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  1. Let me say first I am pretty experienced and have tried various diagnostics before posting. I have never seen this combination of seeming contradictory diagnostics while getting no error messages. My wife’s Dell XPS 13 laptop with Windows 10 Home stopped booting after Dell Support Assistant pushed a bios and drivers update last week. After accepting the updates, there was a period of downloading, a bunch of “done” boxes, and a prompt to finish and restart. My wife hit restart and the laptop seemed to be running normally. She doesn’t remember if she had to log on again or not. At this poin
  2. Thanks, vakta. That link is scary - if it works, it is just too easy to remove a Windows password. I wonder, though, if it's true when one has a very strong password. I couldn't tell much from the comments at that link. Apparently you go through a process of downloading and set up a USB boot stick. Then the final step, which should be removing the password, is instead a notice that you have to purchase the full version. I am simply back to "show last user". I didn't need to do a system restore because I had a second admin account I could use. Also, there is a way to get Windows to sh
  3. My last idea of name and back didn't work. There must just be something in the Randy2 profile, regardless of name, that does not allow logon except when "show last user" is enabled. There may be a registry entry controlling this, but I don't have any idea where or what it might be. More likely, it's just one of those unknowable and unfixable glitches.
  4. Thanks, Steve, What you suggest makes sense. In fact, it is essentially what I did when creating Randy3. However, it has some undesirable consequences. It would remove everything I had set up for Randy2. I have certain programs only showing when logged in as admin Randy2 for example. And many programs have had their defaults changed. This could include default data directories, printers, etc., all stored in the Randy2 profile that would be deleted. I don't know of any way to save the Randy2 profile, delete Randy2, create a new Randy2, and restore the old profile. Right now, I am
  5. I have gone back and forth but nothing is repaired. The only way I can log on to Randy2 (see OP) is if Show Last User (the default) is in effect. If I disable it to improve security a wee bit, I cannot log on to Randy2.
  6. I'll check out that link soon, holdum. But for now, I'll just say that I have never used Microsoft sign in, so it can't be that.
  7. This started when I changed "show last user on sign-in screen" to disabled. This forces one to reenter the user name at each logon, along with a password. I have two user accounts: Randy1 is a regular user; Randy2 is an admin. After I made the change above, I could still login with Randy1, but Randy2 always gave me an "invalid name or password." At first I thought I was really screwed. No usable account with admin privileges! However, it is weirder than that. In Randy1, let's say I attempt something requiring admin privileges. I get a popup with Randy2 in it and a prompt to enter my pass
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