User Account Modification Questions...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by SamIchi, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    When I first installed Windows on my machine, th user was just Administrator. I wanted my name to be on there, so I created another account. When I made it, it alsoo had administrative rights on the computer. So I log off and go onto my new name.

    My question is, can I just copy the user information and files from administrator and delete that account? I go to users in control panel but I can only see the account with my name on it. I don't know where the administrator account went.

    But when I reboot it doesn't go onto the log on screen it goes directly to the administrator user. I have to log off and then choose the new account I made. I don't know whats going on. If I go to C:<Documents and Settings and then delete the administrator folder would that do the trick? I don't want it to cause any problems at startup.

    I want to make sure I have all my documents and setttings in my new account before I delete it.
     
  2. iCeQuBe macrumors regular

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    You could delete the Administrator account but it would be better to keep it around in case you run into any problems with your account. You can stop the automatic login by going to the control panel and then double clicking user accounts once there click on change the way users log on or off then click the check box next to Use the welcome screen. You can also enable fast user switching if you have more than one user. If you really want to delete the administrator account you can by clicking on start then right clicking on My Computer and chooseing manage from the menu that appears. Once you are in the Computer Management applet double click on Local Users and Groups then click on users. You can then add and remove users there and you will see the administrator account there. Like I said it is better to keep it in case your account gets corupted but thats up to you.



     
  3. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    Stupid Windows

    I guess it's a bad ideak to delete the administrators user files from documents and settings because I just did that and Windows wouldn't start up. I had to restart and it started on the administrators user, so I went to log off, but I got the BSOD and it restarted. I tried logging off again, and the same thing. :( :mad: :(

    I already have those 2 options checked "Use Welcome Screen" and "fast user switching". The welcome screen still doesn't load.

    Another thing that I find wierd is that when I go to log off only "SaM" (the user I created) and Guest show up. There is no Administrator. Something is effed up with my Windows accounts.

    And right now I can't even switch users.

    Here's a screenshot of the users info. There's nothing next to the one I created, but if I go to the "users" in the Control Panel it say I'm an administrator.
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    UPDATE
    Things seem back to normal, and I figured out how to change the name that appears on the user.I did what IceQube said to get to manage accounts. I had to goto my computer, right click, manage, click on Local Users and Groups, and then users. Then I went and right clicked to get properties on the administrator, and input desired name under Full Name. I wish I knew this earlier, I wouldn't have gone through all this crap.

    I still can't figure out why it won't load the Welcome screen at start-up
     
  4. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    FWIW the admin account doesn't usually show up on the Welcome Screen when you have another account with admin rights and requires some work to make it show on there...
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/quicktips/qt/addadmin.htm

    In effect you only have one account for the Welcome Screen, SaM.

    You need to figure out why it's automatically logging in as admin.

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  5. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    Hmm... I didn't know administrator didn't show up on the welcome screen. I used Windows primarily so long ago.

    Yea I want to know why the welcome screen doesn't come up. When I uncheck the "Use Welcome Screen" box, Windows doesn't even load up.
     
  6. iCeQuBe macrumors regular

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    Well I am glad that you were able to get back in but as stated above you hav eto find out why it keeps loggin in automatically as administrator. It usually only does that when you have no other users created. Once you create other users the administrator user doesn't show up unless you hit ctrl-alt-del, del. Yes you read that right del twice.... Anyway did you install power tools and enable auto-login or something? That would cause it to login as administrator. Unchecking the welcome screen should just give you a login prompt not give you a BSOD or not start windows at all. You may just want to re-install windows all over again.
     
  7. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    If I reinstall Windows, there's an option to just reinstall and keep all my files right?

    After all this, I remember why Mac is superior.
     
  8. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Actually if you do a repair install, one of the things that gets preserved beyond your files is your SAM database, which includes the user and group settings. (It has to to be able to preserve file permissions).

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