If it's Windows 10, install the OS new from scratch but make sure your license is already activated and not running in a trial period.
For Windows 7 or Windows 8/ 8.1 use a tool (ie Speccy) to read out the license key of your Windows copy, save this key in a save location and install new. - If you use a laptop, very likely the Windows license key is stored in the BIOS so you have no hustle with a new installation of Windows.
There is no \MyUser\Cheathappens folder... but some other programs DO have listings with me.
There was a lengthy disclosure on the serial number, like yes-it-is-really-registered, so I need to reread that first, to not lose the license.
Thanks so much for the help!
Another reason is that there's a bucketload of data, files, photos and programs on the drive, as it is a 2TB and I migrated a lot of stuff, so I hesitate to redo all of that; I do appreciate the warning about future issues, but I am not sure now just what that folder represents. The older folders are empty, the ones I've created (intending them for my own user) are appearing in it though. The system was a gift and it's working super otherwise.
I think I will monitor it for a bit and dig a little deeper. Thanks for all the thoughts and ideas!
Enable Built-in Administrator account.
a. Go to Start screen.
b. Type “command” without quotes.
c. Right click on Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator.
d. Type: net user administrator /active: yes
Note: Please follow the same steps and type net user administrator /active: no to disable admin account after the troubleshooting is done.
well that didn't work; there is no opportunity that I saw to right click the command prompt window, which opens immediately when selecting run command prompt from the search results; so I ran windows powershell command with admin rights and got this: (note I had to edit the EXACT text as it was returning in the post, this error [The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.] I assume that was because of trying to quote actual OS commands??)
(program prompt from the sys32 dir)net user administrator [slash] active: yes
you entered an invalid value for the [slash]ACTIVE option.
More help is available by typing "NET HELPMSG 3952"
I'm thinking I must already have admin rights, because the setting says its wrong, so it must already be ON! Yes?
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