Long story short.......
My PC locked me out, refused my password even though it was correct, I used Linux Live CD to use the terminal and edit the SAM file, tried a few things but in the end the only thing that worked was to disable my main account as an admin, create a new account and make that an admin. And that let me back into the PC. Of course the only problem now is that I cannot access my old account and my files!
I know very little about windows accounts and how to manage them as I'm the only user of my PC so I've never had to deal with multiple accounts.
So what I need to know now is how can I access my other account, I don't want to go back to Live CD and mess with the SAM again as when I did it said something about a "hibernation file" and that it could cause data loss to access the drive again.
I don't want to disable the new account until I'm 100% certain that the old account will login, I have some nagging doubts that the old account is corrupt in some way.
the account shows up in NET USER though it said the "Password does not meet complexity requirements" , I changed the policy to allow a minimum of 3 characters as the pass was previously a 4 digit pin. And tried to activate the account, thinking on next boot I would be presented with 2 accounts to login in to, what actually happened was the new account booted and gave me a PASSWORD INCORRECT error!! I then had to use WINDOWS PASSWORD RECOVERY and set the new accounts password again.
So I'm now a bit worried about the messing with it again which is why I'm looking for a bit of expert guidance!!
So can anyone advice what would be the best step, I guess ideally what I would want is when the PC boots to be presented with 2 accounts so that if the OLD account is messed up in some way I can at least log in to the NEW one. Currently when I boot up the only account that I can login to is the NEW one.
If I go to the add account feature in "family & other users" and enter the old details for my other account, should it accept it? because when I put the email address in for the old account it says "sorry something went wrong".
Thanks for any advice, (sorry its so long)