Windows 10: How do I change the profile or account of the default login

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    Windows 10 Home 64 bit version 1607
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       15 Hours Ago #11

    I followed the instructions you gave in your last post. I created a new user and upgraded it to administrator, I then logged out and logged back in as the new user. I ran netplwiz and in that dialog David-Desktop is highlighted and I tried clicking on the other account but the focus didn't move, it is as though it is frozen on David-Desktop and that's how it is. All the other buttons are greyed out, can't do anything. Frozen is the best description for it. That's about it for me at the moment. I'll check in later.
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  2.    12 Hours Ago #12

    Well, now you have a known good user account that is an administrator that you know all the passwords to, correct? Go back to netplwiz and uncheck the box for "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer". Click apply. On the next window that appears, click cancel. Then on the netplwiz main windows, the check box will be checked again, click apply again with it checked. That tends to reset the Windows logon screen to remove any "ghost" users that appear on it.

    Now you should be able to go to the C:\Users folder and go into whatever other users folders are there and copy out the documents, photos, and whatever files you want to keep from them. When you first click on one of the other users folders it will tell you that you need to gain access. Click yes or OK or whatever and it will take a couple minutes for it to change all the permissions and let you in.

    Once you are sure you have what you want from the other user folders, the you can go to settings, accounts, family and other people, and hopefully delete the messed up user accounts in there. After doing that, go back to the C:\Users folders and if the deleted user folder under there did not delete, you can delete it.

    At some point it looks like the old user account Dave-Desktop or Dave was a local account switched to a Microsoft Account login. It looks like what you forgot was the password for the local account that was first there after it was switched to a Microsoft Account login.
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