User: ASP.NET Machine Account???

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by David Wright, Dec 15, 2006.

  1. David Wright

    David Wright Guest

    Looking through my user accounts on Vista Ultimate Final, I noticed a new
    account that I had not set up, it is called "ASP.NET Machine Account". I
    also see that it is password protected. Does anyone know why Vista decided
    to set up an account by itself? I also have no idea what the password is,
    any ideas?

    David Wright, Dec 15, 2006
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  2. No. It is needed by any ASP.NET based applications that you might have

    Synapse Syndrome, Dec 15, 2006
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  3. I have about 4-5 applications I use that will install the dot net framework
    if it is not already installed. You may not need it now, but you will. Leave
    well enough alone. Some may even say to allow the O/S to maintain/monitor
    itself, with little assistance from you.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    Richard Urban, Dec 15, 2006

  4. But the ASP.Net machine account would only be used if you are locally
    hosting web pages that run under ASP.Net. I don't know of any applications
    that do that, only developers who are writing their own.
    Tom Porterfield, Dec 15, 2006

  5. Do you know of any such type applications? The only folks I know who
    need/use that account are developers who are hosting their own applications
    on their PC's rather than on a server.
    Tom Porterfield, Dec 15, 2006

  6. Instead of deleting it, just in case in the future you find you want it, I
    recommend you disable the account. That makes it easy to recover, by
    enabling it, but doesn't allow the account to be utilized by anything.
    Tom Porterfield, Dec 15, 2006
  7. Then delete it if you feel comfortable doing so. I see no problem with it on
    my computers, either Windows XP or Vista. I tend to leave things alone. My
    attitude is they are there for a purpose, either current or unforeseen. If
    it ain't broke why break it?



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    Richard Urban, Dec 15, 2006

  8. I have a few web based apps that I use locally on network. I seem to have
    that account on my Vista machine at the moment, but do on two XP machines
    and my Windows 2003 Server.

    This is one example that I run on my server that needs the account:

    There are other programs that you can run on your LAN for file sharing and
    video streaming that need it.

    Synapse Syndrome, Dec 15, 2006

  9. But it is there even when IIS is not running, or even installed. There must
    be some function for it being there.

    Synapse Syndrome, Dec 15, 2006
  10. David Wright

    fj Guest

    My experience is that the account is added when .net is installed. In XP, I
    deleted it years ago/everytime I build a new PC and install .net. Never,
    never an issue.

    I think that simply means that the account can be created but for no
    specific function.
    fj, Dec 15, 2006
  11. I can't delete it on my machine as I do develop ASP.NET applications on my
    machine. But the users of my apps do not need the account on their machines
    since they run my applications from a web server.

    You are correct, it is there for a purpose, but unless you are developing or
    hosting ASP.NET web applications on your machine then you don't need that
    account. That is its purpose, to be the account that these ASP.NET web
    applications run under. My attitude I guess is different from yours. I
    prefer to understand what the purpose of something is and then make an
    informed decision about what to do with it.
    Tom Porterfield, Dec 15, 2006
  12. That's because when the .NET framework is installed it creates the account
    whether it needs to or not.
    Tom Porterfield, Dec 15, 2006
  13. David Wright

    David Wright Guest

    Thank you Tom, excellent suggestion.
    David Wright, Dec 16, 2006

  14. Here's a .NET app that might need it. I knew of this app before, but I
    don't use it myself.

    Synapse Syndrome, Dec 18, 2006
  15. Nope. That is a .NET app that needs the framework, but it doesn't need the
    ASP.NET user account to be enabled or even exist.
    Tom Porterfield, Dec 18, 2006
  16. David Wright

    Paasie Guest

    I have the same problem, but cannot delete the .NET framework account or
    delete the program, because my Vista system asks me for the ASP.NET Machine
    Account password, which I have never set. The passwords I use on my PC are
    not working. At this moment, i cannot install programs or delete things. I
    cannot get thge account off because then it asks for the same account.
    .NET framework was installed after a windows update in XP and after
    updating to Vista, it was updated to .NET framework update 3
    I tried to install Vista again, but you gen guess, it asks for the same
    password again. I even tried to install good old XP, but thats not working
    because the start-up disks are not working anymore. Who can help?
    Paasie, Mar 21, 2007
  17. David Wright

    BWhorton2007 Guest

    Im having the same problem as i have a machine account that i
    did not create and it is blocking access to programs data and
    games.Also the
    account does not show up on my user account page.

    A popup appears saying windows needs permission to continue and asks
    for the password that was never created.
    BWhorton2007, Jan 18, 2008
  18. Hello, again, my Friends!

    After a grueling amount of blog study and mostly a painful gauntlet
    of trial and error, I unveiled a solution to my ailing predicament. I
    will explain the process that I used to recover control of my laptop and
    bring to ruin the oppressive reign of the communist ASP.NET Machine
    account. I must, however, shed a glimmer of light on the fact that this
    procedure was used to correct my situation and may not be a necessary
    means to rescue you from your particular folly.

    - Shut down your computer
    - After 10 seconds have past, turn your computer back on
    - Before anything loads (Windows Logo or even the white cursor),
    press the F8 key to enter the Advanced Boot Options
    - Smell your boot
    - Select "Last Known Good Configuration (advanced)"

    This will launch a type of wizard (not a magical one) that will
    give you options to select from. You want to restore everything to a
    time that is before the communist takeover.
    *Note:* You will not lose files from users’ documents but you will lose
    any changes or configurations made to your computer prior to this so
    before beginning this process, you may want to save downloaded or
    installed programs that you don't want to lose.
    *Note:* You should not attempt to wipe your bottom with only a single
    square of 1 ply toilet paper. This can cause a major catastrophe that
    will leave mental scars in your life for years to come.

    After I finished restoring my laptop to the "Last Known Good
    Configuration", I restarted my computer, ate a pancake, and I was back
    in control of my life again. The ASP.NET Machine account was no longer
    in sight anywhere on my computer and I lived happily ever after. The

    Well, my good stewards of technology, I bid thee farewell for now
    and I sincerely hope this life lesson of mine is helpful to your cause.

    Thank you,
    GRENADIER_PINGPONG, Apr 15, 2009
  19. David Wright

    Malke Guest

    There's no way we can know what didn't work for you, what the original
    problem was, or can offer you any more help because you are not posting on
    a real forum as you think you are and you didn't quote any of the thread to
    which you are replying. You are using a web interface that leeches Usenet
    posts and most of the rest of us are using real newsreaders. We don't see
    what you do. If you want to participate in Usenet, the better way is to set
    up a newsreader. This is very easy to do and I'll give you information
    about that below. If you prefer to use a forum, then here are two excellent

    Since you are using a web interface, you may not realize that this is really
    a newsgroup. You will get far more out of this resource if you learn to use
    a newsreader. There are many good newsreaders for Windows, but you can use
    Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (Vista) since you already have it.
    Here are some links to information about newsgroups:

    About Usenet: - Usenet FAQs from the Internet FAQ Archives - a brief explanation
    of newsgroups

    Outlook Express/Windows Mail as Newsreader:

    How to Post: - How to Ask a Question - How Not to Get Technical Help on
    Usenet - list of MS newsgroups - MS group to test if your newsreader is working
    properly - how to munge email address - crossposting - multiposting

    Other Newsreaders for Windows: - Forte - Thunderbird

    Malke, Apr 16, 2009
  20. David Wright

    broken Guest

    did you fix this problem as i am having the same problem
    i have vista premuim
    broken, Apr 27, 2009
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