Usually a personal account on a computer system that allows access to a system's (advanced) functions.

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How to get rights of admin after I disabled all admin accounts in my computer

I accidentally disabled my admin account. After I login to another account I found I can not get admin rights, because all admin accounts on my computer are disabled. I clicked on 'run as ...
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Can two users simultaneously share one pc

It's easy to have multiple user accounts on one computer and even switch between accounts without logging off. It is also possible to have more than one display connected to a single computer. Is it ...
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Disconnect Microsoft account from my local account

I was happily using local account on my Windows 8/8.1 machine. Was. Today I wanted to install some app from Windows Store. I wanted to assess some UX scenario in it. To do so I had to sign in using my ...
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How do I start Chrome using a specified “user profile”?

I use the new built-in "Users" feature of Chrome to switch between Home/Work accounts easily. However, Chrome remembers the "last" user profile you had selected when launching new windows. This is a ...
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How do I change a user name in Windows 7?

I have an install of Windows 7 that I've already put a few days into. Today I realized I've made a mistake in the username and it's driving me nuts (my personal OCD). While changing the physical ...
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How to get back-to-work with a Windows 7 PC that has no admin account?

I have a PC which doesn't have the Administrator account active and the only user account left is a Guest user. I want to get back the admin account but I don't know how to do that with a guest user. ...
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How Do I Allow A Standard User to Install Programs?

Yes, I realize that defeats the purpose of standard user. But here is the situation. A friend of mine wants to set up time limits for his home schooled son, and his son needs to be a standard user in ...
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Hide users from Mac OS X Snow Leopard logon screen

Somehow, I managed to set a passwd for my _postgres user on my OS instead of setting it on the postgres role I have as my superuser / root. Anyways since this, I've been struggling with that user ...
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How to apply group policy settings to specific local accounts in Windows

I created a limited user account and want to restrict USB and CD drive access using group policy settings. Hence I want to use gpedit.msc to enforce restrictions on the limited account and disable ...
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Can I set my Windows to boot without stop on password verification even when having a password set? [duplicate]

Is there some way to configure Windows 7 to boot up without asking for a password (on password check phase) even if I have a password set on my account? What I wan't to do with it, is boot up ...
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Enforce user time restrictions to log out or off from Windows 7

How can I limit the time spent on the computer or force a log out from a Windows 7 machine? I used to use Windows Steady State to limit users (kids) from being on too long but SteadyState does not ...
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How to create new user and set the privilege for this account on windows 8

How to create new user and set the privilege for this account on windows 8? Since 3 of my family share the same computer, and I hope I could keep their privacy from each other. How can I do that?
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Limit a user account to use only Internet Explorer (or Firefox) in Windows 7 Home Premium

I want to lock down the computer to allow browsing the Internet only (using IE and/or Firefox) and maybe also allow them to play a video file on the computer and adjust volume control. That is it. I ...
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How do I create an administrator user on Ubuntu?

I want to create a user having sudo powers in Ubuntu. How can I do that?
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Hide account from login screen but can be used in UAC

So I have a Windows 7 home machine with 2 user accounts. One is a standard user account and one is an administrator account. Now this is going to be put in the hands of a very low-tech user so I ...
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Locked out of Windows 10: login no longer shows Administrator, but only an account that I never used

I downloaded and updated my Windows 7 pro to Windows 10 today. I had two user accounts in Windows 7 before update; Administrator and Ritesh. I never used Ritesh account, so over the time I even forgot ...
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Log in with two accounts (e.g., in Gmail) in a single Firefox window

I have two Gmail accounts. I'd like to log in to both of them at the same time in a single Firefox window. How would I go about it? I know one suggestion is IETab, but that fix has too much of a ...
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Easy way to restrict permissions in an elementary school computer lab?

I'm putting together an elementary school computer lab. I have nine Windows XP Pro machines that are not networked and do not have internet access (no money to do either). I've created separate ...
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Cannot log onto new accounts - “The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded”

I'm on a fairly new install of Win 7 x64 with default UAC settings. I recently had to delete a user profile due to the win 7 2012 virus issue, but when trying to create a new profile (any profile ...
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mysql how to fix Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost'

Before I screw up something, when login using $ mysql -u root -p, and show databases: +--------------------+ | Database | +--------------------+ | information_schema | | mysql ...
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How to grant remote desktop right to a user in Windows Server 2008?

I create a user and add it to group Remote Desktop Users but I cannot still remote using mstsc. The error message said the user/group doesn't have the right to remote. My question is how can I grant ...
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How to hide admin account and only show main user at logon screen in Windows 7?

When a user boots Windows 7, is there a way to only show a single user that then asks for a password. For example, I have an admin user and a regular user. When the computer boots I do not want the ...
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Is there any way to change the password of the current user account using the command line?

Are there any commands for the Windows command line which allows you to change the password of the account? What about without using the current password? (I saw a video about it once and it worked ...
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How to make ssh log in as the right user?

I use ssh on a variety of machines, mainly linux. Accounts on these machines vary in naming scheme: if my name is First Last, then I have accounts: first, flast, last_f, lastf, and sometimes I need to ...
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How to copy a windows 7 user profile when changing domains [duplicate]

I need to connect my machine to a new domain soon. When I do so a new user profile will be created and I would like to copy all the settings/data from the old profile to the new one. This is a local ...
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Administrator account prevents me from reverting Windows 10 to 8.1

On Windows 10, I had to enable the Administrator account using net user administrator /active:yes for reasons that aren't relevant here. Now, if I try to revert to Windows 8.1 through Settings >> ...
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User Profile Service Failed User Profile Could Not Be Loaded on Windows 10

I've upgraded to Windows 10 in the last few weeks, and I had to update some drivers to get things working. Aside from that, it has been great. Now I am trying to create a new user via the Settings ...
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Lock your computer after 5 minutes of inactivity

I know you can automatically Sleep and Hibernate your computer with a timer. But these affect running programs and stop downloads ... so I was wondering if there is a way to automatically Lock your ...
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How to add users to a FTP site in Windows 7's IIS?

I've setup a HTTPS and FTP site in IIS but how can I add users to use the FTP site? Does they necessarily need an account with password in the computer to be able to use it?
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Why is it bad to run as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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In Windows 7, my user profile cannot be loaded, how do I fix this?

After uninstalling an HP Vector mouse driver, then rebooting, when Windows tries to auto log me in, I get an error message saying the following. The User Profile Service failed the Login. User ...
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Clear history of usernames in Skype [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove username suggest function in Skype 4.2, Windows Vista? I'm looking for a way to clear the login name history on my Skype (Windows 7). I don't know where it is ...
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How Can I tell if the current user is Admin from Windows Command Line

Is there anything I can call from the command line which will tell me if the currently logged in user has a limited account or is an admin?
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User profile service service failed the login. User Profile can not be loaded

I removed accounts that were hosted on a separate drive before upgrading to windows 8 from 7 yesterday. However, now I get the User profile service service failed the login. User Profile can not be ...
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List all members of a group (Mac OS X)

I've tried Googling but not getting anywhere. How can I list all the members of a group called mygroup from the command-line in OS X? $dscl . list /groups will get me all the groups...but how can i ...
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List Samba users?

So yesterday evening I was pulling my hair out (figuratively -- I'm bald) for over an hour trying to figure out why smbpasswd kept rejecting my attempts to reset the password for one of my Samba ...
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Samba+Windows: Allow multiple connections by different users?

I have a machine running Ubuntu with Samba that I use to share stuff with my family's Windows machines in our local network. Currently they access a share for movies/music/etc with one user. I want ...
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Using a custom keyboard layout without being administrator in Windows

I am used to typing in the "Programmer Dvorak" keyboard layout. To be able to install it, you need administrative rights, making it impossible for me to use it at school. My school runs an ...
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“Run as” for a .bat file

I'd like to run a .bat file as a different user to troubleshoot a rights problem which I suspect. For normal .exe files, you can Shift-right-click to get "Run as...". However, for a .bat file, this ...
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Moving users folder on Windows Vista to another partition - bad idea?

I am aware of two questions - one here and one on serverfault which ask HOW to do this. I even provided answers myself, having done it a few months back. But now I'm having second thoughts. My plan ...
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Skip “Sign in to your Microsoft account” (Windows 8.1 Setup) [duplicate]

I have an RT tablet and updated it to Windows 8.1. The update basically performs the new PC setup. I can't get past the "Sign into your Microsoft Account". Clicking "Next" does not allow me to ...
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How do you run windows explorer as a different user?

I can't believe this question wasn't already asked. I came across the answer when asking a slightly different question. Lets say I am logged in as user Bob and I open up a command prompt via the ...
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Why is the guest account missing/broken in Windows 10?

In older versions of Windows and even in Windows 10 previews you could enable the built-in guest account in control panel Control Panel\User Accounts\User Accounts\Manage Accounts In Windows ...
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What gets synced across computers using the same Windows Live ID?

When using the same Microsoft Account login on different Windows 8 machines, do any apps, settings or files get synced by default?
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What is 'Run as Administrator' in Windows 7?

On my Windows 7 machine, I am an administrator. I see, when I right click an app, it has an option Run as Administrator. What does this mean? Also, if I am logged in as administrator, what ...
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Set a password that's not linked to my Microsoft account?

I have a really long password for my Microsoft account, and I don't want to enter that every single time I log in, so I was wondering if I could have a second, smaller password for just the computer ...
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Timeout a User Account?

Is there a way to timeout a user account, as in after 15 minutes of inactivity lock the workstation or log the user out? This would need to be placed on a Windows 7 Home x64 system.
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ALWAYS display the last / default user Windows 7 welcome screen

I have three user accounts on a Windows 7 machine: share, admin and standard. I only want the standard account to appear on the welcome screen. I know about the special accounts/user list registry ...
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How to know SID of Windows' user account?

When you look at HKEY_USERS registry key, each subkey (representing each user's settings) looks something like S-1-5-18 which is called SID I guess. How do I know which SID is for which user account? ...
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Administrator account in Windows Vista

I have a Windows Vista (Home Premium) machine with a unique user for which the owner forgot the password. I have physical access to the machine. I gave a try to Ophcrack Live CD, but it couldn't find ...