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Windows 7: Mysterious random user account created after power failure.

31 Oct 2013   #11
gregrocker

 

That is not the default setting. Someone or something changed it to 0.

Did you ever have another OS multi-boot set up with Win7?

I suggest setting it to 10% if you can afford it, then monitor it. If it changes again, uninstall ESET and try MSE to compare.


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31 Oct 2013   #12
WaterKiwi

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Is there a way to find out what software created the user account? Or why it is locked or auto created everytime I restart the computer?
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31 Oct 2013   #13
WaterKiwi

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm gonna boot into safe mode and delete the account and see if it comes back.
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31 Oct 2013   #14
gregrocker

 

Is this the original Alienware factory preinstalled Win7 which is the worst possible install one can have?

If so I'd do what most tech enthusiasts do and Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 following the steps given to get and keep a perfect install. This will resolve the problem and many others caused by the preinstalled bloatware and duplicate utilities that interfere with better versions built into Win7.
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31 Oct 2013   #15
WaterKiwi

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Yes, original install. Ran fine for nearly 12 months until this power loss.

Interesting point: I booted into Safe Mode and delete the offending User profile. Then restarted and booted into safe mode again... The account did not appear. Then I booted into regular windows and the offending account was recreated.

I think I am going to vanilla this OS as I no longer trust it. . . unless anyone else knows how to resolve this issue.
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31 Oct 2013   #16
WaterKiwi

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
That is not the default setting. Someone or something changed it to 0.

Did you ever have another OS multi-boot set up with Win7?

I suggest setting it to 10% if you can afford it, then monitor it. If it changes again, uninstall ESET and try MSE to compare.

No never had another OS multi-boot. It is set to 10% now.

I have had things get through MSE... I trust ESET far more than any other AntiVirus.
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31 Oct 2013   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

To me with all the problems you are having my suggestion would do as Greg recommended back in post #14.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Kill two birds with one stone. You will get rid of that pesky account plus get a proper working Windows 7.

Take a couple reads through the Tutorial By Greg. Greg has helped thousands do a clean install.

Hopefully no hardware was damaged with the power surge.
Gregs off line at the present but he is never gone long.
Do pickup up a surge protector.
Good night to you.
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31 Oct 2013   #18
WaterKiwi

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
To me with all the problems you are having my suggestion would do as Greg recommended back in post #14.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Kill two birds with one stone. You will get rid of that pesky account plus get a proper working Windows 7.

Take a couple reads through the Tutorial By Greg. Greg has helped thousands do a clean install.

Hopefully no hardware was damaged with the power surge.
Gregs off line at the present but he is never gone long.
Do pickup up a surge protector.
Good night to you.
Thank you, Yes - that is my plan.. I do have a UPS/Surge Protector, but it failed... bad battery I should have replaced last month when I thought about it. No surge hit the computer, but the battery back up only had 30 seconds worth of power, not enough time to shut down.

Clean install in T minus 2 days. ^ _ ^
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31 Oct 2013   #19
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Backup all files and try a clean install... but dont do it before someone else reccomends too.
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01 Nov 2013   #20
WaterKiwi

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Backup all files and try a clean install... but dont do it before someone else reccomends too.
Thanks for the recommendation. I am that someone. <smile>

I have done clean "vanilla" installs before, many times... Just never ran into the original problem from this post.

I am actually finished with the Clean install and I am now setting up software and doing configuration stuffs.

All is well... Just a lot of extra work to get to the place where I trust my PC again. Also, the UPS now has a shiney new battery!

Great community for Windows 7 here.. I will be back for help and/or to help others.
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