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User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

Q: User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preferred Solution: User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

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A: User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

You could try a Repair Install: Repair Install

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Created new user account, original Administrator account disappeared

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

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

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

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

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

A:Problems Changing Administrator Account To Normal User Account?

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

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

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


Here's what my logon screen currently looks like:

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

A:Administrator Account vs Standard/Limited User Account

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

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

If any body known plz give me best suggestion.

Thank u.

A:how to enabel administrator account in user account

Hi Mahesh,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1 of my laptop (Win 8.1) under a domain (win 2012 server), suddenly user can't access C drive (See attached images). But from Local Admin account, I can access everything & both drive.
I have checked the permissions & all seems OK a usual.


A:C drive is NOT accessible from user account

Check the Domain Policy or Group Policy in AD on the Domain Controller for the User.

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I occasionally come across some functions that I can't access through my standard user account. The latest one is Start/Default Programs/Set program access and computer defaults. It tells me I do not have permission, no opportunity to elevate rights, so I had to log into the admin account.

I tried starting Control Panel using Run as administrator and going in through there, did the same thing.

Any ideas how to gain access in way that allows the UAC elevation?


A:Not accessible through a standard user account?

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

Standard Account:

A standard user account lets a person use most of the capabilities of the computer, but permission from an administrator is required if you want to make changes that affect other users or the security of the computer.
When you use a standard account, you can use most programs that are installed on the computer, but you can't install or uninstall software and hardware, delete files that are required for the computer to work, or change settings on the computer that affect other users. If you're using a standard account, some programs might require you to provide an administrator password before you can perform certain tasks.

Administrator Account:

An administrator account is a user account that lets you make changes that will affect other users. Administrators can change security settings, install software and hardware, and access all files on the computer. Administrators can also make changes to other user accounts.
When you set up Windows, you'll be required to create a user account. This account is an administrator account that allows you to set up your computer and install any programs that you would like to use. Once you have finished setting up your computer, we recommend that you use a standard user account for your day-to-day computing. It's more secure to use a standard user account instead of an administrator account.

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I recently purchased a new Dell inspiron 560 MT with win 7 64 bit Home premier. During setup I think i made a mistake in not setting up a user account in addition to the administrator account. I then partioned my drive to create a separate drive for my data and losded my software into c: and my data into e: .

Subsequently i discovered that a feature in Quicken did not work. After checking with Q I found that the function worked in safe mode, Q suggested i create a test user account which I did. Logging into that test account i found that the function worked. Q told me that I probably had a corrupted Administrator account.

In addition my shutdown speed takes about 2 minutes. They said that that was also a probable result of the corrupt Administrator account.
Are they correct? I have searched for information on how to repair/replace etc this account and not found any clear answers.

my email is thunderbird vers 3.0 with two different users. i will probably nee advice on how to move the email to the new user account after repairing/replacing the admilnistrator account.
Hope you can help

A:corrupted administrator account repair replace

The admin account is default but there is a hidden Administrator account that you can activate ... see this tutorial Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

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PC's been acting wierd lately...did some snooping and found out that my user accounts icon is missing. Dunno what's up, when I click on it it doesn't display any options...refer to images. I'm thinking I might be infected with a virus...or is this a bigger problem?

A:User Account Corrupted

Hi Goretan and welcome to the forums. would be worth doing a scan with your AV program and Malwarebytes Anti-malware. If they don't come up with anything, open a command prompt by typing "cmd" in the run box and when it is available type in sfc /scannow and hit return. This will check your system files for you.

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Hi all,

I tried to install postgresql-8.4.0. I didn't turn off User Account Control before doing that, which seems to be recommended. I think Postgres tried to create a user account called 'postgres', but it failed (I suspect because of UAC). Postgres installation could not finish normally.

When I look in the Control Panel\User Accounts, no 'postgres' user is visible. When I try to create a new user called 'postgres' however, I get the following error message:

The specified account name is not valid, because account names cannot contain the following characters: /\[]":'|< >+=,?*

Please type a different name.

It looks like I'm stuck with a corrupted 'postgres' user. Is there a way to clean this up?


A:Corrupted user account

Hello Benno, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You can try a System Restore at boot using a restore point dated before you tried this to undo it.

Hope this helps,

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So today I start up my computer. It goes through POST but when starting to load Windows the screen goes all black and the computer doesn't respond although it is accessing the hard drive.

Thinking it's a one off I do a cold reboot and sure enough, everything functions normally now. I decide to check the log and this is what I see.

Unable to read registry files for classes and undefined error. After some searching I find out that antivirus software can corrupt the user file but those who have had this problem have not been ablo to log in at all. Everything works but the log always record this error. Should I care and if so what should I do?

I am the only user on this computer and run as admin (W7-64 Home Premium).

A:User Account corrupted?

Try a System Restore to a prior date. System Restore

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Is it possible to have a corrupted account? I have two accounts and when I boot and select the one I normally use, the screen goes blank. If I reboot and choose the other one (which I don't use), I get access to the computer and can do most things. Is there a way to fix this short of an OS reinstall?

A:Corrupted user account?

Create new account: http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2006/12...count-in-vista/

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Hi everyone. My first post here. I know enough about Windows to be dangerous, but not enough to solve this problem.

I have only one user account on my laptop. Windows 10, 64 bit Asus UX305.

My Pictures folder is now in my saved games folder, and I don't know why. A while ago, my computer suffered a major crash, and I managed to get it working again with a new user account. I thought I had lost the user account Kevin, and now use Kevin2. So far, so good. Everything seems to work okay, except for the Pictures folder being in Saved Games. I think something is corrupted. Whilst typing this out, I realise that both User Accounts seem to be read by Windows.

My questions - Does this matter? How can I fix it if I need to?

I am installing Adobe Lightroom at the moment, and wonder if the wrong location might make a mess of the default settings for this or other programs.
I found a previous thread here that dealt with folder names changing, but it doesn't seem to answer my issue. the link to that page here: Backup Disaster: Windows Changing Folder Names - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums

%USERPROFILE% in Explorer shows the User account Kevin2, and the Saved Games and Pictures folders are separate.

echo %USERPROFILE% in a command prompt shows:

It seems as if Windows is using parts of both user accounts, Kevin and Kevin2. The User Account part of the Control Panel shows only the account for Kevin2.

Can anyone shed any light on this please? I am getting very confused.

A:Corrupted User Account?

I've accidently drug folders into other folders. Sometimes I've noticed it and sometime not until later. Sometime I don't even know which folder it was dropped into but I always checks the ones close to the original location. It has to do with dragging when using a mouse.

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I see that my original thread on this issue has been marked as solved so I'll start a new one.
At startup quite often my W7 doesn't fully "wake up" as I complained about in that original thread. (Avast orb is stationary, right-click menus almost invisible, task manager empty etc). However I've found out that if I boot into the Administrator account first, which I had previously activated, it always starts properly and then if I switch user, that way it works fine.

I can only assume that my own Profile is somehow corrupted, what do you guys think?

I could create another user account I suppose and transfer everything over, but then those things that I had to give myself permission to use, such as Windows Mail, Sidebar etc. etc. - wont they be screwed up if I then delete the old user account?

I've done an sfc /scannow and it failed at 74%. That's a first for me as usually I'm fault-free. I guess I've been lucky.

A:Do I Have A Corrupted User Account?

I think a repair install will work for you but you will need to setup Windows Mail again, Sidebar etc, so it would probably be better if you just made a new user account if that works it will be allot quicker.

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I operate under hidden Admin. On my laptop I suddenly noticed I could not access Event Viewer. According to MS problem is often attributable to corrupted User account which occurs during Forced shutdown.

I created another account and the problem didn't replicate. However since i don't want my hidden Admin crippled I ran a Repair Install which did not fix the issue.

I am now operating under new User Account with no further problems or performance issues, have hidden the hidden Admin account, but would still like to solve the issue.

Can anyone suggest a more direct fix than Repair Install for possible corrupt User account where Event Viewer fails to load?

A:User account corrupted?

Getting good performance out of my new Greg User Account but still don't like the idea of the hidden Admin account being corrupted in such a way.

Researching it on the web has MS saying that corruption of Event Viewer on only one User Account results from corrupting User Account from forced shutdown affecting Registry.

If a Repair Install cannot fix this, then are there any other suggestions?

Is reimaging obsessive since i have good performance on my new User Account? I tend to be bugged by less than perfection with Win7.

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Hey! New girl here. Anyway. My computer is a Sony Vaio 2006 model, running on Windows Vista Home Premium. Last night, it was working fine. When I opened my computer a few hours ago and tried to log in to my user account, a pop-up appeared, telling me that C:\users\myaccount is corrupted and cannot be loaded properly. I've called both Microsoft and Sony for troubleshooting help. The tech guy at Sony told me to perform a System Restore, which I did. It didn't push through because the hard disk had some errors, so we did something else. I forgot what it was called, but I had to press F10 repeatedly after rebooting the laptop. The tech guy told me that it wasn't a hard disk problem, but I might need to reformat my computer. I obviously am not doing this because I have a lot of important files on my computer, which I haven't backed up onto another device. So far, I've tried creating a new user profile to transfer all my files. However, I cannot open C:\users\myaccount because &quot;the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable&quot;. Is there another way to fix this?

A:Corrupted User Account help?

The best course of action now is to remove the hard drive and ask a friend to fit it inside an 2.5-inch external hard drive enclosure, then plug it into a working computer so you can get your data off the corrupted account and copy it to a pen drive or to CD/DVD.

When that's done, put the hard drive back into your laptop and boot into your new user account. Copy across your data into your new user account from the pen drive or CD/DVD.

If Windows will allow you to delete your corrupted user account parent folder, do so. It's just wasting valuable disk space otherwise.
You may have to delete it through Control Panel >> User Accounts using a working account with admin priveleges.

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dont know user account control password AND no administrator user so i cant download/install anything, cant update, and i cant change any settings someone please help PLUS i just got this computer iv read some other entrys where people had the same problem as me they said to do a system reboot in safemode but i dont know how. can someone help me? thank you

A:dont know user account control password and no administrator user

after the bios loads but before windows start to load hit f8 and you get your windows boot options.

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I recently got my personal (administrator) user account corrupted due to a registry error. Happenned soon after I installed a free registry-fix program. I have deleted that user account because it lost the access to all my original files from "my documents". I never deleted "my documents" folder. My "C" drive properties indicate all my original personal files are still stored but I cannot find them using any other account username whether its an administrator account or not. How do I find the original "my documents" folder with all my old sub-folders and corresponding files?

A:Solved: Corrupted user account

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I recently used Malwarebytes to get rid of malware on my computer, and after doing so the internet (both Firefox and IE) is unable to connect to the internet on the main user account that I use (the one that I was logged in to when I acquired the virus). The internet works on the other logins. Is there a way to fix that account or do I have to create a new one and transfer all the files?

A:I Think My Computer User Account May Be Corrupted


There is probably a bad proxy set in that account

*In IE: Tools Menu -> Internet Options -> Connections Tab ->Lan Settings > uncheck "use a proxy server" and "Bypass proxy server for local addresses" or reconfigure the Proxy server again in case you have set it previously.

In Firefox in Tools Menu -> Options... -> Advanced Tab -> Network Tab -> "Settings" under Connection and uncheck the proxyserver, set it to No Proxy.


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

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help - Tech Support Forum

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, not here. I currently have as many open topics as I can effectively handle, but I wanted to answer your query.

Be sure to run those tools on the affected account. You can download tools to the C drive from one of the accounts with internet access, and run them from the affected account. Also make note in your new thread that you h... Read more

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I'm running Win 7 Pro x64 and Office 2007. I installed a Bluetooth transceiver recently and developed a problem when replying to email in Outlook 2007. When I select an email to reply, the email editor pops up with a "Custom UI Runtime Error in Send to Bluetooth." The solution to this issue is to disable the COM Add-In "Send to Bluetooth" in one of the other Office applications such as Word.

However, when I attempt to uncheck the "Send to Bluetooth" option, I get an indication from a pop-up warning box that "This add-in is installed for all users on this computer, and can only be connected or disconnected by an administrator.

I am the only user on this computer and my user account is an administrator account. I have the system to start to the desktop without any intermediate log-ins or any intermediate screens.

How do I let Word know that I am an administrator so I can disable the COM Add-In and stop the offending pop-up every time I reply to an email?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.


A:User Administrator Account won't allow Administrator Privilages

You could try right clicking the program and choose run as administrator. Then try to disable the addon.
Although with Microsoft software it usually is smart enough to prompt you with uac when you need to change something like that.


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I want to run a program or utility that I have for XP. The only problem though is that I have to be logged in as the name "Administrator", not just administrative priviledges. So I went into my Control Panel and looked at the users listed, there was none by the name Administrator. So I proceeded to add a new user with that name, except when I did, I got an error stating something like "User with this name already exists." I wasn't sure why that was, so I went to my Documents & Settings folder and there wasn't any Administrator folder under there. So now I went to my account which I am currently using, and tried changing my name to Administrator to see if that would work, and it didn't, it came up with the same error again. I've been trying to figure this out all night lastnight and all morning today, but haven't been able to resolve it. Except I did find one thing which may be causing it. I went onto my network, and found that on the other computer that's connected to my network (and only other one), that there is an Administrator folder under the Documents & Settings folder. I was wondering if that account could be causing this conflict. And if so, how can I fix so that I can have the "Administrator" account on my computer since I am the administrator of the network??? Any assistance and help would be greatly appreciated

A:Administrator User Account

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Have just got a new PC with Windows XP Pro. Spent all day setting it up and when I booted up this morning it was to a new screen etc. Discovered it booted as Administrator while all my settings etc are on a User account. Not sure how this happened - was it something I did and does it matter? I suppose I can set it to boot to User.

Have searched the archives and there is one showing how to change the accounts - should I do this or just leave things as they are? It is a single user computer


A:Administrator/User account

thats easy.If you created 2 acounts by accident. Go to my computer click on controll panel go to user accounts there you can pick to either change a acount add acount change the way a user logs on or off.Hope that helps

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Cousin has an old Toshiba he bought pre loaded with W7 Home Premium. He was running it as he got it and I had him add a standard user account for general use and a quasi-administator account for working. He has been running that way for a while. Today I needed him to look in the C:\ Users account and it shows the quasi-Administrator, his standard user and a Administrator.
Is it hard to get rid of the Administrator account, that isn't showing up in User's Accounts from the control panel.
Thanks for any help!

A:No Administrator shown in User Account, but shows in C:\User ?

Hello Glenn,

The "C:\Users\Administrator" user profile folder is for the built-in elevated "Administrator" account. It's only created the first time that the built-in Administrator account has been enabled and logged in to.

When the built-in "Administrator" account is disabled, it will no longer be displayed in "User Accounts" (Control Panel) or the log on screen. However, it's user profile folder will still be there since it contains that account's personal settings and such.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

Is this what you are referring to?

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I have been fighting what I thought was a Win 7 home networking problem as I explained in another thread:

But I have determined that my Del Studio 15 Windows 7 pro laptop seems to have a messed up user account structure. There are have five accounts defined in user accounts:

Stan Hilliard, Administrator, Password protected
ASP.NET Machine Account, Standard user, Password protected
Barb Hilliard, Standard user
Stan, Administrator
Guest, guest account is off

I don't know what ASP.NET Machine Account is.
This list does not agree with the list of users under [user] in Windows Explorer:

Barb Hilliard

When I first received the laptop new from Dell several years ago I created a user "Stan Hilliard". When I noticed the user "Stan" in windows explorer I thought it was strange but considered it equal to "Stan Hilliard" Today I tried to experiment with the naming issue by creating a new user = "Stan". I did this thinking the user naming might be related to my inability to make the laptops files visible to the XP and Win98 computers on the peer to peer network. Now I have both "Stan" and "Stan Hilliard"

From the beginning, I log on to the computer through the icon "Stan Hilliard" even though I have "Stan" under [users]. Now I have both. The new Stan is Stan_2 in [user]. I have been trying to access the network use "Stan Hill... Read more

A:My Windows 7 user account system seems to be corrupted


Are these computers all belong to you? Why not create one User Account with the same Password and use that on all your computers? This way, all shared network resources will be accessible.

btw... I have also replied in your other Thread.

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hello guys.

this is my first post on this forum, i was wondering if any one had encountered and solve this issue in the past.

-computer laptop OS is windows XP, running on atom processor.
-after installing a application software daemon tool lite, the computer asked to be restart which i did.
-upon restart, computer just display black screen after the bios stage and never reached the windows OS.
-when i transferred the hard disk to another computer as a external hard disk(for me to backup all files before i reformat laptop computer ).
-The hard disk contain the other user (Guest)accounts folder but not the account that i use to install the said software.
-This hard disk no longer contain any files (jpg,wmv,doc etc) even if i do a search on this drive that suppose to be saved from the account that i am using. the folder it self dont even exist.
-i am assuming that the account was corrupted and since thus is the primary account, that may be the reason that the OS don not boot.

My problem here is. on how can i recover the missing files from this account.

Thank you for any responce.

A:corrupted user account, missing files.

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My account on the family computer was corrupted, and all my documents, pictures, MP3's, everything was lost.

I am still able to log onto my account, but it appears in the old Microsoft layout. None of my programs or anything is there, and the thing is, all five other accounts on the computer are fine. Mine was the only corrupted one.

Is there any possible way that I can retrieve all of my lost data?

Much appreciated.

A:User Account Corrupted - All Data Lost!

It's probable that your data isn't lost, only inaccessable.

Is this XP Home or XP Pro ?

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hello guys.

this is my first post on this forum, i was wondering if any one had encountered and solve this issue in the past.

-computer laptop OS is windows XP, running on atom processor.
-after installing a application software daemon tool lite, the computer asked to be restart which i did.
-upon restart, computer just display black screen after the bios stage and never reached the windows OS.
-when i transferred the hard disk to another computer as a external hard disk(for me to backup all files before i reformat laptop computer ).
-The hard disk contain the other user (Guest)accounts folder but not the account that i use to install the said software.
-This hard disk no longer contain any files (jpg,wmv,doc etc) even if i do a search on this drive that suppose to be saved from the account that i am using. the folder it self dont even exist.
-i am assuming that the account was corrupted and since thus is the primary account, that may be the reason that the OS don not boot.

My problem here is. on how can i recover the missing files from this account.

Thank you for any responce.

A:corrupted user account, missing files.

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Just a quick question.

I have read in some places that it is better to create two accounts on a Windows PC- a "standard user" account (used for most day to day activities) and a password protected "administrator" account for when it is necessary to install software or make system changes. Apparently, this may help to guard against malware in some instances.

Can anyone comment on whether this actually leads to any improvements in security in practice ? Is it actually worth doing most day to day PC activites as a standard user ?

Microsoft dont really mention this to the average home user.


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i need to get into the administrator account on this laptop.

i barely know any information about this computer.
i am on a limited account.

it is a dell inspiron 1100.
& i am using windows xp pro.

obviously, i need to get the password for the administrator account.

i would really apprececiate some help on this matter.
please & thanks.

A:I need into my administrator user account but don't have the password.

Ask the administrator.

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I just found out about the hidden Administrator account in 7, herp derp. I hate UAC prompts and I want to use the account. How can I migrate everything from my old user account to Administrator while not breaking any program dependencies or anything like that?

A:Migrating User Account to Administrator

You might want to read this article, but it doesn't sound particularly easy: Configuring Default User Settings

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I have a friend who is running Windows XP Home Edition. It seems they no longer have an “administrator” logon name. When they get to the screen to logon, it shows her childrens logon name and they can login fine. The problem is they have very limited priviliges so no programs can be installed, users added, etc. Under the User accounts setting in the Control Panel the only user account is for her kids, there is no administrator account listed.

It used to be she could sign on by just typing in her administrator username with no password and it would work fine.

I did not think it possible to remove the local administrator account. Any suggestions?

A:Missing Administrator user account!

If it is XP Home, Boot into Safe Mode and login as the account named Administrator.

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My Windows 7 SP1 PC was running very slow so I tried running a Mcafee scan. Got error: "McAfee proxy service failed to start due to error: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file."
Went back to a restore point from a few weeks earlier. After that, whenever I booted the PC it kept booting to a temporary profile. Went to safe mode, uninstalled Mcafee and installed Avast (wasn't going to renew Mcafee anyway). The when booted PC I got the square to "choose account" and whenever I chose my "Roger" account I was immediately logged off.
Back in Safe mode I created another administrator account named "Sue." I can now successfully use the "Sue" account to access all of the files owned by "Roger" and I appear to not be having any problem using "Sue."
BOTTOM LINE QUESTION: Can I continue using the "Sue" account and not bother fixing the "Roger" account? That is what I would like to do. I don't like messing with the registry.

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I somehow have managed to delete the administrator user account on my wife's computer. There still exists a limited user account. How can I create an administrator account again?

A:Deleted Administrator User Account

Hey Ocra Jones, Welcome to TSF.

I'm not sure it's possible to delete an admin account (if it's the only admin account). XP usually insist's on having atleast one Admin account at all times.

You might be able to create another admin account by booting into safe mode and logging into the hidden admin account and creating another one that way.

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My administrator account has disappeared from the computer.  We still have one user, but that wasn't set as administrator so we can't updated anything. I don't want to lose all of my pictures and documents.  I have tried a system restore, but it pops up with the old administrator account/password screen.  When I click ok, nothing happens and it says it can't find it. Is there a way to add the account back to the user group?

A:Administrator account has been disconnected from the user gr...

Hi, See if the tips to enable the Admin account at Tech Republic helps you. You may be able to do this running on a standard user account. I have not tried it. Jay

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"administrator user - Is an unelevated administrator account that is created by default during the installation of Windows 7, or is already setup or you on a OEM (ex: Dell) computer. An administrator account has complete access to the computer, and can make any desired changes. To help make the computer more secure, this administrator account type will be prompted by UAC by default to give confirmation before allowed to make any changes that require elevated administrator rights. Such as those that affect the system, other users, or when running anything elevated (Run as Administrator) since running elevated will allow it to have access to the entire computer".

The above was taken from a Forums tutorial. Is it possible to require a password for this account when operating in the standard User Account ?

For example, when I update the Windows Defender definitions, I right click the file and click "Run As Administrator". It does so without requiring a password.

When "Run As Administrator" is clicked, I would like to have to enter a password.
Possible or not ?

A:Password For The User-Administrator Account

Add a password to your administrator account.

A Standard user will be prompted for the password for "Run as administrator".
You will also need to enter the password to login to the administrator account.

Don't lose or forget the password !

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First, I'm sorry if this has already been answered. I've searched the forums, but haven't been able to find an answer to my situation.

When I right click on a program from my user account (no admin privileges) and choose to "run as Administrator", I am not prompted for the Administrator password. The program then prompts: "XXX needs local Administrator privileges." This has been happening on all programs I have downloaded recently, not just one in particular.

I do have a valid Administrator account. In the past (on the same computer, same OS) I have been able to right click, select Run as Administrator, then enter a password, and continue unhindered.

I am not sure what has changed, but I now have to log in to the actual Administrator account to install programs when I used to be able to do it from my user account by running as administrator.

Any help getting "Run as Administrator" to work on my lower privileged user account again is greatly appreciated.

A:Run as Administrator from User account not working.

Have you tried a sys restore to a time when all was well?

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After changing one of three users to add in parental controls i cannot now change any of the accounts to 'administartor' from 'standard'. This means i cannot change the parental controls back after a period of 'e-grounding'!! Any ideas?

From Newbie to forum, confused and in daughters dog-house.

A:user account problem with administrator

Hi David and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you do not have any administrator accounts to use to change an account type, then boot into Safe Mode and see if you can change the account type from within there. You should startup in the built-in Administrator account while in Safe Mode if you do not have any regular administrator accounts. You could also just create another administrator account to use instead.

For Safe Mode:
Safe Mode

For Account Types:
User Account Type

Hope this helps,

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when running in cmd i must be administrator to make the commands work

how do i make my user account be the administrator

i dont want to right click and run as admin all the time

A:how do i make my user account in win 7 be the administrator

Go to User Accounts within the Control Panel, then click on Change Account Type of your user.

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How can I run a program as administrator in a user account that isn't administrator? I need this since I can't update chrome on a non administrator account . Windows 8 gives me an error but I can't find a way to start chrome as administrator. Thanks in advance.

A:How to run a program as administrator in a user account ?

Right click the software and select properties, then click advanced and tick the box "run as admin".

Run as Administrator - in Windows 8

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I am currently unable to delete my old Administrator user account on my Win 7 PC. I log onto my new Admin account and go to the Control Panel and then to add or remove user accounts. I select the old account select delete, and then confirm. It does not let me do this. However, oddly there is no error message, it just sends me back to the page I was on previously and the account is still there. I also cannot demote it to a standard user account.

All help welcome, thanks in advanced.


A:Cannot delete Administrator User account

you can't remove the administrator acc.

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