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Cannot Create User Accounts


I have a dell laptop with windows 7. I want to create new users on my computer. It has two now, one standard and the other administrative. I am trying to create a new user but whenever i get to the part where i have to name the new user account a message comes up that says : the specified account name is not valid because account names cannot contain the following characters /[]":;|<>+=, ?* Please type in a different name.

I am not typing this in but it is not accepting the name i am putting. It is not accepting any name.


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User Accounts

I am getting windows 7 ultimate and need to know how to properly set up user accounts: when i set time restrictions for my son, using the standard account, i will use the administrator account to do this. Do i set up an account for myself, as administrator and then one for him , standard account, password protected, then he can change his password later. Or can i set the time restrictions later even though he has password protected his user account.

In other words, can the administrator get into his standard account after he has password protected it? If i need to set this up in advance, do the time restrictions carry over to his user account, saved? Can he modify them? I hope i asked this question clearly, please let me know if you have any questions.


Posted On: 2010-04-29 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Deleting Old User Accounts

My computers fairly new and a few weeks back after using windows media center and connecting it to my 360 for the very first time and re arranging which files it accessed music and pictures from it lost its desktop background, and refused to let me open any files and instead showing a golden pad lock next to everything claiming i didn't have permission, it began asking me for permission every time i started a program. Being unable to fix the problem (using restores and adjusting media centre settings) i created a second account, which ran without any obvious problem and so began to copy the data across onto my new account which for some reason has a padlock next to it as well.

When i came to delete my old account the computer told me that it could save all the documents and files from that account into a file under the name of my original account, which i did just to be safe. Anyway its done that and im sure that i want to delete the files now to free up my hard drive, but when i try to delete my old user account it tells me that im deleting files that are vital for windows to run, also theres a new account there as well called mcx1 thats taking a large portion of space, so basically how can i delete these old accounts and get my hard drive space back?


Posted On: 2010-08-08 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

User Accounts & Profiles

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Within the last 24hrs the screen became jumbled with many horizontal lines (like tv tuner static), and the computer completely froze up. I powered down from the power outlet, then powered back-up normally. Only the administrator's user account appears on the desk top now. The other user profiles still exist on the hdd (c drive) under the 'users' file.


Posted On: 2010-05-14 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-08-19 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I have a few empty test folders under three of the accounts since i had some problems setting up the accounts initially. My account contains a folder with a number of files for my course but i plan on copying them to a flash drive "just in case" they get clobbered by the easy transfer process. While i'm at it, should i install my program files after the transfer or before or doesn't it matter?


Posted On: 2010-01-23 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Also the option while connecting "save this username and password for the following accounts -> anyone who uses this computer " is greyed out. Thus, im unable to keep my internet connection active simultaneously for both the accounts. I was able to do this in windows xp 32-bit.


Posted On: 2010-04-28 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-22 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I seem to have created a mess in uac and i can't clean it up. When windows 7 opens up, i have buttons for two accounts, one is an admin account. That admin account is new, created yesterday. The other account was formerly my admin account, but i changed it to standard yesterday, and changed the name too. I did this because i have been having problems installing some hp utilities, and one possibility i read about was problems caused by using an apostrophe in an admin account's name, which i had inadvertently done. So i created a new admin account, changed the old one's name, and changed it to a standard account.

Here's the problem:  when i go into the users folder in explorer, the two accounts mentioned above are not listed, but other old ones are, including the old admin account with its old name. That name and another old account have padlocks on them. I'm assuming that can't be good, even though the only problem i've noticed so far is that i'm still not able to install the hp utilities. I'm willing to give up on them, but i'm afraid it's indicative of other problems down the road.


Posted On: 2010-02-06 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I am already using one machine as a "media server"bandwidth and storage are no problem, have about 4tb with less the 1 in use and running wireless n draft nimo and wired gigabit. I would rather not purchase home server or any kind of premium program. Any advice or links to relevant literature are appreciated. If the xp machines can't participate in this that's no big deal the kids just use them to play internet games and watch movies.


Posted On: 2010-06-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-09 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-15 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-11-04 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-08-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I have three home computers running windows 7 (64-bit). Adobe flash player runs on some accounts but not others. It runs on the administrator account on all three computers. It runs on some user accounts on some computers but not on other user accounts.

I have tried some of the solutions suggested elsewhere:
- I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling flash player; it didn't help.
- I have also tried downloading and running the subinacl program to change the registry permissions; it didn't help.

I understand from another posting that one person got this resolved by spending two hours on the phone with microsoft tech support. Unfortunately, it is not clear exactly what tech support did to resolve the problem.

As far as i can tall, the ie8 settings are identical for the accounts where flash player works and the accounts where it does not work.


Posted On: 2010-01-10 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Setting Family Safety Locks User Accounts

I have 2 boys aged 6 and 9 year old, so i through it would be a good idea to set up family safety on the pc. So wanting to fully understand the scope of family safety i carefully followed  instructions and implemented the accounts. I ended up with 3 accounts, 2 for the boys, one each, both with passwords set as their names and one admin account that i did not touch at all!  All looked very good and i was pleased that i now understood a bit more about windows 7 and i had better control on my children’s web usage/access. Started at this point! 

The pc was rebooted and the screen came up with the 3 accounts, all looking good. I then entered the relevant passwords to each account in turn and none were accepted, just the response "user name or password incorrect" !

I raised this with your forum and was directed to carry out a restore to the last save point, i did this and the pc came up, but i lost simply months of work effort and left very disillusioned with both my new pc and microsoft!
 
Very carefully again i set 2 accounts up for the boys and this time i did set a password for the admin account. On completion i switched user accounts and to my horror and intense disappointment i get the message "user name or password incorrect". My machine is locked out again!

Can you please assist me? I’ve worked with pc ‘s on an off for 15+ years, i’m not stupid and understand the environment, but this is killing me. I’ve starting to hate the thing i love and that managed all the entertainment to my house! All i wanted to do was improve the computing experience of my family!

The pc is a packard bell extreme running windows home premium. Please please help me to set up family safety accounts and understand what and what is going on here? I also do not have a password restore disc, so i’m going to restore the pc again.


Posted On: 2010-03-27 . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Cannot Create New User

In windows 7 home premium, my only account is an administrator account. I want to make a new standard account but i can't. When i open control panel > user accounts > manage another account, i see an empty box under the heading "choose the account you would like to change" i know from looking at help articles that my user icon should appear in this box, but it doesn't.

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Posted On: 2010-04-02 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-08-07 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Next day i logged in as 'srinivas' account and opened the cmd.exe prompt, it is pointing to: c:userssrinivas>

If i do the same thing by right-clicking on cmd.exe with run as administrator, it is pointing to c:windowssystem32>

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Posted On: 2010-03-07 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-06-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-08-20 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-30 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

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