Hi all. Just joined the forum after getting a new computer with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 on it. I think I may have botched setting up the User Accounts. I've searched the Internet for answers, found this forum, and read through numerous User Account posts plus read many of the forum's tutorials. But I didn't find an answer to my specific "problem". So...here goes....
My computer came with 5 User Accounts shown under the C:\Users folder. Three of them had the "locked" padlock icon shown...All Users, Default User, and James. Two were "unlocked"...Default and Public.
The James folder (locked) was created by the manufacturer of the computer, and contained the "normal" items and folders you would expect to see under it. "James" was also the default User Profile that loaded when the computer booted.
I created a New User profile for myself (I'll call it "John Doe" here instead of using my real name) and gave it Administrator rights. When I rebooted the computer, I had the option then of "changing users" to either "James" or "John Doe". BUT...my "John Doe" User folder never showed up under the Users tree. That confused me, and I went on a mission in Windows 7 to try and "fix" that. But I think I may have really messed things up before I got "done".
To make a long story short(er), I played around with the "Share" and "Take Ownership" options in Windows 7 (and a few other things I probably shouldn't have without understanding them better first), and now this is what I have:
1. The same 5 "user" folders under the default "Users" tree, but "James" is now "unlocked" (there is no padlock icon on it anymore). Additionally, when I highlight the folder, on the bottom of Windows Explorer it says "29 items State: Shared" with a little icon showing two "people" (I figure that icon is a "shared" graphic). BUT...there is still no "John Doe" user shown in the tree.
2. In Windows Explorer when I expand the "Desktop" tree, there IS a (my) "John Doe" folder. When I expand that, it appears to be the exact same structure and contents of the "James" folder under Users. It also shows the "29 items Status: Shared", the same as the "James" folder from #1 above. But I'm not positive if EVERYTHING in both folders is the exact same thing.
3. When I select "Start\Shutdown\Switch Users", the ONLY user that shows is (my) "John Doe" with Administrator rights. There is no "James" user (or any other user) to select.
I'm pretty sure I hosed something up messing around with the Share and Take Ownership options. I may have actually "Took Ownership" of the "James" user with my "John Doe" user at one point. It was a bad night, and I was tired!
Before I screw anything else up in Windows 7 myself, I think I've reached the point where I better get some advice. What I'd like to do is this, if possible:
1. Get rid of the "James" user...but ONLY if it won't cause me to hose up the computer (worse?). I'd like to make sure that I don't lose anything that might be important in either the "James" or (my) "John Doe" folders. But I'm not sure if I can even do that safely now. When I select "Manage User Accounts", "James" isn't even shown as a User Account anymore. Short of right-clicking on the "James" User folder in Windows Explorer and selecting DELETE (which I'm not sure is a good idea!), I can't even find a way to remove the "James" user account anymore.
2. Get any "Sharing" and "Ownership" rights back where they belong.
3. End up with "John Doe" (me) as the "primary" User Account, with Administrator rights.
I dominoed everything so bad while trying to sort this out myself, I'm not even sure right now where to START to reverse everything I may have screwed up. If anybody can offer a walk-through for me to straighten this mess out I created, I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks for any feedback. I'll wait for your reply, and I realize it may take some time before you can start typing a reply because you are laughing so hard.