Windows 10: Lock screen problem Solved

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  1. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       05 Aug 2017 #1

    Lock screen problem


    I was trying to disable my lock screen with the run - netplwiz - User Accounts method.
    I think I may have mixed up my password and pin numbers. It let me change the settings but when I restarted I get the lock screen with a message "The username or password is incorrect". Upon clicking "OK" I then have 2 separate listings of my user name "even though I only have one account" and can login from there. And the settings are now set to NOT require a password at startup. It's just stuck on the wrong password/username thing.

    Can someone please .tell me how to get fix this?
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  2.    05 Aug 2017 #2

    System Restore? Do you have any restore points?

    Failing that, you could restore your registry backup offline if it's not been overwritten. I.e. boot from a bootable rescue disk and restore it.

    And of course if you use disk imaging routinely as we recommend, you will have one or more images you can restore if all else fails.

    Here's a safe way to do what you were trying to do:
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    Free tweaker- full explanation via the URL.

    And a tenforums tutorial:
    Enable or Disable Lock Screen in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
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  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,332
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       05 Aug 2017 #3

    Hello cedar, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    If you like, set netplwiz to automatically sign in to your account at startup again, but be sure to enter the account's password this round to see if it may sort this for you.

    Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
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  4. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       05 Aug 2017 #4

    Thanks for responding dalchina.

    I just bought this computer.
    !st day using it.
    Don't even know if system restore is turned on.
    I'm going from windows 7 to windows 10 for the 1st time so everything is new/different to me.
    Let me look at some of the thing you posted.
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  5. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       05 Aug 2017 #5

    Hey Brink!

    Thanks for responding.
    After reading your post I got to thinking and just changed the settings back to require password to login, restarted, logged in and THEN changed it to have windows log in automatically for me and it seems to be working.
    I should have tried resetting it in the 1st place.

    Thanks to you and dalchina both for your help!

    Now if I can only figure out why I don't have a "control panel". lol
    Mine doesn't come up when I right or left click start button like I have seen in other windows 10 videos.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,332
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       05 Aug 2017 #6

    Great news cedar.

    Entering your PIN instead of the password is what caused netplwiz to fail signing you in at startup.

    The tutorial below can help show you how to open the Control Panel. Be sure to look at the related tutorial links at the bottom for more options.

    Open Control Panel in Windows 10 Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
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  7. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       05 Aug 2017 #7

    Wow you're just full of it Brink!

    And by "it" I mean helpful, timely information.
    Thanks again for all your help!

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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,332
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       05 Aug 2017 #8

    You're most welcome cedar. :)
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  9. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       05 Aug 2017 #9

    Well tried the settings changes in Local Group Policy and still didn't get control panel showing in my right-click start menu.
    I just did a search for control panel and pinned it to the start menu.

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  10. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,332
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       05 Aug 2017 #10

    If you mean the Win+X menu, then this below should work for you.

    Show Control Panel or Settings on Win+X Menu in Windows 10 Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
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