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User Account: Can't change type or delete

Q: User Account: Can't change type or delete

Hello all Totally baffled twice now I've set up parental controls for my daughter but she ends up using an admin account which won't delete or downgrade to 'Standard' I was changing the account via Start Menu - Admin Tools - User Accounts Home premium has no proper local change Can't Account: or type User delete groups and policy control I go through the steps but User Account: Can't change type or delete account remains as admin account and won't delete either Have also tried deleting in Safe Mode command prompt NET USER lt username gt DELETE I get the error 'net user system error user is not a member of group' Now I have actually disabled the account so it's not available for login net user lt username gt active no But really have no clue why vista is acting this way and how my daughter is able to 'switch' to this account without even changing knowing the password it's the nd time it's happened and I actually changed the password the last time Any ideas please or known bugs We are running SP Thanks

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A: User Account: Can't change type or delete

Try this hidden administrator, then in safe mode if necessary.
Administrator Account
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i've tried setting up a different administrator account, and it gives me the same error saying it has an unacceptable character.
any ideas?!?

A:cannot change user name or account type

Try using the administrative account through safe-mode.
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A:Change user account type from System Recovery

What happens when you try to enable the original account or set up a new one with Admin rights in Control Panel>User Accounts?

Have you tried enabling the hidden administrative account using an Elevated Command Prompt? Elevated Command Prompt

If these won't work then try System Restore to before the problem began: System Restore Try it first from Windows and then from the DVD Repair console or Repair CD, or try tapping F8 at bootup to see if Repair console is on Advanced Boot Tools menu. System Repair Disc - Create

I would also try SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker and if necessary a Repair Install if you have access to a Win7 install DVD.

If all of these fail, then you may have messed up your system beyond repair. See if you can make your Recovery Disks if you haven't already, then back up your files and run full Factory Recovery from Windows, or by tapping the F-key given on the first boot screen or in the Manual on the Support Downloads webpage for your laptop model.

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I have win 8
when running apps in "run as administrator" and when running most of apps, windows give me this message:

do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?
to continue, type an administrator, password and click yes.

but yes button in deactive and there is not any password field to fill it.

I dont know in which type is my user account ?? standard or administrator ??
now I can't do many of actions in windows for this reason and can't enable administrator account and switch to it.

now what I must do ?? (

A:how determine user account type and change to administrato

Hello se, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Is this for Windows 8? Your specs show XP.

It sounds like the account is a standard user.

The tutorial below can help you to determine if your account is and "administrator" or "standard user" type of account in Windows 8, and change it if you like. You will only be able to change the type while signed in to an administrator account though.

User Account Type - Change in Windows 8
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i have windows 7 x64 in my dell precision notebook.
i have administrator user and tommy user.
tommy user is in admin group. but not able to execute any program but its account type is standard.
then i logged in as administrator and went to UAC there i try to change the account type of tommy user from standard to soon as i click the administrator's radio button. the "change account type" is disabling...its not enabling.
how can i solve this problem?


A:Change Account Type button is not enabled even as administrator user

Quote: Originally Posted by sathyguy


i have windows 7 x64 in my dell precision notebook.
i have administrator user and tommy user.
tommy user is in admin group. but not able to execute any program but its account type is standard.
then i logged in as administrator and went to UAC there i try to change the account type of tommy user from standard to soon as i click the administrator's radio button. the "change account type" is disabling...its not enabling.
how can i solve this problem?


Welcome to the forum,

If the first two options aren't working for you in this tutorial,

User Account Type - Change

then you can try the other three and see if that works.
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A:Main user account type changed to guest, can't change back

You could try option 2 from here Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

Hirens you can download from here Download Hiren?s BootCD 15.2 | HBCD Fan & Discussion Platform but I'd try the administrator method first

Good luck
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A:Delete Account Function Missing I Cannot Delete Temporary User Account

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

This account is not able to be deleted. It is built in and has EVERY permission by default so you don't need to take ownership.

It is used to rescue your computer from viruses using Safe Mode, etc.
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A:No administrator account -- cannot change account type

At what level is the User Account Control?

(Open the start menu type uac and hit enter.)
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A:Not able to change my account type

Hello Anvandarin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If the standard account is not listed while trying to change it's type using the options in the tutorial below while signed in to your administrator account, then.....
User Account Type - Change in Windows 8
....double check to make sure that the standard account has not been disabled.
User Account - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums
Hope this helps,
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A:Change another's account type

Hello Alant,

You would need to currently be signed in to the account that you want to switch. You cannot do it from within another account.

Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8
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A:User account changed into a guest account, how can I change it back

Hi and welcome to the Forum
When you refer to the generic Administrator Account do you mean the Account that is hidden in Windows 7? If so did you activate it using this:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable If you did the above then this is strange as forgetting the "Hidden admin account you must have at least one ordinary Admin account in Windows 7. You can't operate the system without one!!
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You have converted your local user account to a Microsoft account. It's easy to switch back to a local account, just follow the instructions in this tutorial: Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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Turn off UAC. I don't recommend it though.
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my requirements:

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2. standard user CANNOT re-install windows by inserting a windows disc at boot up!!

Is this already present under default standard user i have to add some settings?

thank you!

A:Account type: Standard user

Quote: Originally Posted by johnn1

1. standard user can install programs, which is saved for future uses (i have seen pcs where the programs are deleted/uninstalled as soon as the user log out)

Installing a program isn't actually a special thing, it is just copying files to a certain location and setting some things up. As long as an application is not depending on administrative power it can be ran or installed anywhere. So yes a standard user can install applications...if they support installing without admin power. Look at Google Chrome, it requires no administrative power to install or run.

2. standard user CANNOT re-install windows by inserting a windows disc at boot up!!

Impossible. Windows is not running when a computer boots up, thus no user accounts.
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See the screenshots;

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A:Help change my account to a limited user account!

You should log-on to the administrator account thru safe mode and this will allow you to change the account you want to so it will be a low-admin account. You can not change the account you are logged into t anything other than the account it is because it is the active account.
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A:User account type changed from Admin to Guest

Hello Piotr, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could try refreshing Windows 8 to see if it will set you up another administrator account. You may need to do so at boot. Be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first though.

Hope this helps,
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Did you use Search and Destroy by any chance? I'm having the same problems but I can't fix due to my computer's limitations, still looking for a fix :o

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A:Can't delete a user account! Please help!


Are you trying to delete the Admin? or are you trying to delete a User? Please double check your not logged in as User and trying to delete Admin.

Let me know.
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A:I can't delete a user account

Run the elevated command prompt and type in: net user administrator /active:no

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Hello Kenz,

While logged into your admin account, you should also be able to right click on her deleted account's C:\Users\(user-name) folder and click on Delete to do so.

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Sorted it - but thanks for looking guys :)
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You can use the Computer Manager to delete the second user, but for security reasons I recommend you rename the Administrator account and reduce the second user's privileges. Then use the second user account normally. By doing so will protect your PC in case some one hijacks your PC while on the Internet.

To access the Computer Manager, select Start and right click My Computer and then select Manage.
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A:Can not delete a user account

Follow this excellent tutorial, I am sure that you will be able to delete the account.

User Account - Delete

Follow the tutorial, if you still have problems try in safe mode.
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Hi jessicasadlerx,

Press and hold the Windows key + R on your keyboard.
In the Run box that appears, type lusrmgr.msc and hit Enter.
Double-click Users and list what is displayed here in your next post, or provide a screenshot.
Our objective is to login to an administrator account, delete all other unwanted accounts or change their Account Type, and proceed from there.
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Additional info: Windows Vista (Home premium)

A:How to delete a user account

Hello Nikki, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of this?

Is this just another administrator account that you trying to delete, or is it the built-in "Administrator"?

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solved it myself

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Hi and welcome to the forum
Perhaps this will help you:
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First run a full anti virus scan, be sure that it is updated.
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Hi Jessiemw and welcome to the forum!
Give this a try:
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Press the F8 key repeatedly at boot up or use the Startup disk.

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Change it back to a local account first. Then back to your Microsoft account login:
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Answering topic title [How to change User account name:
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Hello Bob,

What happened when it failed? Any error messages?

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Hello Stockeye, and welcome to Eight Forums.

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well you must be logged in as an admin.

control panel.

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you can't remove the administrator acc.
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A:How can I delete a Windows XP user account?

Hi .Appears to me that Website is thought to be the Admin account for the install.Login under the other account and see what options are displayed for that user account.But...XP says that an administrator can delete an administrator account, regardless of original or not.I think I'd assume corruption and recreate just one new user account, transfer settings, and delete the two existing.How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile in Windows XP - LouisSince you have also might want to just check permissions for the appropriate files.May be useful:
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A:Cannot delete extra user account

ok, when you set this account up, you set it to be an administrator...

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you should be able to log into the main one and delete the other one...

if you can't, then one of them must not have admin priviledges.

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A:Delete user account problem

Quote: Originally Posted by Georgebillbob

Hi guys,

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Using admin account reboot into safe mode (F8) and you should be able to delete it. Just make sure you have everything you need from it
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Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup
If not, then use the tutorial below to view detailed information about your accounts, and post back with the details for the deleted account if listed to see what may be wrong. If the account is actually deleted, it won't be listed.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows
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The is no picture in my eser account.

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Camera roll, screenshots & slide shows are empty.

How can I get to my photos? .....thanx .....nick

A:how to change user account picture

Hello Nick,

Are you able to "Browse" to the folder you want instead? See the yellow tip box under step 8 in the tutorial below to see if it may help.

User Account Picture - Change in Windows 8
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I have laptop gifted to me, with a user name which I want to change.
I have the following steps in mind:
1. Create a new administrator account
2. Copy the profile from old username to new user.
3. Backup the entire registry.
4. Edit the exported .reg file to find and replace old user with new user.
5. Login as the new user.
6. Delete old user
7. Restore the new (edited) .reg

Would it work? If not, what other steps do I need to follow?

A:Change account user name in Windows 7

I would just create another user and delete the one that came on it.
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Changed User account name in Control Panel but the User folder in explorer remains the same. No option to Rename at rightclick.

I notice in User Accounts it says the name change is for Welcome screen and Start Menu. Why can't we change the User folder name?

Is there any option besides to delete account and start over? It is the only account and Admin. Will we lose anything other than files in User folders?

A:Can't change User account folder name

I don't believe so. It is a hold over from how Profiles are created. When a user account Profile is created, it sets a specific SID. That SID then stores what it thinks it should have, which, I believe, was also user account folders. I know that I have tried with XP to just pull over someone's profile, even from the domain, but for the computer, it was dead set on the naming convention it stuck for the SID that it would try and recreate it.
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okay...this is my first time on a forum. i don't know how to start a new thread or message anyone to ask the question which I need answered. so sorry if this is innapropriate but i need to know if there is anyway that I can change the name of my user account folder. my friend sold me his laptop and when he set it up he named it his name. i dont want to see his name every time I download something. I changed the account name but cant figure out the folder name. can someone please give me a little instruction or point me towards a tutorial?

A:change the name of my user account folder

Welcome aboard KyraGator08. Have a look at the link below, if it fulfills your needs

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name
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Ok guys I'm having problems with my user accounts on windows xp. I accidentally changed my User account to limited now it wont let me change the account type. It says only the administrator can change it so how do I get around this. If someone could help it would be greatly appreciated.

A:How To Change Limited User Account

Is it XP Home?

If so boot into Safe Mode and change the account there.

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A few months ago I purchased a Toshiba Satellite Laptop that has Windows 7 installed. I blew through the set up process and I realize that I made a descision that I want to change.

My computer had a default setting for the user of OWNER-TOSH when I look at our network. How can I change that to a different name? I have cruised around the Control Panel and just can't find it.

Thanks for the help!


A:Default User Account Name Change?

The best way is to MAKE and new account and then move all of your files to the new account. You will need to make all of you customization again.

AFTER you have moved everything and have been running the new account for a while (several days), then you can delete the account AND files from within Control panel.

Yes, there is a way to rename the account, BUT, the folder under "Users" will stay the same.
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A:How to Change Account/User Name on Windows 8

Hello theIrishBAMF, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you would like to only change the display name of your account, then you could use an option in the tutorial below depending on if it's a local or Microsoft account.
User Account Name - Change in Windows 8
If you wanted to change the name of your user profile folder (C:\User\(user-name), then The best way would be to create a new account with the name you wanted instead, and just delete the old account when finished. If this is a Microsoft account, then you would need to switch it to a local account before creating a new account since you will not be able to have two Microsoft accounts on the computer using the same email address.

Hope this helps,
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A:Change User Account info

Hello Graham, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You cannot rename the C:\Users\Comet folder. Changing the name only changes how the name that appears in the Start menu, then both names are attached to that user account.

To change this completely, you will need to create a new administrator account. Afterwards, copy the contents of your C:\Users\Comet folders into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders to keep your settings. If everthing checks out ok, then you can delete the old account from within your new account.

Hope this helps,
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is there any possible way i can move it to the big hard drive?

i hope im clear...
thanks in advance

A:how to change directory of user account

A step by step method is here:
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A:How To Change User Account Name (fully)

Go to start then run type in "control userpasswords2" without the quotes obviously.
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A:administrator account/password need to delete / change

Hello Sissyh20, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You'll need reset CMOS, and do a clean install of Windows for this.
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Hi ,
I am unable to delete user account . I am using Windows XP

A:NOT RESPONDING!! Unable to Delete User Account

How are you trying to go about deleting it? Are you logged in under an account that has Admin privilages?
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If anyone has any links that give practical tips for setting up other user accounts, I'd be most appreciative. Thanks!

A:Does deleting a program on one user account delete it for all??

Removing a program will remove it on all accounts. Set them up as limited users and they wont be able to install or remove drivers/programs or make any system wide changes. If you dont what them to see those programs you could just right click it and delete it from their start menu. I doubt that they would know to go to the c:\programfiles folder. When I was their age I crashed my computer. My dad got a program called kid's desk. It came on with startup and I could only launch the programs from it. You can read about it here.

That was back in 1993. They might have something like that now.
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Here is my problem.

When I turn my PC on, it comes to the screen where you choose which user to log on as. Now I only use one of these, the one called 'Stuarty'. The other one, called 'Delete me!' is never used, and it's the one I want rid of.

They are both admin accounts, but when i go to 'user accounts' in control panel, it will only let me delete the 'Stuarty' account. When I click the 'Delete me!' account, the option to 'delete account' isn't there.

Can anyone help me out please?


A:Windows 7 - Unable to delete user account

Have you tried to delete it from the computer manager?

Right click on My Computer and go to manage. Then go to Local Users and Groups, then Users. You should be able to delete it from there.
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A:How to Delete a Redundant Local User Account in Win. 8.1?

Hello Dovelyada, and welcome to Eight Forums.

While you are signed in to Windows with your Microsoft account, you should be able to use an option in the tutorial below to delete the local account.

User Account - Delete - Windows 7 Help Forums