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Windows 7: Users Changed after restart

07 Jan 2010   #1
Odelay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Users Changed after restart

Hi,

This is a bit of a strange problem. I restarted my computer, and it reverted to a previous state long before I had windows 7 installed. The problem is, I don't remember the password for the old admin. I have standard access, but I can't do a system restore or anything else really, other than basic usage. Does anyone know how or why this happend, and a possible solution short of a reinstall.

Thanks for reading.


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07 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Odelay View Post
Hi,

This is a bit of a strange problem. I restarted my computer, and it reverted to a previous state long before I had windows 7 installed. The problem is, I don't remember the password for the old admin. I have standard access, but I can't do a system restore or anything else really, other than basic usage. Does anyone know how or why this happend, and a possible solution short of a reinstall.

Thanks for reading.
It sounds like you did a upgrade (if you did not have to reinstall all of your programs, you did an upgrade). If this is the case, the only long term solution is to reinstall. This time do a clean install. If my assumption is wrong, just repost and let us know. I know that you said that you do not want to reinstall, but if you did do an upgrade, initially, problems will just continue to occur.

The only other solution, is to boot from your windows DVD and do a repair install.
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07 Jan 2010   #3
Odelay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Originally I did do an upgrade, and had some serious issues, so I formatted and did a fresh install. That is what is really confusing to me. How could that info still be on there some where? I do have multiple hard drivers. I think I am just going to have to bite the bullet and reformat. There is no way to bypass the password or get admin rights as a user? I just find it very strange that it would pull up users that have been deleted for months, and never active on windows 7.

Thanks for your reply!
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07 Jan 2010   #4
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Odelay View Post
Hi,

This is a bit of a strange problem. I restarted my computer, and it reverted to a previous state long before I had windows 7 installed. The problem is, I don't remember the password for the old admin. I have standard access, but I can't do a system restore or anything else really, other than basic usage. Does anyone know how or why this happend, and a possible solution short of a reinstall.

Thanks for reading.


May be a default screen asking for a password.
Leave the password space blank and hit enter.
Let us know what happens.
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07 Jan 2010   #5
Odelay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Its worth a shot, I will give it a go when I get home in a few hours.

Thanks for your reply!
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07 Jan 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If Iggy's assumption is correct, then your problem is resolved. If, as I assumed from your initial posting, that the problems are a lot more serious, then we do have other remedies. If you did indeed revert to an earlier OS, we will have to make the needed repairs. We have tutorials, outlining,remedies for lost password, repairs, and other problems. When you get back to us we will be glad to offer further assistance to help you restore your computer.
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07 Jan 2010   #7
Odelay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am sorry, I should of been a bit more clear in my description. The OS is still Windows 7, how ever the users are two users that were from a previous OS, now on windows 7. I haven't had those users on my old OS for several months... they are back from the dead on the new OS replacing my current admin log in.

Sorry, writing is not my greatest asset

Thanks again, I will report back when I get a chance to try no password.
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07 Jan 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Don't apologize, you write very well. It is difficult, sometimes, to understand specific problems without actually seeing the computer. In any event, I know that we can help. Talk soon.
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07 Jan 2010   #9
Odelay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok, I tried no password and it doesn't take it. I tried creating a new account but it keeps saying the name is invalid. I tried changing the account I can log into to admin, it acts like it takes it, but after logging out and back in, it doesn't change.

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

Edited to add:

If I goto C:\Users my original admin account folder is there, so its not deleted or anything. But in the log on screen, its not there.
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07 Jan 2010   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Lets try a repair install. Use your windows 7 DVD to boot. Choose repair install and then just follow the screens. This should correct corruption. You can not get into ADmin account, so you cannot do a SFC repair. Lets try the DVD repair.
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