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My desktop with Vista no longer recognizes my user account and won't let me log in

It just logs me out and shuts off. How can I get in?

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I've seen this a lot with Vista. The user profile basically gets corrupt. You can try booting into safe mode (press F8 when booting until you get Safe mode option). Once there you can try to create a new user account or at least go to your documents folder and backup the data from Documents and Settings, Favorites, Music, videos or what ever you have that's important. If you use Outlook you should grab your email data file (.pst) as well. If you can get access to a password reset disk try booting to it and reset the password for the user account you are locked out of. If that doesn't work you could try another and maybe have better luck. If all that fails, you have your data so u can re-install your operating system or take it to someone who can. Make sure you backup first or hopefully you already have a good backup. (Always BACK UP!) *** Before installing your OS, I would make sure the license key is legible or else you will be stuck without being able to fully activate, which won't help you much. Best of luck.

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Login as Administrator and try resetting your password.

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I found a solution for *my* problem, by shrinking the MTU in my router.

I have two Vista PCs at home that can't access LinkedIn's sign-in page.

I was suspicious that several browsers seemed to be having a problem, which made me think it was either a virus middleman in the network code, or a router problem. I eliminated the virus possibility by replicating the problem on another PC.

By changing the MTU on my home router from Auto to 1452, I got the signup page to appear.

It appears that Windows Vista's new TCP stack does some advanced segment and window sizing and that didn't work with my Linksys RV042 router's Auto MTU setting. I'm not 100% sure what it is about LinkedIn that caused a packet of just the wrong size, but this is the second time I had to tweak this router to work with Vista. First I needed a firmware upgrade to get some traffic flows to work at all, and now this MTU change.

I do know I've had to change MTU settings in the past to work with encapsulation protocols like PPPoE, but I haven't had to change the MTU setting for quite some time...

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Often this is a simple power management issue. On the laptop check the wireless properties and disable allow Windows to turn off this device to save power.

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SOURCE: Vista x64 Screen goes black after Logoff or Switch User

I'm not sure this is pertinent, but examine this article and see. Also similar post here, search links here, and FAQ link here.
I'd suggest you post in one of the MS forums, either here or here.or at this link, and you'll be asking in the midst of more vista experts.
Have you gone to the event viewer to see what kind of errors may be logged in connection with this behavior? See here, here, here.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

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SOURCE: when i log onto computer it immediately logs off

There are several reasons for that.

  1. Error in login application. Winlogon ,Lsass (Local security authentication server service), SAM (Security Accounts Manager).
  2. This may be caused by a Registry failure or an Executable file Corruption.
  3. I am pretty sure that a Virus have gone inside your Machine.
  4. The other reason (very rarely happens) is Failure to Log Security Audits if you Audit Security through a Local Policy.
  5. I m 99% sure that your system is running a Virus (A Trojan most probably). And its in its Full State. Installed and Running Perfectly.
  6. Here is what you can do:

This is for a Advanced User. Removal of Viruses Manually.
  • Please boot yous system in "Safe Mode". Use F8 after you have seen the BIOS screen (clicking even before that is fine)
  • Now Hit Control + Alt + Del Twice (Yes. All three at once - two times)
  • Now log in as Administrator (Type Administrator as the User name and give the Password if you have set one. Hope you have not used that Account. If you have used, you have to go to "Safe mode with command prompt". Otherwise there is a good chance to the virus to kick you out).
  • Start menu -> Run (Get the Run box from the Start menu)
  • Type this and Hit enter. msconfig
  • Go to Startup and Examine the Startup Items. You can check the Internet to Identify the Running Viruses. When you know, Un tick all of the Viruses (That will make the System not to Load at the Boot Process). Click "OK" and Select "Restart Later". You have to Write Down the names of that Viruses and their Locations.
  • Now you have to get the Task Manager also. It might be Disabled or Hidden. You have to Stop the Processes for the Identified "EXE files.
  • You have to go to My Computer -> Folder Options and "View" Tab. Choose, "Show Hidden Files" and Remove the Tick for the setting "Hide Protected System files (Recommended)".
  • Now "Search" each System Drive for the Known Viruses (.EXE and Autorun files - Search for Autorun.inf in the Roots. That means in the Main Drive Roots as an example: C:. Not in Child Folders). Make sure that you include "Search Hidden/System Files" option when perform the "Search".
  • Delete Only Virus Files from Roots. There may be some in Documents and Settings/ AllUser/ Application Settings as well as in Local Settings/Temp in Administrator's and any other Administrative User's folders. You have to clear all the "Temp" files as well as "Temporary Internet Files" in those Local Settings Folders.
Note: If the System and other Hidden files cannot be seen, that is normal. How to make them Show:
Support Note: 1 Open the Run box again:
  • Type in Regedit and hit Enter.
  • Go to (expand) HKEL_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Current Version -> Explorer -> Advanced -> Folder
  • Expand "Hidden" and go to "NOHIDDEN" and set "CheckedValue" to 2 and "DefaultValue" to 2. Click "OK" as you do.
  • Go to "SHOWALL" and set "CheckedValue" to 1 and "DefaultValue" to 2. Click "OK" as you do.
  • Now go to "SupperHidden"
  • Set "CheckedValue" to 0 and "DefaultValue" to 0 and UncheckedValue to 1. Click "OK" as you do.
  • Then again go to Folder Options in My Computer and go to My Computer -> Folder Options and "View" Tab. Choose, "Show Hidden Files" and Remove the Tick for the setting "Hide Protected System files (Recommended)". Now it will be shown.
Support Note: 2 To get the Task Manager:
  • In the Run box type in gpedit.msc and hit enter.
  • Go to "User Configuration" First.
  • Go to Administrative Templates and then System -> Ctrl+ALT+Del options -> Double click on "Remove Task Manager"
  • First select "Enable" and Click "OK", Then Select "Disable" and Click "OK".
  • Then you will be able to get the Task Manager once again.
  • One more setting to do to Prevent Autorun files from Running. Do the Following.
  • Click on "System" category -> Double click on "Turn off Auto play" and do it for "All Drives".
  • You have to do the same for the Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Turn off Auto play as well.

Support Note3:
During a Search or Opening Drives (or Documents and Settings Folders) if you have received the error "Access Denied", here is what you can do:
  • Again go to the "View" tab of the Folder Options.
  • Scroll until you see, "Use simple file sharing (Recommended).
  • Uncheck the check box and Click "OK".
  • Get the Properties of each Partition (or Root) by Right Clicking.
  • Go to the "Security" tab.
  • Click on "Add" -> "Advanced" -> "Find Now" and Click on the User name as which you are logged in as. As an example "Administrator". Then Click "OK".
  • In the Security Panel, give "Full Permission" to that user. Click on "OK".
Please read this before proceed. YOU MUST NOT OPEN THE DRIVES. And you MUST NOT OPEN DRIVES BY DOUBLE CLICKING. You can stop from Enabling system tools back (and after Resetting the Folder Settings) if you do not understand to Identify the Virus Files and Autorun files. Just enable the tools and do a System Restore to a Date which you were working Successfully. When booting to "Safemode" you will be asked whether you want to do a System Restore as well and just Accept that. So the Window will be their. Then Do a System Restore to a date to one I mentioned earlier. Then do the Following.
Download any one of these and Run after booting in to Windows. Make sure you are login as the administrator: Bitdefender Online Scanner Kaspersky Online Scanner Dr.Web CureIt Full Standalone
Finally if you are unable to load Safemode or Unable to Login any how: Then it will be too advanced for you! I cannot post here because it is a complicated process and quite long - Manual Removal.
If you were able to Identify the Viruses, then Browse the Internet and there are Manual Removal Instructions.
Or use another Machine which has an up to date Virus Scanner and Scan the Drive after Installing as a "Slave". That machine has to have one among these Av Suites. Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Eset Nod32, CA, Avira (Configured)/Sophos. Not any other. Do not Open the Drives (Do not even touch them). If yo feel it doesn't scan you have to follow the "Support Note: 3".
If you found no Viruses, you have to do a System Recovery using your Windows CD. You have to Replace the Files manually (Advanced) or do a Repair Installation (You have to install the applications again in this case, however it will not remove or delete files which you have saved. It just over write the System Files)
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Retrieving administrator settings

Click start Control Panel.

Select "User Accounts and Family Safety," then "User Accounts."

Click "Turn User Account Control on or off."

Remove the check mark next to "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer."

Click "OK."

Set All Accounts to Administrator

Still in the UAC section of Control Panel, select "Manage another account," and click on a user account.

Click on "Change the account type." When working with multiple accounts, some changes can only be made if you and the account holder are both logged in with "Administrator" accounts so you need to change all user accounts to "Administrator."

When you are done making changes, you can change them back to "Standard," but always leave at least one "Administrator" account.

Select the "Administrator" radio button.

Click "Change Account Type" at the bottom right.

Repeat this procedure to change each user account to "Administrator." When all user accounts have been changed, close the Control Panel.

Create a Full Administrator Account

Click "Start" (the Windows Vista icon in the lower left of your screen). In the Search box, type "cmd". Right-click on "cmd," and select "Run as Administrator." An elevated command prompt window will appear.

At the command prompt, type "net user administrator /active:yes", and press "Enter."

Choose a password and assign it to the "Administrator" account, by typing "net user administrator 'password'", where 'password' is your selected password. For instance, if your password is "abc," type "net user administrator abc". Press "Enter."

Type "exit" and press "Enter."

Log off. When you log back into your "Administrator" account, you will have full rights.

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Doesn't recognize me as the Administrator and no one uses it but me.

ok well did you log out from user panel? try that then restart and should ask for main user log in screen

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Error Code BIOHD-4

Remove any external devices connected to the computer except the mouse and keyboard to check if it boots normally.

This error can usually be fixed by following the steps below. Doing all this requires a certain level of computer skills. You know yourself best and whether taking the machine to a competent local computer tech (not a BigComputerStore/GeekSquad type of place) is the better solution for you.

1. Log into another user account with administrative privileges. If you neglected to make an extra administrative account do Steps 2-3. Otherwise continue at Step 4. Also see the general information about setting up user accounts in Vista at the end of this post.

2. Boot into Safe Mode. Do this by repeatedly tapping the F8 key as the computer is starting up. This will get you to the right menu where you can use your arrow key to select Safe Mode [enter]. The built-in Administrator account is disabled by default in Vista. However, if no other administrative accounts exist on the system it may be enabled. If it is, you will see an icon for Administrator on the Welcome Screen in Safe Mode. Log into Administrator.

3. If If you don't see the icon for the Administrator account in Safe Mode, then the built-in Administrator account is still disabled and you'll need to do some more work. If you have a Vista installation DVD (not a recovery DVD) you can boot the system with it. Select the default language, then choose "Repair your computer". Then select "Command Prompt". At the command prompt type:

net user administrator /active:yes [enter]

[Note: Do not type the brackets!]

If you don't have a Vista installation DVD (only have a recovery disc), the computer mftr. may have given you the Vista System Repair option (not a System Recovery!) on the diagnostic menu. This diagnostic menu is the same one where you can choose Safe Mode. Or you can make a bootable Vista Repair DVD from the file at this link:
which will cost you $9.75

Note: All the Neosmart recovery disc downloads are torrent files. There is a good explanation of torrent files at the Neosmart website. You will need a torrent client such as muTorrent to get the files. The torrent client will download the .iso file with which to create the bootable DVD. You will need third-party burning software such as Nero, Roxio, or the free ImgBurn ( ) to burn the .iso as an image, not as data.

Now remove the rescue CD/DVD you made, reboot the system into Windows, and log into the built-in Administrator account you enabled.

4. Try a System Restore to when things were working. If you can log into your own user account, you're finished. Otherwise continue at Step 5.

5. The critical files are under %systemdrive%\users\user-account\ntuser. The ntuser.dat file is actually a registry hive. Run Regedit elevated and select HKEY_USERS and "load hive" from the menu. Now navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

There is one line for each profile. If a profile is bad, check:

a) That the key name doesn't end in ".bak" (remove .bak if there)
b) That the RefCount value is 0 (change it if different)
c) That the State value is 0 (change if different)

Make any necessary changes, close Regedit and try to log in as that user.

6. If that doesn't fix your profile, it is corrupted. At that point you should make a new Standard user account and copy your data to it. Do not delete the old account until you have retrieved the data you need!

Once everything is working, log into the extra administrative account you will make per the suggestions below and disable the built-in Administrator account again for security purposes:

Start Orb>Search box>type: cmd
When cmd appears in Results above, right-click it and choose "Run as administrator" [OK]. Now you will get the command prompt. At the command prompt type:

net user administrator /active:no [enter]

Exit the command prompt.

General Recommendations For Setting Up Users In Vista

You absolutely do not want to have only one user account. Like XP and all other modern operating systems, Vista is a multi-user operating system with built-in system accounts such as Administrator, Default, and Guest. These accounts should be left alone as they are part of the operating system structure.

You particularly don't want only one user account with administrative privileges on Vista because the built-in Administrator account (normally only used in emergencies) is disabled by default. If you're running as Administrator for your daily work and that account gets corrupted, things will be Difficult. It isn't impossible to activate the built-in Administrator to rescue things, but it may be more work than you want to do. Best not to get into a bad situation to begin with.

The user account that is for your daily work should be a Standard user, with the extra administrative user (call it something like "CompAdmin" or "Tech" or the like) only there for elevation purposes. Running as a Standard user is best practice for security purposes and will help protect your computer from infection. After you create "CompAdmin", log into it and change your regular user account to Standard. Then log back into your regular account.

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