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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #50 on: August 14, 2020, 09:23:42 AM »
Well enjoy it. It is 7:20 here and will be eating now too...

I purposely disabled safe-mode. even bought a program for it. but it still should boot into it.

will keep trying and updating.

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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #51 on: August 14, 2020, 09:26:33 AM »
Enjoy your meal too.

I thought Jordan would have been further ahead of the UK than just a couple of hours.

Geography was never my strongest subject though :)
« Last Edit: August 14, 2020, 03:19:03 PM by Boggin »
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« Reply #52 on: August 14, 2020, 09:30:11 AM »
Jordan? How did you know? That location does not exist in the signup of the site. I put it as somewhere in the USA.

Is it because you are a moderator you can see IP or does everyone see it?

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« Reply #53 on: August 14, 2020, 10:09:14 AM »
I have added a screen shot of the SFCfix.exe latest tool.

It looks a lot like DISM.

Please let me know your feedback on the report.

I get same info about store at each dism repair.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2020, 10:12:01 AM by JohnCoool »

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« Reply #54 on: August 14, 2020, 10:15:29 AM »
I think I know the reaon new user cannot be created.

The program Ask Admin locks Metro apps and then it cant login a new user

So I will work on this.

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« Reply #55 on: August 14, 2020, 10:41:39 AM »
I saw tips that suggest that the issue might be with the default user. It is like a template for new users.

Is there a way to change that with a new one or if I delete it maybe it will be re-created?

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« Reply #56 on: August 14, 2020, 11:26:16 AM »
I found a link online that shows me how to create a new default profile and I followed it. Now I am in the new user account.

So the default profile must have been corrupted...

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« Reply #57 on: August 14, 2020, 02:20:39 PM »
That looks like you have cracked it.

Yes, I check out each new member to see if they are Spammers, using their IP address.

Yours did come up as being reported once in April 2017 for a brute force attack.

As that was a one off and a further check didn't bring anything up, I decided to let it go.
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« Reply #58 on: August 14, 2020, 02:32:05 PM »
2017, wow that is a long time ago. I think that public IPs change daily to weekly. I was in the UAE in 2017...

I am facing a new issue while trying to resolve the safe mode issue.

I clicked on safe boot in msconfig and now it is just looping and crashing. I tried the Win8.1 start up repair but no success. I will try Hiren-Boot again.

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« Reply #59 on: August 14, 2020, 02:41:10 PM »
what is your opinion on the sfcfix report?

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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #60 on: August 14, 2020, 02:58:23 PM »
what is your opinion on the sfcfix report?

Going by that, it had repaired all corruption.

Boot up with the Win 8.1 install media and navigate to the Command Prompt and enter these cmds -

bcdedit

This will give you a list.

Look for Windows Boot Loader and make a note of the identifier.

It can either be {current} or {default}

I will use {current} in my example of the cmd but use your identifier if different.

bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot

Ensure you use the correct brackets as typed.

Enter exit to close the cmd window, remove the install media and restart to see if resolved.

If that doesn't resolve then you can boot up with the install media again and perform the dism /image:x:\ cmd using your partition letter which should put things right.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2020, 03:15:15 PM by Boggin »
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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #61 on: August 14, 2020, 03:17:37 PM »
Because it was such a while ago, I considered in my decision that the IP address may have belonged to someone else then.
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« Reply #62 on: August 14, 2020, 03:20:52 PM »
The command worked but here is the interesting part. I was using the same USB media for Hiren-Boot and did not want to download it on another PC so I tried the command from Hiren-Boot.

Thanks for the great tip...

I want to try the below to try and enable safe mode.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/how-to-use-and-enabledisable-safe-mode-in-windows/460175e1-e783-426a-8408-eb3724827b34

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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #63 on: August 14, 2020, 03:25:34 PM »
Well that's something I've learned - I wasn't aware that Safe Mode wasn't a default feature of Win 8.0

I would have assumed they would have added that for Win 8.1

No wonder the machine is all over the place when you try to boot into that mode.

Anyway, I'm off to roost now - Goodnight.
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« Reply #64 on: August 14, 2020, 03:30:09 PM »
The safe mode used to work normally for me. But I installed several software to lock it up. Then I uninstalled the software without disabling the feature. That might have made it permanent. So I will try this method to get it back up.

I did try reinstalling the software to allow it back on but maybe it was too late.

I will update here and we will continue on another day...

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« Reply #65 on: August 14, 2020, 03:50:59 PM »
That solution did not solve the issue it just added a new way to go into safe mode after a crash...

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« Reply #66 on: August 14, 2020, 05:03:52 PM »
I think I found the cause of the safe mode issue but resolving it wont be as easy...

I found the below in a thread and I was going to open a thread here next after this one is done but I won't anymore.

Had to think about anything that i may have done to change the way windows boots in the past and remembered this,
I used a program called Boot UI Tuner from winaero.com to remove the Windows 8 logo during boot a while ago (because I dont like it).
I have just re-enabled the boot logo using Boot UI Tuner and now Safe Mode works from the Advanced Startup Options.


I think the logo in the laptop I am using is controlled by the vendor because it used to be blank and after I updated the BIOS it now says  Lenovo. On other platforms it would just show the Windows logo. I tried to change it when it was blank and then again a few days ago but it just wont go away.

You will also notice that one of the corrupted files I had before is the same one from this program. I am not using the same program as this person is but it does the same thing.

I am not sure how to remove it. I might have to put back the corrupted file from before and then try to remove it. Let me know if you have any ideas. The logo is not there but the changes are...

I will be back on this some time tomorrow evening. I have attached another screen shot...

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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #67 on: August 15, 2020, 01:16:43 AM »
You seem to have done so much that has changed your system which could have left remnants when you have tried to remove them.

For the moment you appear to be going around in circles.

I think you should start with a clean slate by performing a repair install and then take it from there.
Tom.

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« Reply #68 on: August 15, 2020, 03:28:05 AM »
While you do have a valid point from your point of view but certainly not from mine.

I have been doing changes to the system almost every week to a month since early 2018 and every once in a while I would run SFC /scannow to keep it well.

The only issue I have with it is not remembering last user login... which has been resolved now.

As part of sharpening my skills which I learned during the IT support days. I can't give up and restart. I need to keep on learning how to solve issues to keep it going.

I had to restart it twice before. it was around once per year were the system would get to a total crashed state, but since 2018 things have changed for the system stability.

Anyway, it is ok if you want out of this... but I will keep on updating. I will 1st fix this issue which will probably also fix the clean boot issue too...

Till later then.....

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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #69 on: August 15, 2020, 04:39:30 AM »
Well for me - if it aint broke then I don't try to fix it.

My machines seem to work okay without any tweaks - in fact they don't like tweaks :)

You can get bogged down in trying to undo anything you have put on when it causes other problems, it is sometimes prudent to wipe the slate with a repair install.

The machine I've kept Win 7 on once lost the Repair your computer from the advanced boot options and the only solution was to factory reset and I've done a repair install a couple of times on my other upgraded to Win 10 laptop.

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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #70 on: August 15, 2020, 02:50:14 PM »
Is there a way to uninstall all updates in an easy way?

Then I will do a new update. It will overwrite many system files...

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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #71 on: August 15, 2020, 03:19:12 PM »
A repair install will remove all existing updates and during the process you get the option for them to be auto reinstalled, or you can do it manually with a check for updates after the repair install has completed.
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« Reply #72 on: August 15, 2020, 03:24:32 PM »
Oh ok...

I have not done a repair since windows XP.

Is it the same? Does it require to go through the entire installation?

Will it create a 2nd windows on the same drive?

What are the risks?

Does it need another Windows key? This one was built into it...

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Re: Win 8.1 does not remember last user after reboot
« Reply #73 on: August 15, 2020, 03:38:22 PM »
I think Win 8.1 will digitally activate, but create a system image first as a fall back.

With Win 10 I open Windows/File Explorer - click on This PC (it may just be listed as Computer in Win 8.1) - insert the install media and double click on its drive.

This will start the process when using a DVD but will open to its files when using an USB where you would then double click on setup Application.

I don't know how long it will take on Win 8.1 but on Win 10 with it auto installing the updates, it takes 3 - 4hrs.

This cmd will clean out obsolete updates from the WinSxS folder if Windows hasn't already done that but it will leave current ones intact.

dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup

At least it does on Win 10, but I think the repair install is the way to go.

Depending upon what you have installed as tweaks on your machine, hopefully it won't see those as installed programs and bring your system back to pristine.

Failing that, you'd probably be looking at a Refresh.
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« Reply #74 on: August 15, 2020, 03:45:53 PM »
Thanks...

I will see if I will need it after all...