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Windows 7 Login: username or password is incorrect

Q: Windows 7 Login: username or password is incorrect

Hey guys,

I have seen similar threads in some places, but none of them seemed to have exactly the same problem I have been having. Anyway, I have an Alienware M17x with Windows 7 installed. Yesterday, Windows stopped accepting my login credentials and kept giving the error "the username or password is incorrect". I never did change my password, and no one else has access to my laptop. My password was about to expire, but it never prompted me to enter a new password ever. I have tried pretty much everything that I could find/think of.

1) There are no other accounts on the system other than the one that is locked out.

2) I tried rebooting in safe mode, but it ultimately takes me back to the login screen with a different screen resolution.

3) I have tried repairing using the Windows 7 disk. That didn't work either.

4) I tried going to the command prompt and displaying user accounts that are present on the system( using "net user"). It shows me an Administrator account and Guest account. So I took a chance and changed the administrator password, but it didn't accept it on the login screen.

5) I have tried System restore to the previous day.

6) I have tried setting the BIOS date back one day. It's set back to the original date now.

I don't really want to buy a password breaker software yet, because I have a feeling it is not about the password, just some software glitch.

Any help is highly appreciated

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A: Windows 7 Login: username or password is incorrect

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Unless you created a Password Reset Disc, I'm not sure there's anything you can do other than try a search on Google.

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I previously routinely logged into my daughters computer (running Vista Business X64 behind the firewall at her university's network) via TS Web Access.She upgraded the system to Windows 7 Ultimate to solve a video card issue and now the Remote Desktop login fails.  I can get to the machine through the gateway but it gives the "The username or password in incorrect message" on every attempt.I can have someone log using Remote Desktop from the internal network just fine using the absolute same username/password.I have had her check all of the remote settings multiple times (I have seached this one extensively).  Can anyone suggest what the problem may be and a solution.  Or even a method to diagnose would be helpful.This is a critical issue for me since she is near clueless.

A:The username or password is incorrect when attempting login to remote computer running Windows 7 Ultimate via TS Web Access

I found my own answer to this issue after I got acces to the machine physically and was able to view the security logs for the failed login attempts.  For some reason windows seven required that I use the entire computer name \\computer name\account name\ to get to the machine whereas Vista did not require full name.  Problem solved as long as I use the full name convention for the computer as expectedf behind the ts gateway.  Also don't pass the ts gateway credentials on to the remote computer as this causes it to want to log on with those creditials at the machine.    

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I have a Toshiba Satellite L505 with Windows 7. I don't know how it happened but my computer suddenly restarted and came up with Kiosk and Other User as the users. My account is no where in sight. I have no passwords set up but just hitting enter to bypass doesn't work. How do I get my account back and get back into my computer?

A:The Username or password is incorrect on Windows 7

Hi -

Boot into recovery with your Windows 7 DVD or via the HDD recovery partition and run "Windows System Restore" -


If that does not work, you will need to reinstall Windows 7 as I cannot provide further help related to security issues, per TSF Rules.

I must now close this thread.

Good Luck to you.



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Just resolved an issue with a Win7 laptop that resulted in some lost data and deletion of the Recovery partition (MBR corrupted necessitating a recovery disc to boot and repair). That said, when I attempt to gain access to the Win7 laptop from my Vista PC I get the following notification when prompted to log on:

I know for a fact that the username\password combo is correct as I have been able to access the Win7 machine via my Vista PC in the past.
What is the best way to approach this in light of the fact that I just recovered the Win7 from a problem?

Thank you in advance for any help.


A:Incorrect Username\Password?

Try method 3 of this:

Reset User Account Password


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So this is my issue. I work for a University and I am working on a Win7 image. After doing the image, I got this "error"

But after I press the ok, I get the window to input the username and password and everythings works ok. What could be the problem? I have searched but all I have gotten is check that your password is correct


A:Username/password incorrect


Is that the screen Windows boots to, and what are you trying to achieve by what I assume, means you're editing the image?

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Daughter's computer is set to auto login on boot.
I go to the logoff screen where it shows her user account and guest.
Click on her user account and it asks for password.
She says she has no password for her user account.
Hit enter for blank password and it tells me this is incorrect.
Ran Offline NT Password and Registry Editor and it shows the password to be blank.
If there is no password then why does it ask for one?


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I've previously run netplwiz from the command prompt to disable the sign in process in Windows 10.
Which worked fine in build 10049 but in 10158 & 10166 I now get this error message

I don't understand how this message can appear as no password has been entered at this stage.
Pressing OK, or waiting 2 minutes results in this screen

Entering the PIN or password from the sign-in option continues the login process.
Apart from starting again from scratch, any ideas on how to correct this.

A:Username or password incorrect

I'm not sure why it does that but I could never get around it so I just leave the box checked.
I think by unchecking the box it's trying to initiate another user account or that 'built-in' one.

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Wife was nagging me to remove the password at Windows7 startup because it was too long, so I followed the instructions online (unclicked the box to require password at login) and it came up with a box (I don't think was mentioned in the instructions I was following) that told me to enter, and confirm the password. I left them blank since I didn't want a new password.
Now when I startup it still asks me for a password (usename it gives is HomeGroupUser$) and when I try my old password it doesn't work, and when I try leaving it blank and pressing enter it still doesn't work.
So I can't login...

A:windows 7 login password incorrect

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Some background first.
I had had a problem with my original Vista acct. I lost access to the C drive. Done by my naive fiddling around with permissions while in a shortcut to OS(C). A computer guru tried to get the drive back, but I think he felt that although he got c drive back, it didn't go well. He then set up my "real" admin account and a third regular acct. He then suggested that I transfer docs, pics, etc from the first acct into the new regular acct. This proved a little daunting to me and I was lazy about having to do all this transferring of files and folders and retweaking things again. Particularly so when the original acct got back the c drive. So, I went back to using the "fixed" original acct. There is an assigned password to this original acct, whereas there are no PWs assinged to my other regular acct or the admin acct.

When booting up, I get an "Incorrect Password." I enter the pw for the "fixed" acct and it opens. Going to Start>switch accts is no problem as the other two accts are easily opened without pws. How do I (1) Get rid of this annoyning prompt? (2) Give pws to my other two accts? I am nominally computer savvy, but working with Vista and accts and permissions has been a set back for me, so a little more explanatory detail in you helpful reply is appreicated.

A:Password/username incorrect on boot up?

The easiest way is to turn UAC off...but not recommendable.

I think you need to leave the built in Administrator alone but if you had empowered him with PW, remove it. (you can do this in safe mode).

Then let your other administrator's (the one you created) PW be the PW on the prompter. Because when you just want to surf, you must use the standard user. Use the moderator's user when you are all set to do major tweakings. This way you do not need to boot in safe mode just to access built in administrator.

But you should keep UAC on. It is good for tweaker happy users like us.

Pssst...use minmum digits on password for easier prompter compliance.

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There are more than one user account on Windows 7 but whenever I start my computer, the first screen is "The username or password is incorrect." When I click OK, it shows only one user account and Other User.

I am able to login that user but I don't seen another user account. When I click Other User, I have to type name and password of another user account.
Please let me know...how to fix it?


A:“The username or password is incorrect.”

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My parents are having an issue logging on to their computer. It seems that my mother miss-typed her microsoft email address when she activated it. Now she has a login in screen that asks for a password for the miss-typed account address. She cannot get past this screen since she does not know the password. Does anyone know how to change the email account on the login screen so that she can attempt to login in to her computer?

A:Incorrect password on Windows 10 login screen.

Originally Posted by honus03

My parents are having an issue logging on to their computer. It seems that my mother miss-typed her microsoft email address when she activated it. Now she has a login in screen that asks for a password for the miss-typed account address. She cannot get past this screen since she does not know the password. Does anyone know how to change the email account on the login screen so that she can attempt to login in to her computer?

Hi honus03 and welcome to Tenforums.

I think you should be able to enable the Hidden Administrator Account using option #4 here:
Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Once in, create the correct account, delete the incorrect account, and then re-hide the Hidden Administrator Account.

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I have 4 computers in my home network, 2 with Vista ultimate X32 and one XP Pro. Within my own network, I can RD into 2 of them from my Win7 X64 machine. One of the 2 Vista Ultimate machines I cannot get into. I get to the point where It asks for Username and Password, then goes to the next screen and says "Username or Password incorrect". I have searched the web and this forum. I have seen this is a common complaint but have found NO solution, and I have tired all solutions I have read about. Which includes verifying I am putting in the correct username and Password. None have worked. I am what you would call an intermediate user and understand many aspects of a networking and computers but I am now stumped with this problem. I need HELP!

A:Remote Desktop, Username or Password incorrect

Hello and welcome to the Forums, give this a look see and see if it helps at all. Post back if you are still unable to get all computers to " see " each other. Maximum PC | 5 Networking Tips and Tricks

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Driving me nuts.

Its connecting to the remote pc and gets me to the logon screen but says username or passoword incorrect. Password IS correct. Seems the same for all my pc's on my network.

It all used to work but havent used it for a while as i sometimes use it while im at work.

Any ideas? I cant find anything on the net.

A:Remote Desktop Username or Password incorrect

If the remote destkop program is automatically trying to log in maybe it could be the wrond password.

If this is the screen that you use all the time click options so you can change the username

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Dear Techguys,

I am going mad with frustration today.....

I have just upgraded from XP to windows 7 - transferring my data from my old XP laptop to my newer one that is running windows 7 - by using the "windows easy transfer" facility.

Agreed, transferring is easy aqnd all my data is there it seems. Phew!

However, one of my accounts on the old laptop (call it oldaccount for the purpose here) had a password on it (say 1234) but when I try to logto it on the new laptop for that same account it says "user name or password is incorrect"!

I thought I could get round this problem by going to administrator user and deleting the password for account "oldaccount"- yes, that does get round the prooblem and I can log in to the oldaccount - but of course I no longer have any password securtity on it!

I "thought" "oh, all I need do is now go back into the administrator account and create a password in the new laptop for that "oldaccount" - but when I then try to log into it I get the same error; "the username or password is incorrect".

Can anyone please help me to set up a password for this old user account on my new laptop?

I know from searching the web this is a problem others have encountered but sadly I haven't found anyone who has managed to crack this seemingly simple problem.

Any help gratefully appreciated.



A:"the username or password is incorrect" - Windows Easy Transfer

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I have a new desktop A to replace my old desktop B. B was setup to file share (full access) independent of win 7 homegroup and was seen and accessed by my laptop (work).

Now the new desktop A can be seen by my laptop. The name AVA... (from the place I purchased it) is seen in the Network directory tree but I cannot access it. Neither the name or password will be accepted. It shows:

"Enter password to: AVA...

[password space]....

Use another account

X The user name or password is incorrect."

Originally it had a different user name (probably AVA...) that I just switched to "Shawn".

(I did not test network between A and laptop before changing the name to "Shawn" so I cannot tell you if it worked before. Never thought there'd be a problem!)

A:Username/Password incorrect for network access to new desktop

SOLVED: Laptop ONLY recognizes original user name (Valued Customer) and not new user name (of same account). Weird.

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I have two computers (laptop and desktop) both with windows 7 ultimate 64bit and I always get "the password or username is incorrect" error when remoting in to my laptop from my desktop, but not to my desktop from my laptop. I have "allowed connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop" under remote settings on both computers. Set up Remote Desktop users allowing "everyone", and checked all firewall setting with AVG and Windows firewall to make sure port 3389 it allowed, as well as disabling the firewalls altogether. But I still get the same error and yes I am absolutely certain the log on info is correct.

A:Remote desktop keeps displaying the password or username is incorrect.

Try in safe mode

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password or username incorrect Until i disconnect the internet wire and turn on the computer again 
notice: this is workgroub computer in work office 

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I'm running Parallels on my Mac. When I went to log in to Windows yesterday I got the error message "The username or password is incorrect". This happened about two months ago and after an all day search for solutions, I fixed it. I'm locked out again and this time I can't find a solution! I haven't changed my password and have logged into Windows, without a problem, several times in the past couples of months. Please help! I'm willing to try anything!

A:Locked out of Windows - "username or password is incorrect"

this will work .. Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor

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I had update ready to be installed after  I installed them I rebooted my PC ( window 7) then i wanted to open a folder this message keep coming up everytime i want to do something   the server process could not be started because the configured
identity is incorrect
 Check the username and password.

and another message come up when i start my PC saying windows could not conect to window server...

please advise if you have any solution....

may thanks

ps : if in any way I could go back and restor from before i made the update please let me know how....

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This problem is not one of a kind... I've searched the net and found many people having the problem but I can't find the answer. I searched this website and found the problem but the answerer said it is an issue of security and cannot be answered in public and of course we appreciate it. He said email me for the information. However I did not know his email he did not write it down and I could not access the profile. the problem is a virus has put new user name called Administrator and of course a password I can't figure out. I can't access windows at all and I have extremely important work which is not backed up i need to get rid of the password thing, and the virus without needing to wipe all my files out. Please help me this is really important the files are very important because I write on word documents directly from my head I even do not have hardcopy so I really need it. Thank you so much

A:Virus has put login username and password

You should have another account on the computer besides the Administrator one. One way you can reset the Administrator Password is by downloading: http://www.ubcd4win.com/ and use the password tools provided by The Ultimate Boot CD.

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I am runing Windows 7 Home Premium and would like to change the way I login from the default screen showing all the users to a screen that DOES NOT SHOW ANY USERS and prompts for the user to enter their Username and Password Manually?

Also how do you get it to remember the last person who logged in have the Username populated with it?

I have been all over the Answers Home Page and found others who are using the old windows xp style login page that prompts for a user name and password but could not find any reference on how to change from the default Windows 7 page. I have spent hours on gogle trying diffrent search text without any luck.

Please help, I know it can be done!



A:Allow Username and Password to Login to Windows7


Take a look at our comprehensive tutorial section. Especially read this: Log On with User Name and Password

Hope this helps,

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I have a domain joined Surface Pro 2 running 8.1 Pro.
The following GPO settings are in place:

* Assign a default domain for logon

* Do not display last logged on user

* Disable logging in with Microsoft accounts - uses the following registry setting - MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\NoConnectedUser - Value = 3

The end goal is for the machine to boot to the login screen that just displays empty user name and password fields
The problem at the moment is that instead of doing that, the client boots to a screen where the only option is to click on "Other user". Only then does the login screen I want, where they enter their username and password in full, actually appear.
These Surface Pro 2's are to be used by small children, and have the "Other User" screen appear is confusing for them, as well as being very annoying for me. It's completely unnecessary.
I've searched all over the 'net looking for an easy way to get the client to boot straight to the standard domain joined log in screen, but every time it just boots to this "Other User" screen that has to be clicked on in order to get the correct
login screen to come up.
Is there any way I can get this to boot straight to the login screen I want? 

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after booting, a screen pops up and asks for the username/password for microsoft networking. i can't seem to get rid of this screen at all.

any suggestions?


A:microsoft networking login - username/password

Try this

How to Prevent a Windows 95, Windows 98, or
Windows Me Logon Prompt at Startup

The information in this article applies to:

Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 95


This article describes how to prevent Windows from prompting you for a password when
you start Windows.

Note that this information applies only if you are not using user profiles. If you have user
profiles enabled, and you follow the steps in this article, Windows is not prevented from
prompting you for a password. If you have enabled user profiles and you would like to
disable or delete them before you follow these steps, view the following article in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q156826 How to Disable and Delete User Profiles

To prevent Windows from prompting you for a password at startup:

1.Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Network.

2.On the Configuration tab, click Windows Logon in the Primary Network Logon
box, and then click OK.

3.When you are prompted to restart your computer, click No.

4.In Control Panel, double-click Passwords.

5.On the Change Passwords tab, click Change Windows Password, select any of
the check boxes that you want, and then click OK.

NOTE: If you cancel the network logon dialog box when you start your computer,
the Change Passwords tab may not be available. You must log on so that the
Change Passwords tab is avail... Read more

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I read on a few sites that i can change the login method in gpedit.mse. hgow do I do it?
I run windows 8.1 Pro on a custom build.

A:changing the login method (from just password to username)

I haven't done it but it's critical to get the name right, it's gpedit.msc. It's a console that opens. Press the Windows key + R to get the traditional Run dialog box visible and type the name..

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I am using windows 10 , 
I want to connect to EAP-PEAP profile using only xml file and netsh commands
I don't want to enter user name and password manually
After netsh wlan add profile command ,can you give any method to set username and password through command or code or api or xml file, so that just by giving netsh wlan connect command my
device should connect to EAP profile without asking for username and password?????
I am doing this for testing purpose,so please anyone suggest any method???

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I used NETPLWIZ to bypass windows login.
This worked fine for a while, then all of a sudden the login screen started reappearing but the auto sign in still processed.
It's not a train smash, just annoying.
How can I get the process to take place without the screen appearing?

A:Login screen still appears after removing username/ password required

Turn it off and on again.

Sorry if it is dumb sounding reply but I often have to do it. Tick the box on netplwiz, say OK, untick the box and say OK. Keep repeating this until it works.

I've not changed my MS password for years but it still seems to bug me in the same way now and again and resetting netplwiz always works for me.

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I have tried searching all vista posts and cannot find anything close to what I need. My Vista computer shows the login screen with the user and when I type in the password I get :User name or password is incorrect. I wrote down the password and type it in exactly but vista gives me the same message every time. I do not have a password reset disk.

A:Vista Login:user Name Or Password Is Incorrect

are you sure you don't have caps lock on or a stuck key?

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Hello MS community! I was curious as to 1. whether or not anyone has had this issue, and 2. if anyone knows how to address this problem:
Ever since I've had Win 8-8.1 installed on my new laptops, I always get the same bug- that is, a false notification of my password being incorrect upon login attempt #1. On my 2nd login attempt, (pressing 'enter', clearing the notification) I can always
login. This has always happened after about 4-10x of flawless logins on a fresh OS installation and it stays permanent as a bug afterwards.

I mostly stayed quiet because it was just a minor nuisance for me, but I'm curious if this is a known bug and if there's a solution (because we all chase the flawless execution of an OS). For reference, I use a local user account to sign in, but have also
had this issue when I used an MS account in the past.

Being as I've had Win 8 and Win 8.1 installed on my past 3 laptops, which all had the same issue- I
highly doubt this is an isolated event. I know for some people they can't even login when presented with this message, but this small hiccup in the OS is rather persistent. I really just want to get some community advice/wisdom on this matter.

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Hey Guys
Im stuck on the following Problem. Hope you can help me, as i searched and tried for hours now.
So i have an XP SP3 Client and i want to connect to a Windows 2008 R2 Server via the Builtin Remote Desktop Protocoll. The Connection works, but i would like to send the Credentials, so i dont have to log on every time i open the RDP-Connection.
I save the credentials like this: DomainName\Username and of course Password.
No when i open the connection i get the error Message: "Username or Password incorrect". But this is impossible. When i hit Ok and then Type exactly the same password im am able to log on the server. The Domain-Name and the Username get transfered
I tried to change registry entrys, Group policies, change the RDP file. So far nothing worked out :( im a little desperate at the moment. Would like to solve this problem before the weekend beginns!
I hope someone here can help.. If i forgot some important Informations, please tell me.
I would appreciate your help a lot!

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Didn't know if this was best asked here or in browsers and mail.

Anyway, using Outlook 2010 (32-bit) on Win7 64-bit, checking 11 unique e-mail addresses (bitdefender is my A/V). About 4 days ago out of the blue it began giving the error messages during auto send/receive cycle on about 2-3 of the accounts during each cycle. It is never the same account and sometime it will work fine, sometimes just one account fails, sometimes 2 or 3 out of the 11. If I do a manual send/receive it will almost always work on all 11 - maybe 95% of the time. I just don't get the randomness of it and my ISP (Frontier) claims that there are no issues on their end. I adjusted the server timeouts from 1 minute to 2 and this had no effect.

Any thoughts?

A:Outlook errors, 'server rejected login', username or password wrong

Maybe something in this MS Article will help:
Error messages when you send and receive in Outlook and Outlook Express

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I have this very strange problem with my newly installed Windows 8.1 laptop, which is joined to the domain. When the logon screen appears I'm not able to log on with my credentials, the domain\username as shown are correct, but when I give my credentials
I get the error "The password is incorrect. Try again". 
I am certain that the credentials are just fine, if I choose the option sign in with different user and I use the same domain account with the same credentials it will log on into my account.
I tried to remote the computer form the domain and rejoin the computer again, but no luck. Does anyone has a solution for this? 

A:Can't login to domain account "The password is incorrect. Try again", but credentials are correct

When I choose different user and login with my account, it will logon normally. When I restart my computer it will show the last logged in account, so when I give my credentials I get the error again; "The password is incorrect. Try again".

What do you mean "choose different user and login with my account"? Do you mean logon to the account in another PC or just click "another user"?
Have you tried to logon to the domain account in another pc, then change the password, then test this issue again.
Yolanda Zhu
TechNet Community Support

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Hello, so I've just found an old laptop I've had hoarded with windows 8 on it. Everything on it is super outdated, and I noticed it had my account on it which was basically my Microsoft account. I tried to sign in, but it says it's incorrect. I know my
password, and I've changed it over the years, but since the laptop is so old, it wants me to put in the last password I used to sign in on it. Problem is that I had so any password changed and I cannot remember what password I used. It will not let me use
my new password, because it says it's incorrect. Any way to fix this?

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Strange and hopefully small problem -

(From a remote desktop session) I changed my windows username (ex from kurt to dan) I didn't change the password.

When I rebooted the computer, the new username dan appears, but when I enter the old password, it says "incorrect password".

So I switch to other user, and type in kurt (old name) and pass, it works and logs in - but shows my new name dan in the start menu etc...

I don't think the remote desktop session had anything to do with it.

I just wanted to change my username from kurt to dan, but something went wrong somehow..

Thoughts appreciated

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Windows 7 Professional 64 bit machine joined to a network domain
I have tried adjusting the settings in secpol.msc  and Enable "Interactive logon: Do not display last user name" and Disable
the policy "Interactive logon: Do not require ctrl+alt+del"
I have tried un joining and rejoining the domain

I am at a loss and need help as this computer is used by students in Kindergarten through 8th and just getting younger kids to know how to type their name is tough let alone adding domainname\ before it!

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Hello, I've been trying to research this little problem up. but found nothing

Each time i start my computer up, and when i press Ctrl, Alt, Del. My Username Is Already There. Is There a Solution to Just make that Username: Blank box so i can type it myself, because my family use it aswell & it becomes annoying to backspace the name out all the time.
I Got a picture from the web, for an example so you know what i mean, it might be helpful.



A:Solved: How To Unshow The Username In Windows Xp Home Login Box

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Good Lord, I really didn't know the best title for this problem. Erm... let's see...

I have a problem with my girlfriends laptop, where she can't install any MSI files, due to a "The file cannot be opened" error, or something to that effect.

After looking in the Permissions settings for the MSI file in question, I noticed something in the Security tab, under User Names.

Where it's supposed to say Miss Ghoul (STEPHANIE-PC\Miss Ghoul), it actually says...
Miss Ghoul (STEPHANIE-PC\")...

There are " where Miss Ghoul should be.

I tried for ages to find out how to change this, but because she's running Windows 7 Home Premium, I have no Group Policy editor (if it even helps to have it).

Is there any way to force change the " to say what it's supposed to say? And could this have an efect on her ability to install MSI files?

Thanks for any help you can provided. Bear in mind she lives in Florida, and I live in the UK, so I have to help her out via LogMeIn. Basically, I can't test any methods straightaway, not until she is awake.

A:Incorrect Username Displayed...?

Take Ownership Shortcut
Using this tutorial add Take ownership option to your context menu and then use that option on that particular msi file.
Please report back the result.

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- Did a reset of Windows 10 on a virtual machine
- The default account name is then the first 5 characters of my email account
- I changed that to my real name
- Rebooted
- I was then offered 2 login accounts
- logged in using my real name
- went into account administration (Settings->Accounts-Family & Other users
- under 'Other users' removed 'Guest' (the first 5 characters)
- rebooted

Now, I was still offered two accounts, but my password did not work.
100% sure I was using the correct password and I have tried a dozen times on both accounts.
Windows then suggested to do a 'Recover your windows live account'

But even with the new password I could not log in...

I was lucky to have a snapshot of an earlier Windows - so I restored the snapshot and Windows is running fine now.

This is a bit of a weird situation.

What if this was on a real machine?
I may need to re-install Windows from scratch. Not so much of a big issue in this case.

However... Windows will surely again offer the 5 character account, 2nd item above.
Q1: Will that then work with the new password? (the new password is combined with my full email address)
Q2: How was I supposed to proceed to avoid this?

Note that:
- on the virtual Windows (VMware) C:\Users\[AccountName] still reads the first 5 characters of my email address (outlook.com)
- on the host-pc C:\Users\[AccountName] is different , being the first 5 characters of hotmail account

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My Windows 7 Home Premium on a Lenovo B540 Desktop can't seem to load past the login screen (like literally the screen with the user accounts).

When i click on any of my 5 user accounts on the login screen, the screen is left with the background image of the login screen, then after a couple of seconds jumps back to the login screen with the 5 accounts again. I don't even progress to be able to type in my password as the password prompt doesn't appear at all.

Hope to be able to resolve it ASAP, there's impt data inside ><

Thank you!!

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Hello, I'm having an issue with logging back in after I hibernate the system. It goes to the login page where I enter in my password. The problem is everytime I type in my password, it tells me that I've typed the wrong password. I try to "switch user" and login from there (not sure what the difference is), and that doesn't work either.

I always end up having to restart the computer. Then when it gets to the login page, I type in the exact password that I tried to type before, and it works. It's only right after I hibernate that the password stops working.

Any idea whats going on?

Thank you in advance!

A:Login "Incorrect Password"

Several have started to have this problem. For now you may want to stop using hibernate.
Make a password reset CD
Password Reset Disk : Windows 7 / Vista

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I am recently getting a "Incorrect Password" message when trying to login. I am administrator with a password. My husband (standard user with password) is having the same problem. In addition, a box with "Ease of Access" options pops up while I am in the middle of typing my password. This problem does not happen with my husband. The only way we can log in is to do so as our daughter first (She has no password), then "switch user." At this point, it will finally let us log in. Thanks for any ideas.

A:Login "Password Incorrect"

Is that a laptop or pc?

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Well.. I've done it now!!! ( again)

I've recently ( thru the help of an experienced friend and after being attacked by some Trojan? ) re-installed XP Home. Things have been running smoothly even tho' it all looks different and not all files were backed up !

I had to clic the 'login' icon everytime I did something and came back to the desktop so we changed a couple settings in the Display:

I "restarted" last night and now a small window showed up saying I have to enter a username and password for Windows? When/did I during "re-install" have to establish a username and password for Windows??? Was that during the time just before I nodded off?

Regardless.. I can't make use of my "business" computer and it's costing me - none of my 'business' contacts have the email address to this computer.. Help!?


T Edwin

A:Windows username and password

I believe the only password it asks for during the install process is the Administrator account, which is not normally shown on regular log in. If you have a second account that you are using for this computer then, something or someone has set a password on it.

However, I cannot tell you how too bypass the password as that would be a security risk.

But I do believe if you contact a moderator, and send them a link too this topic, they may be able too help you. (I'd do it myself but I am not sure if I'd get in trouble or not. )

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How do I turn off windows 7 from going to the switch user screen - I only have one user and it keeps going back to that screen where you select the user you want - but I only have one user.

A:Turn off windows 7 from asking for username and password

Check out this page:
Remember, if you do that, any visitor to your home can access your PC just by hitting the power button.

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My son loaded some apps using his XBOX id and now whenever I start up or reboot my PC it wants the XBOX login in information and then list my son's XBOX id as user. There is no other user listed when I boot the system. How to I get rid of his XBOX id and just go back to the generic boot up (no user name and no request for password)

A:Windows 10 want XBOX username and password to log on PC

Hello mikebilak,

It looks to me as if you have been converted to a Microsoft account login. As your son found an account is required to download apps but you should not need to use the account for normal login.

You can convert the account back to a local account by following this tutorial:
Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10

You may also need to use this tutorial to get back to automatically signing in with no username or password being required:
Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

Hope this helps.

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i have an acer and was having problems so i took it back to factory settings, now i cant get into computer at all it starts up then a window for windows xp pro is there and it has username as vendor and asking for password have no idea what has happened, rang acer but they want me to send it in to be looked at, at a charge, they gave me some things to do, it has INSYDE SOFTWARE ON IT and the settings they gave me was for PHOENIX. i get into safe mode then it just keeps taking me back to the win xp window asking for password.

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Hi, Im Confused as to what my windows security username and password will be. I have a small screen pop up frequently when I am accessing my Emails and I'm failing to receive all emails because I'm Unaware of what the username and password ill be. I have tried the general user=admin pass=admin but nothing seems to be working!

- Gab

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Hello, I have been using windows mail for nearly a year now, gone to check my emails tonight and it is now requesting a username and password? I have tried everything i can think of but it wont accept anything.

Could anybody help?

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