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billg678

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My Welcome Screen has two user names that appear: Administrator Access, and Daily User.

Up until a week ago, if I clicked on the WELCOME Screen's Daily User icon a particular Desktop/Start screen would appear. However, after backing up some files and logging off from the Admin. User’s side, something I did during that backup process now causes my computer to bring up a different Desktop/Start screen which is associated with the folder listed under my wife’s name to appear.

Folders listed under C drive’s “Documents & Folders” are:
All Users – one that is seldom used;
Daily User – this is where my previous Desktop/Start screen is located;
Wife’s name – this is where the new Desktop/Start screen runs;
William – my Desktop/Start screen for Admin. User.

How do I get my computer to revert back to the prior “Daily User”’s Desktop/Start Screen when I click the Welcome Screen’s Daily User icon?

Update October 21:

NO REPLIES AFTER 30 REVIEWS?? Have I confused my reviewers or not clearly described the problem; or is it too simple a question to merit someone's time?

Edited by billg678, 21 October 2011 - 06:15 PM.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:37 AM
Update October 21:
NO REPLIES AFTER 30 REVIEWS?? Have I confused my reviewers or not clearly described the problem; or is it too simple a question to merit someone's time?
This post has been edited by billg678: Yesterday, 10:15 AM

Note that the times may show my local time after logging in - My current local time is Sunday morning and I am reviewing this now.

Hello billg678 -
Please note that all questions are not always as simple as you may think, and most of them require some research.
My parents always said to first say Please, and to finish with Thank You, when asking for something (especially free) .

There is no question that the generally "Volunteer staff" here choose to Ignore deliberately or refuse to answer unless it is abusive.

With that said ; I will now try to find some related answers to your question -

Thank You -
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Hi again -
A quick first reply would be to ask if you have (or done) a System Restore in the last week to try and solve this.
I would have done that as soon as the problem was noticed, as this may solve the situation.

Next, have you noticed any other problems, strange activities, with the general operation (especially on line problems) ? ?
This must be followed by, are your Antivirus and Antimalware programs fully updated and have you scanned daily with them ? ?
By Antimalware programs I tend to refer to those like Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware as being among the better ones.

Have you got the computer set up with 2 partitions, or simply 2 internal accounts ? ?

If you could please check these items and respond to them, I will keep a watch on this topic -

Regards -
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billg678

Have I confused my reviewers or not clearly described the problem; or is it too simple a question to merit someone's time?


It will not be either, as noknojon, has already said. It will simply be due to the vast number of posts on the site and simply that no one got around to dealing with your thread. The reviews may have course been by people looking, to see if your post related to their problem. None of these reviews MAY have been by members who assist with problems.

That all said, when you do receive a response, you do not always reply, to the suggestions/help offered.

For example on the 11 October you posted this thread
http://www.geekstogo...__fromsearch__1

I replied on 12 October, you have NEVER responded.

and then, although it is going back to 2009, on 6Jan you posted this
http://www.geekstogo...__fromsearch__1
you recieved a reply the same day and again NEVER responded.


Please be assured that we at GeekstoGo attempt to offer help to all who post. VERY occasionally one post may be missed, and more often, but still few in number compared with the vast amount of posts, one may wait a few days for a reply. This situation is recognised and a special forum is dedicated to the matter - called The Waiting Room.

The Waiting Room
Waiting for help? Been at least 3 days? Sorry we missed you! Create a new topic in this special forum and you'll get a response.




May I ask that you do respond to the help offered, either to pursue the matter through to a conclusion, or of course as it is your thread, you may simply post at anytime that you no longer require help ,on that particular thread, preferably indicating if the problem as been solved and HOW. This is of great benefit to people browsing the site and looking at the various posts.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 23 October 2011 - 12:10 PM.

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Macboatmaster as well as to Noknowjon,
My apologies to both concerning my post(s); no rudeness was intended, but now reading my update reply it is easily seen how that came across.

Noknowjon's reply references my first post concerning this current problem and as best as can recall that is as much as I can explain the circumstances. These two October postings reflect what I'm trying to resolve - i.e. they are tied together.

I did a system restore and nothing changed as far as the log-on process, i.e., it still goes thru (I presume) my wife's named folder instead of the prior one called "Daily User."

I have McAfee Total Sys Protection every thing "ON"; and have also done several Malwarebyte scans - nothing appears amiss.

Concerning separate partitions: probably not, but I'm not certain of that, only that my initial Log-on Screen contains two icon choices: one for the Admn access via password; and the other icon "Daily User."

I can get into the folder called "Daily User" by accessing the "C" and driving down to it and find all my files intact; my Admin account files are also intact and the log-on into the Admin account occurs without any problem.

I decided not to attempt a second Restore not knowing if I was possibly going to create additional problems.

If either of you feel that the issue will only be resolved by complicated (to a novice) instructions, just say so (i.e., don't waste your time) and I will simply make do - (although my wife is not happy!) and I do/will appreciate the efforts!!
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noknojon,
I'm not sure how your next day reply (Oct 12) to my Oct 11 query was overlooked; and with my lastest query on the same subject, obviously, I missed it although I would've sworn I had checked back in order to find someone with a solution.

Please check my response to MacBoat... as it answers the questions you posted on Oct 12 - and thank you for posting.

Regarding your help on my long ago problem with the picture, a much belated "Thank you" I did not pursue that approach as that particular picture was essentially a one-time(?) issue and felt it added more software "know-how" beyond what my daily/normal level would normally be.
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Thank you for posting and your apology.
Please just ensure that in future you do respond, even if it it transpires to be a one time issue, when of course you may simply post indicating that you no longer require help.



1. To deal with the problem of this thread and the question of partitions Firstly open My Computer - how many Hard disc drives are shown - just the one C Drive or others.
Then go Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management and Disk management.
Caution - You are advised not to make any changes.
Is what is shown there the same as in My Computer.

2. Go Control Panel - User Accounts what accounts are shown there as available for log on.


3. Now do this


To disable or activate a user account
You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

1.

Open Computer Management

2.

In the console tree, click Users.

Where?

Computer Management > System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users

3.

Right-click the user account you want to change, and then click Properties.

4.

Do one of the following:

•To disable the selected user account, select the Account is disabled check box.

•To activate the selected user account, clear the Account is disabled check box.

Note

•To open Computer Management, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.

•A disabled account still exists, but the user is not permitted to log on. It appears in the details pane, but the icon has an X in it.

•When a user account is activated, the user is permitted to log on normally.

•The built-in Administrator account cannot be disabled.

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Related Topics
Local Users and Groups overview
The links below are clickable.

Change the password for a user

Create a new user account

Delete a user account

Disable or activate a user account

Modify a user account

Rename a user account



It seems to me that somehow during the procedure of backing up files etc. the profile for your wife has been moved to the profile for the daily user account., and either the original profile for the Daily User account has been deleted OR that account has been changed to the profile for you wife`s account

You will I am sure find the answer in Local Users and Groups, Users

If you cannot work it out from there please post back.
To save me a lot of typing see this
http://social.techne...4-083aec676f36/

Edited by Macboatmaster, 25 October 2011 - 12:59 PM.

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Hi again -
This is just as a side note ,First I meant nothing bad to be directly aimed at you from my posts. They were "Generic" in their response.
This would be posted to any topic opener that seemed to be saying we are ignoring the forum (maybe except on Christmas or similar) -

You may note that I sign in from Australia, and therefore the entry of a post shows in my timezone , not your local (could be in England, Siberia, Italy, etc.)

Macboatmaster only put his personal views forward as he recalled responding to a previous topic by you, and He never got a reply.

This works both ways, and we prefer both sides to always be happy with an outcome - :)

Thank You -
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1. Concerning partitions listed in the Disk mgt box: the word ‘partition’ is listed 3 times, one line above the other and each line describes some type of Volume, Layout, Type, File System, etc under 10 columnar headings. So, the visual aspect of what is shown is completely different from the visual shown in the My Computer, C drive. The Disk Mgt screen provides technical details which are lost on me – although to you, it might indicate that the My Computer info is in fact the same. The first line indicates a healthy (EISA configuration), 47MB, 85% free; the second a healthy (unknown partition) with 3.38 GB space with 11% free; the third, healthy (system), 71GB, 59% free.

2. The following user icons are shown under the User’s Accounts screen: Admn Access Only, password protected; Daily User, limited acces, Guest, account is off.

3. Re to access the “Users” folder: my path shows the following - Computer Mgt, System Tools, which when highlited lists only four folders: Event Viewer, Shared Folders, Performance Logs and Alerts, and Device Manager - i.e. there is no “local user and groups, or Users pathway.

Along with the System Tools folder listed under Computer Mgt is a Storage folder and a Service and Applications folder – nothing else. So I’m going to post this and then do a system “search” for a folder named “User”. I’ll let you know if I’m successful, but I’d like to know if the path my computer shows (above) is somehow incorrect since it is different from yours.

You linked me over to a Microsoft problem forum and as it turns out that was my posting of the current situation. I did the restore, but nothing came from that – which to me is very odd to begin with since I thought a Syst Restore would restore everything back to normal – but maybe not everything!? His other advice was based upon thinking I had deleted the folder, but that’s not correct since all files can still be found so I didn’t follow up on his more detailed solution.

Sorry for so much verbiage here.
Thank you
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I've just posted a reply to MacBoat...'s suggested procedure which ended in a dead-end for me. Since both of you have responded, I'm not sure who I need to keep in touch with - your suggestion would be appreciated.
Thanks

PS I don't guess there's a 'cc' function on these postings?
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You do not need to post separate replies as such.
Once we answer a post, we both receive notifications of your reply.
Therefore you are by posting keeping in touch with both of us, so to speak
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The system partition is your C Drive.
The EISA partition is the diagnostic tools - perhaps it is a Dell computer or certainly a branded computer.
The other partition is most likely your recovery partition to recover to the original state. Usually using F11 at boot.

However that has answered the question - effectively for this purpose you have only the one partition, as the question arose in case a User Account - Documents and Settings was stored elsewhere.


1. Is operating system XP professional or XP Home. If you are not sure, right click My Computer and click properties. It will tell you there..
However I think I now know it is XP Home as Local Users and Groups are not included in the view in Computer Management etc.

Log on to the account Daily User.
Press Ctrl Alt Del to activate Task manager, click the Users tab.
What account name is shown please.
This is not as stupid as it may sound at first, as if an account name is changed in Control panel User Accounts, the new name appears on the Welcome screen but the actual account name remains the same.

If you wish to see more detail go start, run and type control userpasswords2. Click to highlight an account and click properties, you will see the actual name of the account as against the name in User Accounts via Control Panel.
If you follow as below - you can then DELETE the account rather then simply deleting it from User Accounst Control Panel.
CAUTION Be extremely careful. If you delete here the wrong account or the admin account you will have serious problems.

At this time, the simple answer maybe to log on with your admin account. Check the documents and settings folder for the daily user. If that is what you want to display, create a new account, with a slightly different name. Copy what you wish to that new account.
Check the documents and setings for your wife`s account and if that is as you wish you do not need to do anything there, otherwise copy or edit as required.

NOTE you cannot alter accounts to which you are logged in of course.
Here is HOW to copy the documents and settings
NOTE carefully the files NOT to copy.

The artcile deals with corrupted user accounts but the principle is the same.

That all said, I am sure you will appreciate that it is rather difficult to know exactly what you have done that has caused this problem. I did not of course know that the thread on the other site was YOU but I think that point was made there.
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Task Mgr's User's tab while under "Daily User" indicates wife's name (Judy). Just to restate from my first post, the Welcome Screen icon named "Daily User" has always been that name - I could understand some of this, if it was that name that had changed.

You referenced an article to pass to me, but I don't see it as a link.

Due to personal time issues (Trip out of town Fri thru Monday), I'm not proceeding with any actions and will have to hold any further postings till return - I hope this does not inconvenience you.
Thanks for the support!
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Well unless I have misunderstood you, or you me, I thought that the Daily User was NOT your wife`s account and that your wife had her account, albeit it was not on the welcome screen,as presumably it was not enabled.

The purpose of the Task Manager is to see which account is really logged on with the user name at the welcome screen, and as you report it is your wife`s account - Judy.

That is why your wife`s desktop is being loaded when you now log on with the Daily User account.

Does this explain the situation for you. I have a number of computers. One of them is used solely by my wife. I changed the name of the account in the Control Panel, User accounts to my wife`s name, but in Task Manager it is still shown as Macboatmaster.

There is as I see it only two explanations. Either you have changed the name of your wife`s account to Daily User in Control Panel User Accounts and presumably you know you have NOT done that OR you have copied the documents and settings or part of them from your wife`s profile to the Dail User profile. I cannot see another explanation.
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billg678

I am offline from tonight until late 5 Nov.
Hope you made some progress.

Please do let us know how you went on it with it.
If you post requring further help I am sure someone will come back to you.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 01 November 2011 - 05:27 PM.

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