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    Phantom Profile

    This happened once before a while back... I mentioned it, I believe, on this board, but never really found out when or where it happened. It did again, this morning.

    Once I get my setup right where I want it -0- for the time being -- I execute a (Microsoft Windows) program, netplwiz.exe. This allows me to set a given user to auto-login, not needing to re-enter the password each time. This has worked wonderfully since, oh, Windows 3.1 that I recall, and even in '10' up until the last (few) builds.

    I set it this morning with my "standard" CWBillow login. What it did and does though now, is set up some sort of phantom profile -- same user name, CWBillow, but it won't except the password. It asks for domain info additionally. Since I don't use a domain, I'm caught. I am able to sign in as the Admin, turn off netplwiz, thereby requiring passwords at login, and the phantom profile disappears.

    IS there any info or plans or to use or fix this program -- or not -- or is there some "secret" setting I should be aware of instead or as well?

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    What build is this?

    Can you post a screen shot of what you are seeing?
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    Chuck,

    I use the SysInternals AutoLogon for this purpose and it has worked flawlessly even on the latest Insider build. HTH
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    Joe,

    I', running Build 1511 (OS Build 14352.10002). The time before that this happened was an earlier build. Since I had mentioned it on this board one could maybe calculate what build that was, but it was exactly the same issue, error, and correction.

    Since I have already "corrected" the issue a screen shot is not available, but it is pretty direct: after running netplwiz, a "new" profile appears on the login screen with the same name as my original profile, rather than just logging in as is the purpose of netplwiz, and the new profile asks for domain and password info, not accepting the info assigned to my original profile.

    I logged in as the Admin, re-ran netplwiz, and removed the auto-login, and, voila, the second profile disappears!

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    RG, I'll give that a look. Thanks, ma man!

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    Simple and effective! Thanks again, RG. Strange that the one thing it does(n't) do is show any (special) assigned user icon that are assigned and show(s) when one just logs out. Netplwiz did that as well. The call to the icon file must come after the actual login procedure somehow, and since it is "automatic" it must bypass that instruction.

    Small price to pay in the overall scheme of things, I would say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Chuck,

    I use the SysInternals AutoLogon for this purpose and it has worked flawlessly even on the latest Insider build. HTH
    I had a bookmark for this but hadn't used it. Now I have and as Chuck says, simple and effective!
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    @Chuck,

    Please remember you are using pre-release software. Anything can break in a new release.

    It is always helpful regardless of pre-release or release to include the OS version & build. You should try to get in the habit of including screenshots particularly when you are describing something that we probably can't reproduce and see ourselves.
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    Joe, I do realize that. I have just found that often this board can even shed light on issues faster and more clearly than the Insider board...case in point was my recent post when my install key didn't seem to be working and it was pointed out to me that I had perhaps used the wrong install version.

    I do see your point though, Joe, and I will include the pertinent info next time...

    Sorry about that,
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    No problem Chuck. Just trying to make the process easier on everyone.
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    @Joe, how would I take a screen shot if I.m at the login screen?

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    Chuck,

    That would be a Kodak moment!
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    Ta-Ruly, RG!

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    See How To Take Screenshot of Windows 10 Logon Screen. It is a little hokey but if you really need a screen shot of the login screen this is one method.
    Joe

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    I'll take a look. Thanks Joe.

    Chuck
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