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#1 Siochain

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 08:00 PM



Hello!

I am fairly well-educated, but NOT in computer science! When computers and programs came with manuals I could usually figure out how to use them (eventually). Now a new computer brings a new OS (XP Home) and I find myself unable to do many things I used to do easily. The first question I can't seem to find a clue to in "online help" is this:

I am the only one who uses this computer. I don't understand why I have to logon (no password) every time it comes out of sleep mode and seem to have difficulty finding things (files/pictures) which may be under my name or not and kept in a variety of places. When I go to control panel and click user accounts the only one listed is under my name; is there a "hidden" one for "administrator"? If so how do I get rid of it and unify the whole thing?

On the logon welcome screen there is a button in the lower left that says "turn off personal use". Does anyone know what that MEANS? I am reluctant to click something without some sense of the ramifications. I just don't know the language well enough (e.g. the emoticons moving around on the side panel right now are driving me crazy, but I don't know what "toggle side panel" means/does so I will not click it).

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 08:43 PM

Go back to user accounts-time to see if your account is password protected. Click on Change an account under Pick A Task OR your account name under Or pick an account to change.

A list of options will open on the panel. If you see Remove the password then you will know WHY you have to log in to your account. Since you want to skip that step, click on Remove and delete the password. If you don't see the remove option, something else is going on and others will have to advise you.

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 09:57 PM

Thanks for taking the time to reply, QueenE...
Under change account user it only says "create password" so I guess it's something else.

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 07:58 AM

Go to Start...Run...and type in "control userpasswords2" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
Uncheck the box at the top about logging on and then click OK.
If it prompts you for a password, just click OK (leave the password blank)
Reboot to see if it works! :thumbsup:
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Posted 23 September 2007 - 10:04 PM

Thanks for the suggestion but I found a resolution: someone suggested I click on "power options" in control panel and under advanced there was a box that said "prompt for password when coming out of sleep" or something to that effect. I unchecked that and have not had to log on since. That is a good example of the problems people like me have with fixing things...adjustments have to be made in multiple places that one cannot guess without intimate knowledge of the way the system works!

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 05:58 PM

Glad that you got it worked out! Thanks for letting us know!
My browser caused a flood of traffic, sio my IP address was banned. Hope to fix it soon. Will get back to posting as soon as Im able.

- John  (my website: http://www.carrona.org/ )**If you need a more detailed explanation, please ask for it. I have the Knack. **  If I haven't replied in 48 hours, please send me a message. My eye problems have recently increased and I'm having difficult reading posts. (23 Nov 2017)FYI - I am completely blind in the right eye and ~30% blind in the left eye.<p>If the eye problems get worse suddenly, I may not be able to respond.If that's the case and help is needed, please PM a staff member for assistance.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 01:01 AM

When I go to control panel and click user accounts the only one listed is under my name; is there a "hidden" one for "administrator"? If so how do I get rid of it and unify the whole thing?

The administrator account is the "Safe Mode" account for Windows and you cannot delete it.
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 06:12 AM

There are other "hidden" accounts that you'll find browsing around your system. Don't delete them without a lot of research to see what they're needed for.
My browser caused a flood of traffic, sio my IP address was banned. Hope to fix it soon. Will get back to posting as soon as Im able.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 06:53 AM

There are other "hidden" accounts that you'll find browsing around your system. Don't delete them without a lot of research to see what they're needed for.


I won't even click on much less delete something not knowing what it is/does! That used to be a headache but the new computer has so much physical memory I fret less about using up disk space.
(Didn't know there was an "academy" for army sargents: a dear friend of mine was a Marine sarge in the Pacific - Guadalcanal and all that - and then a Police/Port Authority sarge after...he is still a sharp-shooter mentally, but the body is beginning to insist on being at least semi-retired at 86!)

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