Vista Boots to Other User Login

As a user of Windows Vista, experiencing the booting process leading to the login screen for other users can be a common occurrence.

Restart your computer: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve issues related to Vista booting to another user. Restarting can clear any temporary glitches and allow the system to start fresh.

Description and Causes of the “Other User” Error

Windows login screen

When booting up your Windows Vista computer, you may encounter the “Other User” error, which prevents you from accessing your usual login screen. This error usually occurs due to issues with user profiles or system settings.

One possible cause of the “Other User” error is a corrupted user profile. This can happen if the profile becomes damaged or if there are issues with the registry settings associated with it. Another cause could be a misconfiguration in the Windows operating system or a problem with the login process itself.

To resolve this error and regain access to your computer, you can try the following steps:

1. Restart your computer and press the F8 key repeatedly during startup to access the Advanced Boot Options menu.
2. Select “Safe Mode” from the menu and press Enter.
3. Once in Safe Mode, open the Command Prompt by typing “cmd” in the search box and pressing Enter.
4. In the Command Prompt, type “net user administrator /active:yes” and press Enter. This will activate the built-in Administrator account.
5. Restart your computer and log in using the Administrator account.
6. Open the Control Panel and navigate to “User Accounts” or “User Profiles.”
7. Delete the user profile associated with the “Other User” error.
8. Restart your computer again and log in using your regular user account.

If these steps do not resolve the issue, you may need to perform a system restore or seek further assistance from Microsoft support or a professional technician.

Fixes for the “Other User” Error on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1

If your Windows Vista boots to the “Other User” login screen instead of your personal account, there are a few fixes you can try.

First, try restarting your computer and see if the issue resolves itself. If not, try the following steps:

1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete simultaneously to bring up the Task Manager.
2. In the Task Manager, click on the “Users” tab.
3. Look for any additional users listed besides your personal account. If you see any, select them and click on the “End Task” button.
4. If that doesn’t work, try logging in with the administrator account. To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete simultaneously, and then click on “Switch User.” From there, select the “Administrator” account and enter the password if prompted.
5. Once logged in as the administrator, go to the Control Panel and click on “User Accounts.” From there, select your personal account and click on “Change the account type.” Make sure your account is set as an “Administrator” and not a “Standard User.”
6. Restart your computer and see if the issue is resolved. If not, you may need to perform a System Restore to a point before the error occurred.

Manually Editing the Registry to Fix the “Other User” Error

Registry editor

If your Vista operating system is booting to the “Other User” login screen instead of your own account, you can manually edit the registry to fix this issue. Please note that editing the registry can be risky, so it’s recommended to create a backup or restore point before proceeding.

To begin, follow these steps:

1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
2. Type “regedit” and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
3. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.
4. In the right pane, locate the “DefaultUserName” entry and double-click on it.
5. Ensure that the value data is set to your correct user account name. If not, modify it accordingly.
6. Next, locate the “DefaultPassword” entry and double-click on it.
7. If you don’t have a password for your account, make sure the value data is empty. If you have a password, enter it here.
8. If the “DefaultPassword” entry is not present, right-click on an empty space in the right pane, select New, and then choose String Value. Name it “DefaultPassword” and set the value data accordingly.
9. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

After following these steps, your Vista operating system should boot directly to your user account without encountering the “Other User” error. If the issue persists or if you’re uncomfortable making registry edits, it’s recommended to seek assistance from a professional or contact Microsoft support for further guidance.

import winreg

def set_vista_boot_user(username):
key_path = r"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon"
with winreg.OpenKey(winreg.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, key_path, 0, winreg.KEY_ALL_ACCESS) as key:
winreg.SetValueEx(key, "DefaultUserName", 0, winreg.REG_SZ, username)
winreg.SetValueEx(key, "AutoAdminLogon", 0, winreg.REG_SZ, "1")
winreg.SetValueEx(key, "DefaultPassword", 0, winreg.REG_SZ, "") # Set password if needed
winreg.SetValueEx(key, "AutoLogonCount", 0, winreg.REG_DWORD, 1)
print("User set successfully.")
except Exception as e:
print("Error occurred:", str(e))

# Usage

This sample code uses the `winreg` module in Python to modify the necessary registry keys responsible for user login on Windows Vista. It sets the `DefaultUserName` to the provided username, enables automatic logon (`AutoAdminLogon`), and sets the count of logon attempts (`AutoLogonCount`). Remember to adapt the code to your specific needs and always exercise caution when modifying the registry.

Additional Information and Support for Switching Users in Windows Vista

  • Understanding User Accounts: Learn about the different types of user accounts in Windows Vista and how they affect the login process.
  • Switching Users: Find out how to switch between user accounts without logging out, allowing for quick and convenient user switching.
  • Fast User Switching: Discover the Fast User Switching feature in Windows Vista that enables multiple users to be logged in simultaneously.
  • Switch User Shortcut: Learn how to create a desktop shortcut or add a switch user option to the Start menu for even faster user switching.
  • Security Considerations: Understand the security implications of switching users and how to keep your data and personal information protected.
  • Managing User Accounts: Get guidance on managing user accounts, including creating new accounts, changing passwords, and modifying user settings.
  • User Account Control (UAC): Learn how UAC affects user switching and understand the prompts and permissions associated with switching users.
  • Troubleshooting User Switching: Find solutions to common issues related to switching users, such as login problems, slow switching, or missing user accounts.
    User Account Control (UAC): Learn how UAC affects user switching and understand the prompts and permissions associated with switching users.
Troubleshooting User Switching: Find solutions to common issues related to switching users, such as login problems, slow switching, or missing user accounts.
  • Additional Resources: Explore additional online resources and support options for further assistance with user switching in Windows Vista.
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