|I am not able to log back into my Administrator account. I'm stuck in a limited user account and though my Administrator account is set w/o a password, I still can't login, even through my computer's Safe Mode (which is was the Dell service person suggested).|
This problem occurred yesterday while I was trying to eliminate the login screen from my computer's startup. Initially, I used a tip from Annoyances.org by entering "control userpasswords2" in the Run menu and turning off the "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" option.
It didn't work, so I tried the second solution that Annoyances.org listed. I installed TweakUI, opened it, expanded the "Logon" branch, clicked "Autologon," and then turned on the "Log on automatically at the system startup" option.
At some point in this process, I also created a new user account but realized later that it was only a limited account. This may or may not have to do with the problem. I also may have deleted another account from the computer that had Admin capabilities. But as of now, I am stuck in this limited, non-Admin account because it's the only account that has a password. When I try to log into my Administrator account (w/o a password, as I've always done), I get this error:
"The system could not log you on. Make sure your User name and domain are correct, then type your password again. Letters in passwords must be typed using the correct case."
...which is the same error I get when I try the same thing in Safe Mode.
One noticeable thing that has changed is that the login screen shows two fields for logging in: User name and Password. Before I started this process, it showed icons for each account, which I clicked to access the accounts.
I believe that it was a combination of the things above that set my computer to not accept my Administrator account w/o a password. Perhaps the "control userpasswords2" command, or perhaps the TweakUI setting. I have tried uninstalling TweakUI and seem to have succeeded but it hasn't helped. Unfortunately, now that I am kicked out of my Administrator account (or any account w/ Administrator capabilities), I no longer have access to the "control userpasswords2" prompt and cannot reinstall TweakUI. I also have no access to the System Restore. Ugh.
Thanks a million for reading and for any suggestions!