Password no longer works

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Alaska Len

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I changed the computer which is running Windows 2000 server from a domain to a work group and then rebooted. When it came back up The password to get into windows was no longer recognized.
Can I reinstall windows 2000 without losing files and still get back into windows?
I have already done the F8 thing, It seems to be booting fine. It's just when you get to the login screen it won't accept the password.
 

Squashman

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Are you trying login as the domain admin or the local administrator user?
 

Squashman

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So you are typing administrator for the username. Usually the domain admin is just admin if I remember correctly. has been along time since I worked on a Windows domain.
 

Alaska Len

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no, I've tried administrator for the user name
and admin for the password and it just sits there and tells me that I'm using the wrong password.
There is no option for network logon when I reboot it. It just comes up with the local username and password prompt to get into windows
 

Alaska Len

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Just wanted to post what we ended up doing to correct the problem. Especially since our help desk never called back. We ended up removing the hard drive from the computer and putting it into another computer as a slave harddrive. At that point we were able to extract all of the important files. We then formatted the harddrive and then reinstalled it into the original computer. We were never able to solve the password problem while the hard drive was the master, without formatting. But at least we were able to extract the important files. Thanks for the suggestions.
 
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