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

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

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Hi guys,

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

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

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

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

Thanks in advance,

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

I would post this over here:

this sounds like a security issue to me.

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I want to purchase an exchange account from my ISP so I can orgnise my email better between two or three computers, but I may have problems accessing it from my work computer, as it's behind a local exchange server.

So far I have two mail accts on my work computer: my work mail, connecting locally to exchange server; and my ISP's POP3 email.

I'm able to download email from my ISP via POP3, but I can't send via the ISP, as the exchange server says that relayign is not allowed. I don't mind that, I just send via my work email instead.

That said, our IT dept says that they don't support personal emails on our work computers - it's not prohibited, just they refuse to support it.

My question is will I be able to connect to an external exchange server, including such functions such as moving mail from folder to folder and having that synchronised, knowing that the local exchange server is blocking external SMTP.

Is there an exchange server with a guest account I can connect to to try this before I pay out for a 12 month contract?

I obviously can't ask my IT dept.

many thanks

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I have a user that has an account and was using a XP Pro desktop. He now wants to move his account to a different desktop which is running XP Home. I haven't been able to log him on from this XP Home desktop.

What else do I have to do to set his existing account up on the different PC?


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I have a user that has an account and was using a XP Pro desktop. He now wants to move his account to a different desktop which is running XP Home. I haven't been able to log him on from this XP Home desktop.

What else do I have to do to set his existing account up on the different PC?


A:Move User Account - Windows Server 2003

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I have a new customer with a Windows 2003 server that I inherited from their previous IT provider. The server is *not* set up as a domain controller and just handles basic file and application sharing via a workgroup security model.

They called me when they started losing their connectivity to shares on the server. They also could not log in to their server because it would not accept the password for the Administrator. I initially suspected someone had accidentally reset the password, but after arriving onsite I noticed that all of the local machine passwords had been changed (which is why the shares weren't working) and I couldn't log in at all. I suspected a virus and, after using a third party software to reset the administrator password so I could log in, I ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and, sure enough, there were several infections, one of which was detected as a Rootkit component. I cleaned up the infection, rebooted, reran Malwarebytes, cleaned up a couple more components, rebooted and reran and came up clean. I reset the passwords on all accounts and everything was good.

Yesterday, they called with the same problem. Apparently the virus wasn't gone. I redid the whole process and this time ran several other malware and rootkit detection tools including Malwarebytes again, Norton Power Eraser, Sophos AntiRootkit, Windows malicious software removal tool and Root Repealer. Everything came up clean. Additionally, I found that nearly all the compu... Read more

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Hi all,

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

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

Can anyone shed any light?

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

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

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please help me!!

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

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

Please help me!

A:help - windows 8 account downgraded to guest account

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

A:Guest account activity with guest acct off

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

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

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I am switching to new SATA harddrive and have to reinstall Windows 10, but I can't figure out how to activate it.
I am at the Update & Security and clicked on Activation and the Activate button. It keeps telling me that

"Windowss can't activate. Try again later"

I read that if you switch hardware like a harddrive, this happens. I followed instruction online to find the Add a Microsoft account but that button does not appears in the Update & Security page. I am logged in as admin.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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I have a set of 5 machines - 2 desktops (one being a thin client and the other to function as a 'server' ) and 3 notebooks. I was wondering what was the difference b/w the 2 versions Windows Server 2003 and Windows Small Business Server 2003. Is it true one cannot use a thin client but need a regular cpu setup to use Small Business Server 2003 ?

There is a difference in costs and since i have windows 2000 on the desktops and xp on the notebooks wondered if i needed to shell out so much more $$ for the Windows Server 2003 . I plan to put in a wireless networking system to link all the 5 machines.

Thanks in advance for any and all advise.


A:Solved: Difference b/w Windows Server 2003 and Small Business Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server has the following restrictions:
- Only one computer in a domain can be running Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server.
- Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server must be the root of the Active Directory® forest.
- Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server cannot trust any other domains.
- A Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server domain cannot have any child domains.
- Each additional server must have a Windows Small Business Server 2003 client access license (CAL). You can use CALs for each user or for each device.
The standard edition of Windows Small Business Server 2003 includes Windows Server 2003 technologies, including fax service, firewall service, and remote-access service. Additionally, it includes Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, enhanced tools for server monitoring and administration, and an out-of-the-box solution for internal Web sites. The standard edition is ideal for customers who do not require the higher-level functionality included in the premium edition

The premium edition includes everything in the standard edition, plus Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, and Microsoft FrontPage® 2003. The premium edition is ideal for small businesses with more demanding IT needs, such as data-intensive line-of-business applications, or advanced firewall and Web-caching capabilities

The standard edition has most of the stuffs inside.

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I have a set of 5 machines - 2 desktops (one being a thin client and the other to function as a 'server' ) and 3 notebooks. I was wondering what was the difference b/w the 2 versions Windows Server 2003 and Windows Small Business Server 2003. Is it true one cannot use a thin client but need a regular cpu setup to use Small Business Server 2003 ?

There is a difference in costs and since i have windows 2000 on the desktops and xp on the notebooks wondered if i needed to shell out so much more $$ for the Windows Server 2003 . I plan to put in a wireless networking system to link all the 5 machines.

Thanks in advance for any and all advise.


A:Solved: Difference b/w Windows Server 2003 and Small Business Server 2003

ok i got the answer to this from another source.

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We have a .NET web server hosted on NancyFx, that we are trying to keep working cross-platform between Windows 7 and 10. We recently migrated from HTTP to secure HTTPS, and there is a discrepancy. Looking from Chrome dev tools, our server running on Windows
7 is serving requests with TLS 1.0, while on Windows 10 it is using TLS 1.2. We have tried a number of instructions, published by Microsoft and others, but none of them had any effect:


The application targets .NET 4.0, but we are are currently running it on the latest .NET Framework installation 4.8. We know this had previously fixed issues with TLS support for our .NET client applications.

Th... Read more

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

thx for the help

A:windows guest account

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

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

Please help with step by step instructions.


A:Windows 7 Guest Account

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

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

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

This would not have a password override option.

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

A:Guest Account Not Available Windows 7

When I click manage another account nothing happens

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My first Thread!

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

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

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

A:Windows XP -Can't Change Guest Account

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

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

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows 7 Lockdown Guest Account?

Have you tried 'Parental' controls?

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

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

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

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

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

Hello Gmcgee,

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

Guest Account - Turn On or Off

...or disable it.

User Account - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,

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

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Hopefully this is a simple fix, Our Exchanger server is running 2003. I had an employee leave the company and we canceled his mail account and purge his mailbox and deleted it. But now I am trying to re-create his account because he is comming back to work with us. Our policy on loggin name and email address is forcing me to create his mail account the same way it was before however I am getting this error when trying to create it.

"The user logon name you have chosen is already in use in this enterprise. Choose another logon name, and then try again."

Have only been able to find one artical about this on MS database and their is no fix posted.

Thanks for your help.


A:MS Exchange Server 2003 User Account Problem


Just had the same problem (over one year later ). We are using MIIS to provision our user accounts. However some accounts would not join up (because of their CN names) anyway to cut a long story short a user already had either the same username for "User Login Name" or "User Login Name Pre 2000" fields in AD. i.e. a duplicate account.

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Hi there

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

A:Windows Signing into Guest Account after Update

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

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


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

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

A:Create guest account in Windows 7 professional


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

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

Can you post the logs from Malwarebytes?

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


A:Unable to Update Windows in Guest Account

Hello Zilla, and welcome to Eight Forums.

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

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Okay what are the steps needed to make the new Windows 2003 server take over all roles that the old 2003 server had? Here is the scenario. I have 1 2003 server this was really only a glorified desktop but it served its purpose. It was the only Server on the domain in a single domain/single site scenario. I now have had a second 2003 server built And I have it added into the domain. I setup all the same functions DNS Server, Domain Controller - Active Directory, File server and print server.

With Server 1 turned off and Server 2's IP changed to the IP of Server 1 the clients are pulling DNS from the PC's in the domain do work fine I.E. log in fine authenticate have full control over the shares they should, have internet browing.

The problem is that Server 2 (only when Server 1 is turned off) is not able to populate all the active directory objects (I mean it shows the item but it is greyed out and gives some errors about a Global Catalog Server not being available). Why am I geting this if both PC's are setup as Active Directory domain controllers?

Please explain this and let me know what else I have to ensure to do before pulling off this original Windows 2003 server so far I have the following done -

Shares from Server 1 recreated on Server 2 - Check
Server 2 is now configured as the DNS Server and functioning just fine - Check
Server 2 has print ques recreated and everyone is printed to it just fine -check
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A:Added ones Windows 2003 Server want to remove old 2003 server.

This sounds tricky alright. I did the MCSE exams on AD and Windows 2000 server etc, from what I can remember there is only one Global Catalog server in the network. So I assume that when you set up the first server it assumed this role for the network. BUT when you add the second server this finds that there is already a Global Catalog server and does not assume this role itself.

"The first domain controller in a forest is automatically created as a global catalog server. Thereafter, you can designate other domain controllers to be global catalog servers if they are needed."

I would try to promote your 2nd server to a Global Catlog server and see if this resolves the issues.


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

I would like to see this:

Rather than this:
Thanks for any help!

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


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

Does anyone have any idea how I can do this?

A:Disable control panel for guest account in Windows 8

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

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

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

PS2. I checked and my UAC is enabled.

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


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


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

A:Windows XP Guest Account Enabling Command line

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

I just use lusrmgr.msc

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

As far as changing your password from the command prompt

net user username password

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So it's not Vista, but since there isn't a board for Server 2008, and since Server 2008 is Vista's code, I figured why not.
Does anyone know if the evaluation copy of Server 2008 that can be downloaded from here:


can be activated/converted to a fully licensed version without uninstalling? (That is to say, if I enter a product key)

I have having been trying to download Server 2008 from MSDNAA but the software is hosted onsite and we're apparently having trouble with our servers. I can obtain my product key, but the .iso download isn't working. The link I included seems to suggest that the evaluation copy can be activated with a key without uninstalling, but the rep I talked with at MS tech support didn't think so, but she also said she wasn't "technically trained" and she also seemed to think I was talking about Server 2003, no matter how many times I corrected her with 2008.

I thought I'd give the evaluation a try, but the download is almost 3 GB which will take a few hours, so if someone knows it can't be done in the mean time I can cancel the download. (And then, after downloading it, I will have to actually install it which I don't have time for if it is not going to work... Kind of a catch-22--I don't have time for it unless it's going to work, but I'm not going to know unless I ... Read more

A:Activating evaluation copy of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise ?

I've never had an evaluation version yet that I couldn't convert but I haven't played with Server 2008 yet.

I think a few of the Microsoft AV guys are going to be in my lab tomorrow afternoon. I'll ask them and see if they have any info.

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi all..

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

Thank you


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

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

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

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

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

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

Awaiting for the reply.

Thank you for your valuable time.

A:guest account - normal account access in xp professional

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

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

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

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

A:regular account doesn't work only guest account

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

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

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

The only changes made recently are some system updates.

The configuration is as follows:-

Network type: Work

Advanced sharing settings:-

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

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

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

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

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

Can anybody help please? Thanks.

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Logon to Outlook Web Access takes long!!
I have just setup Microsoft windows 2003 and Exchange 2003. the problem i have is when i try to logon on Outlook Web Access on the internet the logon windows appears fine, but it's taking long time to logon.

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