• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 309
  • Last Modified:

Win2K created a new Administrator account by itself - why?

On my PC running Win2K, a new Administrator account, with new desktop and program group, showed up spontaneously.  The computer is named "Alda".  The new account showed up being named "Adminstrator.ALDA".  This is in addition to the original Administrator account.  When the machine boots, it boots to this new desktop.  BUT, when I go to "User Accounts" on the control panel, this new account is not listed, nor can it be logged off of.  I'm wondering what made this account and its desktop appear, and what can I do to get rid of it.  

FYI:  The computer is running Norton Antivirus and Norton Ghost at startup.
0
emmoh
Asked:
emmoh
  • 4
  • 4
1 Solution
 
JamesDSCommented:
emmoh
This isn't an account, it's a profile and nothing to worry about.
This often happens when a machine joins a domain and someone logs onto it with the Domain Administrator account. A profile needs to be created, so it's suffixed with the name of the machine.

Cheers

JamesDS
0
 
emmohAuthor Commented:
JamesDS:

Thanks for the response.  I'm still perplexed though, as to how I can get the machine to boot to the old desktop?  It is not letting me choose which to display, even though they are both there.

emmoh
0
 
JamesDSCommented:
emmoh
When you log on you get the choice to logon locally, or onto the domain. One will display the old desktop, one the new.

Cheers

JamesDS
0
Free Tool: Path Explorer

An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

 
emmohAuthor Commented:
James:

I have checked this, but the computer is actually logged on locally to this new profile, and on the "Log on to Windows" screen there are no options.  The path to the new "My Documents" folder is a local path as well.  And I still have this issue of the two desktops.  My confusion continues.

emmoh
0
 
JamesDSCommented:
emmoh
Is this machine a domain controller?

Do you get the old profile when you login to the domain instead of logging in locally (not available if it is a domain controller)

Cheers

JamesDS
0
 
emmohAuthor Commented:
James:

No, this is just a local machine, not a server or controller, sharing some files and printers with three other machines via Microsoft Networking.  Nothing fancy.  The printers and files being shared are local to this machine.  It has worked in this configuration for a long time, before spontaneously generating the new User Profile and the new desktop and MY Documents folder.

Thanks for your responses.

emmoh

0
 
JamesDSCommented:
emmoh
Did you recently install a service pack?

Cheers

JamesDS
0
 
francrlCommented:
What most likely happened is the original profile became corrupted, most likely the (ntuser.dat file), so you machine created a new uncorrupted profile. Since the Administrator profile (floder structure) already existed it created a new one with the .alda extension. The easiest way to get your old information back is to simply copy the contents of the desktop folder and mydocuments folder to the new profile. You will lose you old settings, but thats better than copying them over too and risking recontamination.
0
 
emmohAuthor Commented:
Francrl:

Yes, this is what I have done, and it seems it will do.  Thanks.

emmoh
0

Featured Post

Vote for the Most Valuable Expert

It’s time to recognize experts that go above and beyond with helpful solutions and engagement on site. Choose from the top experts in the Hall of Fame or on the right rail of your favorite topic page. Look for the blue “Nominate” button on their profile to vote.

  • 4
  • 4
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now