XP Login Problem

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TheHipCat

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I have been working on my fiance's laptop to get it configured for the wireless network at my apartment. After making some changes (I don't recall what) to the wireless settings, I rebooted the computer.

Now she cannot log on to her laptop because the log on window does not list any domains to log on to like it used to. Clicking the "Options" button doesn't show anything new either. When we try to enter her password (to log onto the system without a domain) we get the error message that we need to make sure the username and domain are correct. But as I said before, we cannot choose a domain anymore.

Is there any way to perform a system recovery to undo whatever changes I made? If so, where can I do that. Keep in mind we cannot get past the login window.

Thanks,

Zach
 
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I have never had this problem, but when the computer boots up, tap the F8 key and try to boot into safe mode. If this works, see if there is anything wrong, and possibly do a system restore if needed.
 

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We tried that, but it still gives us the same problem. We also tried booting with Last Known Good Configuration, but it didn't solve anything.
 

Squashman

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Have you tried logging in with the Local Administrator account.
 

TheHipCat

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Okay, we were able to log on to the administrator account and perform a rapid restore, so that problem is solved.

But... a new question has come up. Her laptop is originally configured for a campus domain network. We want to be able to network her laptop to my desktop for file and printer sharing as well as ICS.

Her laptop is currently communicating with my desktop (ie. the taskbar shows an excellent connection to my computer) but I cannot see my desktop from her network places, nor can I add it. I do not have internet access from her laptop either.

I don't know if it matters, but my desktop wireless card is a proprietary ASUS wireless card designed for my P4P800 Deluxe and is operating from ASUS software. I am using it as the access point.

I should also add that I have attempted a direct connection via the 1394 ports on both computers. Again, the computers seem to recognize that a network connection has been established, but still no file sharing, etc... If we cannot get the wireless to work then we'd like to fall back on the firewire rather than try to get an ethernet hub or purchase a crossover cable. (I believe that is the cable we'd need.)
 
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Sounds like what you did originally to cause the login problem was change the domain she was logging into by trying to set her workgroup to match your.

This leads to your next question.

For you to see her whilst 1 or more clients are on XP machines you have to be in the same workgroup like "Workgroup" or MSHOME" or you have to browse to the other workgroup. You will also you will need to enabe a shared folder or seeing her is all you will do.

Here are instructions for doing that but you can find this and much more if you use the "Help & Support" link in the XP start menu.


To share a drive or folder on the network
Open Windows Explorer, and then locate the drive or folder you want to share.
Right-click the drive or folder, and then click Sharing and Security.
If you are sharing a drive, on the Sharing tab, click If you understand the risk but still want to share the root of the drive, click here.
If you are sharing a folder, go to the next step.
Do one of the following:
If the Share this folder on the network check box is available, select the check box.
If the Share this folder on the network check box is unavailable, this computer is not on a network. If you would like to set up a home or small office network, click the Network Setup Wizard link and follow the instructions to turn on file sharing. Once file sharing is enabled, begin this procedure again.
Notes

To open Windows Explorer, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
To change the name of your folder on the network, type a new name for your folder in the Share name text box. This will not change the name of the folder on your computer.
To allow other users to change the files in your shared folder, select the Allow other users to change my files check box.
If you are logged on as a Guest, you cannot create a shared folder.
The Sharing option is not available for the Documents and Settings, Program Files, and WINDOWS system folders. In addition, you cannot share folders in other user's profiles.
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By the way, if she has the XP built-in firewall on, you will not be able to see her until it is disabled. This can be found on the advanced tab of your network cards properties.
 

TheHipCat

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I think you're right about the workgroup setting being the cause of the whole thing, I recall running the network setup wizard before rebooting the system.

However, even after following your directions and the Help & Support files, I still can get either computer to the point where they can share files or an internet connection.

Her laptop is still configured for the school's domain, not a workgroup, but the two computers, both via the wireless and the firewire, recognize that the other system is present.
 

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Originally posted by TheHipCat:


Her laptop is still configured for the school's domain, not a workgroup, but the two computers, both via the wireless and the firewire, recognize that the other system is present.
If your eyes are closed can you still tell if you are touching someone? Connecting the two computers together with a crossover cable, wireless or firewire is like touching someone with your eyes closed. You know they are there you just cant see them yet. The reason you cant see the other computer could be many things. 1) you are not in the same workgroup. 2) you are not on the same IP subnet. 3)Is file sharing turned on... etc.....

Log back in as administrator and remove the computer from the domain. Then go into control panel > user accounts and create a new username and password for her. The reason she probably could not login before was because you removed her from the domain so her domain login did not work.

Once you get that far, you can worry about file sharing and Internet connection sharing. Do you know how to set IP configuration settings.

How are you connecting to the internet. Do you have a wireless router?
 
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