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"log On To Windows" Problem


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#1 nikko2987

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 12:39 PM

Have a Dell410 and my son messed around with admin settings - he thinks!! Arghhhh!

Now when I start the laptop it boots and goes to "log on to windows" screen. When I enter my original user name and password an "logon message" error is returned stating "The system could not log you on...etc."

I've checked caps lock, pad lock, etc. What can I do to get it to log on?

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#2 phantazy

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 01:53 AM

You may have to open a new account from 'safe mode' choosing the admin account option. Then delete your old account, and log in with the new account.

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 11:18 AM

thanks - unfortunately even in safe mode I cannot get l past "log on to windows" screen to add new account

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Posted 09 October 2006 - 04:26 PM

Hi nikko2987, maybe u can try reinstall OS...

Edited by Fate, 09 October 2006 - 04:26 PM.


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Posted 10 October 2006 - 02:10 PM

Have you made a password recovery disk?

If not you need to logon as 'Administrator' and fix the problem that way.

On each installation of Windows 2000/XP there is a built in 'Administrator' account. So logon as 'Administrator' and fix your computer that way.
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Posted 12 October 2006 - 07:07 AM

Thanks ComputerWhizz7. I have no password recovery disk for this PC.

How do I "logon as 'Administrator'"? I tried 'Administrator' as User name but that did not work either.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 09:28 AM

Use Administrator as the user name and no password unless you set one for that account when you installed the op system.

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 01:20 PM

Nikko, If you are still having your logon problem try this (it worked for me)
Select keys :- Ctl + Alt - now depress the Delete key twice whilst holding down the Ctl + Alt keys.
Select OK with the cursor and the Welcome to Windows screen will appear
Now select :- Start - Control Panel - User Accounts (double click) - Change the way users logon or off - now check the box with "use the welcome screen"

When next you boot up the computer the screen will bypass the classic logon and go straight to the "Welcome Screen" -- Hope this helps -- or is it "Clear as mud"


My OS was windows XP SP2 so hopefully this will work for your os (windows NT/2000/2003)

Give it a go anyway

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 12:59 AM

Once you get this straightened out, give your son a limited user account (after you reestablish your admin account) so he cannot lock you out of the computer again.

It will also limit other damage he can do.

If he has an account with administrator rights you can use it to straighten out the settings for your account and the built in admin account as well.




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