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Catch 22 and a half with the log in and workgroup.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Rett Mikhal, Jul 15, 2006.

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  1. Rett Mikhal

    Rett Mikhal Thread Starter

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    In trying to use internet sharing with my Uncle's DSL, we had to change the workgroup on both computers. The workgroup and network options on my laptop were extremely limited, borderline invisible. Eventually we found it and changed from domaign to workgroup, using the same name. Restarted.

    Now my log in doesn't work because the domaign is wrong. And I can't change the domaign because my log in doesn't work. Admin also does not work, and I can't change domaign or workgroup on the log in screen.

    I'm running windows XP pro on an IBM thinkpad.
     
  2. steven1350

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    boot into safe mode, and change the domain back
     
  3. Rett Mikhal

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    I tried already, but my laptop requires logging in even in safe mode. The passwords, even for the admin, don't work in safemode as well.
     
  4. steven1350

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    did u try logging in as "administrator"
     
  5. Rett Mikhal

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    Yes, as stated in the original post. I suspect even if the password is correct with the administrator it won't let me on because the domaign is wrong. I don't know why my school locked out the ability to change domaigns at the log in screen but it is a VERY bad idea to do so.
     
  6. Squashman

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    There is still the local administrator account. That has nothing to do with the Domain.
     
  7. Rett Mikhal

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    Both my account and the admin reject the passwords I put in.
     
  8. steven1350

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    try this account

    username= "administrator"
    password="" <-- the password is blank (this is set by default, unless you changed it)
     
  9. Rett Mikhal

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    Yes, I tried all combinations of admin and administrator. I don't think they work for the same reason MY password doesn't work in that I'm off the domaign and the log in doesn't recognize me. But without the box that's NORMALLY there to change back, I can't do anything until I log in, and I can't log in until I do something.
     
  10. Squashman

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    The local administrator account has nothing to do with domain login. You cannot login to your domain account because you are not attached to the domain. You cannot login to the local administrator account because you don't know the passsword. Your only option now is to reset the Administrator password with a bootdisk.
     
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