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Solved Changing the local user login name on the login screen


bobifle

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#1
Hello nice people !

Windows is asking me for a password despite I've never had a password.

Here's what happened:

I've never had a password and choose during the win install to have 1 local account without password.

I used to have a user/login name with an non ascii character (é), and it was causing me some trouble. Hence I decided to change it with ascii only characters. Control Panel, users etc ... properties, changed the name of the local user.

Reboot, and boom, Windows asks me for a password and is displaying the former user name !! But there's no option to change the user name, I've read that there should be a back arrow but it's not here (probably because windows "thinks" there's no point since there is only 1 user).

I don't know what to do, I used a Linux live usb distro to use some tools that can reset password and unlock account, however:

1/ it can only reset password, which seems not to be the issue here, the issue is the wrong user name
2/ the linux tool shows 1 local user with the last update name

So I'm guessing windows is not using the proper name to login, but doesn't provide any mean to change it.

If anyone has an idea, that would be greatly approciated.
 

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    windows 8

Brink

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mvp
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#2

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bobifle

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Thanks Brink,

Netplwiz was part of the solution, but I could'nt sign in windows anyway, so couldn't use it.

I think I hit a bug in the first place so the following fix may not necessarily make sense:


  • From the login screen, select restart while holding the shift key, that will bring a menu allowing to start a command prompt as admin. From this prompt, I used the "net" command to make sure the administrator account was active. Close the prompt, you're back at the menu.
  • Select advanced startup options, this will restart on another menu, allowing to boot in safe mode.
  • In safe mode I can log as administrator, hit win+r, type netplwiz, create a new standard user (the name does not matter I won't use it), add it to the HomeGroup. Note that I could see my "broken" account bobifle in the list of users, and windows wouldn't allow me to use it
  • restart, for some reason, windows allowed me to type the login and the password now, so I typed "bobifle", no password, and tada ... I got successfully logged as "bobifle" and my usual desktop pops up

Maybe some experienced user will make sense of this.
Again, trouble started as soon as I renamed my user account name from "Gérard" to "Bobfile". Windows must have some heuristic to detect stupid user names :sarc: and make you pay for this.
 

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#4
I'm glad to hear you got it sorted, but not sure what may have caused that for you. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone