"Account Unknown" In User Profiles?

Nov 10, 2012

I am finding two Unknown Accounts in my User Profiles.I have a home network and wondering if that has anything to do with it. Primary computer (IBM) is not hooked up right now and is the one that is directly connected to internet. This one (DELL) is connected via hub as is laptop when used. I am also connected to a domain for work via VPN(though that will be stopping soon)and maybe that has something to do with it?I need to do a major clean out (for space) on DELL and then a backup and came across this while doing something else.


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i start my pc up (from being off) and get logged into a temp user profile. It tells me that i cannot acess my user profile and all information will be deleted on logging out. I've looked online for a soloution but none work for me ,I really dont know how to resolve this problem,I have limited knowledge and computer skills. i really dont want to scrap this drive and start over.

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I then started up W.E.T. to transfer my old user profile into the new one - this is where I'm having trouble.The size of the files I want to transfer is too big for the new SSD, and W.E.T. doesn't seem to recognize the fact that my user profiles are NOT located on the SSD, and it won't let me map drives etc, do anything.So, is there a way around this? Or, is the best way to boot the old Windows 7 install, run sysprep/audit to transfer user profiles to the SAME location as I have the profiles for my new install, then boot the new install and see if I can log in as my old self?

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Incidentally, when I reloaded windows I created an Admin profile for setting everything up and did not use my actual profile name.

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I work at a company and we are in the process of upgrading our network, and switching to a new domain. When we switched one laptop to the new domain, it emptied all the folders inside of the user profiles. The folder with the users name still exist but the desktop, music, document, etc. are completely empty. Where the files could have gone? I am baffled by this. It worked fine on the other 100 computers except this one.

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Account Unknown(S-1-5-80-random numbers...

I looked this up and found several bits and pieces of info but nothing to clearly describe what this is or why. These videos were downloaded and burned to DVD's on this same PC but an older OS, Win XP and a different user name. I am guessing this account unknown is because of the permissions granted by windows media player for the streamed info pertaining to artists and the names of their songs but I don't know for sure.

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Jun 5, 2012

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In terms of security on my computer it leaves a concern; i just want to known if its safe to have these unknown accounts and they're not for example a remote hacker of some sort especially when the last "account unknown" is related to a network of somesort that has access to files on my computer through a network/proxy which does concern me quite a bit and i hope not... although ive done some brief research on unknown accounts each forum is telling me a different story. If its any relation there was a standard user account that was created on windows 7 but has been deleted im just wondering if any one of them accounts has any relation to the unknown accounts.

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Nov 28, 2012

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