One windows user account too many in Windows XP

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Windows XP
Windows XP Safe Mode
How do I get rid of a user that Windows has created on its own? The false user has my name and only shows up in Safe Mode. The computer hangs on shut down and I have to power it down. In safe mode, I found the extra user. I think the hang up is that the computer is trying to log out of two users with the same name.

Software/Hardware used:
Windows XP desktop with a tower.
ASKED: November 7, 2012  11:33 PM
UPDATED: November 8, 2012  1:20 PM

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First, figure out which account is your correct one, then go into C: drive, Profiles, and then delete all of the others.  You can also go into the Registry and locate them and delete the keys, but unless you are comfortable in there, I would suggest you stay out.  Once you are done, reboot and see if it creates another profile.  If it does, backup all of your data, create a temporary profile, delete all of the others and reboot and see what happens.  You just may have to go into the registry and delete the keys.  the path is:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion|ProfileList

If you double click each profile, you will see who the owner of the key is.  If it is not yours delete it.  But like I said, if you are not comfortable, don’t play here and always back up the registry and your data.

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