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NO USER ID IN THE LOG ON SCREEN OF WINDOWS XP

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NO USER ID IN THE LOG ON SCREEN OF WINDOWS XP

moh.batra
I created a limited access account for my friend on windows xp keeping myself as the administrator but now when i start windows xp it takes me to the log on screen but does not show any user icons to click. I cannot log on since there is no user accounts shown at all.
I tried to log on by hitting ctrl-alt-delet twice and it gives me the log in screen but fails to log on saying the domain is incorrect. I dont mind reformatting my hard disk but i need to back up and save my data and unfortunately my drive is not partitioned !!
Please help !
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    mikeadams1137

    I've run into a problem like this before. I was setting up user accounts on each PC, at work. Windows XP does very wierd things, and at times..we don't know why. Have you tried booting into safe mode and removing your friends limited account?

    Restart the PC --> Pound F8 --> Safe Mode..remove his user account, then try logging back in.

    If that doesn't work, try doing a system restore from within Safe Mode. If you don't know how to do this, let me know..but its along the lines of...Start --> Programs -->Accessories --> System Tools --> System Resore.

    One of these two should most likely fix your problem, if worse comes to...Pull the HD...slap it into another PC...boot up the PC, make sure you use the correct boot, because Windows will detect two operating systems...usually trial and error here, but I believe Windows puts the newest one on top..anyways, you'll know soon after because Windows won't boot :).

    When you get into Windows, navigate to the HD, and find your data. hope this helps.

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    moh.batra

    I cant even get to log in as the user icons doesnt show. I even tried the safe mode but it still goves me the log on screen but no icons so there is no way i can log on or go into system tools to alter anything.

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    mikeadams1137

    hehe, The problem to the the guy who says..change the way users log on and off, is not aware...he can't get into Windows at all.

    Is the PC very slow, something is hanging it up...when was the last time it worked? What changes did we have before started having this problem, new programs, hardware?

    If you have your windows CD, try doing a repair...see if that fixes it. Clearly its not a hardware problem, something with Windows is corrupt, and hanging you up. If you can't get in via safe mode, OR regularly...not good.

    The only thing I can think of would be a re-format, hehe then again, then thats my answer to everything, back your data up everyday, reformat :).

    here is what Microsoft has to say...I'll give you the link, you decide which one is the best fit for you, but I am pretty sure that one of these is the problem you are encountering.

    http://support.microsoft.com/search/default.aspx?catalog=LCID%3d1033&spid=&mode=r&cus=False&query=windows%20logon%20screen%20not%20appearing

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    zlitocook

    In the log in screen, then once you are in. Go to the control panel, user accounts and then change the way users log on and off. Put a check in the use welcome box and reboot.

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    zlitocook

    The log in screen (you log in), then once you are in. Go to the control panel, user accounts and then change the way users log on and off. Put a check in the use welcome box and reboot.

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    deepsand

    1) XP Home or Pro; and,
    2) Fast User Switching is ON or OFF?

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    repairs

    I've had this issue and solved it this way: 1. Pull drive out and spin it up on another computer.
    2. Go to \windows\system32\config
    3. Rename SAM to SAM.old
    4. Copy \windows\repair\SAM to \windows\systems32\config
    5. Reinstall drive and boot up
    6. It will treat u like a new user, so you'll need to copy your docs, etc from the old user in the \documents and settings\

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    animatech

    Reading your post you said that it gives you the wrong domain when trying to log in using ctrl-alt-delete.
    This brings up the following questions:
    If you are using a domain how did you created the user account via AD?
    When you put restrictions on the user account did you applied the restriction via GP?
    When applying the GP (If GP was used) did you applied it to a special group or did you enforced it on the general user group in the domain?
    Can you log to your server as domain admin and change the user accounts or GP?
    Did you changed the computer admin templates GP on the local PC or via GP?

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    deepsand

    Per usual, incomplete question, with no response to replies.

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    mikeadams1137

    I've run into a problem like this before. I was setting up user accounts on each PC, at work. Windows XP does very wierd things, and at times..we don't know why. Have you tried booting into safe mode and removing your friends limited account?

    Restart the PC --> Pound F8 --> Safe Mode..remove his user account, then try logging back in.

    If that doesn't work, try doing a system restore from within Safe Mode. If you don't know how to do this, let me know..but its along the lines of...Start --> Programs -->Accessories --> System Tools --> System Resore.

    One of these two should most likely fix your problem, if worse comes to...Pull the HD...slap it into another PC...boot up the PC, make sure you use the correct boot, because Windows will detect two operating systems...usually trial and error here, but I believe Windows puts the newest one on top..anyways, you'll know soon after because Windows won't boot :).

    When you get into Windows, navigate to the HD, and find your data. hope this helps.

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    moh.batra

    I cant even get to log in as the user icons doesnt show. I even tried the safe mode but it still goves me the log on screen but no icons so there is no way i can log on or go into system tools to alter anything.

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    mikeadams1137

    hehe, The problem to the the guy who says..change the way users log on and off, is not aware...he can't get into Windows at all.

    Is the PC very slow, something is hanging it up...when was the last time it worked? What changes did we have before started having this problem, new programs, hardware?

    If you have your windows CD, try doing a repair...see if that fixes it. Clearly its not a hardware problem, something with Windows is corrupt, and hanging you up. If you can't get in via safe mode, OR regularly...not good.

    The only thing I can think of would be a re-format, hehe then again, then thats my answer to everything, back your data up everyday, reformat :).

    here is what Microsoft has to say...I'll give you the link, you decide which one is the best fit for you, but I am pretty sure that one of these is the problem you are encountering.

    http://support.microsoft.com/search/default.aspx?catalog=LCID%3d1033&spid=&mode=r&cus=False&query=windows%20logon%20screen%20not%20appearing

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    zlitocook

    In the log in screen, then once you are in. Go to the control panel, user accounts and then change the way users log on and off. Put a check in the use welcome box and reboot.

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    zlitocook

    The log in screen (you log in), then once you are in. Go to the control panel, user accounts and then change the way users log on and off. Put a check in the use welcome box and reboot.

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    deepsand

    1) XP Home or Pro; and,
    2) Fast User Switching is ON or OFF?

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    repairs

    I've had this issue and solved it this way: 1. Pull drive out and spin it up on another computer.
    2. Go to \windows\system32\config
    3. Rename SAM to SAM.old
    4. Copy \windows\repair\SAM to \windows\systems32\config
    5. Reinstall drive and boot up
    6. It will treat u like a new user, so you'll need to copy your docs, etc from the old user in the \documents and settings\

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    animatech

    Reading your post you said that it gives you the wrong domain when trying to log in using ctrl-alt-delete.
    This brings up the following questions:
    If you are using a domain how did you created the user account via AD?
    When you put restrictions on the user account did you applied the restriction via GP?
    When applying the GP (If GP was used) did you applied it to a special group or did you enforced it on the general user group in the domain?
    Can you log to your server as domain admin and change the user accounts or GP?
    Did you changed the computer admin templates GP on the local PC or via GP?

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    deepsand

    Per usual, incomplete question, with no response to replies.