Ok it's fixed, I 'm not sure how. i did this:
Open the Run dialog box (after closing the Registry Editor, of course), type control userpasswords2 and click OK. The User Accounts dialog box will appear on-screen.
Then i changed the word owner to my name. When I tried to open user accounts, it was empty and I got some message, "the current use acct is not recognized", restart the computer. I thought now maybe I wouldn't be able to get on at all. I then shut down and I got a message that windows was installing updates, will shut off automatically. Then when it started up it was fine. Don't know if it was the change I made or the updates.