Windows 7 tries to login to Administrator Account each time and doesn't show my user account
Posted on 2012-04-04
This is a problem with Windows 7, Home Premium, 32 bit
Normally when I boot up I get a screen showing the two user accounts available on my machine. Clicking on one allows me to enter the password, then I'm in.
However, recently the machine started booting straight into the Administrator account, which didn't have a password set. The only way to get into my normal account was to log off from the Admin Account. I'd then get the choice of Admin or Other. Clicking on other I had to enter the name of my main user account (Colin) and the password.
I managed to stop windows going straight into Admin by setting a password on it. So now on bootup I get a "Password entered was incorrect" error and it takes my to the screen showing the Admin account with a picture, and "other" with a blank box. I tried deleting the other account but I still get "Other" as the option instead of my account name.
How do I get my Account to show again, so I can log straight in without entering the username?
I've checked some other related posts and some people have suggested editing the registry [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList]. However, I don't have a profile list folder at all. Although I do have a Default file under the Windows NT folder next level up, with a value not set. Could this be the problem?
Full marks awarded for a solution because I can't find anything on the internet with a fix for my situation.