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Anonymous
September 15, 2005 3:23:03 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

A very strang thing happened to my computer today (I have a Dell, and running
Windows XP Professional). I've had this computer for ~2 years with no
problems, but when I turned on the computer today, my user account (which was
an administrator account) was not on the login screen. Instead there was a
user account called "administrator", but the password for that was not any of
the passwords I have used before. I therefore could only login through the
Guest account - when I did that something like the following popped-up:
"One of the files containing the system's registry data had to be recovered
by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery was successful." I clicked
"ok" and logged in as Guest.

Using Windows Password Recovery I was finally able to "recover" the password
for the "Administrator" account (it was "password"), but once I logged in, I
had no administrator privileges!!! Also, none of my original document files
were associated with this account, and all the programs ran as if Windows XP
was just installed. I'm pretty sure my files are not lost though, since in
the "Document & Settings" there is a folder with my previous username, I just
can't access it though I'm logged in the "Administrator" account!

I rebooted and used the F8 function to run the computer in safe mode.
However, in safe mode, NO user accounts whatsoever appeared at the welcome
screen - all I could do there was turn off the computer / re-start. I tried
rebooting the computer to the "last known good configuration" but that just
returned me to the same welcome screen as before (Admin & Guest). Since I
don't have administrator status even when signed into the useraccount titled
"administrator", I only see my own account in Control Panel's User Accounts,
and I can't run System Restore.

I then attempted to use the "Run As" function in Windows Explorer to run a
program with my original username and password, but it's not being
recognized. What's even more strange though is that "Run As" listed the
"current user" as "MyOriginalUsername\Administrator" - but I don't have
administrator privileges and my files are not associated with this user
account so access is denied!

If anyone has any idea what happened or if there's anything to be done to
recover my user account, please let me know! I'm completely dumbfounded.
September 15, 2005 7:57:10 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

In news:EAF49C4E-6650-4F0B-8284-FB7AAA6B76EA@microsoft.com,
jiaguo <jiaguo@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> A very strang thing happened to my computer today (I have a Dell, and
> running Windows XP Professional). I've had this computer for ~2
> years with no problems, but when I turned on the computer today, my
> user account (which was an administrator account) was not on the
> login screen. Instead there was a user account called
> "administrator", but the password for that was not any of the
> passwords I have used before. I therefore could only login through
> the Guest account - when I did that something like the following
> popped-up: "One of the files containing the system's registry data
> had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. The recovery
> was successful." I clicked "ok" and logged in as Guest.
>
> Using Windows Password Recovery I was finally able to "recover" the
> password for the "Administrator" account (it was "password"), but
> once I logged in, I had no administrator privileges!!! Also, none of
> my original document files were associated with this account, and all
> the programs ran as if Windows XP was just installed. I'm pretty
> sure my files are not lost though, since in the "Document & Settings"
> there is a folder with my previous username, I just can't access it
> though I'm logged in the "Administrator" account!
>
> I rebooted and used the F8 function to run the computer in safe mode.
> However, in safe mode, NO user accounts whatsoever appeared at the
> welcome screen - all I could do there was turn off the computer /
> re-start. I tried rebooting the computer to the "last known good
> configuration" but that just returned me to the same welcome screen
> as before (Admin & Guest). Since I don't have administrator status
> even when signed into the useraccount titled "administrator", I only
> see my own account in Control Panel's User Accounts, and I can't run
> System Restore.
>
> I then attempted to use the "Run As" function in Windows Explorer to
> run a program with my original username and password, but it's not
> being recognized. What's even more strange though is that "Run As"
> listed the "current user" as "MyOriginalUsername\Administrator" - but
> I don't have administrator privileges and my files are not associated
> with this user account so access is denied!
>
> If anyone has any idea what happened or if there's anything to be
> done to recover my user account, please let me know! I'm completely
> dumbfounded.

I'd do a repair installation using a DIFFERENT username. I'd then follow the
corrupt profile process and move your old account to the new account.

Corrupted Profile: Windows XP :
http://kgiii.info/windows/XP/general/corruptprofile.htm...

Galen
--

"You know that a conjurer gets no credit when once he has explained his
trick; and if I show you too much of my method of working, you will
come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all."

Sherlock Holmes
Anonymous
September 15, 2005 12:11:35 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Thank you for the suggestion! However, I can't even create a new user
profile because the "Administrator" profile is a guest account. Essentially,
the Windows welcome screen shows 2 profiles: "Administrator" and "Guest", but
both are limited Guest accounts!

What's also odd is that running "lusrmgr.msc" shows that the "Administrator"
user is *not* a member of anything, while the "Guest" user is member of
"Guests". Trying to add "Administrator" to the Administrator group gives an
"access denied" message.

"Galen" wrote:

> In news:EAF49C4E-6650-4F0B-8284-FB7AAA6B76EA@microsoft.com,
> My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
>
> I'd do a repair installation using a DIFFERENT username. I'd then follow the
> corrupt profile process and move your old account to the new account.
>
> Corrupted Profile: Windows XP :
> http://kgiii.info/windows/XP/general/corruptprofile.htm...
>
> Galen
> --
>
> "You know that a conjurer gets no credit when once he has explained his
> trick; and if I show you too much of my method of working, you will
> come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all."
>
> Sherlock Holmes
>
>
>
September 16, 2005 4:10:05 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

In news:98214D4D-45C5-4D28-B991-9A267D84345F@microsoft.com,
jiaguo <jiaguo@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> Thank you for the suggestion! However, I can't even create a new user
> profile because the "Administrator" profile is a guest account.
> Essentially, the Windows welcome screen shows 2 profiles:
> "Administrator" and "Guest", but both are limited Guest accounts!
>
> What's also odd is that running "lusrmgr.msc" shows that the
> "Administrator" user is *not* a member of anything, while the "Guest"
> user is member of "Guests". Trying to add "Administrator" to the
> Administrator group gives an "access denied" message.
>
> "Galen" wrote:
>
>> In news:EAF49C4E-6650-4F0B-8284-FB7AAA6B76EA@microsoft.com,
>> My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:
>>
>> I'd do a repair installation using a DIFFERENT username. I'd then
>> follow the corrupt profile process and move your old account to the
>> new account.
>>
>> Corrupted Profile: Windows XP :
>> http://kgiii.info/windows/XP/general/corruptprofile.htm...
>>
>> Galen
>> --
>>
>> "You know that a conjurer gets no credit when once he has explained
>> his trick; and if I show you too much of my method of working, you
>> will
>> come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after
>> all."
>>
>> Sherlock Holmes

Sounds pretty hosed to me, my first guess would, in all honesty, be malware.
Viral or spyware perhaps. How about "crudware?" I'd do a repair install and
see where that gets you.

Repair Installation of XP :
http://kgiii.info/windows/XP/general/xprepair.html

Galen
--

"You know that a conjurer gets no credit when once he has explained his
trick; and if I show you too much of my method of working, you will
come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all."

Sherlock Holmes
!