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Fix "cross connected" Windows 8 users

by joe7777777777 / February 17, 2013 10:51 AM PST

I just upgraded to Windows 8 in two computers. In one, the install went just fine. The other, an HP TouchSmart 420, has TWO users. Lets call them Jack and Jill. Both have ADMIN lever access, but Jill is the normal computer user. So I want to have the computer to automatically boot up and go into JILLs desktop without a password entry. But JACKs password is needed also so this computer can access files on some other computers on the LAN. All this was working just fine on Win 7 Pro.

I could not get Win 8 to automatically boot into JILLs desktop so I went in to user settings to check>apply>uncheck the "all users must enter a password to access this computer. This all went well, but the system still would not boot into JILLs desktop without a password entry.

I read an article which said that sometimes you must DELETE a user and reinstall that user from scratch before the auto-login will work. So I tried that.

What I succeeded in doing when I deleted user JILL was to lock myself completely OUT of the computer. That is, the JACK password would no longer work and JILL's logon option was gone. I went thru the SYSTEM RESTORE process and got back up all OK. But I now notice that if I change the JACK password, then NEITHER the JACK nor the JILL passwords will work from there! Very strange. I have not seen this before. Does anyone have some ideas as to what is going on and how to address this problem? Thanks.

I am thinking that next I will try adding a completely NEW admin user and then try deleting JACK and JILL and reinstalling. But I cannot try that immediately.

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