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Corrupted user account

  1. #1

    Join Date : Aug 2009
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    Corrupted user account

    Hi all,

    I tried to install postgresql-8.4.0. I didn't turn off User Account Control before doing that, which seems to be recommended. I think Postgres tried to create a user account called 'postgres', but it failed (I suspect because of UAC). Postgres installation could not finish normally.

    When I look in the Control Panel\User Accounts, no 'postgres' user is visible. When I try to create a new user called 'postgres' however, I get the following error message:

    The specified account name is not valid, because account names cannot contain the following characters: /\[]":'|< >+=,?*

    Please type a different name.
    It looks like I'm stuck with a corrupted 'postgres' user. Is there a way to clean this up?


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    Re: Corrupted user account

    Hello Benno, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    You can try a System Restore at boot using a restore point dated before you tried this to undo it.

    Hope this helps,

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  3. #3

    Join Date : Apr 2008
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    Re: Corrupted user account

    May try this:
    Run cmd.exe with administrative previlliges (right click on this file as admin)

    and type

    net user

    then will display users of this computer.If will be also 'postgres' user

    make this command

    net user postgres /delete

    Can you create any account with another name?Try create account with another name - if it is possible you don't need make system restore

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    Join Date : Aug 2009
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    Re: Corrupted user account

    Deleting the user account via cmd.exe with administrator authorization helped. Many Thanks!

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