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Windows XP keeps creating new users.

DKTVPN 3,525 1,819 February 5, 2016 at 12:38 PM
My friend's old desktop Win XP is having a lot of troubles, it won't boot to the original user but creating new users a lot of times. Right now there are 5 different users under her name like Name.domain.000, Name~.domain.000, ... and 3 of Temp.domain, Temp.domain.000, ... I tried to log off and back on, turning off and on, but there are no other user to change.

How to boot to the original user? TIA.

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I think you're probably experiencing the symptoms of a bigger problem, and if so, need to focus on solving that first. I'd wonder if the hard drive is having issues, or if there's malware afoot.
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My friend's old desktop Win XP is having a lot of troubles, it won't boot to the original user but creating new users a lot of times. Right now there are 5 different users under her name like Name.domain.000, Name~.domain.000, ... and 3 of Temp.domain, Temp.domain.000, ... I tried to log off and back on, turning off and on, but there are no other user to change.

How to boot to the original user? TIA.

Could be a lot of things including malware\virus. It is 2016...think it is time for him to upgrade to Windows 7 or 10 lol? XP is out of security support and there is no reason to be using it all anymore unless one is running some proprietary software that is not upgrade-able. If it is a case wherein the hardware can't run Win 7 or 10, then it is well past time to buy a new PC rather than try to squeeze another couple of years out of some antique OS\PC. My 2 cents.
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Could be a lot of things including malware\virus. It is 2016...think it is time for him to upgrade to Windows 7 or 10 lol? XP is out of security support and there is no reason to be using it all anymore unless one is running some proprietary software that is not upgrade-able. If it is a case wherein the hardware can't run Win 7 or 10, then it is well past time to buy a new PC rather than try to squeeze another couple of years out of some antique OS\PC. My 2 cents.
Yes, it's the software "she" is still using and won't work with new Win7. I ran virus and malware check but couldn't find anything.

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I think you're probably experiencing the symptoms of a bigger problem, and if so, need to focus on solving that first. I'd wonder if the hard drive is having issues, or if there's malware afoot.
I ran malwarebyte and it's fine. Set up to scan after restart and now it's scanning, might take few hours to finish.
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You should get an error with that on login. Something about a profile corruption or something like that. It's key to what your seeing and fixing it. Please find and post that exact error message. Might be in the event viewer as well.

I have seen this before on windows 7 and it's relatively easy to fix once you get that error message and google it.

I agree about it's time to dump windows xp. What is the software? Can she run XP on a VM? Assuming she is running XP on an OEM pc that came with XP your running on borrowed time. Does she have a good backup solution?
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You should get an error with that on login. Something about a profile corruption or something like that. It's key to what your seeing and fixing it. Please find and post that exact error message. Might be in the event viewer as well.

I have seen this before on windows 7 and it's relatively easy to fix once you get that error message and google it.

I agree about it's time to dump windows xp. What is the software? Can she run XP on a VM? Assuming she is running XP on an OEM pc that came with XP your running on borrowed time. Does she have a good backup solution?
There's no error whatsoever. It just logged on with different profile with the same user name: there are no other user to choose to log on. About the software it's the Corel 3 and she lost the discs (floppy disks).
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About the software it's the Corel 3 and she lost the discs (floppy disks).
Depending on what Corel product you're talking about, that could have been released as long ago as 1992! It's long past time to upgrade and learn how to use a newer version of equivalent software! I have a hard time imagining a copy of software that old being much use to anyone today.
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still using win xp is just asking for trouble. hope she doesnt do any sensitive work like online banking or ordering online from that old computer/os.
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It isn't creating multiple users, you're dealing with multiple copies of a roaming profile on a domain controlled network. This doesn't quite make sense for a home setting. It seems like it could have been something like her current/former employer sold / gave away an old pc that was domain managed.
https://social.technet.microsoft....logon-time
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Depending on what Corel product you're talking about, that could have been released as long ago as 1992! It's long past time to upgrade and learn how to use a newer version of equivalent software! I have a hard time imagining a copy of software that old being much use to anyone today.
It's about fonts under old Corel 3. She got ton of files on that computer but when open in a new system with Corel XVII they don't look right. So she needs to open file using old one and convert it to available editing in newer version of Corel.


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It isn't creating multiple users, you're dealing with multiple copies of a roaming profile on a domain controlled network. This doesn't quite make sense for a home setting. It seems like it could have been something like her current/former employer sold / gave away an old pc that was domain managed.
https://social.technet.microsoft....logon-time
It's similar but not the same. She logged on fine with her ONLY USER in that computer but the desktop is not the old one with the pop-up right lower corner "Take tour WinXP" meaning it's a new user profile. So far if I remember correctly she got about 7 profiles in the "Documents and Settings"/Users...
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It's about fonts under old Corel 3. She got ton of files on that computer but when open in a new system with Corel XVII they don't look right. So she needs to open file using old one and convert it to available editing in newer version of Corel.

It's similar but not the same. She logged on fine with her ONLY USER in that computer but the desktop is not the old one with the pop-up right lower corner "Take tour WinXP" meaning it's a new user profile. So far if I remember correctly she got about 7 profiles in the "Documents and Settings"/Users...
Why not copy the fonts from the old computer and add them to the new one...

Check if the machine has joined a domain. You assumptions / interpretation of the facts don't seem quite right to me. Check what it shows under users in computer management (run: compmgmt.msc)
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It's about fonts under old Corel 3. She got ton of files on that computer but when open in a new system with Corel XVII they don't look right. So she needs to open file using old one and convert it to available editing in newer version of Corel.




It's similar but not the same. She logged on fine with her ONLY USER in that computer but the desktop is not the old one with the pop-up right lower corner "Take tour WinXP" meaning it's a new user profile. So far if I remember correctly she got about 7 profiles in the "Documents and Settings"/Users...

Sounds like a Corel conversion issue that needs to be dealt with. If she literally is trying to keep an old PC running Win XP with a version of Corel she lost the floppy installation disks for because of the need to convert some old images\\diagrams\fonts that should have been dealt with years ago, it is sort of now the come to Jesus moment wrt not doing due diligence and proper upkeep over the years. Eventually one pays the price for laziness, cheapness and a lack of a proper backup at that level for that extended a period of time. Maybe contact Corel for help with an old install set or a conversion program.
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Sounds like a Corel conversion issue that needs to be dealt with. If she literally is trying to keep an old PC running Win XP with a version of Corel she lost the floppy installation disks for because of the need to convert some old images\\diagrams\fonts that should have been dealt with years ago, it is sort of now the come to Jesus moment wrt not doing due diligence and proper upkeep over the years. Eventually one pays the price for laziness, cheapness and a lack of a proper backup at that level for that extended a period of time. Maybe contact Corel for help with an old install set or a conversion program.
FTP isn't dead... long live ftp...
ftp://ftp.corel.com/pub/CorelDRAW/DRAW3Suite/
They don't have full versions there, but updates and conversion tools are there in some cases.
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Why not copy the fonts from the old computer and add them to the new one...

Check if the machine has joined a domain. You assumptions / interpretation of the facts don't seem quite right to me. Check what it shows under users in computer management (run: compmgmt.msc)
I did add all fonts to the new one but it's not the same. She said something like those are not True Type Fonts, she made them years ago. I asked if she can make them again she said no way she's going back to do that, lot of time.

Under Advance Users Settings there are only 2 users: Admin and Her with both have admin rights. But under Documents and Settings, I hope it's right, there are many users like All Users, Her.000, Temp, Temp.000, ...


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Sounds like a Corel conversion issue that needs to be dealt with. If she literally is trying to keep an old PC running Win XP with a version of Corel she lost the floppy installation disks for because of the need to convert some old images\\diagrams\fonts that should have been dealt with years ago, it is sort of now the come to Jesus moment wrt not doing due diligence and proper upkeep over the years. Eventually one pays the price for laziness, cheapness and a lack of a proper backup at that level for that extended a period of time. Maybe contact Corel for help with an old install set or a conversion program.
She converts them OK to read in the new system with new software version, just need to open the old files under old version to convert them. But she got too many of them and might take years to finish. Right now just working on the one she seems important first.
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