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Windows 7: Have to select user upon startup, and after locking. Single User


30 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Have to select user upon startup, and after locking. Single User

I have to select a user upon startup of Windows instead of have just being prompted for a password as per usual of having one user. Same deal when locking. Any ideas?

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30 Oct 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello KillerHonky, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have to select a user's icon at the log on screen, then what other user's icon is displayed to select from if you only have a single user account on the computer?

....or do you mean that you have to enter both the user name and password at log on instead of just the password?


You could use the tutorial below to set Windows 7 to automatically log on to a user account at startup.

Log On Automatically at Startup

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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31 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

That's the weird part, there are no other users to select from, and I am set as the default user according to my registry in winlogon... Yet I still have to click my user icon. I would do auto logon... but I prefer the security.
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31 Oct 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm afraid that I may not be understanding you properly.

If there is only your user account displayed at log on, then what do mean that you have to select your user account? As opposed to what I guess I'm asking.
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31 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Oh, sorry I must have not explained it. Instead of just being immediately prompted for a password as per usual on my other windows 7 machines, you have to click on the user icon. Same for locking, it doesn't bring up the selected user and ask for a password. It brings up the smaller icon that you have to click
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31 Oct 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ah, ok. I understand now.



Double check in User Accounts -> "Manage another account" from the Control Panel to see if you may have any other user account listed other than yours and the turned off Guest account. If you do not have any other user account's than those two, then as a test to see if you may be able to toggle this back try the below.
  • Create a new user account, and log on to it.
  • Log off the new user account, and log on to your administrator account.
  • Delete the new user account.
  • Click on "Switch user" in the Start Menu power button menu to see if you still have the small icon, or hopefully the large icon back.
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31 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

No such luck, any other ideas?
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31 Oct 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Other than setting Windows 7 to require you to enter both a user name and password at log on instead, I'm not sure what else to suggest to get only the single larger user icon back at log on.

Did this just recently started to happen on this computer, or was it always like this? If just recently, then you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this started may be able to undo and fix this.

Is this a local user account, or part of a domain?
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31 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It's a local user account, and I just restored my lappy like two days ago, so I couldn't really tell you if it was ever working correctly on this install. It was two days of restoring folders, updating and fiendishly reinstalling programs.
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31 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm just going to use Auto-Logon, which strangely enough does the same thing, I have to click on it. But then I set it in Windows 7 Manager and ticked force auto-logon and I didn't have to. I never have my lappy out of my sight anyways, its always in use. Thanks for the help Brink.
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