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Can't delete a windows 8 user account

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    windows 8.1

    Can't delete a windows 8 user account


    Hey there ;

    i am sorry if this thread has been posted ( searched and didn't find anything )


    so i have 2 accounts as in the picture ( i tried to upload it but failed ):

    Click image for larger version

    i can't delete the one named administrator
    i want to delete it because i'm getting this "preparing windows" like each 3 days ( temporary account )
    Note : i might have deleted the registry for the user "administrator" a long time ago


    Hope anyone can help
    Regards
    Last edited by Brink; 07 Apr 2014 at 14:11. Reason: fixed image

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Stockeye, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The temp account error that you get when you try to sign in to an account means that account's user profile is corrupted. You can use the method in the tutorial below fix it.
    The "Administrator" account is your built-in elevated Administrator account, and cannot be deleted. After fixing the user account with the corrupted user profile, you could disable the built in Administrator account though.


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    windows 8.1


    hi shawn , well i can t find a .bak account that s what i m getting these accounts updatus user.Toshiba /
    Eng.Hassan ( i think that s my account but i changed it ... ) / updatus.user / administrator.Toshiba / defaultapp pool

    Click image for larger version

    Thank you
    Last edited by Brink; 08 Apr 2014 at 10:46. Reason: fixed image by having it uploaded and attached directly here instead
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's ok Stockeye. You would want to delete all S-1-5... SID keys for the affected user account. This would be step 9.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 13
    windows 8.1


    are you sure that won't delete something for that account
    because all my stuff are in there
    Thank you
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    It won't. It only deletes the user profile of the account and not the user account itself. The user profile will be recreated the next time you sign in to the account afterwards.

    To be safe though, I would always recommend to back up anything that you do not want to lose first.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 13
    windows 8.1

    profile worked i.e down :(


    hmmm , i think it worked thanks , now i m getting this error from ie :

    A program on your computer has corrupted your default search provider setting for Internet Explorer.
    Internet Explorer has reset this setting to your original search provider, Bing (Bing).
    Internet Explorer will now open Search Settings, where you can change this setting or install more search providers.


    Hope you can help me ,

    Thank you
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news.

    The search provider error in IE is nothing to worry about. If you like you can add/remove or enable/disable them as you like in Internet Explorer.

    Internet Explorer Search Suggestions - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Internet Explorer 10 Search Provider - Add New
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  9. #9


    Posts : 13
    windows 8.1

    omg ! ! ! :(


    okay , I don t know what happened , yesterday I turned off my pc several times ( normal ) ,
    today when I turned it on this showed up ( the picture was the yellow one not this I changed that ) :




    Is it normal ????

    all my visual studio files are gone ( the programs ) :/ all my saved passwords in i.e gone , several things
    ( I don't know how to backup each byte from my pc )
    i.e is not giving me any errors anymore

    how to get the things back to the start menu , the Skype , weather , things ! ! !

    Thank you
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Looks like you have been loaded into a temporary profile again. When you go to the desktop, do you get the temp profile error message above the notification area?

    If not, then you can "Pin to Start" them again.

    Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8
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