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Q: Windows Vista User Accounts problem

Hi Guys Please help me with this I have tried everything I know and it still happens My husband and I each have our own user account on the PC both as Administrators User Windows Accounts problem Vista All was working fine before Suddenly once started up and I log onto my user account all is gone No files no desktop background only vista s default background and I have to set up my IE and Google Chrome s preferences all over there are no bookmarks Windows Vista User Accounts problem favourites etc This does not happen each time I log on but occurs every second day or so then OK for a day then off again It first started on my husband s account for a week or so now his is OK and it s mine doing this thing I have done system restore twice it runs well for a day and then does the same Another problem I have which may go hand in hand with the above is that I un-installed Firefox then re-installed it again The reason being that when using FF I would get a message saying FF has encountered a problem and has to shut down And after re-installing it it now does not function at all I can click on it and nothing happens FF still shows in Add and remove programs in Control panel but when I want to un-install it nothing happens I got fed-up and installed Chrome Is it OK to delete all the FF files in Program Files on C or not All your advice and help will be greatly appreciated nbsp

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A: Windows Vista User Accounts problem

have you tried turning UAC off in user accounts,just to see any difference
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in the control panel under users you can set the accounts to whatever privileges you wish

but not the windows admin account,this account is hidden
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A:User Accounts In Windows Vista

You may want to change the Startup screen to were you have to enter your Username and Password this will save a lot of Time also I am not aware of Limitations to the amount of users Allowed on parental Controls But If you just want to Moniter the User then only Click turn on Activity Reports

See Logon with Username and Password For More Information

Also to make sure you have a Secure Administrator Please see Administrator Account For More Information

If you need anymore Information than please do not Hesitate to Ask

Many Thanks,
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A:Windows Vista User Accounts.

It all depends on the locations that you're trying to access (the places you're moving from and the places that you're moving to).
In particular, there's a Downloads folder in the root (base) of my C:\ drive that requires this sort of action every time.

The easiest way is to open Windows Explorer as an Administrator. Go to Start and type "windows explorer" (without the quotes).
At the top of the list that shows, right click on "Windows Explorer" and select "Run as administrator". It'll prompt you for your Administrator credentials and then will open with Administrator privileges.
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A:Remove user accounts on windows vista

Hello, basically, you wanted to remove a user account in your Control Panel in User Accounts, mission accomplished. Leave any other files alone, user accounts use system files that share with all users. I messed up once doing more than just the account showing in User Accounts.
Unless i misunderstood you, those files you are looking at should not be messed with. Let me know if i am wrong or not.
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A:User Accounts in Vista - Operating programs in both accounts

hello w3b3d1g1

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

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A:User Registry Leaks - Problem on User Accounts

Hi aice and welcome to Vista Forums

Have you checked the information in the following Tutorial?

The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.
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A:User accounts Vista

PS apologies for the repetition of effective. Also, I thought I should add that there are no other users on this computer capable of changing user account types, so that can be ruled out.
I double checked just to make sure
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A:Vista User Accounts

Hello Sachin

I think you would be best to set up a Standard Account with parental controls.

Read all about it and how to do it here
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A:Locked out of User Accounts after Vista to XP restore

Have you tried taking ownership? ........
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Have you tried to do a system restore to a place before you manually deleted the user account? I would try that.

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A:Solved: Recovering user accounts etc. after install of Vista Home Premium

You'll have to create the accounts. Once they've been created and logged into once, you can copy the files from the old User account folders into the new ones. Would be best to rename the old account folders so the new install can use the same name for the folder, otherwise it will add a number, or the PC name as an extension to the profile folder.

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A:Problem with user accounts

possible the user profile is corrupted.
try creating a new user and see everythign works in it.

Then login as administrator and copy the stuff from old profile to new profile.
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A:User accounts problem

This problem may occur if the directory that is associated with the account has been deleted from the Documents and Settings folder.

1. Start the computer in Safe Mode, and then restart the computer.
a. After the Power On Self Test (POST), press the F8 key.
b. On the Windows Advanced Options menu, use the ARROW keys to select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER.
c. When you are prompted to select the operating system to start, select Windows XP <edition>, where <edition> is the edition of Windows XP that you have installed, and then press ENTER.
2. Log on as Administrator.
a. On the "To begin, click your user name" screen, click Administrator.
b. Type the administrator password, and then press ENTER.

Note In some cases, the Administrator password may be set to a blank password. In this case, do not type a password before you press ENTER.
3. In Control Panel, click User Accounts.
4. Create a new user account. Windows makes a new directory for the account in the Documents and Settings folder.
5. Quit the User Accounts tool, and then restart the computer.
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A:User Accounts Problem


Originally Posted by madden1706

Recently the hard drive on my PC was wiped.

I got the PC back with one admin account on it, "Owner".
I go ahead and put the other accounts I had on before, 1 admin for myself and 3 other limited accounts.

Now when I next load up the PC it should to my understanding go to the Welcome Screen and the Owner account should be hidden showing only the 4 accounts I put on ready for who ever to log on.

But it doesn't, it goes and logs straight into the Owner account.

So, I try to use the admin account I created to delete it. I can't - the option simply isn't there. So I create another account and still can't - but the option is there to delete the other account that was an admin setting.

Basically I want XP to load up on the welcome screen not auto logging in to the "Owner" account, with it being hid from that menu like it should be.... any ideas?

Have a look at this article.
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What type of accounts are the two inoperative ones? Set as Administrator or Limited?
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A:Problem with User Accounts

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A:Problem With User Accounts

I am assuming that the new user has administrator access - assuming this you should be able to right click on the old user name folder under c:\users and use properties - advanced - and ownership to take ownership of the folder tree
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A:User Accounts Problem

For which accounts does this apply to? Just yours or all of them. If it is only one then mabye someone has put a password on them. Try doing a system restore (solves %30 of computer issues) and the see if the password is required.
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A:Problem with one of the User accounts

Check out your event viewer/windows/application log for any critical errors and post them in your next reply...
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A:'User Accounts' Problem ... help Please.

i believe you need to log in as administrator
boot to safe mode, tap f8 as you first start up.
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A:User Accounts problem & Hijackthis Log

Christina, if you have not already resolved this, this solution suggested at a couple of sites worked for me -

Reenable, or enable the Microsoft HTA (Hypertext application) facility.

HTA permits active content on web pages and is recognized as very insecure, since it permits those web pages to run as applications on your machine. Many machines have disabled HTA as a result, some using a security application called "HTA Stop". Others have removed the file association for the .hta file type so it is unassociated.

In any case, the User Accounts module of the Control Panel apparently requires that the HTA facility be running - because reestablishing the file association and using HTA Stop to restart HTA fixed my problem, which was apparently identical to yours.

You can use the command (DOS) window with the "assoc" command to check and establish the .hta file type association. Check with "assoc .hta". Establish with "assoc .hta=htafile"
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A:[SOLVED] problem with one of two user accounts

It sounds like that virus is still wreaking havoc on your PC. Have you tried logging in as the default Administrator account? It may be quicker to wipe your computer clean and start fresh, but if you would rather just remove the viruses then follow the instructions below. You may need to do part of these steps in safe mode.

We recommend that you read this article?
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(Simply, click on the coloured links to be re-directed.)

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Once done, please be patient, as the Security Team Analysts are usually very busy; one of them will answer your request as soon as they can.

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default user directories are: c:\Users\<account user name>
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A:problem with user accounts. (login)

Click Start, Run and type CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2, and click Ok. Select the user account from the list (the account to which you want to automatically logon). Uncheck Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer option, and click Ok. Type the user account password (if it has one) and complete the process.
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A:permissions problem? hidden user accounts

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

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

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A:Windows 8 user accounts: what is right for me?

Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94

As I understand it, I can create "normal" (non-admin) accounts in Win8, but they will be local users only, and there would be no synchronizing of favorites, apps, etc. across devices. Now I haven't really decided yet if we need to have stuff sync'd between desktop and laptop. We do not have any tablets, and only have our two iPhones.

With respect to "normal" accounts, they can be standard accounts as well as administrative accounts. Within Vista, 7 and now 8, it's normal to have an account which escalates to admin privs when needed, but remains a normal account for all intents and purposes.

The reason that you have to use a live account for the sync functionality is because the system uses the SkyDrive cloud system as the storage mechanism and synchronization mechanism. One point you may not understand, is that the synchronization is "only" between Windows 8 boxes....not to tablets, windows XP machines, or cell phones. So, if you have 2 Windows 8 computers, you could use the Live Account and then ensure that your favorites and color scheme remain the same between the two.

Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94

So how can I create different user accounts, that could sync across devices if we decide to, but are not Admin accounts that could be vulnerable to attack? Does each user have to have a Microsoft account for this to work?

Each person would have to use a Microsoft account. But it's not like your settings would go to your wife and her settings would go to you. You would each have an account on each PC, and when you log in, you get your settings and when she logs in she gets here settings. Her account is synced across devices she uses and yours is synced across devices that you use.

Using a Live account is still a standard account which can escalate to admin when necessary. This really is what you want and the way nearly all of us run our systems.
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Which version of Windows XP are you using? HOME or PRO?

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Anyway, is there anything I can do so the user accounts that I set up mirror how I set up the administrator account and do not reinstall all the junk?

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i'd be embassed to ask for help in how to do this.

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brown76 said:

I got my wife a gateway laptop for xmas. We never bothered to setup user accounts because she was the only one using the computer. My computer at work crashed so I brought my things home and setup an admin account with my name on her computer. Now when we boot the computer up the only account that comes up is mine. If you go in to the local disk drive and "documents and settings" you can see her Admin folder with all her documents and programs and settings. But I can't reactivate her account?Click to expand...

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Hello 1018509,

Sorry, but I'm not quite sure what you meant in that last sentence. Please clarify if the below is not what you meant.

If you were wanting to set Windows 8 to automatically sign in to the user account without a password at startup, then you could use the tutorial below to do so with leaving the password fields empty.

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A:Problem with user accounts:no taskbar, no explorer.exe, no desktop icons


Originally Posted by elcacat

Problem with user accounts:no taskbar, no explorer.exe (it isn't running), no desktop icons

Hi I'm having trouble when I load my side of the computer and the only way I can access programs is through Windows Task Manager. All that will load is the desktop background picture. I have looked up various solutions - it seems the explorer.exe process is missing or unable to be located when I try to run it. I have ran an AVG scan and two infection were found and supposedly healed. These were C:\Programfiles\MicrosoftCommon\wuauclt.exe (Win32\Heur)and C:\WINDOWS\System32\ntos (trojanhorsePakes_c.RZ). Have not yet ran any other scans and really need futher advice on what to do next! I have Spybot and Adaware but have not yet ran a scan since before the computer started playing up. I've also had to manually open Zonealarm so that I have a functioning firewall :/

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Welcome to TSG!

NinjaPoohtan said:

He's convinced that it's my monitor that disallows the viewing of user accounts, but I think he's full of it.Click to expand...

I think you think right. That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

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Hi guys, i got 2 user accounts on my winxp.

I just noticed that if account1 downloaded and installed an update on windows update, the updates was not automatically installed on account2.

This means that I have to download and install the same update on both user accounts.

Is this normal or something is wrong with my xp?

Please help, thanks in advanced.

A:windows update on 2 user accounts

No, you should only need to download the update once, maybe the second a/c cannot read the update history or something and assumes no update has applied.