Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Phantom "Other User" shows up at startup

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Win 8, Win 7

    Phantom "Other User" shows up at startup


    I am setting the first of several Window 8 systems. On my first unit, I have a phantom "Other User" user show up at login, that is not a current user that shows up in the User Administration. It is always the default user the system tries to log in to at startup, but since it isn't a real account, it can't be logged in.

    How do I delete it, when it doesn't show up as a valid user to be managed? I also have a single local user (no Password) and an Administrator account (well protected), and after the "Other Login" user login fails, ? can go back to all user screen and select any other login and they work properly. .

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 20,465
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello eblong, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You might see if this may be able to help in Windows 8 as well.

    Logon Screen - Fix Showing Only "Other User" and Last Logged On User - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Win 8, Win 7


    Well, it helped, but not how you'd think. There were no profiles that had the types of errors described in the "regedit", but I deleted all but the most essential usr entries one at a time to see what would happen. did no good, so I erstored the register, and then read through the rest of the thread, but still no joy. However, it inspired me to try one more thing:

    I went into user management, and re-enabled the password on a user I had created to be local and password free (the system will be used off-line at a museum running a fixed Kiosk program, and it needs to be started up be any of our staff to run an educational program). It turns out the phantom user is a diret result of not having a password on a local user. As soon as the password was re-instated, it all behaved fine. I took away the password, and BOOM! - there it was again! So i re-enabled the password and gave it a trivial password then enabled the guest account. It doesn't create a default user that the system would go to immediately (I have Metro disabled and the program set to auto-start to the desktop). Not quite where I want to be, but it does get me to a place they can live with.

    Thanks.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. #4


    Posts : 20,465
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I'm having the same problem. Damn thing slows my startup by 6 minuets too.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 20,465
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello Sean, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Were you able to get it sorted using any of the methods above?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Nope. It's been like this since january when I built this PC and I'm still trying to find a solution instead of reinstalling windows 8. Not like it's affecting anything big, but it's still a pain.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 20,465
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Since this started back in January, I suppose you don't have any restore points available that are dated before this started?

    Otherwise, you could also do a repair install when ready without losing anything.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I tried a repair install and after 2 reboots it appeared again. Click image for larger version Here is a picture of the logon when it boots up.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Posts : 20,465
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    In that case, see if using step 3 in Option One of the tutorial below may be able to help if the Interactive logon: Do not display last user name group policy may have been enabled.

    Sign in with User Name and Password in Windows 8
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Phantom "Other User" shows up at startup

Similar Threads
Thread Forum
"Loading files ..." -> "Windows Boot Manager" -> "OneKey"
Hi all, So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)). I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load. I also end up at...
General Support
"ComputerName" shows in Devices and Printers (Sharing Off)
In Devices and Printers, it shows my computer with its name. I know, it wasn't like that and it wasn't there. All my sharing is off through advanced sharing settings including the wireless connection I am connected to. When I right click, a menu appears as below. 51730 Thanks.
General Support
Drive shows "This folder is empty"
I had asked earlier about removing driver shortcut. well, one of the drives seemed to be affected to the point of it showing "This folder is empty" whilst it shows that it has stuff in it. a snip of the above is as below. 41672 41673 Kindly assist. thanks
General Support
HELP NEEDED: Starting as "other user" upon startup...
Lately, when I start my laptop I'm logged in as "Other User" and I don't know why. It started doing this about two weeks ago. I can use the computer just fine logged in as "other user", but it's just bothersome. Any ideas about what caused this and more importantly, how to make it so I'm logged in...
User Accounts and Family Safety
Rename "Home" user to actual user name..how to?
Dear All, My friend has Win 8 64-bit installed via his assembler. In his C: drive (OS drive)..it shows as C:\User\Home..unlike mine one which is C:\User\Troy <my name> He wants his user name to replace the "Home" user. Please guide how to achieve this and hope this will not impact the...
User Accounts and Family Safety
Black (literally off) screen - related to "phantom" monitor?
Machine: HP Envy 17 3070nr w/ AMD 7690M XT. I've been struggling for the past several days with this, getting odd behavior where Windows 8 might install just fine or start a session OK but then at some point my laptop monitor just turns off. Even seems to happen on start up before getting to the...
Graphic Cards
YouTube Video Shows How "Real People" React To Windows 8
Read more at: Maximum PC | YouTube Video Shows How "Real People" React To Windows 8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4boTbv9_nU
Windows 8 News

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook