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created new user desktop all messed up..HELP!!

by trainp01 / October 17, 2006 6:27 AM PDT

My computer was working fine. I would turn on the computer and it'll go straight into my desktop and I'll see all my files and icons on the desktop. Just 2 days ago, my son decides to "create" his own user account and he happens to set it him up also as the "administrator". When ever we turn on the computer, it would go to a screen and it would ask us to select a user to log on as (only one avail, it's his). We'd click his user account and it goes to a desktop, however, there is only 2 icons (recycle bin and adobe reader), nothing else. Where are my files/icons? How do I fix it? I rather undo what he did but it appears that I can't delete his user account because he is the administrator. HELP Please !!!!

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by John.Wilkinson / October 17, 2006 10:24 AM PDT

* What was the name of your account and what is the name of the one he created? By default Windows sets up one account, an administrator simply named "Administrator". If you create a second administrative account, "Administrator" becomes hidden automatically. This is by design so that you have one account you can fall back on if the others become corrupt.

* When the Welcome Screen appears (where you select a username) press ctrl + alt + delete twice and then type in your username and password (if applicable) into the alternative logon box. That should get you back in.

* Your files should still be located in C:\Documents and Settings\your username here...browse to that location from My Computer and verify.

* You can install Microsoft's TweakUI and after clicking Logon place a checkmark to each account you want displayed on the Welcome Screen so that you can choose from now on.

Hope this helps,

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by trainp01 / October 18, 2006 1:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Thoughts...

Hi and thanks for the reply. I never had an "account" before. The computer would just start up and go staight to my desktop. I assume that is the administrator, correct? My son creates an account called, "JB", which is also an administrator. I only know this because now when we turn on the computer, it goes to a welcome screen with his user account name and below his name, it says administrator. There is also another user named "guest" with "limited" access. I want to undo what he did and when I turn on the computer, it bypasses the welcome screen and goes staight to my desktop. Hopefully I get to see my files/icons as before.

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by John.Wilkinson / October 18, 2006 1:21 AM PDT
In reply to: thoughts...

That clarifies it a little bit. First, have him backup all of his personal files, favorites, etc for deleting his new account will delete those too.

Next, restart the computer and at the Welcome Screen press ctrl + alt + delete twice. Enter the username administrator and no password.

Once logged in, go Start->Control Panel->User Accounts and delete his account. You will also want to disable the Guest account. Just click on each account for more options.

After you restart the only active account will be the original Administrator and it should automatically log in for you. If it doesn't you can use Microsoft's TweakUI to force the automatic login.

Hope this helps,

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thanks again
by trainp01 / October 18, 2006 1:45 AM PDT
In reply to: OK...

ok, I won't need to save anything on his account since it was just created 2 days ago. We really never touched the computer. I will just delete his account. I will do as you say this evening when I get home. I hope this will put me back to the "normal" state as before. Question, by doing this, I will see what I use to see before, right? (ie. my icons and files?). Thanks again for all your help. I will give an update this evening.

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by John.Wilkinson / October 18, 2006 2:26 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks again

Each account has its own documents, settings, icons, Start Menu items, etc. All you have to do is get back into that account and you'll find everything right where you left it.

Let us know how it goes.

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Worked !!!
by trainp01 / October 19, 2006 3:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes...

It worked beautifully. Thanks so much for all your help. Kudos to you !!!!

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Try this
by glb613 / October 17, 2006 9:39 PM PDT

Start the computer and allow it to get to the desktop. Go to start, log off then switch users and see if your account is listed. If so, log onto it. Go to the control panel, user accounts and delete the account created by your son.

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try this
by trainp01 / October 18, 2006 1:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this

Thank you for your response. When I do what you say, I see 2 accounts, his "administrator, and guest with limited access. I can't delete his because he is the administrator and as a guest with limited access, I can't make no changes. Please see my reply to the other message for more info. Again, thanks for your help.

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