Solved Idiot user needs help with Windows 11 defaultuser0 password


JustSomeguy

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I bought a new HP Windows 11 laptop a couple days ago and went through the setup procedure and got it working. Going through the startup dialog I set a system password.

I then messed something up and did a system recovery. The system recovery appeared to go without error.

Everything seems to work well except that there is no login password or pin. When I try to configure a login password or pin Windows insists that I enter the password for defaultuser0. I have tried providing the password that I set up (see first paragraph, above), but Windows does not recognize that as the correct password. I do not recall every configuring a password specifically for defaultuser0 at any time and the 'Change your password' screen does not offer a 'forgot my password option'.

Is there a way to reset the defaultuser0 password, or should I return this and re-order a brand new laptop so that I can get past this issue?

Thanks for any advice!
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
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    HP
    CPU
    8-Core i7-10700F
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
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    Sceptre Curved 27" 75Hz LED
When in recovery, did you choose reset and remove everything option. That's the only option that will get rid of all user accounts, reinstall WIndows, and put you into oobe so you can create another account.
 

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I bought a new HP Windows 11 laptop a couple days ago and went through the setup procedure and got it working. Going through the startup dialog I set a system password.

I then messed something up and did a system recovery. The system recovery appeared to go without error.

Everything seems to work well except that there is no login password or pin. When I try to configure a login password or pin Windows insists that I enter the password for defaultuser0. I have tried providing the password that I set up (see first paragraph, above), but Windows does not recognize that as the correct password. I do not recall every configuring a password specifically for defaultuser0 at any time and the 'Change your password' screen does not offer a 'forgot my password option'.

Is there a way to reset the defaultuser0 password, or should I return this and re-order a brand new laptop so that I can get past this issue?

Thanks for any advice!




Method 1 or Method 3 might work...


Try method 3 here...
 
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    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
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    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
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    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
The defaultuser0 account will sometimes raise it's head when you install Windows with a local account instead of a Microsoft account.

Normally, that account would be labelled Default, why that is not always the case, I have no idea ... lol

Follow the instructions given in one of the links that @Ghot supplied, that should get you out of trouble.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Ryzen 9 3900X
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    ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming
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    Firefox - Chrome - Edge
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    Windows Defender - Clamwin
You did not create the defaultuser0 account. HP did.
It is supposed to be deleted before you get the computer but sometimes slips through.
[It has nothing to do with the Default account. Windows creates the Default account as a tool to use during the creation of new user accounts. HP created the defaultuser0 account.]

You created a user account of your own when you first booted the computer and you chose both its username & its password.
That is the user account you should be using.
[Personally, I always create two password-protected Admin local user accounts as well to use as fallbacks in case of problems.]

You can delete the defaultuser0.
- It is of no use to you.
- It contains no data.
- There are no side effects from deleting it.
Delete User Account - ElevenForumTutorials


All the best,
Denis
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
When in recovery, did you choose reset and remove everything option. That's the only option that will get rid of all user accounts, reinstall WIndows, and put you into oobe so you can create another account.
Thanks very much for the reply.

No, I did not use the 'remove everything' option, and I can now see that was my mistake.

Until I can solve the defaultuser0 issue, it does not seem to be possible to redo the recovery operation, since I'm now stuck at the Windows login screen.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    8-Core i7-10700F
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre Curved 27" 75Hz LED
Method 1 or Method 3 might work...


Try method 3 here...
Ghot, thanks for the reply.

I read Method 1, and I'm trying it now.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    8-Core i7-10700F
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre Curved 27" 75Hz LED
The defaultuser0 account will sometimes raise it's head when you install Windows with a local account instead of a Microsoft account.

Normally, that account would be labelled Default, why that is not always the case, I have no idea ... lol

Follow the instructions given in one of the links that @Ghot supplied, that should get you out of trouble.
Thanks for the reply, trumpy81.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    8-Core i7-10700F
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre Curved 27" 75Hz LED
You did not create the defaultuser0 account. HP did.
It is supposed to be deleted before you get the computer but sometimes slips through.
[It has nothing to do with the Default account. Windows creates the Default account as a tool to use during the creation of new user accounts. HP created the defaultuser0 account.]

You created a user account of your own when you first booted the computer and you chose both its username & its password.
That is the user account you should be using.
[Personally, I always create two password-protected Admin local user accounts as well to use as fallbacks in case of problems.]

You can delete the defaultuser0.
- It is of no use to you.
- It contains no data.
- There are no side effects from deleting it.
Delete User Account - ElevenForumTutorials


All the best,
Denis
Thanks for the reply and explanation, Denis.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    8-Core i7-10700F
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre Curved 27" 75Hz LED

My Computers

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  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3447 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
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    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
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    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
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    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
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    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
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    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
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    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
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    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
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    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
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    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
You did not create the defaultuser0 account. HP did.
I was under the impression OOBE temporarily creates this user for all installations, just that we never see it because it's removed after a user account is created.
 

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  • OS
    PE
What has happened to the user account you created when you first booted the computer?


Denis
I have no idea.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    8-Core i7-10700F
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre Curved 27" 75Hz LED
In this guide, you’re going to learn how to reset a forgotten local user login password on any Windows computer using Kali Linux.
 

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    Windows 11
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    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
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    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1
For years, I've had one fix or another for any new PC that has gotten messed up.

But one thing remains: Windows as it comes first from MS and then from the PC manufacturer, is loaded with Bloatware, stipulations, and just a lot of stuff designed to tie you to Mother Microsoft's apron strings.

Give me a brand new PC, laptop or desktop, and I'll dig out my USB Flash Drive, with the latest After Market Windows on it, and do a CLEAN Install.

Today, my favorite OS is Windows "Micro 11", Pro/64. It's small, it's fast, and it has ZERO MS BS. And, best of all, it doesn't come from Microsoft.
I just installed that OS on to an HP Envy Sleekbook, that came to me as an inoperative shell. It had no HD, only 4GB of ram, and a dead main battery and CMOS Battery.
Now, with new batteries, a new Crucial 120GB SSD, and "Micro 11" installed, it's a great running little PC.
My total investment in this little laptop, is less than $100. (NO licenses, keys or passwords)

Cheers Mates,
TM :cool:
 

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    101 key, Backlit/ Mechanical Switches/
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    Logitech USB Wireless M310
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    Hughes Net speed varies with the weather
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    Firefox 64x
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Super Anti Spyware
    Other Info
    Given to me as DEAD, and irreparable.
    Rebuilt with Gigabyte mobo, AMD cpu, 16GB ram and 500GB Crucial SSD.
For years, I've had one fix or another for any new PC that has gotten messed up.

But one thing remains: Windows as it comes first from MS and then from the PC manufacturer, is loaded with Bloatware, stipulations, and just a lot of stuff designed to tie you to Mother Microsoft's apron strings.

Give me a brand new PC, laptop or desktop, and I'll dig out my USB Flash Drive, with the latest After Market Windows on it, and do a CLEAN Install.

Today, my favorite OS is Windows "Micro 11", Pro/64. It's small, it's fast, and it has ZERO MS BS. And, best of all, it doesn't come from Microsoft.
I just installed that OS on to an HP Envy Sleekbook, that came to me as an inoperative shell. It had no HD, only 4GB of ram, and a dead main battery and CMOS Battery.
Now, with new batteries, a new Crucial 120GB SSD, and "Micro 11" installed, it's a great running little PC.
My total investment in this little laptop, is less than $100. (NO licenses, keys or passwords)

Cheers Mates,
TM :cool:
I just have to ask. How is that helpful to the OP?
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
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    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
    Mouse
    Logitek M185
    Keyboard
    Logitek K270
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
I have no idea.
Please run this command in any Terminal window and post the results.
net user
It produces a list of all user accounts [including ones that are only used by Windows itself so don't be worried by the entries in there. I can explain every single entry if you want me to].
Open Windows Terminal - ElevenForumTutorials
I urge you to take no other action yet.


Denis
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
For years, I've had one fix or another for any new PC that has gotten messed up.

But one thing remains: Windows as it comes first from MS and then from the PC manufacturer, is loaded with Bloatware, stipulations, and just a lot of stuff designed to tie you to Mother Microsoft's apron strings.

Give me a brand new PC, laptop or desktop, and I'll dig out my USB Flash Drive, with the latest After Market Windows on it, and do a CLEAN Install.

Today, my favorite OS is Windows "Micro 11", Pro/64. It's small, it's fast, and it has ZERO MS BS. And, best of all, it doesn't come from Microsoft.
I just installed that OS on to an HP Envy Sleekbook, that came to me as an inoperative shell. It had no HD, only 4GB of ram, and a dead main battery and CMOS Battery.
Now, with new batteries, a new Crucial 120GB SSD, and "Micro 11" installed, it's a great running little PC.
My total investment in this little laptop, is less than $100. (NO licenses, keys or passwords)

Cheers Mates,
TM :cool:
SPAM CITY. However it's an interesting topic. Create a thread for it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11 if on this site
Hi All.

I got things working using ghot's Method 2 plus logging into Microsoft during the 'startup dialog' rather than doing 'I'll log into Microsoft later'.

Thanks to all of you for the great help. I'll mark the thread solved.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    8-Core i7-10700F
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre Curved 27" 75Hz LED
In this guide, you’re going to learn how to reset a forgotten local user login password on any Windows computer using Kali Linux.
Thanks freeBooter!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    8-Core i7-10700F
    Memory
    64 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre Curved 27" 75Hz LED

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