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Strange Account behaviour on Log In

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8

    Strange Account behaviour on Log In


    This morning I cold booted my laptop and strangely after signing in it declared that it was "Preparing Windows." I was then taken to a desktop with empty Documents etc. folders. Panicking I went to the User Accounts and found all my folders and data intact but not accessible through the "account" I had been forced to log in to. Licensed software that was not installed as multiple user wouldn't show as licensed so I must assume that some sort of default new profile had been created. However, in User Accounts there didn't seem to be anything new.

    In addition to my account and that of my wife there were three other folders that I am sure have always been there. (1) Default (with user empty subfolders) (2) An alphanumeric (temp?) folder ... empty except for Appdata / Local / Temp ... itself empty (3) UpdatusUser - used by Nvidia to update the graphics driver (with user empty subfolders) (4) Public - usual subfolders.

    I solved the problem by logging out and logging back in with my usual login credentials. (Switching user didn't work).

    What happened please and how can I prevent it happening again?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Greg, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    From your description, it sounds like you may have gotten the error like below to sign you into a temporary account when there's an issue (ex: corruption) with the account you were trying to sign in to.

    If it doesn't happen anymore, then I wouldn't worry about it. However, I would recommend to back up anything you do not want to lose to another location just to be extra safe.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Thanks! I wonder if that is what happened though. At no point did I get an error message. I have logged in again a few times since without issue but I will keep your advice close by.
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