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Changed User Name for XP - now locked out

by avonw / June 26, 2005 11:15 PM PDT

I'm running WinXP Home, SP2, no network. One user, so no log-on required.

I was trying a 'tweak' program, and used an option to change the Windows user name from ''user'' to my own name.

Now when windows boots, I get a log-on icon for ''user'', and clicking on it (or, for that matter, on ''Turn Off Computer'') does nothing.

If I boot up in Safe Mode, I get 2 log-on icons:
''Administrator'' and ''user''.
Neither icon does anything, so I am completely locked out of Windows.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

AW

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Try repairing Windows...
by John.Wilkinson / June 27, 2005 3:11 AM PDT

Hey...same thing happened to me yesterday, except after installing some faulty drivers from ATI. Completely corrupted my logon (except Safe Mode worked for me).

If you can't logon to Windows at all, your best bet is to repair Windows (like I did). Check out this guide, created by a Microsoft MVP. However, be aware that this isn't 100% foolproof. If something goes wrong, you could loose all of the data on your computer. (Happened to me a few months ago, so I was a little hesitant this time...fortunately it worked.)

If you'd like to explore other options, give us a shout back with the name of the "tweak program" you used. There may be an easier/less risky method of fixing the problem.

Hope this helps,
John


P.S. You can change your user name in Windows XP without using a tweak program...just go start->control panel->user accounts->iser name->change name. With this method, you won't risk corrupting Windows logon.

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See if
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 27, 2005 4:58 AM PDT
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Not that difficult
by Yew / June 27, 2005 5:16 AM PDT

Just press Ctrl-Alt-Del twice at the login screen, and it should change to two text boxes. Type in the new user name, along with the password, and you should be able to get in.

Might not be a bad idea to use the tweak program to put things back, then use the user account control pannel program to change the user name.

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You might also
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 27, 2005 5:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Not that difficult

want to create a 2nd user with full Admin rights, just in case your own account ever gets corrupted again.

Mark

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Thanks... Fixed!!
by avonw / June 27, 2005 11:03 AM PDT

Thank you all...

I tried yewanchor's suggestion 1st... I'm back in!

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