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How do I get rid of old user accounts?


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I bought this used Toshiba Satellite with XP on it. The man I bought it from had deleted the user accounts, but the folders for those accounts are still in Documents and Settings. When I turn it on it boots into one of those accounts.

The only accounts listed in User Accounts are User/Administrator and Guest. these other users aren't even there.

All changes I've made since getting it are in this one folder with the person's name on it. Sometimes I'm denied access to certain things. How do I change all this to make it mine? I tried renaming the folder but windows won't let me. All I want to do is turn it on and it boots to one and the same desktop every time, and I want to delete all these other folders.

I'm the only one using it. I would like to get rid of the Admin/User function altogether because I don't need it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! :whistling:
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first create yourself a user with your name on it and make sure it's in the administrators group (if you don't know how to do that let us know)

then log on as that user and right click on "my computer" then choose properties, then go to the advanced tab, then click the properties button in the "user profiles" section. highlight the account that you want to remove and press the delete button
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Thanks for the quick reply.

Don't know how. Cut my teeth on older Windows and am not that familiar with XP.
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http://www.microsoft...r.mspx?mfr=true <--to add a new user
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After much frustration, I finally got everything back to normal in my new user account. When I went to delete as you specified above, the delete button would not activate when I highlighted the listing I wanted to delete, nor for my new account, but when I highlighted the admin account the delete button activated. I thought the admin account could not possibly be deleted.

In the box four accounts were listed: unknown account (which I was able to delete), BOOBEAR/administrator, BOOBEAR/Joe Smith (not the person's real name), and the new account, BOOBEAR/RAM. Where did the Boobear come from? There are two folders with this person's name on them in Docs and Sets: 1 is Joe Smith and the other is Joe Smith.BOOBEAR. What the heck is boobear? Is there any other way to delete them?
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boobear is the name of the computer

try restarting the computer and logging on as your new user that you created...then try deleting those accounts again the same way
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That worked great! Thanks.

Before creating this new account, Windows booted up to the desktop - no users at the welcome screen, no log on box - just booted to the desktop. How do I set it now to do the same thing? When I turn it on I would like for it to boot to the desktop without having to do anything. Does that have something to do with the Joe Smith.BOOBEAR folder? I did delete it but can restore it from the Recycle Bin if necessary.
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no...it's about a setting in windows

http://www.delphifaq...user/f966.shtml
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Thank you so very much for your help!
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