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    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. .


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    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
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    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.
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    I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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    I'm having the same problem. Damn thing slows my startup by 6 minuets too.
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    Hello Sean, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Were you able to get it sorted using any of the methods above?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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