> Hi, I'm having several problems with my User Accounts.
> 1) If I try to click "Manage Another Account" I do not see a list of
> my users, just an empty box under "Choose the account you would like
> to change." If I create a new account I still have a blank box where
> the list of users should be.
> 2) I cannot change the type of account. When I open "Change your
> account" I get a blank user picture and it is set to "Standard User"
> even though I am part of the Administrator group. Changing account
> types and hitting OK has no effect.
> 3) I cannot turn UAC on or off. When I open the UAC panel it is
> unchecked even if UAC is on. If I check the box and hit OK I am not
> prompted to reboot. If I check the box and hit Ok then return,the UAC
> box is still unchecked (same as with changing account types), so it's
> obvious it is not turning UAC on. I can turn the UAC on by using the
> tool in Msconfig.exe and then rebooting.
> 4) What is fishy is that I can see the list of my users (with their
> pictures) if I go to "Set-up parental controls" under "Manage another
> account." I can also create a new user account from that screen but of
> course I cannot do anything with it.
> 5) I am using Vista Home Premium so I cannot load the "Local Users and
> Groups" snap-in to see if I can modify my users from there.
> If you know of other message boards where I could post this question
> please let me know.
> Thank you in advance,
While I'm not sure what's causing your problems, I can offer a workaround:
- Open an elevated command prompt (right-click, run as administrator)
- Use the net command to administer your user accounts
- Type: net help user
and: net help localgroup
This will display information on how to use the net comand to manage
lists the users on your computer
net user USER /active:yes
enables USER's account
net user USER /delete
deletes USER's account
net user USER PASSWORD /add
creates USER's account with password of PASSWORD
net localgroup administrators USER /add
makes USER an administrator
net localgroup administrators USER /remove
makes USER a normal user
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
Windows Vista Support FAQ - http://www.jimmah.com/vista/