn't get access to any of my files! The problem now is that I can't delete that new account, because it's the only account! I tried setting up another one with administrator privileges, but it doesn't ask that question anymore (would you like to give that account access to files?), so I can't get access?

Do you know a solution, or a step towards getting access to files back? Please share, I'll greatly appreciate any help from you.

A:Created User Account. How To Get Files Back or Delete it?

Try taking ownership. This needs to be done quite a bit in Vista, so if you want you can use this to add the option to your context menu instead of doing it manually:
Vista Take Ownership Context Menu


"Take Control"

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This is my first post to this forum.

While trying to avoid typing passwords into my new computer - (run - netplwiz.exe and then clicking the box user must create...) , I did something wrong --- I am not sure what I did, but it looks like I have added some kind of virtual account (it is not a real account, since my computer is saying that I have only one user). Now now i have two kind of names under same user

I hope that I explain myself good so I am attaching a picture with what I want to do....

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I registered my microsoft account and lost the original user account. I now cannot access user accounts because it locks up everytime. please help

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Trying to fix a problem for my daughters boyfriends dads computer (potential in-laws) so i gotta get this right !

Problem is as follows:-

Was called round there after they had attempted to create a password on one of the user accounts, (there were 3 users accounts in all and all with Admin priviledges). After this was done the computer was turned off. When switched back on this user account had disappeared.
I did a system restore which got me straight back into the account that had disappeared (without even showing the welcome screen) but when i log out of this account it isn't on the list of user accounts.
I noticed when logging out of this account that it doesn't have the usual option of logging out, i.e. log off, turn off, instead it only gives the option 'log off system administrator'.
So i am now thinking that the system adminstrator account has been used as a normal user account (which isn't good is it)?? and it's got loads and loads of stuff on it, mainly pictures and documents. (i thought this a/c was designed to disappear after additional users accounts were created)
My question is, if i create a new user account with admin priviledges, can i transfer all his files, folders, settings over to this new account and if so how would i go about this.
Did wonder if i could just put all his stuff into a shared documents file and then just create a new user and copy it accross. Could this be an option.?
I'm not Sure what other stuff he has in this system... Read more

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