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    Disappearing log-ons.... (Win XP SP-1)

    When I upgraded Saturday to Win XP pro, it asked me to name the users, so I listed my two kids, wife and myself (mine is the 'administrator'). Last night, I got an auto-reboot from some unknown cause dealing with an RPC that I think I have fixed.. Now, the "icons" for the two kids (who were set up as 'limited') no longer appear on the log in screen. Thinking that they had just gotten trashed by the system somehow, I tried to re-create them, but when I enter their names, it says they already exist. Any clues on how I get them to reappear? They don't even show on the control panel area so I can edit them, but my wife's and mine still are there to be used or edited. Any sage advice, wild ideas, etc?

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    Re: Disappearing log-ons.... (Win XP SP-1)

    They should still appear under Administrative Tools|Computer Management|System Tools|Local Users and Groups. Administrative Tools should either be on your Start Menu or under All Programs. If not, then check your Start Menu Properties in Control Panel.
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    Re: Disappearing log-ons.... (Win XP SP-1)

    When you are at the "Welcome" screen do a "Ctrl-Alt-Delete" and this should bring what is known as the NT logon screen. Type in one of the kids account name and passwork. This may or may not bring up the kids users account. If this works try the other.

    Also check to see if the kids account names are listed under the "Documents and Settings folder. If not these account were never completed. The folders under the user name are NOT made until that account has been logged into.

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    Re: Disappearing log-ons.... (Win XP SP-1)

    Regarding the RPC issue, check this RPC service terminates thread - it sounds a bit like it may be the old Blaster virus. (Hans' reply has links to the explanation and solution.)

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    Re: Disappearing log-ons.... (Win XP SP-1)

    Yeah, it turns out the RPC was the Blaster. I went to the Symentec site and got what I needed to check my system. It was clean. By then, I had already loaded the Windows updates to fix/prevent any furhter occurances. Would this be part of why the kids log-ons went <img src=/S/hiding.gif border=0 alt=hiding width=70 height=24> ???

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    Re: Disappearing log-ons.... (Win XP SP-1)

    If you had this devilry in your belfry (so to speak) then sure, it could have had something to do with it. The problems resulting from poorly written virii are vast and can have unpredictable results.

    The key question here is, did the problem go away when the infection was removed and repaired? I would consider that damning evidence if it were true.
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    Re: Disappearing log-ons.... (Win XP SP-1)

    NO, the problem still exists. When I use the NT log-in as mentioned above, it logs on to the desktop, but then gives an error message saying: Cannot Start 8876480: Invalid configuration. Can I go into the administrative part mentioned above and delete the profiles for my kids and then re-create them from the control panel? Will that work?

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    Re: Disappearing log-ons.... (Win XP SP-1)

    Yes, I would try to recreate them. Hopefully nothing in the profile itself was so important that it cannot be recreated.
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