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By BorgInva ·
My profile on XP Pro uses TweakUI to log in automaticlly. Been like this for 2 years. I recently noticed problems in USERS/GROUPS in COMPUTER MANAGEMENT. I open my profile in USERS and the heads are blank and I can not add any groups to belong to. I get an error saying "unspecified error" of course.
I tried adding a new USER in there called "test" to see if the piture heads show words now, but still no good. Now I can not remove that USER "test."
Then I go into CONTROL PANEL>USER PROFILES and my acocunt (BILL1) is no longer ADMIN but LIMITED GUEST. I can not change this. I log out in the main ADMIN and go back into USER PROFILES and the account I log into the computer with, BILL1, is not shown. I also ran "control userpasswords2", booted into Safe Mode, and even did the CTRL-ALT-DELx2 and BILL1 shows up nowhere for me to make it ADMIN again. Yet, I log into it when the computer boots. I can see all other created accounts but the one I use when the machine boots.
So....

Q1 - How do I remove USER "test" in COMPUTER MANAGEMENT>LOCAL USERS/GROUPS>USERS
Q2 - How do I fix my BILL1 account to make it ADMIN again and show it on the log in screens again?

Thank you.

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by BorgInva In reply to Profile Issues

Oh, when I try to remove "test" I get an error that says "invalid path."

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Profile Issues

this seemed cryptic to me but maybe give you another place to look:
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 296834
(edited for length)
User Profile May Become Corrupted After You Perform a Clean Windows 2000 Installation
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This article was previously published under Q296834
SYMPTOMS
When you perform a clean Windows 2000 installation, you may receive the following error message:
Windows cannot load profile. It may be corrupt. Contact your administrator.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this behavior, delete the corrupted profile, restart the computer, and then perform the following steps:
Create a new user account that has Administrator rights.
Log on as the new user.
Delete the corrupt built-in Administrator profile in the registry:
Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
Locate the administrator profile value under the following key in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Compare the Security Identifier (SID) with the profile path on the right to determine which SID to delete.
On the Edit menu, click Delete
Quit Registry Editor.
Restart the computer, and then log on as administrator by means of the new user account. Windows 2000 creates a new, uncorrupted Administrator account.
The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP2
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

<snipped from elsewhere on support.microsoft.com>
You can assign the administrator profile to any user you want.
Log on as an administrator and go to Control Panel.
Double click the System icon and select User Profiles.
Select the Administrator profile and click the Copy to button.
Click the Browse button.
For Windows 2000 installations that are upgrades from Windows NT 4.0 and for Windows NT 4.0 installations, click the Profiles subfolder in the Windows NT 4.0 folder and click the user name folder to which you want to assign the administrator profile. For Windows 2000 installations that are NOT upgrades of Windows NT 4.0, browse to the Documents and Settings folder, and click the user name folder to which you want to assign the administrator profile.
Click the Change button, select Permitted to use, then specify the target user account. (If the target is 'Default User', then the '\Everyone' account should be specified.)
Click OK three times to close all dialog boxes.

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by BorgInva In reply to

None of this worked and I tried twice. Sorry.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Profile Issues

oh, i know this isn't it either but have you tried this:
<snip>
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type mmc, and then click OK to start MMC.
Start the Local Users and Groups snap-in.
Under Console Root, expand Local Users and Groups, and then click Users.

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by BorgInva In reply to

Done this as much as I can.

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by RCOM In reply to Profile Issues

Unless you did something that you're not aware of it seems to me like someone else is changing things. Are you the only user? If the administrator profile was corrupted it wouldn't change to a guest account.

A1 -Is there an account that has admin rights? If so login under that account and change the TEST account to just a user then rename it. After that delete the TEST account.

A2 -Look in the C drive under "Documents and Settings" and see if a folder for "Bill1" still exists if so at least you'll still have the settings email and other stuff. You may have to rebuild the profile.

Get the recent virus sig's and download Spybot S&amp or Adaware and run all.

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by BorgInva In reply to

I am the only user, and this machine is virus protected and firewalled up the Yin/Yang. So no outside source has done anything.
The account "test" is ONLY under COMPUTER MANAGEMENT>LOCAL USERS/USERS-GROUPS. It is not under CONTROL PANEL> USER ACCOUNTS. Also, even logging in as the main ADMIN acct, "test" can not be deleted.
My account is under docs and settings. Even creating a new one does not fix the problem in the USERS and GROUPS (say wanting to make a profile part of the USERS DESKTOP). All heads still blank/missing and when Isearch, nonthing comes up.

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by BorgInva In reply to Profile Issues

No new answers for me to try but I am closing issue anyway. My cousin came over, we added some new hardward the OS would not see, of course. I was forced to reload anyway (which was a future consideration anyway in the works).
Thanks for trying.

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