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Brenna

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Hey everyone. I have a major problem. Lol I put below my system's specifications and all.

Computer manufacturer: HP
Computer model: HP pavillion ze4200
Operating system (Windows version): XP Home Edition
Type of browser (Internet Explorer or similar) and version : IE 6
CPU (processor) type and speed: Mobile Intel Celeron CPU 1.60GHz
Amount of memory installed (RAM): 192 MB of RAM
Hard drive size: 20 GB
Hard drive free space: 1.28 GB
Anti-virus program : Norton Anti-virus 2005
Firewall program : Norton
Spyware / adware check program : SpySweeper

Problem:
I went to turn my notebook on, it started like usual, but when it came to the blue welcome screen, (the one that says click a username to begin) the icon that's supposed to be there wasn't! My account is like gone. The icon that's supposed to be with my username isn't there. I have absolutely no idea what went wrong. I have no logical explanation as to why this has happened.

If someone could please help me, in any shape or form, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a million

Brenna

Edited by Brenna, 18 July 2005 - 07:21 PM.

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Press CTRL+ALT+DEL, twice, and then type your user name and password to log on to your computer.

Go to Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel

Double-click User Accounts.

Click Change the way users log on or off.

Click to select the Use the Welcome screen check box, and then click OK.

if it was clicked, unclick it and reboot, do the above again, and then click it

fix?
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Hi Brenna.
Can you connect to the Internet by clicking on Start...connect to
and then clicking on your dial-up Internet provider?

I use to log off but my 'computer expert' told me it was unnecessary.

Now I just disconnect by right clicking on those little double blue computers
in the lower right hand side and then clicking on disconnect.
It sure saves a lot of time not having to log back on each time. ;)

When I need to Re Boot, I click on Start...Turn off computer...Restart.

I am only writing this as a suggestion how to get connected to the Internet,
not how to get your log in name back...I think gerry told you how to do that.

Sincerely, Janie ;)
P.S. You probably already know about how to disconnect by clicking on the double blue computers! :tazz:

Edited by fflowergirl, 18 July 2005 - 10:18 PM.

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Gerry, thanks for that. I did it, but when I typed in my username and password it told me that the system could not log me in. :tazz:

I'm not sure why, but it did. Lol So now, I'm at a loss as to what's happened. ;)

Edited by Brenna, 19 July 2005 - 06:48 PM.

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crapped profile


do as I said before, but this time type in ADMINISTRATOR, but no password

hit enter


does it load up?
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Nope. Lol

I hate computers. Lol And I'm *supposed* to be majoring in engineering. :tazz:
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really, it did not load with the administrator account?

uh, crap....

and an HP pc means no windows disk...have you tried loading in safe mode?
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Yeah, tried that a million times over. Lol

HP isn't treating me very kindly these days.
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just so we're clear....do you have a windows disk or a system restore disk
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I do have a system restore CD.
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Any other help? Lol I tried doing what was suggested so many times, to no avail.

I'm desperate. Lol Is there a reason why this happens? Why the user accounts disappear from the welcome screen?

I have another quick question. If I were to install a second drive, an external one that is, would that help the problem and could I log in?

Brenna
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Hi Brenna.
I was wondering if you tried my simple little procedure in post number 3
for connecting to the Internet.

Just curious if it would work or not. (I realize what you really want is log in page back.)


Janie :tazz:

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Hey Brenna.
I just found this information on the Internet...I wonder if it just might be the
solution you have been looking for.
Wouldn't that be REALLY GREAT!
Janie :tazz:



Tip #229 - Hidden User Account



Hidden User Account


For my next trick I will make a user account disappear, yet remain a full functioning account. Today's Security Tip is another way to lock down your system, and it does this by hiding specified user accounts. This feature is only available in XP and 2000, so unfortunately the rest of you are out of luck. This process does involve an easy registry edit, but if you're uncomfortable with that you might want to think twice about attempting this.

Normally when you log into XP, you see the startup screen where you see all the icons for the users who can access. What this tip does is allow you to hide a desired account from this screen. If you want to log on as this user you have to press Cntrl+Alt+Del twice at the Welcome screen to make a Windows Security dialog box appear. Here you can type in the user name and password of the hidden account and log in. Limited Users shouldn't be able to see any sign of you except for the listing in the Documents and Settings folder. Other administrative users will be able to see your hidden account in Control Panel/User Accounts, so keep this in mind when you're planning this out.

Before I begin with the instructions you may want to review our 8-23-2004 tip on backing up and restoring the System Registry, this is always a good idea when messing around in here.
http://www.worldstar...html&08-23-2004

All right, now down to the good stuff. If having a hidden account sounds like your cup of tea, and you have no problem with small Registry augmentation, then let's go:

* First we need to open up the Registry Editor. Go to Start/Run and type "regedit" and click OK

* You should be looking at the Registry editor, and what we need to do now is navigate to H-KEY\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\Userlist . You will not see this folder if you do not have "show hidden system files" turned on. If you don't know how to do this, check out the tip on our website...
http://www.worldstar...idden-files.htm

* Once here we need to create another DWORD value. This is easier than it sounds, right click on the User list label file on the left side of the screen and select New>DWORD . You'll see the new entry in the right pane of the window, rename this value the name of the user account you want hidden (exactly how it is listed in the Startup screen, case sensitive) and leave the value at 0.

* Close your Registry Editor and restart the PC. When the Welcome screen comes up you'll notice that there's no icon for the user you just concealed. So how do you log in? This is where you press Cntrl+Alt+Del 2x's and the Windows Security Dialog box will come asking you to authenticate (ame/password) after this the system should log you in.

Here's one more thing you might want to keep in mind—Windows logon screen. This is the screen where you see the available users you can choose to log in as. You can turn this option on/off in the User Accounts ( Start/Control Panel/User Accounts then "Change the way Users log in or off" and "Use Windows Welcome Screen" and you need to turn it off if you plan on using a hidden account and there are no other accounts on the system. The reason why is that the Windows doesn't have any user accounts to display in the Welcome screen, so it will continuously reboot. Now if you do run into this or any problems simply enter Safe mode at the next boot, this will allow you to go to the User Accounts Window and fix any problems. If you find that you can't log in at all with your hidden account go back and look at the registry value you created. Make sure you're spelling the user name is correct and that it's in the right location in the registry.

I hope everything goes smoothly for you, and until next week, stay safe.

Edited by fflowergirl, 20 July 2005 - 08:12 PM.

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Moving to Page One
for Brenna. :tazz:

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Janie, thanks so much for your help. :tazz: Thankfully I did what it said, and now it's all back up and running. Lol So simple now that I think about it.

I really appreciate your help.

Brenna
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