June 30th, 2003, 04:02 AM
Windows XP Logon
My roommate just came down to me and asked why he couldn't logon to his Windows XP computer. At the logon screen there aren't any users available to logon to. The screen just has the welcome picture and nothing else. All 3 users were of the administrator account, so I thought maybe that account became disabled and for some reason didn't show up on the screen. I went to recovery console and was able to logon to the system admin account. Any ideas of what I can do. He said the only difference since it last worked was that the system forced him to run checkdisk. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
June 30th, 2003, 04:24 AM
Ok I got a question first.
Are you using the firewall that comes with XP?
June 30th, 2003, 04:25 AM
boot into safe mode (lets you log in as administrator) and create an account. Start---->control panel---->user accounts---->create new user.
It isn't paranoia when you KNOW they're out to get you...
June 30th, 2003, 04:27 AM
Never had that problem.
Also instead of using recovery CD, can you pres ctrl+alt+delete and hold it down. It should give you a box to type in your username and password. Just type administrator as your password and then whatever your password is.
Can you logon and see if you can still see the accounts under User Accounts in Control Panel. Try making a couple accounts then reboot and see if you see them at the welcome screen.
 Lol gues I posted to late.
hey whizkid, where does the firewall come into play with user accounts?
June 30th, 2003, 04:34 AM
not using the XP firewall and unfortunately safe mode hung while displaying the files it was loading...i believe the last file it would load was agp*.dll
also, i tried ot hit alt-ctrl-del and nothing happened. does it make a difference to hold it down for a second?
June 30th, 2003, 04:37 AM
yeah try holding it down for a second or two and see what happens.
If that doesn't work then log back in throught the recovery console and see if you can see any user accounts.
June 30th, 2003, 05:35 AM
Well I was going to ask if he had that one because there was a chance he had been hacked and it were changed that way.
I could be wrong though.
Ok do you have a Dos Boot DIskette.
June 30th, 2003, 08:57 AM
To get the 'old' logon box in Windows XP press ctrl+alt+delete TWICE when you see the Welcome Screen.
This will allow you to type in a user name and a password. Ofcourse they must be a valid user name and a pasword.
If I am correct TeakUI XP has an option to remove users from the Welcome Screen.
Do you have this program installed ?
Otherwise someone has probably been editing the registry to hide the users from the welcome screen.
June 30th, 2003, 10:26 AM
After hitting control+alt+delete twice liek the above poster said to do use
leave the password blank. this is the Admin aco**** that is only accessable through safe mode. chances are your friend did not set a password for this. If it doesnt work use
once again leave the pass word blank, one of the two should work. if not poast back and we can try to come up ith more ideas for you. GL.
June 30th, 2003, 12:29 PM
Hey guys, thanks for all of your help. Hitting alt-ctrl-del worked. Fortunately I knew the administrator's password, but unfortunately that's because my buddy uses the same password for everything. Not a good idea, but up to him I guess. Thanks again.