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Q: Older computer with separate user accounts

I have a Dell Inspiron 2200 still running XP that has an administrator account, as well as a guest account (where the important docs I need are stored). It has a faulty DC jack, and I plan on having it recycled due to the fact the repair would cost more than the computer is worth. If I remove the hard drive and put it in a USB housing, would I be able to access the info stored under the guest account without any problems?

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My 250 gig hard drive has 3 separate user accounts; mine (admin) Clare and Lauren. Why is it when I install a program on mine, it appears on their's? I thought with 3 separate accounts programmes would stay separated. Forgive my ignorance or naivety for asking this, not too many sarcastic comments for what may appear a rubbish question.

A:separate user accounts

Hello Skeletor,

When programs are installed on the computer, they are installed for all users to access unless the program has a option during installation to select what users can use the program.

You can remove the program's shortcut from the All Users Start menu and C:\Users\Public\Desktop locations to not have it there for the other user accounts, but they can still access it by default in the C:\Program Files folder.

You can also change the permission level of the program's exe file to Deny access for a specific user to. You can use this tutorial below as a guide for this. Be sure not to deny all users or your user account to prevent blocking access for you as well.

Folder Permissions

Hope this helps,
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I share a computer with my family and I have my own user account on it It s an administrative account on Vista Home Premium Basically Installing user on accounts programs separate I m completely infuriated by all the pointless updates to Firefox and I want to downgrade to Firefox I d like Installing programs on separate user accounts to Installing programs on separate user accounts leave F on the family s account since they probably don t mind it However I can t seem to figure out how to install or uninstall one version of Firefox onto one account and leave the other et cetera I seem to recall being able to do this on XP where different users were given their own Program Files folder Is there any way to do something like this on Vista P S Another reason I would like to find an answer for this dilemma is because my family uses Avira AntiVir which pops up upgrade advertisements almost daily and I d very much like to get rid of it and install AVG on my account Again is this possible on Vista nbsp

A:Installing programs on separate user accounts

All you need to do is run the installation program and when it asks where to install the program, do not use the default, instead install it in a folder in C:\Users\<username>
e.g C:\Users\Otheruser\Firefox and make sure icon goes on their desktop and not the All Users desktop.
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Is there a way to create user accounts, in which each user may install whatever they please (games and programs. obviously not referring to windows updates and such) without either user affecting the other. If not, at the very least is there a way in which we can arrange our desktops without affecting the other's. Thank you very much in advance.
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Purchased new computer running windows 7. Have not yet booted it up for the first time
I'm confused on setting up the user accounts during the first go thru.
When I get to the user account set-up portion, what user accounts should I be setting up?
The built in administrator account has me confused.
There will be just 2 of us (mom & dad), that will be using the computer regularly.
Should I be creating an account named 'owner', (with full rights)?
And than maybe mom & dad with partial rights?

A:new computer & user accounts

I think you will only be setting up the adminstrator account. I'm not quite sure.
It's fairly easy to set up new accounts later on with only partial rights.
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I just purchased a couple of new computers to use in my office. Each computer needs to have 7 user accounts all with the same initial settings and applications available to it.

Do I need to manually setup each user account or can I create 1 and then copy it to the other 6 to save time.

I am not interested in using roaming profiles and after doing some searching it looks like this isn't overly easy in Windows 7.

In the old days, I would do the following:

1) Customize one user with all the settings and application installed as required.
2) Create all necessary users and logon once to create user files
3) Create a temporary user account with administrator access
4) Logon to temporary user account and then manually copy all the user files from the configured user account to all of the other user accounts.
5) Logon as any user and remove the temporary user

Will this procedure still work?

Thanks for the help!

A:Setting up user accounts on new computer

If you had a Server with remote install you can setup a domain, and do a network install then push the needed apps out and set a standard security policy to each of the users
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A:Want to set up different Outlook accounts, MUST be totally separate

Hello DaveInVA,

Unfortunately our crystal is clouded......... now what version of Outlook are you currently using?
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Account 1 - At Home
NetBios disabled
DNS disabled
DHCP disabled
IP configured static

Account 2 - Away From Home
NetBios enabled
DNS disabled
DHCP enabled
IP Obtain IP Auto - DNS set to OpenDNS servers

It seems it's one setting for all accounts in XP. Is this possible to do and if so, how?

Thank you!

A:Muliple accounts with separate NIC setup?

TCP/IP is not configured by user accounts. You can setup switching like what your asking a number of ways.

Scripting -

If your not into scripting you can use a program such as - btw these are examples not endorsements I don't know how well these function.
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Thanks for the help.....


A:How To Separate Two Live Mail Accounts

If you added both email accounts to Live Mail, select the appropriate email account instead of the "all in box" selection.
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Windows 7
Dell XPS 420

I have 5 user accounts on this computer of the 5 accounts my account and my wife's account will shut down after about 5-7mins of non use. When left on the Accounts screen it does not power down either
I have gone into power management and set everything to "never shut down"
I setup a test account and it was fine. Installed Chrome and did a bookmarks sync, I believe but not 100% it was after this that the test account started doing this as well.
My dads account has Bookmarks sync setup but this account does not power down.

This is killing me slowly this computer is the media server on my net so it always needs to be on
What is causing this?

A:Solved: Computer shuts down on its own only certain user accounts

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Here is the code that and accessed accounts put my has Help remotely someone user computer in I found for user accounts using the search for user accounts There should be only two user accounts- Richard and Guest Also If you can tell me how to figure out the ip address of who did this that would be great too This was done remotely I m a begginer novice so if someone can interput this and send how to fix it my email address is Help someone has remotely accessed my computer and put in user accounts email protected K YOU Sincerely Rich - lt Report gt - lt Section name quot User Accounts quot gt - lt Table name quot registryKeys quot level quot quot gt - lt Header gt lt Data name quot registryKeysQuery quot class quot string quot gt lt Data name quot registryKeysOpenResult quot class quot number quot gt - lt Header gt lt Data name quot registryKeysKey quot class quot string quot gt lt Data name quot registryKeysValue quot class quot string quot gt lt Data name quot registryKeysType quot class quot number quot gt lt Data name quot registryKeysLookupResult quot class quot number quot gt lt Header gt lt Header gt lt Table gt - lt Table name quot configurationFiles quot level quot quot gt - lt Header gt lt Data Help someone has remotely accessed my computer and put in user accounts name quot configurationFilesQuery quot class quot string quot gt lt Data name quot configurationFilesOpenResult quot class quot number quot gt - lt Header gt lt Data name quot configurationFilesFrom quot class quot string quot gt lt Data name quot configurationFilesTo quot class quot string quot gt lt Data name quot configurationFilesCopyResult quot class quot number quot gt lt Header gt lt Header gt lt Table gt - lt Table name quot managementObjects quot level quot quot gt - lt Header gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsQuery quot class quot string quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsResult quot class quot number quot gt - lt Header gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsRelativePath quot class quot string quot gt - lt Header gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsProperty quot class quot string quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsValue quot class quot string quot gt lt Header gt lt Header gt lt Header gt - lt Item gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsQuery quot gt root cimv SELECT Name FROM Win UserAccount WHERE LocalAccount TRUE lt Data gt - lt Item gt - lt Item visible quot false quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsProperty quot gt PATH lt Data gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsValue quot gt RICHARD-PC root cimv Win UserAccount Domain quot Richard-PC quot Name quot Administrator quot lt Data gt lt Item gt - lt Item visible quot false quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsProperty quot gt NAMESPACE lt Data gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsValue quot gt root cimv lt Data gt lt Item gt - lt Item visible quot false quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsProperty quot gt SERVER lt Data gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsValue quot gt RICHARD-PC lt Data gt lt Item gt - lt Item visible quot false quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsProperty quot gt DERIVATION lt Data gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsValue quot gt UNKNOWN lt Data gt lt Item gt - lt Item visible quot false quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsProperty quot gt PROPERTY COUNT lt Data gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsValue quot gt lt Data gt lt Item gt - lt Item visible quot false quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsProperty quot gt RELPATH lt Data gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsValue quot gt Win UserAccount Domain quot Richard-PC quot Name quot Administrator quot lt Data gt lt Item gt - lt Item visible quot false quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsProperty quot gt DYNASTY lt Data gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsValue quot gt UNKNOWN lt Data gt lt Item gt - lt Item visible quot false quot gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsProperty quot gt SUPERCLASS lt Data gt lt Data name quot managementObjectsValue q... Read more
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On my home system I noticed I have my account mike and it is ok, but recently I noticed all accounts on my system have the computers name on them and they are seperates accounts.

MIke.MNMNM (MNMNM is computer name)

What would cause the computer name to be aded to a seperate account name? When I delete the account it comes back. Is this normal or something I should be worried about. I have never seen account names like this.

Any help is so much appreciated. Thank You good techies

A:Solved: User accounts with computer name appended

by default it will just make the folder <user name>
If its the first time logging in someone and the folder is already there it will make a <user name>.computer name or <user name>.domain name

Sometimes it bugs out, and it seems to bug out mostly with Firefox, and creates another profile for the same user.
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A:Computer locks when switching user accounts

Are you switching accounts or logging on/off? How long does it lock up for or does it require a reboot to unlock it?
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A:Multiple User Accounts And Computer Infection Question

What programs are you running? Generally you want to run them in the infected accounts, but some programs can clean multiple accounts at once.
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I have deleted and recreated the User account, using the default pic and my wife's pic. I have renamed the account. I have tried it with GUEST account on and off. Nothing works

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A:Can create User accounts but computer doesn't recognize them?

from command prompt type sfc /scannow
You may need your xp cd.
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Try method 3. Reset User Account Password
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A:Computer loads user accounts to blank screen (except administrator)
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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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A:[SOLVED] Separate Taskbar Shortcuts for Google Chrome Accounts


My name is Jake and I have recently enrolled in a college. Woohoo!


Try Profile 2.

If not, then remove all Chrome links from the task bar. Open "Jake" and pin that to the task bar, switch profiles and then pin that to the task bar. That should pin both accounts.
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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.

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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:
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Hi aice and welcome to Vista Forums

Have you checked the information in the following Tutorial?

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Pixel, welcome to Sevenforums!

Have you tried a system restore yet? select a point before the problem began: System Restore
Try a repair install: Repair Install
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Ok, so I wish I could tell you how I did this, but it's so unfamiliar, I don't know what setting I changed, but all is fine now. Just for future development purposes, all profile settings ought to be much easier and intuitive to access. This was unnecessarily difficult, and I can't even answer this post with a solution.
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A:user accounts


The correct way to enable the hidden Adminsitrator is to open an elevated Command Prompt to run net user administrator /active:yes or :no to disable it. I do not suggest you run under hidden Administrator.

You can make changes to the picture or password in your current User account in the Control Panel>User Accounts.

Let us know if there are any other issues, and never edit your Registry without first setting a Restore point as this is otherwise a Windows 7 suicide attempt.
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I've also posted in the MS Office forum since I'm not certain where this belongs.

Essentially, I previously had one user account entitled "Administrator". Yesterday I created a new user account with administrator privileges. The result is the old user account "Administrator" disappeared from the welcome screen and the user account set up screen in control panel. Now I can't access my emails in the Administrator account. I need a way to get to that account or a way to import the emails from the Administrator OE account into the new user account in either OE or Outlook.

The emails are still there, by the way. I can find the OE folders on the hard drive.

I've tried system restore and it won't work for any point in the past (never has worked).

Any suggestions?

A:User accounts

press ctrl+alt+del at the windows log in screen, type Administrator and your password in new screen
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A:User accounts

Hello bl6377,

Could perhaps describe exactly what the problem is with the Guest account?

Guest Accounts cannot be setup as adminstrators, by default they are limited accounts. When Managing a Guest Account, you are only able to change its default picture, or turn it off/on.
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Hi guys!

I am using Winxp professional.In my system I created two users one is administrator and another is my brother account.Now i want to delet my brother account.How to delet it.Can any one tell me.


A:User Accounts

Can you go into user accounts in the control panel and then remove it or delete it?
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A:User Accounts

Do you have administrative privileges?
Have the users made their files Private?
Have the users encrypted their files using EFS?
Are you using XPPro or XPHome?
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A:User accounts

Hi, don't deleate the account but you will have to remove the password. Go to user accounts in control panel and do it from there.
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The system cannot log you on due to the following error:
The specified domain either does not exist or could not be found.

Please try again or consult your system administrator.

I am not a member of any domain and no domains are set up.
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A:Cannot Log Into User Accounts

Doing a System Restore might solve this.

Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore.
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A:User Accounts Help

Why isn't all of the programs in the start>programs menu listed in the original account in the new account?
Simply because when you have downloaded or installed programs on your original account you installed it under your name not 'All users'. Just copy across the programs under C\Documents and Settings\YOUR NAME\Start Menu\Programs into C\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs.

Why isn't all of the shortcuts on my desktop in the original account the same as in the new account?
Again, simply because in your original account you made the shortcuts under your name not all users. To copy the shortcuts across go to C\Documents and Settings\YOUR NAME\Desktop into C\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop.

How do i change my icon?
Go to start, control panel, user accounts, and then choose one Hope I have helped.
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Thanks in anticipation

A:user accounts

Originally Posted by davetins

Hi I'm a silver surfer who was reasonably confident on XP but new laptop came with Vista home. I bought an easy transfer cable and that worked fine but now I have 2 user accounts, one with all the new stuff on it and the other with the transferred documents.
When I am on the XP user ac I can't get back to the new ac without restarting. I have no need of 2 user accounts as I live on my own and would appreciate any help as to how I can combine the 2 accounts into one. Or failing that how to switch easily between the 2

Thanks in anticipation

Well you are in luck. MS has a migration tool

Hope this works check it out

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User names are
1. Administrator.
2. Naresh.
3. Network.
Network is the Account which was created recently.. These three accounts are computer administrators only. but the problem is if i access data from "Network", I am able to access the data while i try to save the modifications iam getting problem as "Read only Access Deny",.
I wanna access the three accounts simultaneously and want to save data from three accounts.. pls help me to get this problem solve.

A:User Accounts

check to see if the permissions were somehow set to read only for the user network. you can check by right clicking the directory and selecting properties. the check the sharing and or security tab and make sure you did not restrict this user.
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A:No User Accounts

you need to create a admin account
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A:User Accounts

You can also do it with the XP PowerToy TweakUI.
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A:User Accounts?

Can you be more specific? I assume you're referring to UAC, or User Account Controls, which are the warnings that pop up when you try to make changes to your computer. Please provide a little more information, the more you give about your situation the better we can help.
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A:Old user accounts in XP

Hi, wyowheels


I'm not exactly sure what you are asking. Files are files - they are not "in" a user account. Open Explorer and look under the "Documents and settings" folder for a sub-folder with the old user name. If it's there you should have access to it (and all its sub-folders and files) now.
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A:User Accounts?

During install it will ask you for your Account name, which will be a quasi-Administrator account since it's assumed this is the owner.

Add additional User Accounts in Control Panel>User Accounts.

You can also change any User account name there.
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A:User Accounts

You need to delete them from the Administrator's account. For now disable the accounts from the dministrator 's account. If you have a malious program controlling them blocking them may work bette than deleting hem for now. Also set thier accounts type to limited, and restrict them.
Have you run antivirus and antispyware? Do you have a firewall installed.
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A:user accounts

Do you have it password controlled ?
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A:Cant get into User Accounts!


Originally Posted by Vinnysnismo

Ok here is the deal.. I'm new here so bare with me please.. I am running Windows Xp home, with sp2 updates installed on a 1.1g compaq. I bought the computer from a friend and when i go to c:\documents and settings\ ....the user name is listed as the previous owners name, not that big of a problem. When i log onto windows it also says someone else's name...not that big of a deal. My problem is when i try to go to: start\control panel\user accounts (to change them)... nothing happens.. i click on it and nothing happens. I started my computer in safe mode and logged into the Administrator account, went to: start\control panel\user accounts and once again...nothing. I have tried typing "control userpasswords2" in run\ ...that opens. I have created a new account, I just don't know where to go from there. Can i copy all my files from the previous account to my new account?(all i want is when i log on for it to say what i want...and when i go to c:\documents and settings---i want it to say my name instead of the previous owners) HELP!!!

Open User Account and
click "perivous owner name"
Click Change my Name
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I've been using an administrator account for all my daily computing needs. I understand that this is a bad idea so I created another account, standard account, to use. Is there a way to transfer all my settings and program shortcuts etc to this new account or does everything have to be done individually. If this is the case then it's way too much fooling around for my liking and I'll stick with the administrator account.

Using Vista Home Premium 64 bit.

Thanks for any help.

A:Help with User Accounts

Hello CRPishere, and welcome to Vista Forums.

From within your administrator account, you can copy the contents in the administrator's C:\Users\(user name) folder into the corresponding standard account's C:\Users\(user name) folder to copy them there.

Hope this helps,
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So now I am on my computer as a guest. I go to C: users and can see my username and my sons but can't open them b/c I am not an admin

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A:User accounts gone

Try accessing the true administrator account. Once you do, you can recreate user accounts.

How to access the true Administrator account in Windows Vista

Administrator Account
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If you can help me it will be much appreciated.

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Any ideas?

Thanks for your help

A:User Accounts

A user account is a collection of information that tells Windows what files and folders you can access, what changes you can make to the computer, and your personal preferences, such as your desktop background or color theme. User accounts make it so that you can share a computer with several people, but still have your own files and settings. Each person accesses their user account with a user name and password.

Open up Control panel and if in Classic mode, click on "User Accounts" and follow the instructions that you can get by searching for user accounts in the Help area
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My log in screen has no user accounts. Normally it has me and a guest. Instead, it says "other user." If I click on that I get a name/password prompt. No matter what I enter, it says "the specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted." It's also stuck in 800x600 resolution.

Thanks for any help.

A:User accounts gone!

You can fix that with system restore. Go back 3 days before the problem.
Try to access it in safe mode. If normal boot is not available.
for Vista, too.
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A:User Accounts

My 1300 page reference book says: "User Accounts won't let you delete the last local account on the computer, even if you're logged on as Administrator. This limitation helps to enforce the sound practice of using an account other than Administrator for everyday computing."

Perhaps you have run into MS making decisions for us!! It's like their trying to force auto updates down our throat.

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A:HELP! User accounts

Have you tried restarting into safe mode (tap F8 on bootup) and using the default Administrator account, which either shouldn't have a password or will have the one you set when installing?

I'd also take a look under Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management> Local Users and Groups>Users. see whats listed there.

Also check Control Panel>System>Advanced>User Profiles and C:\Documents and Settings

Anyway let us know how you get on.
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A:What are these other User Accounts?

<<So, does Windows XP create these user folders by default?>>

Yes, see attachment.

That is just how Windows works. Your questiona about Control Panel/Users...relates to user profiles, persons authorized access/use of the system...the accounts are a subset created for each user, with the username (in my case, Louis) identifying each.