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Q: Can't cut(copy) & paste, all accounts missing in Control Panel-User accounts ...

Hiii everybody,
this is my first ever post in my first forum . That's a disclaimer to ask you guys to forgive me for having very little gray matter :-( .
I have Windows XP HOME SP2 on Intel Celeron 667 MHz and 192MB RAM. I know it doesn't sound like much so I'm always trying to read forums and tweak my settings. But this time, it ended up worse.
I used a program called autoruns.exe to adjust my startup programs so it'll start faster. I'm not sure what I turned off but now
1. It takes longer to start up,
2. I don't see any accounts (not even admin) in Control Panel - User accounts
3. I can access a directory and open files but I can't cut or copy and paste them into another folder.
4. In services.msc, most of the programs under Local with automatic setting don't start and cannot be started. I can't even see the programs under extended.
5. I have a home network but I can't access any of my other computers.
those are a few of laundry list of challenges with my computer (with me ?)
I'm even ready to format and reinstall XP but I need to copy some files before I do that.
I'm sorry for this long post but can you guys help me?

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A: Can't cut(copy) & paste, all accounts missing in Control Panel-User accounts ...

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I don't know what I did but the main user account (and another) is missing at the login screen. I managed to create an administrator's account which is visible but I can't see the other user accounts at login or in the user accounts control panel. I've activated and verified that the missing user accounts are active by using net user "username" /active:yes command prompt. The user's folder's are still on the hard drive. Any suggestions?

A:User Accounts missing at Login screen and in Control Panel

Hi there,

I had a similar situation, although I didn't have to create the Administrator's account...that was still there. All the other accounts I had created didn't show up on the welcome screen. Here's what ultimately fixed it:

I logged in as administrator and went to Computer Management. I checked each of my users and I noticed that none of them were assigned to groups anymore. I assigned each one to the Administrator's group. That brought all of them back to the Welcome screen. If you haven't resolved your issue yet, I hope this is of some help to you!!

User Accounts - Add or Remove from Groups

Take care!!

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Has anyone run across this before? If I go into control panel and click on user accounts a message just comes up that says Out of memory. But if I go into Administrative tools, computer management from the control panel I can perform all user account functions. Does anyone have any idea why the icon from control panel user accounts gives that error?



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Back again, I'm not sure if I'm too paranoid or something's really up much too often. Today, the permissions box for the following came up:
Program: User Accounts Control Panel
Publisher: Unknown
Location: this hard drive
I clicked "no" for permission. I googled it and read it is due to the UAC settings. But I've never changed any settings. So the question is, am I infected?
Thank you.
A few notes:
Also, a few days ago MBytes found PUP.azlyrics.A infecting chrome in two files. It was removed. System seems to be running fine. I have Norton Security installed and it runs scans daily.
PC is Windows 8.1.

A:User Accounts Control Panel

Well we may as well just get a deeper look and be certain.. We need you to re -post.Please follow this Preparation Guide, do steps 6,7 and 8 and post in a new topic.Let me know if all went well.

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As directed by boopme, here is the log.txt generated by RSIT. I tried to follow the prep guide, but as I have Windows 8.1, dds would not run.
The following was my original query;
Back again, I'm not sure if I'm too paranoid or something's really up much too often. Today, the permissions box for the following came up:
Program: User Accounts Control Panel
Publisher: Unknown
Location: this hard drive
I clicked "no" for permission. I googled it and read it is due to the UAC settings. But I've never changed any settings. So the question is, am I infected?
Thank you.
A few notes:
Also, a few days ago MBytes found PUP.azlyrics.A infecting chrome in two files. It was removed. System seems to be running fine. I have Norton Security installed and it runs scans daily.
PC is Windows 8.1.
And now the log.txt:

Logfile of random's system information tool 1.10 (written by random/random)
Run by Shahir at 2014-12-12 00:52:03
Microsoft Windows 8.1 
System drive C: has 634 GB (92%) free of 688 GB
Total RAM: 8081 MB (75% free)
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 12:52:11 AM, on 12/12/2014
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.02.1008)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.17416)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Security\Engine\\NS.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass\TouchControl.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass\IEWebSiteLogon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Cy... Read more

A:User Accounts Control Panel

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I have multiple problems and am looking for advice on what my first step should be.

I am running Norton Anti-Virus and use LavaSoft AdAware to remove spyware. My Norton has been telling me for a couple of weeks that Live Update is not working and indicated that a file it needed was not found. I tried to download and run a setup program for LiveUpdate and it told me that I did not have permissions to create a directory. I went to Control Panel to check the setting for my account, which should have been the administrator, and there were no accounts listed at all, there should be five, on the User Accounts window.

While trying to figure out what to do I found info about booting up in Safe Mode and tried that. I logged in as the administrator and looked at Control Panel User Accounts and once again there were none listed. I was not able to get to the Internet while in Safe Mode so I could not try the download and run of the LiveUpdate re-installer.

As a side note, because you never know for sure what symptoms are related, I have had a problem for at least several months in Internet Explorer where selecting a link will misdirect me to the wrong link. If I go back and reselect then I get to the proper link. Yesterday, during all of the travails I listed above, I noticed a new issue through Internet Explorer - I can no longer print anything. Selecting Print Preview throws up the Preview window with nothing in it. Mozilla FireFox is also installed and through that it looks like I ... Read more

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I can't get into my user account. I keep getting this error.
Internet Explorer cannot download mainpage2.htm. from C:\Windows\system32\nusrmgr.cpl.
Internet Explorer was not able to open this internet site. The requested site is either unavailable or cannot be found. Please try again later.
This has never happened before.Hope someone can help me.

A:Control Panel: User Accounts

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I noticed my computer was getting a little sluggish so i uninstalled some programs i don't use often and did a defragment and a scan disk. After i did the scan disk it takes forever now for my laptop to boot up. The start bar seems to be "off the screen" When i mouse down to the edge of the screen i get the double arrows showing i'm able to change the size of the start bar but nothing is there. Also to note if i right click down near the edge of the screen i get the same right click menu i would get as if that start bar were there. I can't copy/cut or paste anything. Can't copy and paste text, in notepad, office, IE, Firefox; nothing. Trying to backup some school work i can't seem to "drag" my work onto my 1gb jump drive either.When i try to open the User Accounts screen it's nothing but a whie blank, i see the navigation arrows up top but that's it.Trying to see if i could possibly backup something onto a cd i tried using Nero but i get a COM/OLE error.I tried to do a system restore but it keeps giving me and error saying i need to restart and try again.I've run CCleaner, Combofix, Spy Bot Search&Destroy and nothing has helped.I'm using a Dell 9400/e1705 laptop. I have Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 with Service Pack 2. I'm away for school and don't have access to any of my CD's, (restore cd, Windows cd, etc) Any help is appreciated.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:09:26 PM, on 1/9/2008Platform: Windows XP... Read more

A:No Start Bar, Can't Copy And Paste, Com/ole Issues And Blank User Accounts Screen

Also i forgot to mention, i have no sound. Mute is not on. When i goto my control panel > Sounds and Audio Devices Properties it says "no audio device". which makes no sense to me. I was listening to music and everything worked before the scan disk. But all these problems occured after the scan disk.

Thank You

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I've seen Similar Problems in other closed threads. I think what makes this issue unique is:
When open the control panel and click on the user accounts Icon it dose nothing just as if i never ran a command.

I've tried from safe mode and from (my computer, {right click} manage, Computer Management) no icon for user accounts found.

I had a few problems with spyware last month but thought I had it handled! I'm using Avast anti-virus, Windows Defender, Spyware Terminator, System Mechanic, and RegCure.

I'm not sure what to look for in Regedit so I can remove the stop that must have been placed by somethink or someone. If some one already has a thread about this my apologies. Any help is immensely appreciated.

Ive included my HiJackThis.text.
Logfile of Trend Micro
HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 08:27:07, on
Platform: Windows XP SP3
(WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows
e... Read more

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I'm trying to access the user accounts function in the control panel. When I click on it, I get a popup box which says 'unspecified error'.

Please help!

P.S I should add that this function worked previously. I have 4 accounts defined on this system. All have passwords. Other behavior which has been occuring for a while now is if the system has been sitting idle for a while, and the screen is back to the login screen, When we click on a userid to log in , The message 'wrong password' is displayed, no matter that the password is being entered correctly. Capslock is NOT on. Restarting the system resolves the problem, until the next time the system sits idle. Annoying and now troubling since I can't access user accounts.

Here is a log from HJT:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 3:29:05 PM, on 10/22/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Prog... Read more

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Hi Brink,

I just woke up my computer and saw a UAC prompt for User Accounts Control Panel. I didn't do anything to prompt it. I was able to disable it right after, though. Should I be worried that something on my system must've prompted it?

A:UAC prompt for User Accounts Control Panel

Hello Malickfan,

If you have your UAC settings set to "Always notify" (top level), then it would give you a UAC prompt when you try to open the User Account Control Settings.

If this happens each time you wake or restart the PC, then check to see if you may have mistakenly added a shortcut to it in your startup programs.

Startup Items - Manage in Windows 8

Hope this helps for now.

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Hi, I have a desktop and laptop, both comps running XP Pro. I have had a big isue with the umpnpmgr.dll not being available on start up on my desktop. After running checkdisc i am now able to start the desktop ok. I have noticed that when i click on user accounts in the control panel, nothing happens. I have just checked my laptop and found the same reaction.
I do use remote desktop a lot.
can anyone give me an idea on whats going on?

A:Cant access User Accounts in Control panel

Type sfc /scannow into the run box and hit enter and see if that fixes it.

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Hello Techsupport Forum!

I am the administrator for a computer that several employees are working on. I wanted to take all precautions against my account, the admin account. I made it so that the admin account wouldn't show up on the welcome screen, but I am worried about another thing. In control panel, you can go to user account > manage accounts, and you can see all the accounts on the computer. How would I stop this? I know how to hide just User Accounts using the registry, but I am okay (and actually want/need) the users to modify their own accounts (and for some, modify others). But my account needs to be completely hidden. I don't want my employees to know about the account because of security problems. How would I go about doing it? I can't find the .cpl file for just Manage Accounts to hide just Manage Accounts through the registry.
In general, I just need to completely hide one account from view (even if you look in the control panel), but still allow users to manage their own account. I'm sure the Techsupport team can help!


A:How to hide Manage User Accounts in Control Panel

Hi, If you type your title into google you get this, simple isn't it:-

Run Registry Editor (RegEdit.exe).
Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

Note: If SpecialAccounts and UserList is not found, create new sub-key and name them accordingly.

Select UserList, and in the right pane, right click on any blank space, and point to New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Name the new DWORD registry value name as the exact same name that match the name of the user account to be hidden.
For example, if the user ID of the user account is John, the name the registry value as John.

Double click on DWORD registry value, and set the value data to 0 in oder to hide the account from Welcome Screen.
Tip: To display the user account on Welcome Screen again so that it?s visible again, delete the registry entry, or set the value data to 1.

Exit Registry Editor.
Log off or restart computer to make the change effective.

Tip: In order to login into Windows using an user account that has made hidden and invisible, just press Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up Windows Logon dialog, and then type in the user name and password manually.

How to Create Hidden User Account (Hide User Account from Welcome Screen) in Windows ? My Digital Life

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

Running Comodo Firewall and Avast Antivirus.

A:Control Panel - unable to access User Accounts

try entering it from safe mode.

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I'm surprised that nobody else has this problem, but I've searched and can't find an answer...apologies if I've not looked hard enough but I decided to post a question because this is 'urgent' to me.

I had 2 children's accounts in Win 8, and had local Parental Controls. Upgraded OS to Win 10, and now I can't manage Parental Controls in Win 10 locally, so I 'think' I need to set up 'online Profiles' for them.

However, all their game progress, profile settings, etc are on their local profiles - how can I get all this data to be on their online Profiles? I didn't want to copy and paste folders (such as AppData) without knowing that this was a 'safe' way to do this.

Any help would be hugely appreciated.


A:How to copy user accounts in Win8 to online accounts in Win10

Hello Andy,

Have a look at the following tutorial which shows how to change a local account to an online one.

Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 10

Hope this helps

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I have managed to get explorer.exe to work again to facilitate accomplishing the steps outlined in "before you post" section. Another symptom is a re-direct bug for searches in internet explorer. Also, some icons don't show up on the desktop (all office programs, itunes, maxtor manager, safari, google earth). The security settings also won't allow me to run windows defender (I get an error at startup and if I try to start it via services.msc i get Error 5: Access is denied.) and some anti-malware programs (even in as admin in safe mode) nor will it properly update via windows update website (all fail at install).

DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86
Run by HP_Owner at 21:23:05.17 on Wed 08/19/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2046.1627 [GMT -5:00]

AV: avast! antivirus 4.8.1335 [VPS 090817-0] *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {7591DB91-41F0-48A3-B128-1A293FD8233D}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
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A:Can't access user accounts or add/remove programs in Control Panel (don't have rights)

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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

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

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



Here is my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:07:02 AM, on 2/22/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16791)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\IBM\IBM Rapid Restore Ultra\rrpcsb.exe
C:\Program Files\LeapFrog\LeapFrog Connect\CommandService.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys\Linksys Updater\bin\LinksysUpdater.exe
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I'm having a bit of a problem. As far as I know, my comouter is completely free of viruses and spyware. For about a month and half now, I've been receiving the error message "Windows cannot open user accounts control panel" every time I double-click on User Accounts in Control Panel. I've been to many sites and I'm still stumped. I think the problem lies in the file nusmrgr.cpl being damaged or defective. If anybody can't offer me some advice or point me in the direction of a download or a recommended piece of software, I would really appreciate it.


My computer is (obviously) Windows XP and I've already tried System Restore and Roxio GoBack.

I need help!!!!

A:"Windows cannot open user accounts control panel"

HI..and welcome...
Run a online Virus scan just to be sure...http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
If you haven't got already Spybot..A-Aware..links below..
Check fpr up-dates..scan remove what they find..
Run a HJT log...www.thespykiller.co.uk/files/HJTsetup.exe
Close all windows let it scan>save to notepad>edit>select all>edit.copy>paste on your thread..

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Are you ready for this tale of woe ? if so I'll begin :

I tried to install a freebie Norton Internet security trial (never again). The install completed but I never could access the application. So I tried to de-install and it would not help me. Norton were no help so I just (!) deleted everything I could find about it. Once that happened, I could no longer use java applets/servlets e.g I could log into hotmail no problem but could never click on an e-mail! I can do this ok with firefox but not iexplorer. Not only that but media player stopped working. I downloaded media player 10 from microsoft and it installed ok but when I tried to run it I was told that I needed administrator rights to complete the install. My account has admin rights but just to check I went into control panel and user accounts only to find a blank screen! Nothing there at all.

So far I have tried the scf /scanfiles (I can't quite remember the full command)
I have downloaded sun java runtime.
and run control userpassword2 in a dos prompt wich gives me the W2K user control panel with all the correct account info there!!

Any help will be most appreciated.

O/S is Win XP pro SP 1



A:No accounts in control panel

Make sure you have all the norton services shut down. Click on start, then run, and type services.msc and press enter. Then shut down all symantec services. See if that hepls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When checking folder properties/security tab I noticed that there are 2 unknown user accounts in the control panel. These were probably created when I tried to take possession of a folder (Skype) that I was having trouble deleting. I changed permissions for the particular folder, at one point adding an account with administrator privileges. Want to delete these accounts, but am concerned that I might have log on issues. Would appreciate if you could point me in the right direction.

A:Unknown accounts in Users control panel

edit: nup, thought about it a moment, wouldn't work/make any difference.
Can't see you'd have log on issues with your current account if it is an admin though. Do you have backups... is always a good idea, though probably irrelevant in this situation.
I'd just do it...

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Hi everyone,

Bit of a problem on my other laptop. I'm running Windows XP. The User accounts panel that is accessed via the control panel is empty.

All you see within the window are forward and back buttons and a home button.

I'm at a loss now, i've tried the doing the following on one of my IT workmates advice:

go to run and type
regsvr32 jscript.dll​
if that didnt work then these two
regsvr32 nusrmgr.cpl​regsvr32 /i mshtml.dll​
Neither have actually done anything.
If anyone else has any ideas i'd be gratefull.


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right I've read through countless threads regarding deleting user accounts on XP but none have the same problem I'm having.

Basically as soon as the window for the user accounts managment thing comes up an error box saying "an error has occurred in the script on this page" and no information is given on any of the lines and does not disappear when you click either yes or no to continue running scripts on this page.

Any help would be mucho appreciated

A:user accounts panel script error

Go to Start > Run and type in MMC. Go to File Add/Remove Snap in and add Local Users and Groups. See if that works.

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Been some time since my last post.
Here is the situation.....
I'm trying to fix some problems w/ my neighbor's computer.
The daughter has gone crazy setting up various user accounts.
Is there anyway to re-set the entire user account system.
Loose nothing.
Just get back to Admin, & guest (off).
The problem is now for some reason I can not access everything even from the Admin. account......things that can be accessed from one of the various other user accounts?
Any ideas?


A:user accounts out of control

Not being able to use the admin account for admin rights is usually the work of spyware. Clean this computer to the best of your ability, if u need help ask. Hrm.. try safe mode admin

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I was recently looking on techguy for a similar resolution to the below question in the forum.


I do not have problems using the CC Cleaner in my account (admin) but when I run the cleaner it does not clean Chrome. See, my girl use chrome for her internet browser on her user account and I use Firefox in my admin user account.

IN fact i have this problem in a lot with programs like Tversity, CCleaner and AVG.

Do I have install the program on every User account (hence taking up room on my PC because I am installing the same program twice)?

And when I use virus programs do they sift for infections through all the users etc?

Thanks kindly.


A:User Accounts in Vista - Operating programs in both accounts

hello w3b3d1g1

try this (in your account) start > all programs > any program you want to share > right click on that program.> choose share.. maybe what your looking for.

hope this helps.

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Hi, everyone.

I am about to make my computer be open to a community of users; probably 5 users and me, the admin.

I have never really messed with user accounts. What I'd like is to create one user account and then save it as a template, of sorts. Then, copy the template and rename it for each user.

Clear as mud?

Please let me know any questions you have.

Thanks in advance!!

A:Create/Copy User Accounts Windows XP SP3

There's an MSMVP named Ramesh who offers quite a few tips and tricks to manage and repair user profiles.

This one's called "Create a duplicate user profile with a different name"...

Sounds pretty close to what you're asking.

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Hi there,

I am setting up for a "learning centre" some computers, the people have learning difficulties etc and the pc`s are used for internet browsing etc, for teaching them also.

The pc`s are going to be getting messed up in terms of icons moved, taskbars moved etc as some have issues with co-ordination etc, i would like seek advice on which options within windows xp - which either revert easily to a previous state or stop icons being moved or deleted etc - wallpaper being changed etc......but make sure they can get onto the internet and e-mail etc?

A:Disabled Centre PCs, need to control user accounts

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I think I may have totally messed up my computer here at work. Please excuse the lack of computer terminology, I am horrible at technical issues!

So, initially I had a problem with my user account logging in. My work has Windows XP installed btw. My user account would freeze(?) while loading my personal settings. I say freeze with a question mark because I could still hear the CPU running/processing, but I'd wait 10+ minutes and nothing would happen. I rebooted the computer in Safe Mode and logged in under the Administrator account, removed all passwords from each user account and ran a Norton full system scan, which didn't find anything. Also, I could log into my personal user account under Safe Mode with no problem. I could log into the other user accounts normally as well (while not under Safe Mode).

I got the wonderful advice to have Windows bypass the login screen and start up automatically by going to the Run command and use: control userpasswords2 and highlighting my user account, etc. I got that to work, BUT it automatically opens the Administrator account... the list of users in the Users Accounts Window was not fully updated (so I thought) and I had the grand idea of deleting users that I did not see on the log on screen and adding my own user account. None of this worked and pretty much backfired on me.

So now I'm left without any of the original accounts and I'm about to have a panic attack because of my own stupid mistakes. Is there any way to restore th... Read more

A:Deleted User Accounts (run: control userpasswords2)

I'm not sure if this will work but try restoring to a time before you made those changes

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hi there;

I have a local network and using domain control on it.On my domain there are many users,I want to give Privilege to User Accounts like they cant install programms and things like that but they can access their files folders freely.They should have modify their files on what their computers have.I want to protect Ip configration for manual changing attempts,I have *.bat files to change ip configrations Users only clicking on the shortcuts to change their ip configuration when they gone to other locations that decided before...

is there any possinle way to do it with using policies or windows user privileges?

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I cannot open User Accounts in Control Panel, I keep getting ...

Microsoft (R) HTML Application host has encountered a problem and needs to close.

Anyone with a fix? . My appreciations in advance!

A:"User Accounts" in Control panel wont Open-Error is "Html application Host Error"

Do you have a recovery restore install disc or partition?
You can try doing a repair or system file check...
Scan For Missing/Corrupt System Files...

Windows XP comes with a wonderful tool called System File Checker (SFC)
Itscans and verifies the versions of all protected system files after you restart your computer...
To Do This:
Click Start menu, and then click the Run icon.
In the small box that Opens, type the three letters: cmd then click the OK button.
In the command prompt window that just opened (a black background and white text), type the following command:
SFC /scannow
And then click OK
You must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group to run SFC..
You will need your Windows XP CD during this procedure if SFC needs to get an original file. Please remember that Windows XP can have multiple instances of a .DLL file and remember which version is for which program.
I have been asked if it is possible to have a "progress meter" show when SFC runs... This is the registry hack you need. PLEASE do not go messing with your registry if you do NOT know what you are doing!
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Value Name: SFCShowProgress
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 1 = enabled)

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Hi all

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have been chasing up an answer to this problem for a couple of weeks now and have found a number of people with same symptoms but no answer which works.

When I go to the User Accouns page the dialog box for the "Choose the Account you would like to change" is blank.

I am an administrator and there are 2 accounts on my notebook - windows 7 professional.

I can view the accounts through the run command, but would like to know why the dialog is empty and what the fix is for this.

I have done a scan for errors - none found.

Done a complete reinstall - Accounts still not visible.

Looking on a variety of forums, this appears to have been happening to XP and Vista prior to Windows 7.

However none of the fixes for XP or Vista work (Some don't even apply).

Does anyone have a solution for this bug?


A:User Accounts / Manage Accounts Blank

Microsoft has an article on this issue, please read this and try the solutions if you haven't already. Oh yeah, welcome to SevenForums.

Granted... It's for XP but I can't seem to find the Win7 version.

Several dialog boxes are blank

EDIT: Here's a fix for the "Windows Features" blank dialog. I figure it might tell you what your problem is as well.

Link to tutorial:
Link to program:

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The other day I thought it'd be a good idea to screw around with the settings on my parents' computer. My parents say they can't trust me and you'll find out why.

My parents put a limitation in the first place for me to not download anything malicious, and around last summer I was always yelled at for using the computer at night, so they put Parental Controls (only the time limit, from 8AM to 9PM) and changed my account type to Standard User. That means I can't use the computer at night, even if I tried.

I was sick and tired of it, honestly, so I thought the smart thing to do was to download an .iso to burn to a disc to reset the password, and or, promote my account to administrator. I downloaded the Trinity Rescue Kit and burnt it to a DVD in order to promote my account to administrator. Little did I know, the thing kind of messes up with your UAC, I ignored the warnings. In order to use Parental Controls, you have to be a Standard User. Which, I updated my account's settings, and well, the controls didn't go away. I still had the time limit, and all the other stuff my parents put on here. I tried to go into the Control Panel to remove it and it did absolutely nothing. When I clicked on my account's name it said I had to be a Standard User to change it. I tried to change my account to a Standard one and it did absolutely nothing. It remained an Administrator, which I knew if I left my account as an Administrator, my parents would one day find out that I've been downl... Read more

A:User Account Control (UAC) problem w/ administrator accounts

I'm sure you do know the trouble you are in but there's really nothing else you can do but own up to the problem you have caused. Obviously the controls were put in place to prevent problems associated with nonresponsible actions.

Be prepared to have to do a Factory Restore on the computer/s if the login for your parents and/or your sister don't work. You might need a Linux LiveCD or LiveDVD bootable disc to first save any documents/data they have saved.

To avoid such problems in the future get your own computer.

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

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

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

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

Hello mac,

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

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

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

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

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A:Mistakenly, I have turned up the User Accounts Control up to high??

turn them down again if its causing you problems ?

Simply go to the start orb and type "user" and third or fourth choice on the list should be "change user account control settings" with a little flag next to it, click that and set to your desired level

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I am running an XP Pro system on a Dell Latitude D630
Our of nowhere, when I restarted my computer today, the accounts were gone.
CTL ALT DEL does nothing if pressed twice. If I go into safe mode the accounts are there and I can get on it.

What can I do to fix this?
They are not hidden in the registry, I already checked that

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I wanted to change passwords in XP user accounts. Went to Control Panel, clicked on User Accounts, window opened and only displays < --BACK & HOME-- > ?

There are none of my user accounts listed!

I opened windows in SAFE MODE to try to make the changes as the ADMINISTRATOR but again there are no USER ACCOUNTS listed in the window only <--BACK & HOME-->?


A:Missing my User Accounts?

What account are you logging in with in Normal Mode.

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Alright, I've recently upgraded my HDD because my old one was dying and running out of space. I copied the whole drive over using EASEUS Partition Master. Afterwards, I rebooted (on the old drive) and expanded the Windows partition (on the new drive). I did not bother to test the installation after this. I had GRUB installed to the boot loader, and I did not (and still do not) believe EASEUS copies the master boot record, so after resizing the partitions, I swapped the drives and installed Windows 7 RC. After that, I went to test XP to check for problems. As you can probably tell from the title, I found one: no user accounts show up. Only the Windows logo is shown. It's shown where it would say "Windows is starting up...," not offset to the left to let the user accounts show up.Here's what I've done. In order:- Attempt to boot into safe mode - Failed, I don't remember what happened, to be honest.- Copy WINDOWS and some of the Documents and Settings folder - No effect- Copy entire drive by dragging and dropping (twice, under Ubuntu, performing a full format on second try) - No effect- Repair install - Allowed me to log in, but the CD was a bad slipstreaming attempt, so numerous things were corrupt.- Run chkdsk /f /r on old drive then copy WINDOWS folder by dragging and dropping (under Windows 7), merging the two folders in case it was one corrupt file - Back to square one (files are fine, still can't log in)- Hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete to type in my ... Read more

A:Missing User Accounts

Too uncommon huh? Oh well...

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Whilst trying to sort out my nephews laptop i've realised that the main administrator account is not visible when you turn on. I went into "user accounts" but the window is totally blank??

Any idea's how i can see all the different accounts?


A:missing user accounts

The Built in Administrator account in XP is only visible if you boot into Safe Mode, unless you decide to make it visible.
Go to Start/Run and type control userpasswords2 and press enter. This will show you a list of all the various user accounts on the computer. If you put a check box in Users Must Use a User Name and Password for this computer. You can add an account or change the passwords

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Hi guys. this is my first post. I hope i'm posting this in the right place. I read all the notes before posting and i think i'm in the right place.

My wife's computer is in trouble. It's a dell laptop running windows xp.

I'll do my best to explain the problem.

When i start the computer i get two black screens on the desktop that say:

windows\system32\pump.exe and windows\system32\nvtdm

Then the desktop won't even load right. I can't even see the start buttom.

I see my icons but the screen is white and it says " Active Desktop Recovery" and it won't get out of there.

If i try to open explorer, it won't do it.

If i try to open a folder i get a message that looks like :

This page contains an unspecified potential security risk. Would you like
to continue?"

i press continue and i can browse the folders but can't copy paste the info. That prevents me from saving my files.

I called dell and i got all the restore cds so i could restore the computer and forget about this. But not being able to save the files is what's holding me.

Now, Through that explorer window i try to access the control panel. But when i try to open something ( for example : Add or Remove programs )

I get a small window saying:

Control Panel

The parameter is incorrect.


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A:system locked, get two black screens in startup, can't copy paste won't access control panel.

Have you tried using safemode to get what you need off of the hard drive? I would suggest safemode with networking and then get MBAM. Try running it in safemode, clear out what it finds and then run SUPERAntiSpyware. Keep in mind that SUPERAntiSpyware is limited in function in safemode but run these scans and get rid of what they find. After that reboot and go in to the regular Windows mode. Let us know what happens.

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I added a networked MFP printer/scanner to a small workgroup running Win XP on 4 workstations. The way this MFP scans is to create a shared folder and give the folder permissions for the MFP to access the folder. One of the requirements for setting up the scan template on the MFP is the need for a username/password. This workstation is not password protected at logon so I added a new user..computer adminstrator.. and created a password. Usng this info I setup the MFP and tested the ability to scan into the folder. This worked just fine (as it has many, many times in the past). The customer used the workstation for the rest of the day, turned it off and came in this am to get some additional work done. Now, the PC is asking for a logon for the user I created, and all other accounts except guest are gone. Again, none of these accounts were passowrd protected. What can I do to fix this issue? Thanks is advance. Ed

A:Solved: Win XP user accounts missing

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OK, full story. I was meddling a bit with the security settings for my C: partition (where my Windows 7 resides) by right clicking the drive and selecting properties > security. The reason for doing so was because I thought someone had meddled with it first, so I was trying to get it back to the default settings by using the same settings as my other two partitions. It turns out the settings for Authenticated Users for C was different from both the other partitions, so I changed them to reflect the settings from the other two. Later on I found out nobody had tampered with the settings before me (but why then did the security settings for different partition differ? Can someone explain?), so I attempted to revert the settings by using system restore.

After the system restore, my main Admin account was available but the other accounts (there were 3 others) were missing. I tried system restoring back to a few days, didn't solve it. I ended up using system restore a few time (back and forth between a few restore points), before it suddenly turned up again. Why would this happen?

Also, the system restore did not change back my security settings for Authenticated Users. Do you think this will affect anything?

This is my current security settings: (Note the "special permissions" under "write" is unticked)

A:User accounts missing after system restore

See if this helps --> How do I restore security settings to the default settings&#63;

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I am unable to load Windows XP- I get as far as the Welcome screen which should show 2 user accounts, but no accounts appear.
When I installed XP (on a brand new hard drive, nice clean install with SP2) 4 months ago, I did not specify a password for administrator. When I tried to boot from CD and go through the repair console, pressing <Enter> at the "Enter administrator password" gets me an error message and locked out after three times.

I would appreciate any suggestions

Thanks in advance

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I setup a shared printer for a classroom here at school. The shared printer shows up for the account on which it was installed, but when another user logs in it is missing. Anybody know how to fix this?

I have shared many printers on our network and never had this problem before. The printers always showed up before for all users. This has me stumped.

A:Shared Printer missing on other user accounts

Nevermind, I fixed it. I just went and created a new local port with the UNC path to the printer.

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Ok so my Mum called me up today. She had turn her computer on this morning after it working fine yesterday to find the login Window only showing the option for "Other user" and that was it.
Normally her account would be the only account on the screen and she would simply eneter her password and be done.
When she called I presumed she had just entered her password wrong too many times and the account had been locked or something.
Upon getting home I entered Windows 7 recovery mode to use the command line the enable the Administrator account so I could get logged in as typing her username manually into the "Other user" dialog along with the account password didn't work.
When prompted to enter a valid user to use the recover mode it was strange as her User was listed here but nowhere else. Entering her username and password here got me into the recovery mode options fine.
First I used net user to see if her user was listed which it was not. (Yet I had just used it to use the command line).
I then used this command to enable the Administrator user:

net user administrator /active:yes

and set a new password using:

net user administrator test

I then restarted the computer in safe mode and attempted to login as the Administrator user. Upon typing in the user information I was again greeted with a message saying the Administrator user was still disabled.

After a bit more research I gave up and used a System restore point to th... Read more

A:Missing/disabled user accounts after restart

I'm not expert but yes it could be a infection. Some infection try to stop admin. accounts so you can't download help or use some programs to clean the computer.
It never hurts to scan for infection with several programs.

I would also look in user account and see if their are strange account that haven't been there before.

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Hi, Working on cleaning an infected machine for a business customer. Ran combofix and removed quite a few infections. I then ran adwcleaner, again lots of registry keys/services,etc found and removed. After rebooting however, I do not get a user account to click on when I reach the Windows 7 welcome screen. If I boot in safe mode, I can logon no problem. Everything looks fine.
This particular machine is running important software for the customer and a reinstall would be very much a last case scenario and a major headache for everyone involved!...
Here's what I've tried so far.
1- Tried creating another user account in safe mode. No luck, it appears to allow me create the account but no accounts appear.
2. Changed how users log on, to prompt for ctrl-alt-del (currently logging on by clicking on the win 7 animal avatar,etc). Once I reboot and press ctrl-alt-del, I am left with the same screen as the previous logon type. Just a blue windows 7 screen, with windows 7 professional at the bottom. Everything looks normal apart from there being no option to log on or select a user account.
3. Tried system restore - no luck.
4.Tried last known good config - no luck.
Next option is an sfc scan. Also running a malwarebytes and eset online scan at the moment which are finding further infections.
Anyone seen similar behavior before??
System is Windows 7 Pro SP1. In a workgroup enviroonment.
Thank you.

A:Missing User Accounts from Win 7 Welcome Screen after ADWCleaner

After Malwarebytes found and quarantined another host of infections I was able to login as normal. All fixed now! Thank you.

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