Windows 10: Windows no longer loads my user account as the default, even though I log in

Discus and support Windows no longer loads my user account as the default, even though I log in in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; When I turn on my laptop and log in to Windows using my Microsoft ID, during the process it shows the message "preparing Windows" and when the desktop... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by jummy79, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. jummy79 Win User

    Windows no longer loads my user account as the default, even though I log in


    When I turn on my laptop and log in to Windows using my Microsoft ID, during the process it shows the message "preparing Windows" and when the desktop shows up, it looks like a fresh install of Windows and it's missing some files that I had saved to the desktop. Edge also shows up as the default browser. When I make Chrome my default browser and delete shortcuts from the desktop and task bar, they return when I restart my computer. My Downloads and Documents folders are empty, and to access my files I have to go into C:\Users\username.


    How can I get my settings to be saved and have direct access to my Downloads, Documents, Pictures, etc. folders without going through C:\Users?

    :)
     
    jummy79, Aug 9, 2020
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  2. Jim8080 Win User

    Lost my default user account

    My default user account is not listed during startup; only the Guest account called Windows User is available.

    Earlier, I was trying to find my Microsoft account, but don't think I was successful. I entered a password I had used years ago with the Microsoft Community, but it was incorrect. I'm not sure what I would see if I had opened my Microsoft account. I guess something happened.

    I shut down and restarted my computer and to my surprise I was asked for a password. I don't recall what happened when I originally set up the computer, but would have eliminated the password, if possible. I fiddled around, not sure what to do, and accidentally selected Windows User when I started the computer again. Now I'm not asked, and Windows User is automatically used.

    My default account is still on the computer. I started with Administrator privileges, and ran C:\WINDWS\system32>net user and it is listed as the default account (WDAGUtilityAccount is listed under the Default Account heading). Windows User is the guest account.

    I attempted to use System Restore from the Windows User Account but it was off. Since it is a different account, it probably would not have helped.
    Any suggestions? Jim
     
    Jim8080, Aug 9, 2020
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  3. Zakin Win User
    Strange Windows 10 User Account issue.

    Unfortunately I had done those steps numerous reboots, it just, reappears for no good reason. The base account isn't even a Microsoft account, it's a local account.

    I haven't quite tried the built in administrator account on W10, but so far in my experience on my own computer, the built in account seemed to have absolutely no more control than I did on my own.

    It's just strange, I go in, it warns me twice about deleting the account, then it's gone. Reboot, and it's back?

    EDIT: Just to specify, both command line and Netplwiz both say only HIS account exists on the computer, it doesn't list this rogue account. This is what I meant in my first post about the fact that even Windows doesn't seem to believe it exists, HALF the time. *Frown Windows no longer loads my user account as the default, even though I log in :(
     
    Zakin, Aug 9, 2020
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  4. Try3 Win User

    Windows no longer loads my user account as the default, even though I log in

    My admin account switched to a user account!

    The first of the many diagrams in this thread show that the link Sign in with a local account instead is displayed for the account that is currently logged on and so the reversion procedure might work for this account. For normal circumstances, that would initiate the conversion back to a local account for the user account currently logged in - see my 23rd & 26th September 2016 posts in revert to local account from one converted to MSAccount. I have no way of knowing how Windows will react to an attempt to use this procedure for the Built-In Admin account and I do not know if that link Sign in with a local account instead will be displayed or not.

    I think I side-stepped this issue by suggesting that that
    • An extra password-protected Admin level account is created, and
    • The Built-In Admin is disabled, and
    • The recovery attempt focuses on whichever existing user account remains active afterwards.

    Personally, I would reinstall Windows 10 without even attempting this recovery. Installation takes very little effort once everything is backed up and the only necessary user interactions are right at the start & right at the end so it can be initiated before making a pot of tea. It took about 30, 60 & 90 minutes for each of my computers [the 30 minuter is 6 months old, the 60 minuter is 7 years old, 90 minuter is 12 years old].

    Raner - I am trying to avoid sounding like I am nagging you into doing a clean install.
    • Once you have recovered the existing user account you can attempt to re-enable & remove the MSAccount link from your Built-In Admin if that link appears in Settings, Accounts.
    • Bree says it cannot be done and I think the same but I have never tried - I have never been able to get to Settings using the Built-In Admin because it cannot run any Windows 10 Apps so I do not know how it can be done [but the diagrams in Bree's link shows that those users got there].
    • Even though I have the safety of having created two spare password-protected Admin accounts I would not want to know that my Built-In Admin was sitting in the background but unable to help me if my other accounts were corrupted.

    Denis
     
    Try3, Aug 9, 2020
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