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Problem With Switching Users.


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#1 thenumber12

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 02:14 PM

Hey guys, recent problem here with switching usernames. There's three accounts on my computer, all with no passwords. About three weeks ago a strange thing has been happening: the first time you start your computer and log into one of the three accounts, it'll log you in no problem. Then, when you go and switch users, it will prompt for a password that was never created, and won't let you log in. So I restarted the computer, and then I put some simple passwords on the accounts, thinking it would work. Well, the same thing happened. The first time you log in after a bootup it works, but then you get locked out again once you try switching users again.

This is where it gets even stranger. The problem stopped, you could switch users fine. "Alright!" I said, "it's finally over."

I was wrong, once you restart the computer it went back to locking me out. I'm so confused about this, and it's really frustrating. I've tried virus scans and there appears to be no problems with anything like that. I really need some assistance here.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 12:47 AM

Try going to users in the control panel and click on switch the way users log on or off.

Whichever way you have it set, change to the other.

After you do that reboot, then go back to users and switch back.

Let us know.

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 11:15 AM

Does this system have internet capability? Hackers love systems without passwords - the majority of their work is already done for them - especially if they're Administrator accounts.

So, the first thing would be to get a free, online scan from here: http://safety.live.com/ Choose the "Full Service Scan".

Once that's done, let us know what it found and then we can get down to fixing the account login problems. One of the first steps will be to password protect those accounts with a strong password (presuming that this is caused by unauthorized access to your system - the bad guy may attempt to get back in by trying to guess your passwords (using a dictionary password cracker).

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